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Diary of A Stay At Home Author & Dad


School daze.

Two minutes into her first day at Big School and my daughter gets a big graze on her knee. Off we go to the medical room for some tender care from a helpful teaching assistant. Of course, only water is used to wash the grit out – it’s been a longstanding policy of schools not […]

Cereal Mash-Ups – a tasty way to start the day

Youngsters today mash up their music, mixing two tracks to make a third. Well, oldsters like me mash up their cereal. I have done since my student days when I discovered that Alpen tasted better mixed with sugar puffs. These days I push the boundaries and mix porridge oats, mini-shredded wheat and shreddies – shreddies […]

Arggh. Not another Dad Blog!

My we’re all at it now. Not long ago a few embarrassed Dads were lurking in the corners of Mumsnet or NetMums or whatever Mums-focussed site existed at the time. Everything on the sites was Mum-this and Mum-that, with the occasional nod to Dads. A few years ago, when I read comments by Mums about […]

How To Write For Children – Tips by Author Alan Dapre

I’ve had around 50 books traditionally published in a range of genres. Can’t remember the exact number but some have been plays for teenagers and younger children. Other books tied into characters on TV (such as Brum) and were joke, puzzle, activity and story books. More were picture books or adventure fiction for school age […]

Bad things come in threes.

1) Today I woke up with conjunctivitis. Irritating. 2) Yesterday I was diagnosed with chilblains…to match my arthritis. Thus confirming I am officially an old git. 3) The day before that the hard drive in my Mac computer became an ex-hard drive. To paraphrase Monty Python it has kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal […]

UK 2013 Budget stigmatises Stay At Home Dads…

A Budget to help “those who want to work hard and get on” tweets George Osborne. Really? Okay. I teach my daughter all about fairness. I try to be fair myself. I like to think the Govt will be fair too. I thought the centre-ish LibDems would be too. Until now. Every time I see […]

‘Eggy Leggy’ – new picture ebook by Alan Dapré

Well, ‘Eggy Leggy’ has finally rolled out. My pre-school age picture ebook – ‘Eggy Leggy’ – tells the tale of a curious Panda who finds a giant egg outside.  Suddenly Eggy Leggy sprouts legs and runs off.  Wee Bear eggcitedly gives chase. Soon Eggy Leggy surprises Croc then sails over Snail, buzzes by Bee and […]

To be (free) or not to be (a free ebook) …

on Amazon … Well, I made my ebook ‘Cuddle Muddle‘ free for two days last week and plugged it on some Freebie sites, Twitter & Facebook, taking advice from some ‘so called’ ebook Gurus. One had a list of 50 freebie sites and I dutifully accessed some of them, putting my details in a few […]

Creating a Fixed Layout Kindle Children’s Picture eBook – some tips by Alan Dapre

NOTE: The Template under discussion here is no longer available. This post was first published on Dec 10, 2012. If you are familiar with my blogs you’ll know that I occasionally write about my experiences in creating ebooks. Recently Amazon published Cuddle Muddle by Alan Dapré , a free flowing epub for the b&w Kindle (update:  if you […]

Sky fall does not rhyme with Crumbles.

Let the sky fall When it crumbles We will stand tall Face it all together At skyfall At skyfall Nice try Adele, but Sky fall does not rhyme with Crumbles. The dessert you needed was Trifle. See? Even the best lyricists can create half baked songs. That said, I had to Google the lyrics as […]

Lost your Blogging Mojo?

Well, it’s been a while since I last blogged. The reason is that I lost my blogging mojo. It happened after I’d spent countless hours in front of the computer trying to boost my profile on the web – joining sites for Authors, asking for reviews, sending out PR mail shots, updating my website etc […]

Daily Mirror Daily Mirror? Alan Dapre in the news

A few weeks ago, a photographer came round to my house to take a publicity photo on behalf of the Daily Mirror. The UK newspaper features a business Q & A page called Biz Bureau and its editor wanted a photo of me … looking windswept and interesting. This all came about because a few […]

From Pigs to Pirates – blog by Alan Dapré

Bye bye Peppa Pig. Hello Jake and The Neverland Pirates. There you have it – my daughter dropped a coin into a well near our house and made a wish. ‘I wish that I was Jake.’ If we had known of this fervent new found devotion to Disney’s animated hero we might have bought her […]

10 rubbish ways to get yourself a publishing deal.

  10 – Posting your manuscript through J.K. Rowling’s front door.  She probably has a bin under the letter box flap. Or a paper-loving dog.  Or an island retreat somewhere else less rainy than Scotland. 9 –   Asking your best mate’s friend’s aunt’s mother’s cousin’s sister in law to ask her best mate’s friend’s aunt’s […]

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