Wilkie Martin - Surviving Publication

Author of the unhuman series of addictive comedy cozy mysteries set in the Cotswolds. This documents my encounters with publishing and includes things I hope will be useful later. It also covers some local writing competitions and reviews some writing events.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

First #booktrailer for #CozyMystery Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

Book Trailer

This morning was spent reading a few extracts of Inspector Hobbes and the Bones. This will be published tomorrow. I recorded 5 extracts, the first one is now available to give a small taster of the book and as a book trailer.

Paperback Giveaway

There is a Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback of this book. It will close on 16 January 2017 and the draw will be done automatically by Goodreads. Enter here (US and UK only)


The book is available in hardback, paperback, ebook and ibook. It is the 4th in the unhuman series, but can be read standalone. It is available from all major retailers online, or to order from shops.


The other recordings will be published once editing has been completed.

Friday, 9 December 2016

GoodReads GiveAway #CozyMystery Inspector Hobbes and the Bones by Wilkie Martin

There is a Goodreads giveaway starting today 9 December 2016 for my #cozymystery Inspector Hobbes and the Bones (US&UK). Draw is on 16 January 2017.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones by Wilkie Martin

Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

by Wilkie Martin

Giveaway ends January 16, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

‘I was grateful for having been born human’

There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.

Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.

This is the fourth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of standalone cozy comedy crime fantasies.

Suitable for teenage and upwards. Set in the English Cotswolds and featuring the unhuman British detective Inspector Hobbes as told by the chaotic reporter Andy Caplet. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series.

Sample chapters are also available here

The book is published on 16 December 2016 in paperback, hardback and ebook / ibook.

Good luck

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Graffiti Magazine Short Story Writing Competition 31 October 2016

Graffiti Magazine is produced by members of my writing group, Catchword. I used to keep a page on my website where I included details of some local #writing #competitions, including those of Catchword, but since my website was redesigned this page has gone. So here are details of the latest competition. I am not involved in running it, and
although I do occasionally act as a judge, I am not the judge on this one. If entering please send entries to the postal address given.

Graffiti Magazine Issue 20

Graffiti Magazine Short Story Competition Rules
On the theme of 'Temptation'
1. Closing date 31 October 2016. Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition.
3. Maximum length 1,500 words.
4. Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s).
5. The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper.
6. The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided.
7. Entries are only accepted by post. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.
8. The fee is £3 per story. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:
Catchword Writing Group
9. All entries that arrive on time will be considered by the adjudicator, whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result.
10. Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’ or provide an email address.
Send entries to:
Graffiti Magazine Writing Competition
C/o 33 Sandford Leaze

Prize: £50 The winning entry and short listed stories will be published in Graffiti magazine.

To contact Graffiti Magazine: graffiti.magazine@yahoo.co.uk

You can subscribe to Graffiti.

Postal subscriptions in the UK:

Single issue £3.50 (inc postage)
5 issues £16 (inc postage)
Cheques/postal order made payable to Catchword Writing Group to competition address as above.

Overseas subscription details on application.

Don't forget to note the competition address above and send entries there and not to me.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Short Story and Poetry Writing Competition For Local Writers - Closing Date 30 July 2016

Short Story and Poetry Writing Competition For Local Writers

Before my website was redesigned last year I had a page showing some local writing competitions. As this page is no longer on my website, I thought a blog post might make a good alternative.
I've entered this competition in the past and was delighted to be one of the winners. It was really exciting to have a chance to read at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. I've also twice been a judge of the short story competition (not this year though).
Good luck.  

That's me reading in the fantastic Spiegel Tent at Cheltenham Literature Festival

G L O U C E S T E R S H I R E  W R I T E R S'  N E T W O R K
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The Cheltenham Literature Festival (October 7-16 2016) has America as a country theme this year so this associated writing competition is looking for poetry and prose that responds to the theme in the broadest possible ways.
Entries are invited from writers who live or work in Gloucestershire, UK. There will be two prizes of £100, one for poetry and one for prose.
All the winners and runners-up will be invited to read their work in October at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
• Please give your entry a title that is different from the competition theme. Entries must be identified only by title, do not put your name on the entry.
• Your name, address, telephone number and email address should be on a separate sheet of paper.
• Poems should be no more than 50 lines.
• Prose items should use double spacing and not exceed 750 words.
• Entries must be typed on A4 paper. Handwritten copies will not be accepted.
• GWN prefers each winning writer to read his or her own work. If you are selected but subsequently cannot read your work at the Festival, your work will be withdrawn unless you can provide a substitute reader.
• To enter costs £2 per item. Please send a cheque or postal order to the address below, payable to Gloucestershire Writers' Network. If you wish to know the results of the competition, include your email address or a stamped, addressed envelope.
• Entries may be made by post to GWN, c/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Glos. GL8 8PB, or by email to: ronagwn@yahoo.co.uk. If posting, please send two copies. If you email your entry, you will still need to send your cheque by post clearly identifying the entry for which you are paying. Emailed items should be attached as a Word document or sent within the text of the message
• Please ensure that you put the right value of stamps according to the size of envelope as GWN cannot pay for excess postage.
Closing date for submissions: 30 July 2016

Cheltenham Festival of Literature Posts

Writer's workshop