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Bill Keeth

Bill Keeth

Writing a long-binned first novel back in 1977, Bill Keeth went on to become a  founder member of a writers’ workshop at Manchester College of Building, where  his debut novel was actually begun as a short story.

‘Much more recently,’ he says, ‘I got a yen to develop that short story into a  full-length novel, whereupon it took me about eight months to do so, withManchester Kiss following soon  afterwards. And it was whilst unsuccessfully trawling the writers’ manuals with  a view to placing Every Street in  Manchester with a UK publisher or literary agent, I learned that best-selling Manchester writer Billy Hopkins (www.billysbooks.info)  had originally been constrained to self-publish his debut novel.

‘So it was with my forerunner’s advice in the matter that I successfully  self-published at long last, fulfilling my dream of foisting a work of fiction  upon an unsuspecting public.

‘“Don’t pay it back, pay it on,” says Lee Child’s macho hero, Jim  Reacher to a character he lends money to inNothing to Lose, pub. 2008. (In my humble opinion, the best Jim Reacher book yet.)

‘And I will be happy as Larry if, in paying on via this monthly column of mine, I go some way towards helping  even one aspiring writer amongst its readership to follow suit.

If you need to contact Bill, you can do so via his website, http://www.novelnovella.com


Story 1 – Books, But No Booker
Story 2 – Self-Publishing: a Worst Case Scenario
Story 2a – The Power of Positive Thoughts and Words: Aneeta’s Blog, Sunday March 15 2009
Story 3 – Condensed Books: A DIY Approach
Story 4 – The Self-Published Author’s Worst Enemy: Identified
Story 5 – The Self-Published Author’s Worst Enemy: Dealt With
Story 6 – Thorn In My Side 
Story 7 – The Best President the United States Never Had
Story 8 – Getting Ready to “Grab Me An Armful of Greyhound” Part One
Story 9 – Blake Out In A Cold Sweat
Story 10 – An Absolute Must-read for Anyone Who Writes with Serious Intent
Story 11 – Addendum to Last Month’s Hemingway Piece
Story 12 – A Christmas Gift For Every Reader of ‘How To Tell A Great Story’
Story 13 – 365 Books Plus 365 Book Review Equals an Infinitely Happy New Year For All Our Readers
Story 14 – My Funny, Filmic and Phonographic Valentines
Story 15 – Golden Oldies
Story 16 – Beware the Language
Story 17 – Say Cheese!
Story 18 – Successful Book Presentations and One that Bombed
Story 19 – The Commercial Publishing Pits
Story 20 – An Armful of Greyhound*, Part Two
Story 21 – Self-published And Be Dumbed
Story 22 – The Good Book
Story 23 – Writing Fiction: How to Get the Words Down on Paper
Story 24 – Heavyweight Anecdotes of One Kind or Another
Story 25 – Wouldn’t It Be Nice as the Beach Boys Say?
Story 26 – Jewel Standards
Story 27 – Writers’ Workshop, Part 1: ‘FORGE’
Story 28 – Writers’ Workshop, Part 2: Two Good Writers Bill Keeth Once Knew
Story 29 – What Helps a Writer Get the Words Down on Paper?
Story 30 – How Best-Selling Author Billy Hopkins Gets the Words Down on Paper & Other Interesting Facts about Him & His Writing
Story 31 – How Self-Published Author Bill Keeth Gets the Words Down on Paper, & Other Facts about Him & His Writing that May Be of Interest
Story 32 – Work & Play
Story 33 – The Feel Good Factor (1)
Story 34 – The Feel Good Factor (2)
Story 35 – The Feel Good Factor (3)
Story 36 – Our Kid, RIP: Billy Hopkins, 1928-2012
Story 37 – Billy The Kid’s Magnificent Seventh
Story 38 – Writing For The Fun of It
Story 39 – Words with a Story Attached
Story 40 – The Barry Stevens’ Bah Humbug Award
Story 41 – Armistice
Story 42 – Hardy Perennial
Story 43 – Pro Bono Publico: Billy Hopkins’ Last Bow
Story 44 – An Absolute Gem of a Buy-to-Let* Investment Manual
Story 45 – Cabs in America
Story 46 – Foreword to ‘Fortune Both Good and Bad’
Story 47 – Down in the Dumps and Out Again
Story 48 – Rory Shabeen, Ace Newshound
Story 49 – Cutting Out the Middle-Man where Self-publishing is concerned
Story 50 – Boost Your Pocket Money and Pension – A Winner’s Guide to But-to-Let Property Investment
Story 51 – Layabout Hero – A Tale of Dead-leg Derring-do
Story 52 – Shopping on eBay (Part 1: Buying)
Story 53 – The Bonkshire Bank Robbers
Story 54 – A Fallen Soldier on Duty Still
Story 55 – Bosch – The Pilot Episode for the TV Series, A Freebie, Courtesy of Michael Connelly
Story 56 – Benjamin Disraeli, novelist and socialite, politician and Prime Minister of the UK
Story 57 – Shopping On eBay (Part 2: Selling)
Story 58 – Shepherd Street University: Part One – Three Reminiscences & a Eulogy
Story 59 – Shepherd Street University: Part Two – More Reminiscences & an Obit
Story 60 – A Football Chant: Anceint and Modern
Story 61 – How Billy the Frog Got His Favourite Job
Story 62 – When Napoleon was Listed Among the British War Dead
Story 63 – The Boxing Champ – Billy (Frogman) Bash
Story 64 – The BBC TV EGGHEADS Programme
Story 65 – Commercial Publishers: A Moveable Feast?

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Books Old and New Series

[Editor’s Note: This series forms part of the main WISP column but concentrates on Bill Keeth’s reviews of books he’s read and his ‘personal dissatisfaction with the way book reviews are handled in the press as a whole – that is to say, in a way which militates against the inclusion of self-published books.’]

Story 1 – Why Some Books Are Never Reviewed
Story 2 – 61 Hours is 21,960 Seconds and Feels Like It
Story 3 – Matters of Life and Death
Story 4 – The First Good Books about Football – Soccer & Rugby Union
Story 5 – The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
Story 6 – HHhH: A Novel by Laurent Binet
Story 7 – Centenary of the Easter Rising: Easter Monday, 24 April 1916

Take note: The stories listed on this page are NOT free. If you would like to re-print them, please seek the permission of the author.

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