You can always Learn ~ Outside the Margins with Clare London

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Clare London OtM

When I left school at 18, I did 3 years at University, then a further 3 years training as a chartered accountant. That felt like a LOT of years studying! and I swore I’d never do an exam again LOL. And mostly, I’ve kept to that. My first job was with a banking group and I had to do an exam, plus there have been many management and skills-based training courses over the years. But NO MORE EXAMS! hurrah

MANY years have passed since that last exam, and although I embrace change, I’m not the best student on the planet whenever anyone tries to teach me anything new. I’ve also developed the kind of some-years-past-forty confidence (or arrogance?!) to decide I am what I am by now, I know what I can and want to do, and I’m making firm and personal choices with my time! To be honest, it’s one of the few advantages of being in the latter half of my century :).


But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped learning. This weekend, I went to a monthly meeting at the London branch of the RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) which is a UK equivalent of the RWA. It’s always a fun and encouraging meeting, with no stress for anyone to have written 8 books (joke!) since the last meeting, but great praise for anyone who has got a major achievement to report. And some marvellous and varied guests speakers.

This weekend was a talk from Talli Roland, romance author, on social media savvy. Our RNA group obviously has mixed experience in this – we have published and not-yet published authors, authors with mainstream presses and those with indie publishers, those who love social media and those who treat it with healthy wariness! – so it covered a lot of ground in a short period. And I admit I arrived with a bit of a “well, I know all about it” attitude, having published a lot with e-publishers and self-published books in the last year, and always having had an eye to online marketing and building community in my specific genre.

But I learned a lot! Not necessarily the basic nuts and bolts, but other tips and shortcuts, plus what new platforms are developing. It was also fabulous to chat through things with the other authors – from who’s been catfished to who’s been successful with click-through advertising! – and to share news. I came away with a To Do list scribbled on an envelope (because I hadn’t gone prepared with my notebook) and using one of Liam Livings’ spare pens LOL.


So although I’ve grown accustomed to my ways by now – and remain unashamedly education-resistant in some fields! – I find I also welcome new information and strategies more than ever. I appreciate new developments and snippets of info to improve my skills, and find it exciting, not at all threatening or intimidating. Well, not intimidating for too long!

Today’s message – hopefully not too preach-y – is to keep your eyes, ears, and mind open to all kinds of new experiences, and always look for something positive and/or useful to take away with you. Take your courage in both hands, step into the (previously) unknown, and LEARN!


What experience do you have of learning something exciting recently? Or mastering something new? Or discovering something you never knew before? Let’s all have fun with it!

~Clare London~


~Clare London


Title: Boys in Brief
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 08/16/2015
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance


A collection of Clare London stories full of sweet, sexy romance, and boys seeking friendship, fun and inspiration.


Brighton in the summer is a great place to be for a young, gay man looking for a good time with no strings. Psychology student Joe’s spending his uni vacation working in a chip shop with a succession of ever-worse punning names and picking up guys on the beach for casual hook-ups—but something makes him want to take it slow with gorgeous chip shop regular Steven.

The trouble is, Steven’s shy smile hides a dark secret, and his past is about to come back to bite them both.


Chas’ growing up is fraught with trouble but it’s always been accompanied by his own irreverent humour and determination – and the continuing presence of his lifelong companion and friend, Adam. While Chas stumbles on through delights and disasters, life and love, Adam remains wise and supportive and… never changing.


Max is doing all the right things, as is his lovely girlfriend, Elisa. They don’t share a grand passion, but they know that they’re expected to get married, which would further Max’s military career, and secure Elisa’s social standing. Max does have one grand passion, though, for fellow soldier, Ryan. Will he live his life the way he wants, or will he and Elisa be forced to do what people expect?


When Joey takes his boyfriend Gaz to their friend Chris’ unruly “Tarts and Vicars” party, they cause an unholy stir. Why is Joey so proud of Gaz – why can’t their friend Vincenzo take his eyes off Gaz’s costume – why is Bren’s cousin Ginger so obsessed with waxing – who sat on the archbishop’s mitre – and just how much alcohol DID Chris put in the punch?


A young man receiving the most intimate teaching from his mentor and crush… but in Gerald and Stephan’s hands, is that scene really what it seems?


Boys in Brief on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About Clare London

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy.  Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!


Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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