I can't quite believe it. One year in the writing of this story and I was finally able today to type the words THE END. It shouldn't have taken a year to write but if you work for a living then writing has to play second fiddle to life's priorities. But still a year is ok.
It's a remarkable feeling to finally grasp the end of the story. To know that the story has a beginning, middle and an end. That the idea you started out with, might have wobbled along the way, gone round a few odd corners and climbed a few unnecessary mountains, but it holds together.
Whilst weeks of editing and rewriting are ahead, the story and the characters remain sound, and because of that it will become a book, one way or another.
And what a story this will be.
Five Days of apocalyptic drama on the streets of England. The country held to ransom, characters forced to question who they really are as not only do they hold the answer to what's happening, if they don't face their fears then the consequences for the country are beyond comprehension. Those who read the first outing in A Very English Revolution will recognise some of the characters. That was just the beginning as Five Days pushes their passion, friendships and obsessions into an unprecedented nightmare.
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Monday, 16 January 2012
Friday, 13 January 2012
The following great authors are all working with me on promoting their e-books
Sarah Luddington and her book Lancelot and the Wolf
Jeannie Faulkner Barber - Scent of Double Deception
Steve Norris A Very English Revolution $2.40
Stacy Eaton My Blood Runs Blue $3.08
C.A. Lofton African-American Guide to Prosperity
George Stringfellow Renegades $3.33
Catherine Green Love Hurts $2.40
New Schedule is as follows. I have pushed out the days to give more prep time for some
Matt & Catherine 7th January
George & Steve 13th January
Jeannie & Sarah 17th January.
Stacy - 22nd January
C.A. Lofton 1 February to combine with Black History Month.
Thursday, 12 January 2012
I wrote some time ago of the plan for marketing kindle books and how it’s possible by concentrating sales on a specific day you can rapidly push your work up the Amazon charts making it more visible to the general book buying public.
Via Authors.com I have conspired together with some fellow authors to run this promotion. On a fixed day each of us will buy a selected book and see the effect that has for the writer. This can be done for kindle books because they can be sold at a very cheap price. Even at low prices, increased sales can affect the market.
TODAY 13th January is my turn and I will be marketing A Very English Revolution at £1.50 or $2.40 on the enclosed link. If by any chance you haven’t got a kindle copy so far and would find this book interesting I would be grateful if you could offer some support for one day only and buy the book.
A magnificent Crime Thriller…A tale of Modern Britain…a thriller like no other
Why not take a chance on something new and different.
Independent Authors with good books to sell struggle to get their quality work to the market. Taking risks on e-books which are often priced well below their value is a brilliant way to help new work and you never know. You might find your new favourite author.
This is a great tool for Independent Authors, why not set up your group to do the same thing.
Sunday, 1 January 2012
New year, new beginnings, that’s what we all will be probably pondering over today.
I am looking back over the first year as a published writer and working my way up an enormous learning curve about this publishing business and how to get the best from your own writing.
Firstly I thank all those who stuck with me through the year. Mirador for putting my book on the shelves, my first buyers who took a chance on A Very English Revolution, my very great friends who helped me sort out the problems in the first edition and got the second edition feeling great, and my great friends at Writers Cave ( http://www.writerscave.co.uk/ ) who taught me so much, I couldn’t possibly convey it here. Also the other writing sites that helped me on my way Write and Share ( http://www.writeandshare.co.uk) Authors.com (http://www.authors.com/) with great people to learn from. Writing is a challenging business, writing well even more but the hardest part is having the confidence to get other people to take on your work. For that you need great friends working with and supporting you. I also am very grateful for my family and particularly my wife who tolerates me tapping away on the keyboard so much, or spending another Saturday afternoon walking round shopping centres whilst I sign books at the local store.
So for 2012, what can you look forward to.
Firstly the sequel to A Very English Revolution should be out. Almost finished the first write and ready to begin the painstaking editing process, which I now know from painful experience how to go about. Five Days will be a sequel in respect of the story but the pace and style will be two or three gears up on AVER. This is how the story has to work. Hopefully when I first test it out on readers they will grasp the pace and not put it down. But we’ll see.
Short story competitions abound and I have a competitive bone in me that keeps saying I have to write something of absolute quality and win one of these things. Perhaps I need some formal recognition that gives me the writer’s rubber stamp. I’m beginning to understand the formula for great writing, not that it guarantees a win but I want to bring that formula together with a story that fits me.
I will also have the day-to-day challenge of Writer's Cave which gives me an everyday reminder to write something and keep the quality bar hanging high, and just when you think you’ve reached it, the bar will move slightly higher.
So all the best for 2012 and I look forward to many more readers of my work.