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An old fashioned wartime thriller FREE today only on Kindle

Last day of the sale today Sunday 17/01/2016

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If you like an old-fashioned wartime thriller without sex and too much violence, this might be right up your street.

The second book in my Harry Royle series is FREE all this weekend. It is book two, but can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

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An old fashioned wartime thriller FREE today only on Kindle

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If you like an old-fashioned wartime thriller without sex and too much violence, this might be right up your street.

The second book in my Harry Royle series is FREE all this weekend. It is book two, but can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

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Why writers fear being published

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The title of this blog may sound messy and perhaps a little out there, but stick with me and all will hopefully become clear.

Whenever a writer is mentioned in conversation, whether by fellow writers, would be writers or readers, the word rejection is often heard.

It is a well-known fact that writers, authors, poets and so on, all fear the sting of rejection and it does sting.

A less well-known fact is that a great many of the above also fear being published. Wait a minute, did I write that correctly?

Yes, fear of publication is very real, let me explain. Anyone can write, really, if you string words together, you’ve written a sentence.

Write a few sentences and you have a paragraph and keep that up and you might just have a book. Yes, you’re a writer.

A published writer is something very different. Why? Because, once your work has been published, it is available for all to see.

Publication exposes you, makes you vulnerable and suddenly different from all of the others, who would rather like to be published someday.

So often, an unpublished writer will fear the exposure that will come with publication and this can block creativity.

The thing is if you do get into print people may not like what you right, but what if they do? What if people fall in love with the worlds your words create?

Life is a risk. Not taking risks. is like not living, so here’s to life.

 

 

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Glass in its myriad forms

 

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I have been very busy writing brand new short stories for my forthcoming collection Twelve Shards of Glass.

I decided that instead of simply collecting a number of existing short stories together, giving the collection a name and putting it out as a book, I would do something more interesting.

Twelve Shards features twelve brand new stories, each with a connection to glass in some way or other.

Now you might think that this hasn’t given me much scope, but you would be very surprised at just how many different uses glass is put to.

The stories range from the mysterious to the comedic and so much more in between. The experience has been so interesting, that I’m intending to theme future short story collections too, though with different themes of course.

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If the eye is the window of the soul, what is a book cover?

An author might spend many months or even years working on a book. Didn’t Emily Bronte take thirteen years to finish Wuthering Heights?

Say what you like about Emily, she certainly had staying power. I digress, sorry, back to my point.

Having worked hard and any of my readers, who has written or is in the process of writing a book, novel or non-fiction, will know just how hard it really is.

You can forget these ‘How to write’ books that tell you that it’s simple, just sit down, plug into your Muse and away you go. No, not quite.

The writing has to be backed up by good quality research, even fiction, especially fiction if readers are to believe in its truth.

After the book is finished, comes the proofreading and editing, a huge task, even with a small book.

Along the way there are so many choices, what needs to go in, what should be left out? In order to let the work breathe and in doing so benefit the book.

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When it’s finished, being a book, it will need a cover. And here all too often is the big problem.

Why do so many people who have worked so hard and for so long, throw any old image on the book and call it a cover?

In this time of E-books, especially when it comes to Amazon Kindle books, covers are not just important, but vital in getting your work noticed.

I have seen books in the crime and thriller sections, which feature obvious pictures of pets. I’m not kidding, dogs and cats and a title and author name.

Remember that if your book comes out on Kindle, it will feature on The Kindle Carousel, once downloaded. The quality of the cover along may decide on that book being flicked past, deleted or opened.

When it comes to my hard work, I mock up all of my covers first and then send them to a designer. My book represents not only my hard work, but also my Author Brand.

I want to be able to stand behind each book proudly. I also want them to look good as both thumbnails and full size.

In an Amazon search, potential readers must be able to read the title and see the cover image, at least reasonably enough to decide if it might be of interest to them.

Remember that they’ll only get to read the blurb, as amazing as it might be, once they click through from the thumbnail.

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I like to have my covers before my books are written. That might seem odd and maybe it is. To me, it helps keep me on track.

It also holds me to account, because if the cover exists, the finished book has to follow. My thinking is like that great movie with Kevin Costner and Burt Lancaster, Field of dreams.

The quote from that movie was

‘If you build it, they will come.’

Now if you missed that one and I’d be surprised. The theme of the film was about believing in yourself and knowing that if you do what is right for you deep down in your heart, everything will work out.

So my covers are like that, I get them and the books will come. It works for me, but we’re all different and that’s what makes life so interesting.

 

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Last chance to get a FREE copy of my Best Selling Kindle book

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Today is the last day of my sale for my first book A Question of Honour. This is an Amazon Top One Hundred Best Seller in the Crime catagory. After today, the title reverts to its full price. So why not grab your copy now, while it’s still FREE?

Download A FREE Best Seller

The link above is for the UK version, but the book is still FREE across the world in other Amazon stores.

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Amazon Top One Hundred Author: Crime

Last night I discovered that I had not only entered The Amazon Top Hundred Best Sellers, in Crime. I was number 30. That was amazing news, better still was this morning when I looked and my book A Question of Honour was now at number 19.

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I want to say a huge thank you to all of the readers who have chosen my book because we all know that the choice these days is somewhat on the large side.

I am very grateful for all the support I’ve received and would like to say to anyone who is struggling with a book at this time, don’t give up on your dreams, it’s hard work, but the feeling is so worth the effort you’ve put in.

The writing Business 

A piece of advice for anyone who has a book currently hidden in the dusty dark online shelves of Amazon and is wondering whether to hurl a curse at the annoying person writing this. Stop and consider the following.

Writing the book is only half the story, the rest is the invisible work behind the scenes, advertising, and marketing.

Yes, I know that as a writer, we like to think of ourselves above such things. We are artists, creating from a blank canvas. Hmmm yes, and no.

Yes, we are both of those things but we also happen to be involved in an industry which is very over populated. There is so much available for the reader to choose from now.

These days Amazon has become like Willy Wonka for readers and I should know, I’m a constantly hungry reader myself.

Writing is two things, an art form, and a business. You can argue, but it’s an argument already lost. Well, it is if you think about it.

It has always been a business, the only difference being that publishing houses did the business side of the work, leaving the writer to create.

Those days have gone and not just for the Indie author either. Publishing houses these days are too busy and with cutbacks right across the industry, they now expect their authors to pull their own weight, in a business sense.

The Writing business should read, the writing Business. As always just my viewpoint, but an opinion based on personal experience and results.

 

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