Some old-fashioned marketing tools

Time to hit the road and drop some flyers at other businesses to give the book promo a shot in the arm. I’m grateful to some hostels, tattoo studios, barbers, arts projects and other local shops who’ve all agreed to take them!

Flyers

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Has been an age, so many things to announce

Ok, where to start? The planned audiobook project stalled because the narrator I had lined up to do it decided to back out of the deal. So, I’m going to narrate the book myself. I’m currently creating an audio booth, which has taken longer than anticipated. Watch this space. I’m now 40k words into novel number two at the beginning of chapter six. I attended my first convention at Easter, which was Follycon in Harrogate, at the Majestic Hotel (see pics). I’m booked for Grimmfest in Manchester in October. Also, I kicked my writing room into shape (see pic also) and I’m dividing my time between marketing my first novel via bricks and mortar stores, online, and penning Nexilexicon. I shall be aiming to be more active with updates on here.

Waves of inspiration

As I approach 30k words, the plot line for my second novel sees its characters only days from their final port of Macapa, Brazil. So far, I’ve learned a great many things about vessels and sailing, ocean currents and weather, and the geography and economies of a number of countries and islands. Beyond this, they will venture into the Amazon for an encounter which will trigger a series of future events that will make up the remainder of this tale.

What’s been enjoyable once again is the way sudden flashes of inspiration have provided some great plot twists. Things I’d not planned on have now become fundamental fixtures within the framework of the story, and to consider that I could have potentially gone on to complete the story without including them, seems inconceivable to me now.

I look forward to the next stage of the expedition which will bring the story to the halfway mark and link up with the prologue.

Digital dilemma

Towards the end of last year, I was informed the publishing platform I’d chosen to send digital copies of my book to market was closing. That closing date (15th Jan) is looming. With that in mind, I must migrate my content off a number of platforms and reassign it. I will have to sign up for services such as Amazon KDP, Kobo, Google and Barnes & Noble independently. This will create a number of technical issues and problems to overcome that I’m sure will be quite demanding and frustrating at times. I hope to have these migration issues resolved asap and move forward as quickly as this complicated situation will allow.

At anchor for Christmas

At 24k words on Christmas Eve I’m taking a break from penning the new novel. Will resume next year and it’s clear that I’m going to have to go higher on the word count than originally intended. Oh well, such is the nature of my work! I’d like to thank those who’ve bought my first novel The Jesus Man and those who’ve taken the time to leave their reviews of it – much appreciated! Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.