Unfortunately that headline is not a title of an upcoming book in my Inspector Stone Mysteries series, it's something that happened to me at the beginning of the week. Since the first half of the year I have been published through the distribution platform Pronoun, which is owned by MacMillan. I've enjoyed my time with... Continue Reading →
This post is full of some hard truths.
When I became and author I made the decision to not leave “Did Not Finish” reviews, and will not currently leave anything less than 3 stars. Yes, reading is subjective, and not everyone will love your story, but the problem I see with DNF reviews is that a reader didn’t actually read through your whole book. Should they post about something they don’t know? That’s the question today.
As a writer, you’re going to catch a reviewer on a day that’s not–how shall I say it– good, and sometimes low stars and DNF reviews happen because a scapegoat is needed, and sometimes, you are the projection of their bad day. Other readers can spot these easily. Still, you spent months writing the book and are responsible for putting it out there, regardless of how people will react to it. You did this…
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I never considered the possibility that posting about the occasions when my writing journey hasn’t gone quite the way it’s supposed to (and occasionally when it’s gone totally tits up) could be a good thing. I’ll have to try and remember this, it’s some great advice.
Writing is not easy. If you have ever found yourself forcing out a few words, whilst listening to a crowd of negative voices in your head or staring miserably at 1567 glorious words you wrote yesterday, which now read like utter drivel, you will understand.
Social media doesn’t help. There are days when it feels like everyone else has the perfect writing life. They’ve exceeded their daily word count targets, planned a wonderful book marketing campaign, made contact with an interested agent and taken over every form of social media known to mankind…all before lunch.
You, on the other hand have not written anything since you woke up because you can’t find your favourite pen, the coffee machine is on the blink, you are still nursing an eight-day cold and the kids are running riot.
It’s on days like these when we need to read about other writers and their…
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Okay, so I'm sat here watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the umpteenth time and a random thought occurs to me - how do vampires speak? It has long been established in a variety of different media that vampires are the undead, and as such they lack the ability to breathe, amongst the many things... Continue Reading →
Following my recent article on deciding to use beta readers for my last two books, I thought it would be nice to give a shout out to the three lovely ladies who took on the task of helping me to make my books the best they can be. The ladies in question are Carole P... Continue Reading →
Halloween Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. The plot for this film, which is one of the earliest in the slasher genre and helped to create it, is so basic it's hard to... Continue Reading →
To Beta Or Not To Beta - This is the question to which I now have an answer, and the answer is....To Beta. WHEN I FIRST STARTED PUBLISHING, I was against the idea of using beta readers, for a number of reasons: I was afraid of being told what I had written was rubbish and... Continue Reading →
Worrying events in the world of Amazon publishing, I hope something gets done about it soon.
Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend.
Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming.
And now she is being targeted.
Phoenix made a box set free for a few days back in September, advertising on Freebooksy, KND/BookGorilla, and Digital Book World – all legitimate sites – and there was no other promotion involved with this title. No BookBub CPM ads, no Facebook campaign, no tweets, no newsletter swaps, no mailing lists.
On the third day of her free run, Phoenix’s box set was rank-stripped by Amazon, a punishment normally reserved for those who have used clickfarms or bots…
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Kahayatle (Apocalypsis Book 1) Elle Casey My name is Bryn Mathis. I'm seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I’m here alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I'm almost out of food, and the gangs of kids... Continue Reading →