The Path Of Swords is out today!

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And there it is. If you want to go and have a look you can click:

Here

There were a few sticky moments and I had to do a bit of tweaking, and for some reason the price on Amazon.com is $1.38 even though I set the price as 99cents but it’s there. Book one of the series is on sale.

I would like to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all of you guys who have supported me along the way. You are the best.

So tonight I will celebrate and have the evening off. Tomorrow I make a start on book 2.

be happy

M

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The Third Car

 

who runs from heaven master 4I’m moving towards Indie publishing, in fact I’m aiming to release the first episode of my fantasy series, The Path of the Sword, in May. As part of this I’ve set up an account with Bookfunnel, a service that makes it easy for you to give away books or stories. I’ve got one on there now, called Who Runs From Heaven? It’s a 4500 word Sci Fi short story with a bonus chapter of the upcoming novella. Anyone can get it free by signing up to my subscription list. If you’ve come to my actual blog page you should have seen a pop-up that asked you if you would like to subscribe, if not you can do it here:

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‘Building my list’ is one of the strategies I have adopted from the book ‘Write, Publish, Repeat’. My aim here is to build readership among people who actively want to read books of the type I write. This is likely to be a slow and steady process, but that’s fine. I am a slow and steady writer aiming to write 100 words per day (although last Thursady I went completely mad and wrote nearly 400!). I think it’s very important to adopt an strategy that suits you, that fits with your way of thinking, otherwise it probably won’t work.

The other point of this approach is that I don’t really want just anybody to read my stuff. I want the really cool people. The people who like adventures set in far away worlds. I want people who will enjoy my writing so much they tell their friends and blog about it and write positive reviews.

(by the way if you’re one of those people then sign up now. Please!)

Because people who don’t like that kind of stuff won’t like my books. I could kid myself that my writing is so wonderful that anyone could read one of my books and absolutely love it, but I won’t.

It isn’t true.

The Lord of the Rings has 96 one star reviews on Amazon. Go figure as they say in the USA.

So I don’t want to get my books in front of just anyone. If all you are interested in is, for example, cars then you probably won’t enjoy a book set in an alternative dark age about teenage boys training to become warriors and having a series of (hopefully) exciting adventures.

(by the way if you do like the sound of that then sign up now. Please!)

And if you don’t like it then you won’t tell your friends, or write a good review, or buy another of my books.

I bought a car off a guy once. I asked him if he enjoyed selling cars. He said what he really liked was when people came back again. “It’s when they buy their third car,” he said. “That’s when I get the satisfaction.”

Selling books in Bronte country

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Last summer I visited Howarth, a beautiful old town in West Yorkshire, famous for being the home of the Bronte sisters. If you are a writer, or even an aspiring one like me, there is something magical about visiting a place with such a pedigree. Walking the streets where Emily, Charlotte and Anne once trod sent a shiver down my spine. Paying to get into their house sent a tremor through my wallet but it was worth it. History comes alive in places like that.

Strangely, the thing that most sticks in the mind took place not in the Bronte’s home or even in the quaint cobbled streets, it happened in the car park.

We had parked our car in the normal manner and I went to buy a ticket. Just before I got to the pay and display machine I was accosted by an elderly man who offered to sell me a book. He was sitting with the boot of his car open to display the said books, and he explained that if I bought his book for a fiver he would then buy my parking ticket for me. Furthermore he also explained that his books were raising money for charity and it was all in a really good cause. I had a quick look at the book, but it didn’t really seem my thing at all, I vaguely remember it was some true life historical story of someone in the Second World War, so I declined. He seemed a little put out and started explaining it all again and I had to be quite firm about wanting to buy my own parking ticket rather than a book. I felt a cold disappointment eminating from him as I purchased my ticket and went back to my car.

It was a strange encounter, and weirdly it is one that like to replay I my mind, mainly because I think I’ll use it in a story sometime. Even stranger, I did some research and it turns out that he actually owns the car park and has been accused of using the selling books tactic as a way of distracting people when buying their tickets, making it all the easier for him to clamp their cars and charge £90 for them to be released. He’s notorious apparently. If you are seconds late back you’ll find your car clamped, especially if you didn’t buy the book!

Admittedly selling books isn’t easy. It is even hard to sell free books these days. Seems like everyone on Twitter is either an author or a book promoter, which to me doesn’t add up, and my kindle fills up with free books faster than I can read them.

All of which leaves me a bit stumped as I’m moving into indie publishing, but I have decided one thing, one overriding principle. I am NOT aiming to sell as many books as possible. If I do that then I’ll probably just waste loads of time trying to sell books to people who don’t want them and even if they did buy wouldn’t like them anyway. I can’t see that being good for reviews.

Might as well sell them out of the boot of my car.