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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Creative Inertia strikes again.



Following the publication of Spawn of Kongomato last week I had few days of good sales before inertia crept in. (Can inertia creep anywhere?) I should have seized, struck and pounced. I should have capitalised, advertised and continued, but for some inexplicable reason I couldn’t. The writing was done and the excitement ended.
     I suspect that’s what separates me from the real writers – whatever that means. I do want sales, and indeed achieve a modest number, but as soon as one novel is finished, it’s over and time to move on. There are three more first drafts completed and waiting impatiently on my desktop, aided by that irritating message from Windows incessantly flashing and announcing that as I have never accessed these shortcuts then I should, for the sake of humanity, delete them. Swearing at my computer merely produces “That look” from my bionically endowed wife, the one promising myriad pain should I do it again in her presence, even though I’m usually in another part of the house, behind closed doors with Black Sabbath blaring from the speakers.
    Incidentally, I also believe the same kind of torment might come from the mother of the eighteen month old baby next door who always stops crying every time “Evil Woman” comes on.
    For someone’s benefit, certainly not mine, Amazon have come up with yet another scheme for ensuring us extra readers, and them extra revenue; and there are any amount of other sites offering, promising the same thing for just a little  of our hard-earned. Smashwords has afforded me over three hundred downloads of my novels in the last few weeks of which seventeen were actually purchased. I try not to dwell on the thought that my books are so rubbish, no one wants them, telling myself that lots of people download free parts with the intention of reading them later, but never do.
    So in the spirit of being a “real writer” I’m going to remove the shortcuts of the three finished and three unfinished novels from my desktop and actually begin marketing my books. Except that I had a great idea for another this morning. I’ll just sketch in a few details and then get onto it. Mind you I’ve just had…

Sunday, 13 July 2014

I don't want to whine - well, actually I do.



I’m slowly beginning to lose the Swamp Thing look. Scarlet fever has finally begun to depart. Great, I thought – back to normal.
    So I ventured out of the house yesterday to breathe what passes for air in west London, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. I even did some of the gardening my beloved has been moaning about for months.
    Perhaps I’m just getting old. I’m certainly not eighteen anymore, and clearly no longer have the resilience to tear pesky ivy roots out of the ground with a sneer of disdain. More like a howl of anguish.
    Now I’m stuck in the house – again. I think I’ve torn just about every muscle in my back. My wife thinks I’m doing it for attention, but the pain is killing me and somewhere up there, someone’s laughing at my stupidity. Come to think of it someone’s laughing at lot closer than that.
    ‘Stay on your back old man’, she muttered in between giggles as she and my so-called daughter disappeared off to do whatever it is women do the very second after they’ve been paid.
    If this is what it’s like to get old then they can keep it. I want to be eighteen again. Maybe there’s a pill.

I sold my first book in Canada! Not exactly taking over the world but it's a good start.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Complete codswallop

I wrote the first sixty pages of Old Geezers 2 about five years ago but then wandered off into other projects.

    I've finished it now and begun the edit, but it's taken me four days to rewrite the first chapter which is the biggest load of old guff I've ever read - and I wrote it.

    I also wrote another book about twenty years ago which I thought was the epitome of wonderful-ness at the time but never got round to attempting publication. I'm glad. I've just had a look and it's mind bogglingly awful. I did once have visions of rewriting it, and can now see that it wouldn't be a rewrite but a completely new edition now that I know what punctuation is actually for.Talk about passive verbs!

    Has anyone else picked up something they wrote a few years back and decided to re-write, or simply have a look and realised how much their style has changed?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Didn't want to do it, but...




Given my recent sales of this particular book, or lack thereof, I’ve made Three Hoodies Save the world free on Smashwords. Hopefully it will get me some sales for numbers two, and three (which isn’t even published yet. I suspect that giving away books, upon which we’ve slaved for months, for free devalues all Ebooks, yet I see no other option than spending and possibly wasting a lot of money on sites offering/promising incredible results. I don’t have that kind of money, and even if I did I’m not sure I’d spend it like that.
      Amazon is going to be a different proposition. Given their $0.99 minimum I’m hoping their price-match will catch the B/N, Nook etc price courtesy of S/W and drop their price to match. Only time will tell.  Just to be polite I’ve told them what I’ve done. Whether they’ll answer or not remains to be seen.
      The paperback version remains unchanged since I doubt Amazon/CreateSpace would print and send anything for nothing. 


Later. As expected amazon won't let me give it away for nothing unless I join KDP and then only for five days . 
No matter, if anyone wants to try Hoodies one in kindle format, smashwords will have it in Mobi format which just needs a little cutting and pasting.