Finishing The Light edits, & a new series? – Writing Update 2019 Week 52

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This week has been a full-time load of editing, with fitting in some family time in the middle. I’ve been working on the secret editing project, thinking about Wren book 4, finishing up The Last Mayor book 9 rework The Light, and ALSO dreaming up a new series. In turn: The Light rework With this last book in the Last Mayor series reworked, I have now completely rewritten the whole 9-book series! It is a pretty huge thing to do. I had it down for some future date, if I had time, spread out over years. Rather, thanks to sales …

Stopped all FB ads, ACX auditions, edits – Writing Update 2019 Week 51

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The last week (almost last week of 2019!) I’ve been working on 5 things: Battling the intro and concept for Wren book 4 Reworking Last Mayor book 9 Editing a secret project (not mine – more some point later) Listening to audiobook auditions for Saint Justice Finishing up 5 years at my old job, On Campus London teaching English. I’ve also done my taxes and taken stock of ad success in the last few months. Thanks to affiliate links attached to various Facebook ads, I’ve known for some time that those ads didn’t seem to be connected very much to …

The Lies breakthrough & Wren comments – Writing Update 2019 Week 50

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The Lies – For 2 weeks I’ve been struggling with my zombie book 8, The Lies – trying to figure out how to cut it so it makes sense, goes faster and captures what I wanted to do originally. Challenges standing in the way are the usuals, but in complex ways – repetition of past material, proliferation of deep tech explanations – plus something less problematic in previous books: low-stakes but high energy conflict. The central story is Amo learning who he needs to kill, setting up book 9 and the climax. There’s a lot of backstory, told live in …

Wren Bookbub, audiobooks and too much gore – Writing Update 2019 Week 47, 48, 49

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On Thurs Nov 28 (Thanksgiving) I had the Bookbub for book one of the Chris Wren thriller series – Saint Justice. It was free in all markets, exclusive to KU. I never thought I’d get the BB without going wide, and was in fact planning on a wide run early in 2020, but applied while exclusive anyway on a whim. Well, they took it and ran it and now we have results – 24,000 free given away on the 28th, another 4,000 on the 29th, another 1,000 on the 30th. It held #1 position in Amazon free stores in UK, …