Trying my damnedest…

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For the past couple of days I have been trying my damnedest to join Amazon uk’s marketing scheme. My word, they don’t half make it difficult. First I signed up for an Amazon Advantage Account. Then I used that to sign up for the AMS Marketing account, waited a day, and got rejected! In the rejection they sent me a link to the Amazon US marketing scheme with the advice that I ‘re-register’ with a new email. But my US AMS ads are working fine! I want to be in the UK AMS! I emailed their contact person. We have …

Writing Update 2018 week 49

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Today I almost finished my 2nd thriller! It’s a helluva feeling to put the capstone on a book. Euphoric, really – even more so because I woke up with a real sense of unease about the story this morning, which carried through until I wrote this pivotal scene. I’d pushed things to a really grim extreme yesterday, left on a cliffhanger. I still have my doubts that people would want to read this degree of horribleness. Today I closed it out, and yes, it feels good. Just desserts reverberate back throughout the story – leaving the reader in no uncertain …

Story Craft #21 Research!!

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As a science fiction and fantasy author – which is all I ever wanted to be until recently – I never once thought about going out into the world to do primary research. Other sf/fantasy authors don’t talk about it. You don’t have George R.R. Martin explaining how he went to mental asylums and wrote letters to psychopaths in order to better write Ramsay Bolton. Tolkien’s research was entirely his own enormous invention. That approach always appealed to me enormously. You just make it up. Yes, I would get inspiration from an interest in science, history and politics – but …

Writing Update 2018 week 48

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I haven’t released a book in 5 months! That is the longest I have gone since I started publishing seriously in 2014. I’m currently selling around 1-2 a day, with around 1000 pages read. That’s about $10 a day. Not terrible, considering I’ve done no promo in months. Here’s the update on thriller book 2: Word count: 77,000 – up by 16,000 from 2 weeks ago. Around 1,000 words a day. Not much, but OK. At that pace, it’s a book in 3-4 months. 3-4 per year. Number of vehicular crashes: 2 big ones plus 40 small ones – I’ll …

Story Craft #20 Action, not World

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I’ve now written 1 and 3/4 thrillers, after writing 12 sci-fi novels, 2 epic fantasy and mostly only ever reading sci-fi and fantasy, and it has taught me 1 major lesson that is already helping me write better in all genres: Action, not world In a thriller, it’s about original action, not about an original world. World-building is far less of an issue. The world itself is not the draw – because to a large degree, it’s the same world we all know. So you can’t hook with fascinating stuff about the world. Yet I have always focused on world …

Agent hunt update – Jack Reacher edition

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I checked my dates, and it seems I sent agent queries for my new thriller 2 months ago now. I’ve had 3 rejections and 1 request for the full. The rejection I got last week was a biting one – from one of the top agents I submitted to, and the one who represents Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Darley Anderson. It was one of the biggest reaches, and least likely, but of course it is a disappointment still. Darley Anderson sent me what looked to be a form rejection, thanking me and saying it’s important for the agent to …

Writing Update 2018 week 47

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Yesterday I took my heart in my mouth and sent a message to one of my favorite thriller authors – someone I’ve corresponded briefly with before. I just finished one of his books and loved it. There was much in common with the thriller I’ve just written – human trafficking, white supremacists, a hero damaged in childhood now pursuing a Dexter-like vigilante revenge. So in my message I asked if he’d be willing to take a look at my book and maybe offer a blurb. Unfortunately, he replied within minutes with a considerate but firm no. He was busy, which …

The Rot’s War in audio Dec 18!!

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Book 2 of the Ignifer Cycle – The Rot’s War – is coming in a month (December 18) as an audiobook! Podium are releasing it to follow up their August launch of book 1, The Saint’s Rise. The promotional effort for this looks to be epic. I am going to push it to my list and hopefully via Bookbub. They are going to push it to their phenomenal list for the first time. I’m thinking it’s going to be huge. Here’s the cover for audio. More on this as we get closer!  

Writing Update 2018 week 46

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For the past 2 weeks I’ve been a little jammed up around the 50,000 word mark on my thriller book 2. I’d write a chapter or two forward, then go back and wonder if it was the right move or not. Go back 3 or 4 chapters and reconsider. A major character dies. It’s a big blow, and takes some real thinking to know if I’m set on it. Now that jam is cleared. We just spent 10,000 words on a plane. I find in writing these thrillers that there’s a lot of time spent in transit. The transit time …

Indie Guides: How to get a great book cover artist

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As a self-publisher for 5 years now, with fourteen novels, two short story collections and a non-fiction book of my Japan ruin adventures, you can bet I’ve commissioned a lot of book covers, and thus have a lot of experience (even wisdom?) I can pass along. Added all together that’s 17 covers commissioned, right? Well, not exactly. I think I’ve taken just about every route to a cover that is possible, including making one of them from scratch myself. So then that’s 16 covers commissioned? No again, because my three cyberpunk I’ve had re-made FOUR times (count ’em, for five …