Monthly Archives: May 2013

When a tail gets in the way of a story

My beautiful dog, Belle, has had a story to tell. Her tail is now tweet-sized, novel but short,  following a radical edit. It all started on a bright and sunny day in early May when I took her to the dog hair salon. She returned clean and clipped but later that night her tail developed a sore.

Two weeks later, after many visits to the vet and the vet hospital, much stress, worry, medication (for both of us) and cost, she now has a stub where her gorgeous tail used to be and is wearing an accessory, mocked by many a passerby.

Because of all this, I have failed in my main task in life, which is to become a bestselling author. I will get back to this grail in the coming days. Belle’s stitches will be removed on June 6th. I should be in top 100,000 on Amazon shortly thereafter.Image

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Why did Dan Brown get all the reviews?

Dan Brown’s new book is on most front pages of websites and papers  this week. A dissection of Dante, the struggles with writer’s block, the difficult decisions: it’s all there plus the gratuitous sniping at the deftness of the prose (or is that deafness?). INFERNO will be a bestseller. AN Wilson called it a page turner despite the language. It has lots of factoids about viruses and Italy. All to the good.

I hope the Dan Brown magic rubs off on the rest of us writing clue-filled thrillers. My sleuths, by the way, are much better looking than Robert Langdon — I would see them played by Kate Winslet (Charlie) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Lucinda) in the movie (rights available on request). Check out The Stones of Judgment on Amazon for Kindle. It’s a page turner too and the prose I hope is not without sound.

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One a day is not enough …

So Stones of Judgement was published on May 5th. It’s now May 15th and I noticed this morning (a second ago actually) that I have now sold 10 downloads. One a day — but I don’t think that is enough for the world as a whole. More people should have a chance to read this great book. So I need to work on getting the word out. That is my task for the next few days. Pity that the day job gets in the way ….

Any tips would be much appreciated. I will be trying to find reviewers too. Probably next week so let’s see how that goes.

By the way this is a photo of my me and my dog Image

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The Stones of Judgment

The Stones of Judgment

Another look at that great cover!

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May 14, 2013 · 9:17 am

The Stones of Judgment

OK, so this is pure self-promotion but I am afraid the sales ticker is rather sleepy at the moment. This great summer read has received two 5 star reviews (and whose saying that I know both reviewers) and a couple of likes on Facebook. There must be something to it. I suggest that anyone who happens across this blog, go straight to the Amazon site and take a gander.

The story is fun: two ex-convent school girls get embroiled in a murder mystery that takes them to India and Italy where they find love (or at least sex). And you have a secret society and the Catholic Church thrown in there for almost free. The book is current 99 cents. A steal!!

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May 14, 2013 · 9:13 am

I’ve sold three downloads to people I know

This is very exciting. Three people — all either related to me or very good friends — have downloaded my book, The Stones of Judgment at 99 cents a copy. That is great news — and I haven’t started the media blitz yet, just a quick post on Facebook.

I am not sure what the media blitz will look like, but when I get more than a few minutes of time, I shall give it some thoughts. My sister has suggested local Suffolk media because part of the story takes place there. That’s something to consider. I can also send out review copies to people I think would have influence. I imagine Dan Brown, for example, giving it a blurb (in my dreams of course). I can see Oprah reading it on the beach and tweeting to all her followers, too.

It’s fantastic what the imagination can do! 

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Pressing the Amazon publish button

I had thought it would be easier. But after I received the Kindle version of my book, Stones of Judgment, ready for Amazon uploading I broke stride trying to figure out what kind of royalty deal I should go for. The 70/30 split on offer for a bunch of countries looked good until it seemed that I would have to price the book higher than I had wanted. And then there was the issue of exclusivity with a shot at the Amazon lending pot … about $1million to share between many thousand writers. But then the book would have to only be available on Amazon.

So, because I couldn’t decide what to do, I decided to start slow. I picked the 35/65 deal and priced the book at 99 cents and pushed the publish button. Amazon said it would take 12 hours to go live. That should be sometime while I am sleeping. I believe many more people will sleep through the event unless I get my act together and spread the word.

First stop, blogging. Expect more where this came from.

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