October Promotion!!!

 

It’s my Birthday Month…. if you fancy giving me a birthday present, why not pick up a copy of each my story collections for $1 / 0.99p?

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Picking myself up and dusting myself off… again.

Well, I think I’ll try again…

The Publishing world is tricky place to want to work…  I have no idea why I want to publish my work. If all I wanted to do was write, I’d post everything for free on here….

However, I want more than that and unfortunately that costs money – yes, I self publish the majority of my work, but when a cover for a single book can cost $150 upwards and editing even more, I get stuck into a negative loop that often goes:

A) Finish MS.
B) Find someone to Alpharead (as in reading it warts and all.)
C) Look for an Editor to fix any problems.
D) Can’t afford an Editor so put the MS on a backburner until I can.
E) Look for Cover Artist.
F) Find one and inquire about prices.
G) Can’t afford a CA, so put the whole project on a backburner.
H) Start new Project.
I) Repeat from (A).

It means that I have a few things on my HDD that haven’t yet seen the light of day and some that have been abandoned because I couldn’t find anyone that had time to read the first draft!

I need to fix this and I need the help of my Fans – wherever they are…. so I’ve changed my rewards. Now there is only one, $3 tier, but for those $3 you get a few things!

  • My Undying Adoration and a personal, handwritten Thank you note for becoming a Fan / Patron!
  • Access to Facebook Fan Page and all that entails – I’m the only Admin, so I will give you my personal attention…
  • Access to Patron only content via Blogsite – you’ll get a password to take you to a special page on my site with stories, poetry and other things…. including Offers and Giveaways!
  • Discount on Signed Print Books – When I launch a print book, I always offer a limited run of numbered, dedicated, signed copies. Patrons will recieve a 50% discount on the cost of this.
  • Surprise Rewards – these will come up as I think of them and will be limited in number. Keep an eye on my Patreon page / Blogsite for details.

I may add more tiers if I have to, but to be honest, I don’t want to cost my Fans too much money. I will probably add more Rewards or Tiers as time goes on, after all, I want to give value for money as well.

I want to thank everyone who takes the time to even visit my Profile on Patreon or on Facebook. It makes me feel like I am getting somewhere!

A Rare Occurrence has happened & Other News…

… I’ve got a flash story published an an anthology!

It’s a rare occurrence because, while I cut my writing teeth  on short stories and anthologies, I have problems writing in forms any shorter than a thousand words now;  for this particular anthology the word limit was 250!

The process also created a short story that will be going into my next short story collection (which will be published when I feel I have enough words to justify a book) so it was rather useful in that respect… and it was a great deal of fun to write for – I had to really concentrate on my words and their meaning.

The links to the book the flash story is in are at the end of the post.

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I’ve  just started a creative writing course. Now you might think that would be a waste of time for a writer, but there’s always value in going back to basics and working through them methodically; you learn more about yourself and improve your process… and writing that way. I’m not sure what I’ll do with anything I might write from the course, but it’s going to be an interesting journey, which is rather the whole point of it…

I shall of course, keep you posted on my progress.

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I’m working on a new story for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.

It’s an off-shoot of “Teacups & Time Travel”, set in the world that Lady Elizabeth ran off to… and is already doing rather well on the page. If I think you may enjoy it, I shall post excerpts on here…

Here’s a few words from it…

Hi, I’m Alice. No, not THAT Alice; she was a figment of Lewis Carroll’s hallucinations. I’m a real Alice.

Wonderland? Real? Yes, but not the way he saw it. Or the way that the Cartoons and movies have imagined it or even the way that you might see it when you’re reading the books.

I know the Real Wonderland and… honestly… it’s a lot more scary, a lot less friendly and even more fun than you might think. I don’t call it Wonderland though, I call it the Curious World; to me it’s my escape place – my freedom and my relaxation.

Do you want to come with me to visit it?

There’s no following a White Rabbit or falling down a hole in the ground. My route is much, much simpler and a lot harder; you have to have the ability to step through your reality and into mine.

Do you still want to come with me?

What do you think? It feels like it has legs for me and I’m going to run with it…

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And Finally: 

Here’s those book links I was talking about!

Anthology of deliciously fun murders about those who serve us badly and those who abuse the service providers.

US Link: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Hold-Murder-Important-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07DD6XB72

UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Please-Hold-Murder-Important-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07DD6XB72