NaNoWriMo 2017 – Chamberlain’s Curse

As usual I am taking part in NaNoWriMo.
For those of you who have no idea of what that is, here’s the official explanation:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

https://nanowrimo.org

It’s essentially a competition with yourself, but you can buddy up with other writers, inspire and encourage each other and take part in events – it all depends on how you like to work. For the last couple of years I have started the competition but been unable to finish anything. It’s been a rough time personally (as regular blog readers will know) and that has an irritating tendency to take away my focus and determination.

Anyhoo, this year I’m working on a standalone book set in the world of “The Heir of The Dragon” but set a few years after the events of that story, tentatively entitled “Chamberlain’s Curse”  Here’s the Blurb again:

Kai-Lynn Riordan loved Te Ling.

The day-time streets thronged with tourists that would pay her to tell their fortunes. The night-time streets crawled with people who needed her services as a Hunter.

Life was good.

The only drawback to Te Ling was that the only thing that you could rely on was that everything would change…

I’m posting the chapters each day on my Patreon Page; however,  only Patrons will be able to read them for the first 3 days.  The story is proceding nicely and I’ve been above the goal wordcount of 1667 words every day so far (it’s early days yet) so I’m fairly happy with myself at the moment.

I’m also going to reduce the price of “The Heir of The Dragon” for this month only, so if you haven’t read it yet (why not?) you’ll be able to pick up an e-book copy for £0.99 / $1.00!

 

You can buy a copy anywhere that sells e-books – but here are the main links:

or if you prefer a different format to Kindle, just pop over to Smashwords, where they have it available in all sorts… https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/421184

Happy Reading!!

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Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives

This is disturbing…

David Gaughran

Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend.

Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming.

And now she is being targeted.

Phoenix made a box set free for a few days back in September, advertising on Freebooksy, KND/BookGorilla, and Digital Book World – all legitimate sites – and there was no other promotion involved with this title. No BookBub CPM ads, no Facebook campaign, no tweets, no newsletter swaps, no mailing lists.

On the third day of her free run, Phoenix’s box set was rank-stripped by Amazon, a punishment normally reserved for those who have used clickfarms or bots…

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Uncomfortable publishing truths…

One of my favourite authors is Gail Carriger – I adore  her work and have bought everything that she’s published. I’ve converted my family to being her fans as well. She was my introduction into Steampunk books and I’ve bought several books that she’s reccomended because I trust her judgement (I do check the blurb etc as well) and as yet haven’t been let down, either in her books or in her reccomendations.

One of the things that she and I both have in common (apart from being authors that is) is that E-Book is far easier to get published than Print. It takes a lot longer to format a print book than it does an E-Book. Traditionally, the print, e-book and audiobook often get released at the same time, but as an Indie or Hybrid author, it’s almost impossible to get all three synchronised; we just don’t have the clout.

Gail explains this much better than I could, so I’ll wait for you to read that –http://gailcarriger.com/2017/09/08/wheres-the-print-edition-the-mess-behind-self-pub-some-sad-hybrid-truths/

So the next time you think about complaining that an Indie or Hybrid author hasn’t got a print or audio version of their book for you to buy, please remember that we have a lot more hoops to jump through than a traditionally published author…