What a year!

When I pause and think about it 2014 has been fairly epic. It’s been a year of adventures and new starts: marriage, new job, a second book almost complete and the leap into self publishing!
I say leap; it was more of a trip and a stumble followed by a huge learning curve! I naively imagined that I could proof read 65,000 words myself, draw a quick cover, slap it out through Amazon, get some friends to read and review and the thing would sell itself!
The reality is: the cover looks clumsy and has held me back from marketing ‘The Lost Heirs’ (I’m having a professional one done right now); I’m on my sixth reprint of the text and people are still pointing out errors! (As soon as I’m paid next month I’ll be employing a proof reader); and whilst lots of friends have happily bought the book (bless them!) few have reviewed it (one to be exact), people are just busy, that’s all. I’ve found the best way to get honest reviews is to approach other authors on WordPress who are in a similar position to me and offer to buy, read and review their books if they’ll do the same. It’s a slow process but it’s honest and it’s opened me up to some genres that I wouldn’t normally bother with; improving my own writing to boot.
So for 2015 I’ll be focusing on professionalism; investing in the project I’ve poured my heart and soul into these last few years. By Easter the second book should be available (proofread and with a proper cover!); and I’ll be experimenting with various different promotional methods whilst completing the third book in the series. I’ll let you know which ones work!
Have a wonderful 2015 – may it be full of dreams come true.

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25 Ways to Help Self-Published Authors

Ash Krafton

Thank you, Tricia Schneider, for sharing this… I’m glad to pass it on!

And if you are a reader, a writer, or an all-around great person, please share this, too… art only survives when it’s enjoyed. *hearts*

25 Ways to Help Self-Published Authors.

  1. Buy a self-published book
  2. Leave an honest review. (In fact, leave a review on more than one site!)
  3. Thank the author publicly on social media.
  4. Recommend the book to someone else….

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A Christmas review!

One of the best things about the holidays? The chance to read without that guilty ‘you should be marking’ sensation! This is a review I’ve just written for a great new series:

The Stern and Wild Ones is the first book of the Seeker Series and will rekindle your love of all things paranormal!

Ally is just sixteen when she begins to have visions that would send most of us running to the psychiatrist! However, witty, brave, and sidetracked by the good-looking bad-boy who sits behind her; Ally is determined to solve the mystery of her psychic episodes.

This is one of those stories that hooks you in from the start and keeps you alongside the characters right to the very end. Ally is not your typical teenager – still believable and appealing but without the stereotypes that can be so frustrating in books about this age group. And she is surrounded by equally unconventional characters – her rather theatrical ‘Grams’ being my personal favourite.

Most of the teenagers I teach would love this story but the humour and wide range of characters open it up to a much wider audience – I have four aunts in their 50s-60s who I suspect would love this too!
If you have an interest in strong paranormal mysteries; like a good dash of humour and wit with your characters and can appreciate a sprinkle of romance – this is the book for you. I’m off to buy the sequel!

The Stern and Wild Ones (The Seeker Series Book 1) by Reece Evhans
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LASCJKK/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_VtiOub0AEKQ7V

Frost!

A deep frost has wrapped the earth this morning; it makes me feel all Christmassy! In my second novel, I’m writing a bit where the main characters are back in time experiencing a Victorian Christmas – it’s wonderful to write about while everything around me in the real world is getting festive and bright!

Writing is proving a real escape at the moment – interesting how having a terrible job can increase literary productivity! If things get any worse at work I’ll have a whole trilogy done before Easter. What are your writing triggers?

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