It’s been another busy month, but I feel like I’ve reached some sort of plateau, which is nice. This is what I’ve been up to:
- Sorting out free goodies for newsletter subscribers;
- Getting Fear’s Union published in other retailers;
- Getting Mandestroy priced for free on Amazon;
- Reading and reviewing more books in exchange for reviews of Mandestroy;
- Blogging book reviews and writing experiences; and
- Thinking about where to go next.
So, where does this all leave us? Well, I’m quite proud of where I’ve got to – the website has come along nicely, and I’m comfortable with the maintenance and blogging. I have two books “out there”, including a free one, so I am officially an author and people are reading my work. Hurrah! And I’ve had some interesting feedback which really helps with forward momentum.
But now it’s time to stand back and think about that forward momentum. At the end of the day, this is all about the writing, and so I’m going to get back to it. Read on to find out what I have up my sleeve…
Continue reading Author Newsletter September 2016
Book 2 of Daughter of Ravenswood Series
This is the first book in a while that’s really given me a buzz. I really liked it. That’s not to say that there aren’t a few challenges with the read, but ultimately I thought this was a great book – the finale is excellent.
I have read a lot of indie books recently, and the writing that gets put on the page can vary wildly – both in style and in rigour. It’s a very hard task to write great prose, so in my view, as long as the writing doesn’t distract from the content, it’s good. When I started reading ‘Truth Unveiled’, my immediate impression was that ‘this is really great writing’. Really great. It felt professional. Continue reading Book Review: Truth Unveiled
Wow – that was a busy month. As I mentioned last month, I may have suddenly realised that I had to get my skates on and get the novella sorted out pretty sharpish! I had been dragging my heels somewhat, and it turns out there was quite a lot to do. But I got there! Which is very exciting. So, in news of all things Mandestroy, this is what’s happened:
- Mandestroy book in a blog concluded;
- The final edit of Mandestroy was pulled together (including a sentence by sentence overhaul);
- It got a beta read from Joshua C. Cook – thanks Josh!;
- And it was published (hurrah!) on Smashwords for FREE and Amazon for $0.99 (more on that later).
But it’s not all about Mandestroy – oh no. What else has been going on in James Hockley’s world?
- Fear’s Union limped out of SPFBO#2 with the “Katana of potential” award – not all bad then!
- Some more reviews of Fear’s Union have popped up – mixed opinions so far…
- I’ve been reading lots (as always) with a particular highlight being Robin Hobb’s Ship of Magic. Epic in every sense.
That’s the headlines. Now, on with the news!
Continue reading Author Newsletter August 2016
Yep – I’ve given up on the silly titles. It didn’t take long did it? My knowledge of news based quiz shows is not extensive enough to keep it going any longer. And beyond that, I saw an article by Jane Friedman here which suggested it was not a productive idea! So we have a functional title instead.
And on that note – thanks to Jane for her excellent blog advice. I have signed up to a few ‘writing bloggers’ out there, but I have to say that Jane has become my go-to source of self-publishing info. There’s always something useful there.
Now, on with the news. What’s been happening? Here’s the highlights:
- England rugby union rolled over the Aussies in their own back yard! Hurrah;
- England football limped out of the European Championships with an embarrassing whimper. Not so hurrah;
- And Brexit happened. Brexit actually happened. Oh dear god;
- I have been reviewing a lot of books in a quest to get some feedback on Fear’s Union;
- Mandestroy has continued to be edited and is being blogged with a view to getting it published at the end of the month (still).
And that’s about it – I think. It doesn’t sound like a lot when I put it like that.
Continue reading Author Newsletter July 2016