Sunday, 27 May 2012

Tiberius Found has jumped from being #53,000+ on the Amazon Bestsellers Rank list to being currently #17,371.

But it could be better.

It's still currently only available via Kindle - there's been some logistical issue with Smashwords ... It's still priced £1.54 and you can find it here

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

It's alive, it's alive!

Tiberius Found lives!

This is how Victor Frankenstein must have felt.

After a slight delay (whilst I wrote the screenplay for Salesmen Abroad) Tiberius Found has finally gone on Kindle.

"On his sixteenth birthday Daniel Henstock's parents are murdered and he discovers that his life, so far, has been a lie. He's been genetically engineered and those responsible want him back. To survive Daniel has to run. And run hard.

But it was never going to be easy or simple. When his liberator is captured Daniel returns and puts his life on the line to re-pay the debt."

Tiberius Found is a YA action/adventure novel written in a similar vein as Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider stories ... Alex Rider crossed with Jason Bourne, that is.

It cost an extremely resonable £1.54 and can be found here 

The great cover art is by Julie Cuthberts

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Bullet has been bitten

After staying up to past 4:30 the other morning and just after midnight last night - I will catch up on sleep, I will - the first draft of Salesmen Abroad has been just been emailed over to Scott Barber and Paul Wallis. Well, I say first draft - it's gone through about five or six mini-edits already.

I don't think I'll ever get used to that moment when I send work out to be seen by 'normal people', especially when those 'normal people' have effectively commissioned me to do said writing. If you've never been there, it's scary stuff. Even when you send a story or screenplay into a competition you're natural concern is that it's you who's going to be judged, not the writing. This is personal stuff, after all. What if they hate it? What if I've got the brief horribly wrong? What if I get run over by an eighteen wheeler as I step out of the door?

If there's one thing I've learned from reading blogs by the likes of Dominic Carver and Jason Arnopp then it's to have a little confidence in your own skill. There has to come a time when a script or story has to be released into the world, otherwise what's the point in writing it? (OK, apart from some sort of self-therapy, but you know what I mean)

No doubt that Scott, Paul and whoever else will be involved at a high level will have thoughts / opinions / recommendations for changes - that's a given - and any writer who is precious about their work and refuses to change a single word, is either a) a colossal giant in the writing world and at the top of their game, or b) the opposite.

I'm not a) so I hope I fall somewhere between the two.

Monday, 7 May 2012

First Draft polish

It was almost light by the time I went to bed last night - by which I mean this morning - by the time I'd gone through the PDF formatted script of Salesmen Abroad. The last time I looked at the clock before bed it showed 4:37.

And here's a lesson for not editing in normal screen format - no matter how many times you read a piece you've written you can always miss some typos. I made myself go through it line by line and actually read it, not read what I knew I was expecting. What I found was a number of type errors - notably where I'd amended some text and either included a repeated word, or where a word was missing in order for the sentence to make sense. I think I've got them all.

But I'm not going to rely on that. I want to send Scott and Paul the script in a couple of days time, so I'll go through it (probably) another two times before the 'Send' button is hit, just to make sure I don't look silly.

There's good news from Paul about a potential director - Sergiu Prodan, a Moldavian director - and he's almost pre-cast an Czech actress for the love-interest role. From her picture she looks perfect, she just has to be able to kick a football.