Friday, 26 October 2012

All change, all change

I've been thinking about it for a while and have now bitten the bullet ... I'm not going to be updating this blog from now on. But fear not!

I have a new blog @ and will be using that as my primary 'writing' blog. The Bearded Child has a nickname which has followed me for many years and I thought it was time I showed a more 'professional' public face in relation to my burgeoning writing career.

Many thanks to everyone who have followed me over the years but if you pop on over to the new address then you'll not miss any new revelations and opinions. And I'll be updating the progress of my NaNoWriMo on a daily basis.

See you on the other side ...

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Promotion postcards

The promotional postcards for Tiberius Found that I ordered from Vistaprint (with an expected delivery date of the 25th) arrived two days ago, and they are brilliant. One hundred cards - with the full-colour book cover image one one side and blurb with two QR codes (one for the novel on Kindle and the other for Kobo) on the reverse - came to just over £30. Which included delivery that came a week earlier than expected.

The postcards are one of the aides I'm planning to help me promote the novel during my time at the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook organised Self-publishing in the Digital Age one day conference on the 3rd November.

There are many tools at a writer's disposal in the field of self-promotion and maybe the postcard is a bit clunky, the fact that it's tactile and has the QR codes on can make it a very useful asset. We'll see but so far it's looking good.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Tiberius Found latest on Wattpad

The latest chapter - 4 - of Tiberius Found has just gone up on Wattpad here.

Kindle freebie

For the next couple of days Joe Konrath (writing as Jack Kilborn) is giving away his horror novel Afraid, for the Kindle.

Joe's recently re-gained the electronic rights to this novel so to celebrate he's offering it free for a short period, so get it while it's hot.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

NaNoWriMo update

For those taking part in the NaNoWriMo competition we have to include a blurb detail of what the soon-to-be written novel will be. This is mine for Tiberius Bound ...

"Daniel Henstock dares to think that his life will return to 'normal' - his enemy (as far as he knows) is dead, the shadowy government organisation are no longer looking for him and his relationship with Eleanor is blossoming. But on the evening of the High School Ball Daniel discovers that the peace and quiet he wanted has been shattered. Gregory Dryden is killing off his enemies and Daniel is next on the list.

However Daniel realises - too late - that danger lies much closer to home.

Once again Daniel must fight to not only save himself but also protect those he cares for, and he has to make some difficult decisions along the way."

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Self-publishing in the Digital Age

Writers' and Artists' Yearbook are holding a one-day conference on Saturday 3rd November titled Self-publishing in the Digital Age, being held at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road.

It's going to be a packed day with various speakers taking attendees through from 9.30am-5.30pm, and for a short time is still available at a discounted rate of £65.

My ticket's already bought.

And I generated my first self-marketing tool last night - a Vistaprint postcard with the Tiberius Found cover image on one side with blurb and two QR codes (one directing to the Kindle page and the other to the Kobo one) on the reverse. I was surprised at how easy it was to generate a QR code - and it was free, too. Hopefully it'll help me promote the book on the event.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Writing roundup

OK - so it's been a while since I last made a serious post here. And again that's not because I've been idle. I've been busy doing the continual promotion of Tiberius Found and have decided to upload a chapter a week on Wattpad - my page can be found here. Feel free to go there, read the chapters and spread the word.

I've also made a couple of decisions in the last week -
  • the Tiberius stories will become a trilogy under The Emperor Initiative banner
  • that I'm going to take part in this year's NaNoWriMo - the 30-day 'competition' to write 50,000 words in November
I've not attempted the NaNoWriMo before but feel that it'll be just the kick up the backside I need to get the sequel up-and-running. I've had numerous 'demands' to know what happens next to Daniel and who are good guys and who are bad. OK, some of the bad guys are pretty clear-cut but there is grey area over one or two.

But most people seem to want to know more about Dryden's maroon suit. And I'm sure it'll get some more 'page' time.

I've decided that I want to continue the title format and alliteration of the sequel to Tiberius Found and the next story will be titled Tiberius Bound. It'll continue Daniel's story almost immediately after the end of Tiberius Found where he'll face some new (and unexpected) enemies, new challenges and raw emotions. He'll find allegiances tested and loyalties tempted, and once again finding that he's asking himself "who can I trust?"

Oh, and he'll get up-close-and-personal with an old enemy as well. But you knew that was going to happen, didn't you?

I've blocked out the main frame for Tiberius Bound and pretty much know where it's going and what I need to do. And I know how it's going to end. At least the the 'mood' of the end, anyway.

And I know the main crux of the third story. All I'll say is that, for Daniel, it doesn't get any easier.