Sunday, 20 January 2013

A man can hope...

Not updated in a while, so here is a quick one. Sadly, we've had a death in the family so writing has not been the top of my agenda, and so updating this blog has taken a bit of a back seat too.

I am up to 15'000 words now though, so I'm getting back into making progress as of this week on book 2. However, by my calculations I will need to be doing around 3'500 words a day in order to get to 50'000 words by end of January (my rough target of book length). I don't think I am going to make my planned target of the first draft done by end of January.

Regardless, it was a nice target to try and hit. Instead I'll aim for first draft complete come end of February. We'll see.

Progress on the printed version of the first book is going better. I submitted a revised manuscript to Createspace with some minor updates and tweaks to the font and pages, so the interior of the book is ready to go. Likewise my wonderful illustrator Mat has submitted updated images for the front cover and spine which is excellent. Now if I can just configure the back-spine-front cover PDF we will be more or less ready. Then all I need to wait on will be the IRS sending me the needed tax code in order to begin printing. Whether the code arrives by the end of the week or not is debatable. But a man can hope!

I've also been working on another short story. This ones theme, 'visit to a stately home' was put on the back burner during Christmas as everyone was a tad busy. Now, with a bit more time, I'm putting the finishing touches to my attempt. I hope to post it up on this blog soon.

Twitter has also been very good, with 1'500 people now following me and lots of fellow authors in the mix. I'm been doing my best to tweet and retweet as often as possible.

So we're still good. In fact if I can avoid playing Halo 4 progress will be even better. As I said, a man can hope...

Monday, 7 January 2013

A good start to 2013!

Well despite a shocking busy few days in work, and a lot of post-Christmas activates, I still managed to get a bit of work done on the book / books.

The big news is I have taken a big step toward getting the paperback version of Haldred Chronicles:Alyssa sorted by sending the required documents to the IRS in America.  Hopefully by now those documents have got to the US and are being processed.  I don’t know when the processing will be complete, but once done I’ll have a tax code and so be able to finish the set up of the book on

Then we got ourselves a paperback version.  Happy days!

As well as this, Twitter work has received a boost.  ‘Alyssa’ is now being advertised by a very nice advertising company called Kindle Book Promotor, who are putting the word out much better than I have been. I’m still not convinced Twitter is the most wonderful of social mediums but it’s getting there.

I now have 7 reviews of ‘Alyssa’ on which is just fantastic.  To those who have put up reviews, again, thank you so much for taking the time to help out. It’s really appreciated.  Plus pretty much every review has asked about a sequel.

The sequel, Haldred Chronicles:Kalla, is coming along nicely.  9500 words done and it’s only the start of January.  I am very pleased with progress.  If I can keep up the pace I should definitely have the first draft done by the end of the month, as was originally planned.

A darn good start to 2013.