My Publishing Journey: Counting Down Again

It’s just over a month to go before the release of BEFORE THE END, so it’s full speed ahead with preparations, but I have managed to fit in some other activities.

BEFORE THE END

The proof copies arrived this week and I’m really impressed with the covers in print!

After making good progress on editing another novel, I’ve now put pretty much everything else to the side as I concentrate on proof reading BTE for last minute typos etc. I’m finding a decent quantity so I know it’s a job worth doing despite how hard I find to read it for the millionth time. I also have my wife reading it too, she’s amazing at catching typos, in ANYTHING!

Once I’ve finished my read through I’ll be sending out the book to my ARC readers and taking a deep breath and hope they like it…

I’ve also posted BEFORE THE END for audio auditions. So far the response has been very good and I have five auditions to listen to over the weekend. At least four of them fit the initial bill and it’s going to be hard to choose the eventually voice.

Marketing And Sales

Today marks the start of an awesome cross-promotion with a load of other post-apocalyptic authors, the details of which I will be sharing next week.

I send out a newsletter yesterday, launching a competition to win a signed paperback edition of BEFORE THE END. The competition is open to anyone in the world. All you have to do is subscribe to my mailing list, pre-order BEFORE THE END on kindle and then email me the time and date of the pre-order. You’re then in the draw. If you fancy a chance to win (the odds are very high that you will at the moment) then you can sign up to my mailing list here!

Sales of IN THE END at £0.99/$0.99 are going fairly well, currently at 1-3 per day. It’s nothing to write home about, but from tiny acorns…!

FATE’S AMBITION

I mentioned in a previous post that I was going to try out my editing agency’s blurb writing service as it is a fifth of the price of the service I’ve used for the IN THE END series. The blurb came back this week with a two day turnaround (compared to the other service which was one month). I’d love to hear what you think!


James Fisher can persuade anyone of just about anything, simply by touching them, but he isn’t interested in using his power. He’s seen nothing but trouble come of it, and he just wants to live a quiet, normal life. So when he and his friends are out, camping and climbing Mount Snowden, everything seems perfect.

Then Susie, one of his friends, goes missing, and James is caught up in the investigation that ensues. Thanks to his ability, he’s able to convince the authorities to help him find Susie, but his attempt to rescue his friend soon becomes the very lead Agent Carrie Harris needs to find him. She’s been hoping to recruit him for the government agency she works for, and she isn’t the only one hunting him down.

With an international ring of white slavers fighting their every move, James and Carrie must team up with special forces and each other if they hope to save Susie and the other women who are disappearing before it’s too late. But can James put his guilt and past behind him, knowing that every time he uses his power, someone else might end up hurt…or even dead?


Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

INTERVIEWS REVISITED

I put out the first post earlier this week where I’m revisiting the author interviews from the last twelve months or more and publishing updates on the latest news from the authors. The response has been great and you can check out the first post here.

My Writing Process

You may have also noticed I posted a flow chart of the general process I go through for producing a novel. The chart covers writing, editing, evaluation and the many other aspects an indie author has to try and master. I hope you enjoy or find it of some use. Here it is.

I think that’s everything I’ve been up to and I’ll be back in the week with a couple of author updates posts, plus I hear that KDP AMS is now available in the UK and Germany. I’ll hopefully have a chance to play with it over the weekend and let you know how it goes. Comments and questions welcomed as always.

3 comments

  • Hi Gareth,
    Please take my comments as observations only and not critical of others work.
    Blurbs are tricky at times.
    I think it needs more punch.
    At this stage do we need to know what James’ power is, make them read the book to find out.
    I think the Government Agency needs to be more specific, who does Agent Carrie work for – Interpol, CIA ???

    My own attempt at a blurb I have added it here. Note this is just a shot in the dark since I do not know what the full story is, but then the idea is to make me want to read and find out.

    Blurb

    James Fisher has a supernatural power, and when used in the past someone gets hurt; this has caused him distress. To avoid exploitation, he keeps his abilities a secret and lives a normal existence.

    On a camping trip in the Welsh mountains with his friends, Susie goes missing. In the frantic search, his use of his supernatural ability is brought to the attention of a government agent Carrie Harris. She understands the wider potential of his gift and intends to recruit him for special duties.

    James is reluctant, but his first concern is to rescue Susie who has been kidnapped along with other young women by a gang of people traffickers. He needs Agent Harris’s help.

    Along with Agent Carrie Harris, he must find Susie and the women before they are sold into the international white slave network and disappear without trace.

    James must reconcile the use of his supernatural power since in the past people close to him have been hurt and others have died. To save Susie, will he overcome and unburden his remorse, or will he carry his shame of failure to his grave?

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    • Thanks James. I posted it so it could be critiqued, so I’m great full. I agree with you on many points, especially identifying the power and the government agency. I’m going to review the blurb again myself before I take it any further. Thanks again.

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    • He’s a revision

      James can convince anyone of just about anything, but he’s seen nothing but trouble come of it, and he just wants to live a quiet, normal life. So when he and his friends are out, camping and climbing Mount Snowden, everything seems perfect.
       
      Then Susie, one of his friends, goes missing, and James is caught up in the ineffective police investigation that ensues. Distraught at the slow progress, he’s able to convince the authorities to help him find Susie, but his attempt to rescue his friend soon becomes the very thing a shadowy government agency needs to hunt him down in order to harness his skills.
       
      With an international ring of white slavers fighting their every move, James must team up with his hunter, Agent Carrie Harris, if they ever hope to save Susie and the other women who are disappearing before it’s too late. But can James put his guilt and past behind him, knowing that every time he uses his ability, someone else might end up hurt…or even dead?

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