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…!
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!
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.