Fire Betrayed is out with my beta readers now.
I stayed up until gone one this morning because I got on a roll and got the second edit finished, and added a couple of extra scenes that before had only been summarised in the first draft. It was a case of show don’t tell and I thought it added to the novel to write them out rather than summarised.
Initial feedback is ‘good so far’. I’m waiting for more detailed feedback and constructive criticism from my beta readers.
And now I’m going to have all the naps because I am so tired. My dogs don’t like the sound of rain and wind. All night, and today, there has been rain and wind, so I didn’t get much sleep once I’d finished the editing.
Once I’m human again, I’m going to get on with the second draft of Charley’s War.
As you know, I’m writing a series of novellas to go with the FIRE Series, called ‘Tales from Erce’. The first draft of Bridas’ Justice is complete and I’m on the second draft of Charley’s War. I’ll be sitting down this evening to work on editing Fire Betrayed and hopefully more of the second draft of Charley’s War.
I have started Letters from Umar. Unfortunately, I need to finish writing Fire Storm before I can go much further with Letters from Umar because I need to work out the time line. And where everyone is. I need my maps, charts and timelines for books three and four.
Today’s the day! Hidden Fire is now available as a Kindle ebook and a paperback book from Amazon. From mid-September the ebook should be available in other formats and from other distributors too, with the help of Smashwords.
The launch at the library was good. I arrived early and the library assistant helped me get set up. My cousin Dominic is a photographer and he’s taken some photos of today’s event. His photography has won competitions, and he sometimes helps make films too. Check out his Facebook page DJC Photography.
I took ten books with me to the library, some had already been spoken for, like the three the library ordered, and the ones for my mum and grandmother. Of the five left, I actually sold three of them to people who weren’t friends and family. A cousin and a friend from my allotment days bought the other two.
I’m very happy that it went so well and that the books are now available in the library for borrowers. I checked my sales, there were the 5 pre-orders that have been there since I announced the cook was on pre-order, and an unexpected sale from the US. Thanks to whoever that was, I hope you enjoy it.
Today is also my 34th birthday, I am having a wonderful day. It is the first time in weeks that I haven’t felt awful. I’m tired and peopled out, so the next few days will involve nothing much more than napping and reading.
For my novels
I’ve been looking at increasing the distribution channels for the ebook of Hidden Fire; currently it’s only available through Amazon as a Kindle book. I don’t want to limit myself. Long ago I signed up to Smashwords but I’ve never done anything with it, because I was encouraged to use KDP for the ebook. I’ve been reading through the modules for my Writer’s Bureau course that deal with self-publishing and Smashwords came up a few times in relations to distributing books widely.
I’ve been fiddling around with CreateSpace and worked out that I have an eStore. Yes, I know, shocking that it’s taken me a month to work this stuff out. That it because I’m not great with technology, and the having to move stuff has been messing with my critical faculties.
So, if you want to buy the book direct, without having to go through Amazon and give the author a little bit of extra cash, order here
I will be adding the link to the book page too, so it’s easy to find later.
A box of books turned up this afternoon. My books, ten of them. A lot sooner than I expected. I’ve sold four already, so the rest are for the book launch. I’m considering ordering more, but I haven’t got enough money yet.
It’s rather exciting and i like the feel of the books. I’ll probably be making some changes for the next book, smaller text probably.
In other news, I’m working on the short story that goes with this novel. It might become a novella at the rate I’m going 😀