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Falling behind again. Just when I think I have a firm plan, life gets in the way. It’s a good thing that my writing career is just a hobby; otherwise I would be in trouble. I’m in the process of revising SHADOW OF THE WOLF. The reason I’m doing that is because the book, which was published in 1984, is only 55,000 words in length. I feel that I would short change my readers if I published that on Amazon as it is. I would have to set a low price too, and from what I read about Amazon’s business plan, it sets its algorithms against low priced books. I’ve no idea if that’s true, but compared to the prices of my other books, I would probably have to set the price at almost a giveaway. The story is set during World War 2, which means it doesn’t have to be modern or topical. It’s almost historical in some aspects, and I am confident that I can expand it without taking away the strength of the novel. I have had people say it’s my best novel, but I always think the latest book my publisher accepts is my best: it means I still have a contract!
I also planned to develop a low key website, but I have been very lax in doing much to it. My son, the one who designed www.michaeljparker.com believes I should turn my attention to writing rather than web building. I think he’s right, but I’ll use my new site as a kind of a toy, hoping that one day it will be good enough to release on to the world. By that time I’ll probably have run out of enthusiasm. But once I have my revision out of the way, I will begin my latest novel which is set in Mexico and USA. I know how the book starts, but I have no idea yet how it will finish. Aren’t most writers like that? Wish me luck!
February 25th. 2017
I launched my latest book, Where the Wicked Dwell, during the week. I used Mailchimp and social media to promote it at a launch price of £0.99. I’ve no way of comparing results with other launches, and I do understand that I could have paid out a lot of money to advertise the launch and see my rankings rise. The highest I did get was 37 in the top 100 paid in the Private Investigators category. I can say I sat proudly above Stephen King…Continue
Posted on February 25, 2017 at 8:34am
My Wi-Fi became Wi-Fi-less last Monday, due to the incompetence of BT. There probably isn’t the right time to lose your Wi-Fi, unless it’s during the night when you’re asleep. I had decided to change from SKY to BT, and sorted that out over the phone. The planned change was to be 24th. February. But in their wisdom, BT sent an engineer on the 13th. to make the change at 8am (eleven days early). He brought an old router and spent…Continue
Posted on February 18, 2017 at 8:56am
There are two phrases I often hear: “Power dressing” and “Power nap”. I’ve tried neither, but I do have a new phrase: “Power promoting”. Before 2017 dawned, my idea of promotion and marketing was never really based on a firm foundation of experience, but more a kind of subjective approach which sometimes resulted in a few book sales. I’d listened to the experts, watched the videos and believed I could eventually master the game, but the trouble was it left me little time to write. So as the…Continue
Posted on February 12, 2017 at 6:30pm
February 4th. 2017
Busy week again, but nothing to do with working on my next novel; it’s all about promotion and marketing — the buzz words in the self-publishing game. Can’t do without it unfortunately. It is so time consuming too. During the week I added a few books to Instafreebie and Bookhub. For the Instafreebie site I had to use Calibre to convert to ePub. At first I wasn’t sure I was doing it right, but eventually it all came good and I now have five books…Continue
Posted on February 4, 2017 at 8:54am