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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!
Where have the days gone? It seems like Christmas was only five minutes ago. I’ve had enough time since then to be halfway through my next novel, but so far I’ve done precious little. I’m feeling fairly calm about that, and expect to explode into life later this year.
Now things are returning to normal after our fairly busy schedule, I can hopefully think about the promotions I’m involved in this month and keep my fingers crossed for some light…Continue
Posted on April 30, 2017 at 5:07am
April 22nd. 2017
I didn’t write my blog last week because I was in Spain enjoying the sun and linking up with old friends. The week before that I travelled up to Norfolk to attend the funeral of an old work colleague of mine: another opportunity to meet and chat with old friends of mine from the workplace. It also gave me the chance to spend some time with my eldest son, Vincent, and just relax in his company.
Despite all that, my mind wasn’t too far away…Continue
Posted on April 22, 2017 at 9:30am
A different week this time: no writing, but a lot of frustration with getting a book jacket image loaded up to Ingram Spark. I’m taking advantage of their free offer to have a hardback copy of my latest book, Where the Wicked Dwell, published. I have to confess that most of the problem was my own lack of experience in working with templates. I eventually worked out the best way to use the template with the image of my jacket. It meant a lot of adjustments using Photoshop, and…Continue
Posted on April 8, 2017 at 8:30am
March 25th. 2107
The highlight of my week from a literary point of view was the interview I had with Debbi Mack, a New York Times best-selling author, last night. We set this up about two months ago. I learned a little more about Google hangouts when Debbie sent out the invite; took a little while to get going. We chatted for about 35 minutes, which will be edited to about 30 minutes for the YouTube channel. She said some very positive things about my book The…Continue
Posted on March 25, 2017 at 9:58am — 1 Comment