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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!
January 14th. 2017
Looking at my diary I can see January will eventually prove to be a busy month. I submitted my latest book, Where the Wicked Dwell to Kindle Scout. The campaign to attract nominations will run until February 11th. After that, KS will decide whether to offer me a publishing deal. But I need nominations, so how about clicking on the link and nominating my book? That’s all you have to do.…Continue
Posted on January 14, 2017 at 4:54am
January 7th. 2017
So as the New Year rolls in and our resolutions disappear, what are we looking forward to for 2017? I know the kind of things I would like to happen, and excluding the usual hopes for peace in the world and the disappearance of poverty and hunger, I look to material hopes. By this I mean something measureable, something tangible; and although I can’t physically touch my book sales figures, I would certainly hope to see a huge jump over my last…Continue
Posted on January 7, 2017 at 5:02am
Nearly there: just eight days to go. This will be my last post in 2016 for obvious reasons. So much to do, so much already done. Those of you who have been following my posts will know that I am getting close to finishing my novel. My wife is doing the final edit, which should be complete by the end of the day. I will read it through again and, hopefully, not find any more errors. Pat has found plenty of those already. I’m still deliberating over the book jacket, but expect to resolve this…Continue
Posted on December 23, 2016 at 9:30am