I have just published a revised version of 'The Author's Manual'. This features a few very minor revisions to the original text and a completely rewritten section on promoting a book by harnessing the power of the Internet. This is something I have been learning about recently and I want to share my findings with other writers seeking success in the world of Literature.
'The Author's Manual' is a short non-fiction book that goes into all the whys and wherefores of writing and publishing a novel for the Kindle, although much of what it says can be adopted for use in other platforms as well. It is available, in Kindle form only, from Amazon for $0.99 (or equivalent wherever you live). The UK price is currently £0.77, so, if you do want to write a book, but need a little help, it shouldn't break the bank.
Not the character. She is still Julie Rutter, and always will be. I have had to retitle the book I am currently working on. It is the third of my 'Rutter' crime thrillers. You may remember that I switched to a new word processor, Nisus Writer Pro, a couple of months ago. There were a few teething problems involving conversion to ePub for uploading to Kindle Direct Publishing, but these are now sorted out, I am pleased to say. As part of my experimentation in getting it right, I uploaded a draft copy of the first three chapters of my current work, 'Rutter's Redemption' to KDP for conversion, intending to see whether they came out correctly (they did), but to leave them as an unpublished draft until the book is finished, whereupon I would simply upload the completed book over the draft and publish it.
That was the theory. The road to Hell, however, is paved with good intentions. Imagine my horror when I discovered that 'Rutter's Redemption' was on sale at Amazon.co.uk. Just the first three chapters of an unfinished book! Worse than that, somebody has bought a copy. If that person is reading this blog, I offer a sincere apology. This book should not have been published yet because it is nowhere near ready. I have written to Kindle Direct Publishing to point this out and request that they refund the customer and give an apology. If that person would also like to contact me through this website, I will be happy to gift them a copy of any of my books that they choose AND a copy of the new Rutter book when it is finished.
I have unpublished 'Rutter's Redemption' so that should prevent the error occurring again. It also leads to complications, however, because republishing an unpublished book is fraught with complications. I will, therefore, rename the book and publish the completed work, when it is ready, under a new title, 'Rutter's Relapse'. Perversely, this also works in the book's favour because, with the way it is developing, I was beginning to wonder exactly what sort of redemption Rutter would experience. Exactly how was she to be redeemed? She does, however, suffer a relapse.
My Facebook business page is now up and running.
Find it here:
David Waine's Facebook Page
This link is also available on my Home Page
You might notice that the site has changed a bit more, Instead of my books all being lumped together on a 'Published Works' page, they are now separated into their various categories. The six 'Avalind Books' are divided into their two trilogies: 'A King's Head' and 'A Queen's Heart', the 'Rutter Books' now have a section to themselves, while the remainder: 'The Planning Officers' and 'The Author's Manual' are now grouped as 'Other Works'. This is all part of my new promotional strategy, designed to use the power of the Internet to gain maximum exposure for my work.
I am still learning how to do it, but we are getting there.
You may notice that my 'Published Works' page now features the genres into which my various books fall. This is the result of an update to the website designed to increase its visibility on the Internet. I am putting in new keywords, which should promote the site - and, thus, my books - significantly. Another step in building my progress as a writer.
Christmas has, no count, had an effect, but sales do appear to be up regardless, and I am confident that the changes I have been making have contributed to that. Last night I registered my first-ever sale in India. It was for a copy of 'Rutter's Reunion'.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.