Sales are increasing, I am happy to report. Apparently August is usually a poor month for book sales because people are away on holiday reading books, rather than buying them. It is, therefore, with particular pleasure that I am able to inform you that I am about to record my second best month since I published my first book, 'The Planning Officers', just over a year ago. The best month was May, but that was fuelled by a KDP Select free offer, which resulted in more than 4,000 downloads (the vast majority of which are probably still unread). As you know, I withdrew from KDP Select at the beginning of June so that I could issue my books on the widest possible variety of platforms. The paperback editions, vie CreateSpace, are starting to sell now and the other ebook editions (for iPad, Kobo, Nook, Diesel etc.) should report in about a week. As ever, however, it is the Kindle that is driving sales forward. Top of the pack is 'Usurper', Part One of my 'King's Head' trilogy, but its two sequels, 'A Sovereign's Honour' and 'A New Queen Rises' are catching it up, which rather suggests that people are investing in all three books instead of just buying the first and leaving it at that.
Aside from that, I am going to be very busy. I have been asked to write the biography of a gentleman who has had a colourful life, to say the least. I have also been approached over a screenplay. This will be for an independent film and developments are still at a very early stage, but it is most exciting. Added to that, I am about 20% of the way through the first draft of Part Two of my 'Queen's Heart' trilogy, the sequel to 'A King's Head'.
Pardon me while I pause to take a breath.
I have just updated the site. Links can now be found to all of my books' outlets (Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk), paperback (also from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk) and the Smashwords editions. Smashwords makes my books available to all types of ebook readers: iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony, Diesel as well as Pdf and RTF for those who like to read on their computers. There is also a Smashwords Kindle edition, which is only available from the Smashwords Store to avoid confusion with the Kindle edition that is available on Amazon. The two are textually identical, but there are slight differences in presentation. The link to my Smashwords page can be found on my Home page.
I have also updated my personal information on the Home page, to make it a bit fuller, and changed the widgets on the Home page to a carousel that displays all of my published works instead of the previous four..
Visitors to my site now get a freebie! I wrote a short story recently that was included in an anthology of short stories published for charity by Suzy Dubot. This is entitled 'The Painted Door' and it has a page of its own on this site. Visitors are very welcome to read it and I hope you enjoy it.
Last, but by no means least, I have included a page promoting the work of my good friend, Elaine Waldron, whose advice and support has been crucial in helping me to establish myself as an independent author.
All seven of my published books have now received approval from Smashwords for entry in their Premium Catalogue. This will see them submitted to iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Sony e-Reader, Diesel, etc. etc. On reflection, I decided against submitting them to Amazon because they are already there in their Kindle and paperback versions and I did not want to confuse matters. I can always reverse that decision later if I feel the need. They should all be available on the appropriate websites very soon now.
Part Two of the 'A Queen's Heart' is to be called 'The Shattered Realm'. The first draft of Chapter One is already complete and I am deep into Chapter Two as I write this blog. It takes up the story almost exactly where 'The Ancient Realm' left it. The final book in the trilogy will also be called 'The ***** Realm', but I haven't quite decided what the ***** will stand for yet. Plenty of time, though. I have to finish this one first.
I have commissioned Paul to produce a cover, which will appear in this blog before much longer. I am hoping to get 'The Shattered Realm' on sale before Christmas, but given commitments between now and then, I suspect that February might be a more realistic target.
All seven of my books are now available in the Smashwords Store.
Find them all here:
Five of them have already achieved approval for the Premium Catalogue, which will see them go out on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Sony e-Reader, Diesel etc. etc. The other two should be approved within a few days.
Writer of Fantasy, thrillers, comedy - and anything else that takes my fancy.