After that monster marketing post yesterday, I have a bit of a writing emergency on my hands and can only post a short blog today with some news and links.
I am a little behind on my writing targets. Transfection is nearing release. I might be able to upload after the weekend, and then launch it during the week when it goes live. You can look forward to a sneak preview of the cover, an excerpt, and another competition in due course.
However, the problem is with the next story, which I would like to come out around 2 weeks after Transfection. I have this killer idea, and I have gone through four different versions, but it’s not working. With each version I took the same premise but used a totally different set-up, characters, and location, but still couldn’t get it to work.
I have to abandon it, for now, and pull something else from my list of story ideas and see if I can get another one done in time. So please excuse me that today’s post is brief.
More Agents Want To Be Publishers
Hot on the heels of the news that Ed Victor – a leading UK agent – was launching his own publishing imprint, two more UK agencies (including one of the top dogs) have announced they have similar plans. If you read the article, you will see that the head of the Publishers’ Association hopes that Ed Victor will join his organisation. Draw your own conclusions.
Kristin Rusch has written an excellent article comparing these new moves to predatory practices in the music industry. Recommended.
The Never-Ending Blog Tour?
If You Go Into The Woods is still selling well (and above expectations). I will release full figures at the end of the month, but I will say that I am around 35% towards covering costs after just over a week. Everything after that is profit. You can read the first few pages here.
I have a few ideas to try and give it a little boost. First, I have some reviews lined up on some of the book blogs. Second, I have a couple of guest posts pencilled in for other blogs, and some of those bloggers will be taking the helm here.
Finally, I’m toying with an idea at the moment, The Never-Ending Blog Tour. If you have a blog, and you would like me to do a guest post, send an email to david dot gaughran at gmail dot com with all the details.
Now which story idea will I pick? The Town With No Animals, A Case of Mistaken Identity, The Abdul Book of Records, La Cancha, The Curious Origins of Pedro Villa, A Second Opinion, or, Be Careful What You Wish For.