The Never-Ending Blog Tour
The first gig on The Never-Ending Blog Tour is live right now. Declan Conner is a short story writer who provides excellent advice, interviews, and essays on his blog.
There is a wealth of information there, and you should especially check out the conversations he had with bestseller J. Carson Black – very enlightening.
A special section of his blog devoted to the art of the short story and the business of selling them where he shares his own experience as well as that of a bunch of other writers.
He asked me to write a piece on where I get my ideas from. It’s here (scroll down about two-thirds), and I hope you enjoy it. When you’re done reading, have a good nose around his site – lots of good stuff there, and thank you to Declan for hosting me.
My next short story is nearing release. I hope to have it up on sale by the start of next week. As always, I will give you guys a sneak preview of the cover and blurb, and let you know as soon as it goes live.
My last story If You Go Into The Woods, cracked the Kindle Top 40 Short Stories on its first day, and hung around in the Top 100 for a week (and is still in and out of the charts in the UK).
Transfection is a longer story – 5,500 words – and I think it’s a better one.
It’s a more popular genre too, a technothriller with some old-school sci-fi undertones, and I have high hopes. Let’s see if we can go one better this time.
Plus, there might even be another competition/giveaway, but only if I can come up with something that’s as much fun as the last one. That was a blast!
Indie Publishing For International Writers
We have covered a lot in my continuing guide to self-publishing, and there are only a few episodes left. There will be a piece on pricing – how much to charge for your work, how to maximise readers and profits, and how to find your best price, depending on your goals.
I will also cover the practicalities such as tax, whether to set up a company, ISBNs, and copyright. I have been avoiding that one; it’s hard to make sexy.
I plan to finish things off with something called What Happens When The Sales Just Stop, which will provide some extra promotional tips and tricks to resuscitate your flailing figures.
And then that’s it. If there is anything I haven’t covered, or anything I did that you would like more detail on, or another run-through, now is the time to speak. Why? I hear you say.
Because, I have a treat for you.
Let’s Get Digital, Digital
From the start, I planned to compile all these posts on how to self-publish professionally, as well as all the main articles on the changes in the publishing industry and the Digital Revolution into some kind of e-book.
I have been chatting with my editor about the best way to compile all the information on this blog, as well as lots more that I haven’t posted. I have about 60,000 words in raw form, but a lot of that needs to be cut, and some needs to be expanded.
There are also limits to what you can do with non-fiction as in an e-book, not least in terms of layout and breaking up the text, and I have a lot to figure out. But at some point this summer, it will be done.
The working title is Let’s Get Digital, Digital and I’m sure that, in the long tradition of non-fiction titles, there will be some wordy subtitle to suffocate the impact of its snappiness.
I plan to put this on sale on Amazon (and the rest) for $2.99. But, as a special treat to my blog-readers, I will also be giving it away as a free PDF, right here.
That sound fair?
Other Stuff You May Have Missed
Kristine Rusch has been tracking a lot of disturbing developments in underreported e-books sales affecting writers’ royalties, and egregious additions to publishing and agency contracts.
Today she argues that because traditional publishing has lost its monopoly on distribution, it’s now reacting in ways that are harming writers like rights grabs, unfair contracts, and dangerous agent/publisher hybrids. Read her article here.
The good people at Wicked & Tricksy have been blogging up a storm in their opening ten days or so getting a serious back-and-forth going in the comments, which is always a good sign.
If you are in any way interested in speculative fiction or the craft of writing, check it out. It’s great to have a blog with four different voices and four different perspective, especially when they can all write so well.
Go the F*ck to Sleep – an adult’s illustrated bedtime story – has stormed to the top of the Amazon charts, selling 100,000 copies before it has even gone on sale.
A lot of writers dream of having their book optioned for a movie. Editors dream about it too because it can increase sales by a factor of ten. This is a nice piece with tips on working with Hollywood (check out the links too).
But for those who dream not just of their novel getting optioned for a movie, but to actually write the script themselves, you have to read this next piece from last year.
It’s written by successful screenwriter William Martell and is a cautionary, eye-opening tale for those who don’t know how movies are actually made and where writers are in the Hollywood food chain.
It’s the story of how one of the hottest scripts in town was turned into an unrecognisable, underwhelming movie. Read it all.
That’s all folks. I’m being dragged out of my writing grotto to visit an art exhibition, so I must be shaved and hosed down before I’m allowed out in public. If you are a new to the blog, your comment won’t appear until I approve it (but don’t worry, it will be done later).
Regulars, fire away.