It has been a long time. A very long time. And now we’re approaching a crossroads. Lament for the Living Book 2 should have been released by now, but it hasn’t. But do not be concerned, the crossroads isn’t about whether or not Book 2 is happening or not. It definitely is happening, but I’m currently in a quandary as to where it’ll be published.
Lament for the Living Book 1, The Deluge of Elias, and Hannibal House have all been published on Amazon as the main platform, with Lament for
“I have to get to the root of why you take all my favorite characters and kill them faster than an angry George R. R. Martin!” Said Christopher Smith on his Writing Process blog post.
I know why my characters lead mostly brief and sometimes inglorious lives. What I wanted to know was why Mr Martin is also a maniac parent. Like the gods of old who ate their children. As it happens, our penchant for literary murder stems from an event in our childhood.
No, it’s okay. No cre
And so it was, the planets aligned, a cat and a dog shared a home, a twitter notification sounded in the dark. “I nominate YOOOOOOOOUUUUU!” It said. Or words to that effect. This is all pretty much artistic licence right now. But that’s what writing’s about.
Here’s what really happened:
Christopher Smith, a writer who is much better than he gives himself credit for, nominated me to do this Writing Process Blog thingy. He is a bit difficult to find so tweet him at @Reckoner67 t
When I post something to the facebook pages for my author page, or the book pages they are seen by hardly anyone, unless they are liked and shared by fellow internetravellers. Of course, if I wanted to ensure that every single person who has ever liked my pages was guaranteed to see my posts then all I have to day is pay facebook, and they make it happen… I’m not comfortable with that. facebook advertising (like adwords) does not have a reliable conversion rate for the likes of
In their haste to throw the baby out with the bath water, WHSmiths Online and Kobo have removed ALL indie titles. That includes mine. My work is not erotic, romantic, and neither does it blur the lines of legality that has caused this purge.
Although I fully back the removal of abusive titles, removing all indie titles is a step too far.
As such, I and TBFmedia will be boycotting Kobo and WHSmiths until further notice. Should they reinstate indie books on their platform, mine
So you’ve written your book, polished it to perfection, and now it’s time to pimp it out… but you’ve got no idea how to do it. Marketing, it’s one of those things that sends an icy sliver of fear right into the heart of the most accomplished author. It’s like black magic, alchemy, the occult. A dark art practised by people with fake tans, wearing shiny suits.
Like writing, there is no actual secret to marketing. There are no rules, only what works, and what doesn’t. And here’s the rub
In ‘Lament for the Living’ there’s a scene where the character Gahiji is trying to make sense of all the violence and killing, not just from the Outbreak, but also from his own past experiences in Rwanda.
It’s a flashback scene where he finds a small book of poetry by Robert Burns, and in it he reads the poem “Man was made to mourn; a Dirge”.
Excerpt from Chapter 13: Second Watch
During their travels they stopped overnight in a house at the end of a dirt track. T
Paperback and e-reader formats. Signed paperback copies are also available
I’m pleased to announce that ‘Lament for the Living’ is now available in paperback.
Lament for the Living – Paperback edition
The print copy has some additional features that were omitted from the ebook version for formatting reasons. Although there is no difference to the story, the paperback is my original vision for the book.
Changes in the paperback version: Proper ‘verso’ page at
Tadadadaaaaaaa ‘Lament for the Living’ is out. The first book in the Lament for the Living series that follows the Survivors of a zombie. It’s also one of the few zombie books written by a British author, and set in the UK (Wales to be precise).
Here be the links to said tome: Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Lament-for-the-Living-ebook/dp/B00CNDEK6W Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lament-Living-UK-ebook/dp/B00CNAPUAU Smashwords (all formats) https://ww
This weekend ‘Lament for the Living’, the post-apocalyptic zombie survivor book is released. It’s also the one year anniversary of the publication of ‘The Deluge of Elias’ the dystopian sci-fi short story. To celebrate both events I’m making ‘The Deluge of Elias’ a Free Sci-Fi Ebook for the duration of the weekend.
That’s the 10th, 11th, and 12th of May 2013, The Deluge of Elias will be FREE! To mark the anniversary it’s been extensively re-edited and contains the fi