Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Paul and Paula's Place: Splatter Platter

Paul and Paula's Place: Splatter Platter: 'Do you like to read? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the MMB...

Monday, 6 July 2015

TL Clark's Blogspot: Advice for New Authors

 I did tell you this!

TL Clark's Blogspot: Advice for New Authors: Wow; that was a spectacular disaster! So, you’re happy to read, but don’t want to talk to me? That’s OK. It’s your choice. So with an overwh...

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Writing By Donald B. Stephens

Writing By Donald B. Stephens  check out his new website


Don't hold your breath

The final chapter

I know I said it before, but..
 This time is final. I decided to close the blog for good. I don't see any point in continuing writing it because for the few readers it gets, it is too much, for too little.

 When you consider the immeasurable number of people who follow the people who follow me, and I get less than a dozen blog readers from Twitter a week, it isn't worth going on. 
 G+ circles are only marginally better than Twitter, mainly because there are fewer connection, so the few who read compose a larger percentage. 

The idea of the blog was to try to get some sales for my books, considering I've been doing the blog for almost four years, and the best from Amazon is 4 sales in a month, I think it is safe to say it failed. Add to that the total failure of my award winner - Chronicles of Mark Johnson, and its sequel Wharrfemere Finale - you end up with a load of dog poo which smells.

My old blog - now out of use - got a lot of read, but there again you don't pay to read the blogs. I wonder who well it would have done if payment was required. This page has never had a lot of readers, despite being free. So, it won't be missed. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Our Daily Blab: The silent... minority?

Our Daily Blab: The silent... minority?: WWJD? I debated writing a blog about this, not out of fear for speaking out, like most of my fellow Christians, but worry it would be a wa...

Can it be true?

Tastes in food


Can it be true?
 Can you wish for something so much that when it comes, you dislike it violently. I'm not on about the success of my books this month, this time it's food. 
 I know my appetite has changed radically with age, at one time eating dark chocolate was as likely to induce a migraine, as drinking red wine. Now I find milk chocolate too sickly at times to eat. The same goes for Coca -Cola, when Coke Zero came out I dreaded the thought of the taste changing, but now it's all I can drink. I find even Diet Coke too sweet for my taste. 

 For four generations my kin have fished the North Sea for cod. I wrote my last novella - A Sailor's Love - as a homage to the hard-working, honest fishing communities around the world. 
 For the last two weeks I have desired some fish and chips. Today I had some mackerel, and found I couldn't eat it. It isn't the taste that put my off - as it does with some people - I didn't like the fishiness. 
 Can my tastes have changed to the extent I no longer like fish - the love of fish - has been a constant in my life, or did my desire to have some fish get to the stage where it made me want the fish so badly I didn't enjoy it.

The early days

6 months into the year

Jan- July, and beyond

The good
 Forgestriker became the first book to sell 10 copies in a month, as the series http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/forgestriker-collection.html#.VZKE0XqUzGc continues to thrive, and I hoped Sons of Baal night have joined it, SoB needs one sale to be the second books to sell 10 copies in a month. 
A greater variety of my work is beginning to bet bought, which pleases me as much as the vast sales from the series. 
After the failure of my last novella - A Sailor's Love - I gave up writing for several months, as doubt and depression set in. I always said you get three strikes, as in baseball before you're a non-seller, and ASL was my third strike. The good news is I finally came around to believing in myself, with the help of two close friends.

The bad
When the year started I hoped to impress the editors of The Black Library, and get a chance to have my work in the Warhammer collection at http://www.blacklibrary.com/ . Unfortunately, my eagerness overcame my ability to write, and in submitting a sub-standard piece, I blew my only chance. 
 At the same time, I sent a short story to the BBC with the hope of getting it read on the radio, despite being praised, the story didn't make the cut- Lifeboat Heroes - now hangs loose on my shelves at Draft2Digital https://www.draft2digital.com/book/ .

The intermediate
Sales have been reasonable, even if most of the sales are for the series, and over half for Forgestriker (the book). This prospect leads me to write more Sci-Fi, but I'm also trying to find new areas to sell e-books in. I don't intend to stay still. I am a writer, not a genre-writer.

What am I writing next
 I'm continuing with my work on the omnibus edition of the popular series, this won't just be a copy of the stories bonded for more sales. I'm adding stories, and extending the ones you know and like. 
 I plan to do a variety of stand alone stories to, some including horror as Akuji - Lord of the Underworld, others like Two lives for freedom will be mysteries.
 I also hope to work on my fantasy story Mordhiemicus, this will be an on going project- the story is already 30,000 words long - and needs as much added to the short stories, as already exists in order to make it readable.

Dead to the world

Out cold

Proof positive

Being disabled 
Yesterday was insulting to me; I've been classed as medically disabled for over 15 years, and yet every two years I have to prove I am disabled, even though I keep telling the various inquests and committees that my condition is only getting worse by the day.

Yesterday's trip - two hours each way - took its toll on me. When I got back home I needed to rest, and I could hardly stand. Any long trip takes it out on my system, if I go out for more than an hour I'm ill when I return, yet yesterday I needed to be out from 1130 to 1800. 

I went to bed early as I was so tired, and went into a dead sleep for ten hours. This only happens if I need to take an extra sleeping tablet to kill my pains. Even though I restrict myself to one trip a week, I still have two trips to make this week, making the total three journeys in eight days - far too much for my ankle to safely manage. This isn't including a possible trip to get evaluated for a wheelchair.

Monday, 29 June 2015

My best month

Where do I stand?

A changing reputation

Ghost stories
In the beginning there was a time when I was noted for writing good ghost stories like The Ghost of St. Mary's, and The Old Church ghosts. This was a time of contentment, I had found a knack for writing stories people liked - even if they never sold.

 Years before the popularity of The Bridge, and The Killing I carved a name for myself in the world of the PI with a short series about a female PI called Pat Canella. Though the series came highly recommended by a former Australian policeman, despite a rush of sales when The Dockland Murders  https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32325 opened in the UK, it never caught on. 

The Peacock Writers

Not long after my PI stories started to get noticed, my good friend Paula Shene introduced me to the world of children's books, and our charity The Peacock Writers http://thepeacockwriters.weebly.com/. At this stage I hadn't written any children's stories. I have since written a few short stories about dragons (Drakanarc / Dracodreaming) and a short story about a young boy on holiday Johnny Cooper's Holiday. The stories were meant to kick start a new series, but again there was no interest.

Chronicles of Mark Johnson

To this day it's hard to reconcile myself with the fact I wrote this award winning story of an ex-photographer fighting demons, while fighting his own demons - but I did write the story. After Pat Canella this was my favourite series (at the time). Chronicles of Mark Johnson https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32117, and the sequel Wharfemere Finale  https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32125both got rave reviews from New York reviewer Fran Lewis, but again died on the vine. Part of the problem was the timing, they came out at the height of the Twilight craze. Another part is the story develops over the 16 stories in the two collections, strictly for fans of H.P. Lovecraft.

A Sailor's Love
 The book https://www.draft2digital.com/book/34522 which took over 14 months to write, and is yet to sell. I lived, loved, and sweated the lives of the characters in my book - I usually do - and their fate was mine. Following on from the failures of the Chronicles series, this is my last novella. The death of this book caused me such pain, I stopped writing for several months. It is only this month that I feel comfortable again writing. I learned my lesson well, and the hard way- my novellas don't sell - stick to short stories.

 The science fiction series of 7 short e-books which became a massive success for me  http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/forgestriker-collection.html#.VZHZSXqUzGc started as a last ditch attempt to save some value for my work, and it has. To date the sales of the series come to 523 e-books sold in 16 months, and over $200 earned. The title book has sold 244 copies and made over $100. 

My best month
 June has been beyond a doubt my best month, not only for sales - I hoped for 10 sales - I was pleased when the sales topped 20, elated at 25, but totally amazed when today they reached 30. This is way past my previous best of 22, in June 2014. 
Not only that, one of my personal hopes was to have an e-book sell 10 copies in a month - I never expected it to happen - but again my hit series came through. Last week Forgestrker passed the 10 sale mark, and tonight Sons of Baal is only one sale short of joining it, which would complete a great month for me.

My amazement never stops
Beyond the massive success of the series lies another piece of the puzzle as to my identity as a writer. Tonight my teen romance Debbie's Beau sold. This is a gentle mystery, but not a Nancy Drew. There is no violence, sex, or spooks, just an unsolved puzzle laying at the back of the story.