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As you may have noticed, it’s been a while since my last blog post. There are reasons for this, the principal one being that I’ve been focussed on my fiction writing for the past several weeks. After being sidetracked by a couple of novellas (that I’m still not sure I’m actually going to publish), I finally resumed work on the second draft of the sequel to The Exercise Of Vital Powers, that some of you are eagerly awaiting. With any luck you’ll get your hands on it no later than summer 2019; I’ve been making good progress on it over the last couple of weeks.

Speaking of The Exercise Of Vital Powers, sales momentum for the book has really stalled in recent weeks, but to make up for it more reviews and ratings have appeared in that time. Since the July re-release, the number of people who have rated the book on Goodreads has trebled, and the number of reviews has doubled. While this is pleasing, the actual figures are still considerably short of my end of year goal: 100 ratings and 50 reviews. To improve the odds of achieving this objective, next week I’ll be offering review copies to book-bloggers who are interested in reviewing the book before the end of the year. Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Of the recent good reviews for my novel, the one that pleased me most was the second ever BookTube video review to appear on YouTube. Booktuber, Becky M, uploaded a very complimentary review, detailing her assessment of the book. There was actually a temporary spike in sales for The Exercise Of Vital Powers that I attribute to this video, so I’m disappointed that more people haven’t viewed it to listen to Becky’s thoughts.

In addition to the great review from Becky, I also acquired my first ever fan from Belarus, of all places, and fellow author Rebecca Howie posted a good review on her blog. These positive responses (and others) have significantly increased my enthusiasm and motivation while writing the sequel novel, not to mention it makes it even easier to ignore middling, less positive reactions It has also made me appreciate that the best thing about the prospect of publishing book 2, next year, is knowing that it will only be read by people who enjoyed The Exercise Of Vital Powers; this more or less guarantees a higher Goodreads average rating, on account of fewer people dragging it down with 3 and 2 star ratings.

It’s likely that my blog posting will remain infrequent for the rest of the year, but you can expect normal service to resume once I’ve completed the final draft of my WIP. That said, I will still communicate regularly with my mailing list subscribers to keep them updated with the latest news. Next month they will learn the (closely guarded) title for my sequel to The Exercise Of Vital Powers, and read the official blurb. If you are not yet on my mailing list, you might want to consider subscribing ASAP, or you’ll just have to wait that much longer to be updated.

 

Next time on lonelyboy1977: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.

Thanks for reading,
Ian