Those of you who have been holding off purchasing my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, no longer have an excuse for continuing to doing so. This weekend the kindle edition is available free of charge on Amazon, so now is the time to download it, while you can. The title is also currently enrolled into the KDP Select program, so those of you who are Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it for free at least until 16th August 2017.
It’s been almost two weeks, now, since I posted about the opening of the #SPFBO 2017 book contest, with author, Mark Lawrence’s call for 300 new submissions to participate in this year’s competition. Though still in its infancy, the contest (only now in its third year) has already made enough of an impact that 300 entries were received in a matter of days; far sooner than the July 1st deadline. I am pleased to say that my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is one of the lucky entrants, though I am well aware that I have no chance of winning.
Yesterday evening, British fantasy author Mark Lawrence launched the third Self Published Fantasy Blog-Off contest, issuing a call for self published authors to submit their work by 1st July. Only the first 300 hundred entrants will have their work entered so if you are interested, get a move on; at the time of writing 147 submissions have already been received. The SPFBO book contest is a wonderful opportunity for self published authors to greatly increase their visibility, and is not to be missed. Last years winner earned a contract with a major publishing house.
One of the best things about creative writing, in my view, is that it affords us the opportunity to use words that we would never utter in our day-to-day discourse. The obvious benefit of this is the continuing expansion of our vocabulary. In light of this, I have decided to start a regular word of the day feature on my blog that I am calling, Way Of The Wordsmith.
If you are an aspiring fantasy and/or science fiction author without a literary agent, you might be interested to know that Grimlock Press, a small British publisher is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions. You can visit their submissions page HERE for further details and instructions on submitting your manuscript for consideration. Good luck!
I have good news people. The release of the Kindle edition of my debut fantasy novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is imminent. In honour of this momentous occasion, I have decided to treat you all to a first look at the cover artwork, and provide you brief synopsis of the story.
The book should be available to purchase from Amazon tomorrow, with the paperback edition planned for publication in June. I will also get around to making my novel available on other distribution platforms. More details to follow shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.
So, I’ve been sitting on the ebook edition of my novel for a couple of weeks, waiting for the completion of a front cover design I was pleased with. Now that the waiting is finally over, I am seriously contemplating having the book published sometime next week. I will probably make up my mind first thing tomorrow as to whether to do so, or hold off for a little while longer.
It’s been a while since the last update but I may as well mention that the novel I’ve spent the last year and more of my life on is finally done and dusted. The feedback has been positive and, more importantly, I’m very happy with it. I am now in a position to focus on how I plan to get my debut published (more on that very soon) and I am currently working on some ideas for a possible sequel.
It’s been a long, hard slog reaching this point but I am now one step closer to my final destination. The changes I decided to make to my work-in-progress, after it was last edited, have been completed and my manuscript is undergoing (what should be) one last bout of editing. Much to my surprise I am very pleased with the state of my final draft, so I feel quietly confident it will shortly be deemed fit for publication, once it’s been looked over. If my assessment is correct I should be able to give the finished story to my beta readers before the end of next week.
In the first post of this revamped blog I mentioned that the manuscript for my soon-to-be debut novel was undergoing a final round editing. My inexperience in these matters led me to optimistically believe that this editing would be completed some time during the first half of February. I now have a greater appreciation for what a painstakingly tedious task an editor takes on when it comes to getting a manuscript into a publishable state; an alternate way of saying the job took longer than I expected, though I now understand why.