For those of you who are still undecided about taking a chance on my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, this is advanced notice to let you know that the Kindle edition will be free to purchase from Amazon on Monday 26th June, so you will no longer have any excuse to continue to holding off getting your copy. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber you can read it for free, right now, until 16th August 2017.
Since publishing my first novel at the end of April, I haven’t had time to do much in the way of writing; at least not in terms of writing a second novel. Leaving aside the personal circumstances that (as usual) have been constraining my time and ability to focus on my fiction writing, the other factor that had been preventing me from starting any meaningful work on a second book was my indecision concerning what story I want to tell next. I began outlining two stories at the same time until I could make a decision about which of the two I wanted to proceed with. Fortunately, that decision has now been made.
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.
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.
Welcome to the reboot of my long neglected blog. There are several reasons for the prolonged inactivity these past two years, the principal one being the simple fact I had nothing worthwhile to post, in terms of my writing aspirations. But now, a month into a new year, that situation is about to change. That being the case, I’ve decided to wipe the slate clean and start the blog over from scratch; though some of my previously written blog posts will be resubmitted, in due course.