On one of my recent posts I mentioned that my Writers’ group – Vision Writers’, were producing an anthology. Well, I am happy to announce that ’18’ is here! Woohoo, I hear you all shouting. And believe me, I am just as excited as you are. The anthology celebrates 18 years of Brisbane based writers’ group – Vision Writers’. The group has a number of published members, including our founders Marian De Pierres and Rowena Corey Daniels. Vision Writers’ has a variety of characters from all walks of life, and as a member of the group you’re sure to get honest and invaluable feedback on any stories you submit for critique. I have learned a great deal from this fantastic Medley of Sci fi, Fantasy and Horror Authors. 18 Showcases the talents of some of our current authors with thirteen stories to lose yourselves in. The anthology covers tales of Wizards, Dragon’s, Spirits, Mobsters and much more. These stories will take you to new worlds; worlds of fantasy and worlds of horror. Thanks to all who helped put this anthology together: Trahern, Belinda, Talitha, Meghann, and all the other writers involved. 18 is available as an E book for free on various sites, check out my ‘Publications’ page for details.
So, enjoy and once you’ve sated your reading appetite, please post a review or let me know what you think via comment on this blog post.
As of August 23, 2016 Book Smugglers Publishing is currently open for short stories submissions for publication in 2017. Click here for more details.
The Vagrant by Peter Newman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Vagrant by Peter Newman is a dystopian novel with sci fi and fantasy elements. It follows the story of a mute protagonist as he journeys across the wastelands with a goat and a baby (at least for the duration of my read).
The bad stuff: I really didn’t like the author’s style of writing. There were lots of short sentences, to the point where the story was confusing or didn’t make sense to me in places. I didn’t manage to finish this book, I loaned it from my local library, struggled through to page 169 and when the 3rd renewal came up, figured if I haven’t gotten into the book by now, it was not worth the trouble renewing again.
The Good Stuff: The story was interesting, I would like to know how it unfolds – just not enough to push me through author’s prose. I liked the wasteland, the author has built a believable world, ravished by ‘demons’, where life fights to survive among the new hosts. The protagonist, while he did not talk up to the point where I stopped reading, is interesting. I find I want to know more of his story, where he came from and why he is there. I have some ideas based on the story so far, but nothing was given away by the author to the point I read up to, merely hinted at.
I think that if you are okay with the author’s writing style, you will enjoy this book. The story is interesting, the world is believable and there is variety in the characters. Personally, I couldn’t get past the author’s style. I don’t think this was a bad book, just not a book for me. I’m only giving it 2 out of 5 golden bookmarks.
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Submissions Period: September 15th 2016 – October 15th 2016 Payment: $10 Link: Disquieted Dreams Press In Our Bodies (Body Horror): Submissions open 08/13/16-10/15/2016 What we are looking for: Body Horror. Specifically, stories to make our readers skin crawl. Mutations, disease, or mutilation- we want it all! Pay $10 per story Word Count 2000-5000 words Anticipated […]
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Deadline: October 31st 2016 Payment: $15 Link: A Murder of Storytellers Deadline: October 31, 2016 Payment: $15 and contributor’s copy Theme: Not so long ago, human beings were cursed with fear. They clamored for hope in a world of boundless suffering and death. They called out to the heavens and summoned gods. They crafted religions […]
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Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Last Argument of Kings is the third book in the First Law Trilogy and continues the story of some familiar characters, while introducing some new ones too.
The Bad Stuff: Come on, it’s Joe! Okay, if I have to say something it is that the ending does not bring the story to an close. It leaves it open and keeps you yearning for more. Damn it.
The Good Stuff: In true Abercrombie style, the tale is tough and gritty. It gives glimpses into the true nature of human beings through a variety of interesting characters. In this book we get to see a lot more of Logen Ninefingers and his darker side – ‘The Bloody Nine’. I loved every minute of this book. Once again Abercrombie has come to the party. No, actually he has brought the party to your house, along with an entourage of characters that are beautiful and yet so individually ugly, you’ll love and hate them all at the same time. And they’re going to turn your place upside down before they leave. If you haven’t read any of Joe Abercrombie’s work yet, I have one question for you – what are you waiting for?
This one is definitely worth 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks.
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For those of you that are interested, I’ve just released another short story called “Darkness In Shadows.” At approx. 28 pages, it’s a quick read, ideal for the daily commute. The e-book is available here, but for those that prefer to hold an actual book in your hands, the print version will follow shortly. If you do happen to purchase my book, it would be great if you could leave a review. Enjoy.
For the writers that follow my blog and are looking at traditional publishing of a hybrid model, you may find this interesting.
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Hello out there in the busy, electronic minefield of the internet. Most of you have been following my blog for some time now, others not so long. For those long-term followers, you would know I have slacked off here and there to focus on my writing. For the newbies… That’s just how I roll. Anyway, I am thinking of putting some more time and energy into my blog. I find I have a little spare time on my hands while my work is being reviewed by my newly acquired editor. That’s where you come in. See, I’d like to know what you want to see more of on my blog. What sort of posts you have enjoyed? What would you like to see less of? Or are you happy for me to keep doing what I’m doing?
Your feedback on these things would be greatly appreciated and could help me to improve my blog. So please, let me know your thoughts.
How does this work? I love to read fantasy, give me wizards, give me elves, give me goblins, trolls, magic and medieval weapons. Link it all together with a good story and I’m in for the read. But, more and more I’m finding that when I write, I turn to horror. Why? I don’t know. I really don’t enjoy reading horror (unless it’s mixed with fantasy of course). So why am I writing it? It truly baffles me, but for some reason I enjoy writing horror. The first book I wrote was fantasy, and while I enjoyed writing some parts, I struggled through the rest. I’ve yet to release it into the world for all to read. In fact, I still haven’t had it edited. It seems there is always something else I have to do first. But, I have since written a couple of short horror stories, one I have already released and the other is coming out soon. So why do I struggle with fantasy and not horror? Is it because I like fantasy so much that I’m anxious mine might not be good enough? I’m not sure, but I know that after all the time and effort I’ve put into it, I need to get my arse into gear and get my fantasy out there.
Does anyone else have this problem or it is just me?
Establishing a Kindle Direct Publishing Account:-
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is the site I use to self-publish on Amazon. If you go to KDP.amazon.com, there is a short information video you can watch about KDP. To get an account, you just need to hit the sign up button on the above noted page and fill in the details. Once your account is set up, all you need to do to publish a book is click on ‘Create new title’ and input the appropriate details for your book. This will include the title, uploading your prepared book content and cover, confirming your publishing rights and setting the pricing and royalty information. Then you can either ‘save draft’ or ‘save and publish’. It can take up to 48 hours for your book to become available, but the first book I published was up in around 30 minutes. It is also possible to amend your uploaded content at any time after publishing, but this takes a short time to update on the site.
I would like to note that there is a previewer tool you can use to preview your book before you publish and I recommend you use it. It seems to work well and I have not had issues with it. The ‘Look Inside’ previewer available to customers on the sale page, is a different thing all together. This ‘Look Inside’ viewer does not seem to read all HTML/CSS code and can show your book content quite differently from the way it appears in the publishing previewer. In my experience, the formatting inside my e-books has worked fine on the publishing previewer and all devices I have tested it on, but in the ‘Look Inside’ Previewer – the tool buyers use to check out your book before they purchase – I have had formatting issues. My problems has been where I have formatted images to a smaller size, the ‘Look Inside’ previewer appears to have ignored the code that reduced the images and blown them up to their full size again. I have resorted to removing the images from the first 10% of my book because the ‘Look Inside’ feature only shows the first 10% of the content. Not the desired option, but a temporary work-around until I can work out how to fix this issue. Other authors have noted that the text formatting in their books has changed in the ‘Look Inside’ viewer, but I have not experienced this problem myself. My advice is to check the ‘Look Inside’ preview of your book after it becomes available on Amazon, and if there is a problem, try to fix it or come up with a work around. Otherwise it may cost you a sale.
Everything you need to know to set up a KDP account can be found at:- kdp.amazon.com