It’s Official. The Official Website is Now Officially Open… Yay!

Hello Readers,

My new ‘Official Website’ is now open and you can check it out at: AllanWalshAuthor.com

I will not be posting to ‘Allan Walsh Author – A Writer’s Journey’ any longer. For those of you who have followed this site, I have moved you across to the new one and you should now receive blog posts from ‘Allan Walsh Author – The Official Website’.

Thank you for your loyalty over the years and I hope you like the new official site just as much.

Happy Reading.

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It Is Time To Move On.

Hello Readers,

Over the last week or so I have been busy setting up a new website on WordPress and I will no longer be using this site for posts. I will leave it up with a link to the new site so you can refer to any old blog posts if you wish to.

You may be wondering why I’m doing this. Well, I’m moving to a self-hosted site as it gives me more control of my webpages. I’m almost finished setting up of the new site and will let you all know when it is live. Oh and don’t worry, if you already follow my blog you will continue to receive my posts from the new site.

Happy reading!

2017… That’s a Wrap!

Picture by Sebastien Wiertz.

Picture by Sebastien Wiertz

Hello Readers,

Well it looks like every man and his dog are doing a wrap up of 2017, so I thought I would jump on the band-wagon. This is the bit where I have to reflect on what I have achieved over the last 12 months. With a memory like mine that is a tough call, but thankfully I have the help of social media to fall back on. So, this is what 2017 looked like for me:

  1. I just scraped in on my Goodreads reading challenge of 26 books for the year, and when I say I just scraped in… I mean I finished book 26 on New Years Eve. Phew! I admit, I took a few shortcuts when I fell behind, reading a few volumes of Tite Kubo’s manga sensation “Bleach”. I even re-read a couple of my own short stories, which was a good exercise, because I still enjoyed the read and can see that I have improved my writing (at least in my opinion). If I did audiobooks, I would have ‘read’ some of these too, But I don’t do audio books, they just don’t work for me.
  2. I published 5 books in 2017. My Blood Rage series in the fantasy genre, which consists of a short story, a novella and a novel. The others 2  were short stories – Easy Prey and Making Magic, one of which I would classify as horror, the other is more fantasy with horror elements and a little humour.
  3. I managed to get some of my books into bookshops and work out that this isn’t very economically viable when you they take 35 to 40% of the RRP (that’s the RRP, not the profit) to put them on the shelf. So I won’t be actively pursuing this as a sales channel until I can get a reasonable print cost (noting price generally comes down the more units you buy, but until I know I can sell the units, I’m not keen on large orders).
  4. I also got ‘The Crimson Guild’ and ‘Blood Rage’ into some libraries, so if you are in the Logan city area and want to try them out, visit your local library and you can loan them.
  5. I have written a book on how to self-publish, but I’m not sure if I will release it or not. I finished it a few months ago now, but the playing field is constantly changing and it may need to tweaked if I decide to release it.
  6. I have spent hour after hour researching writing and marketing techniques.
  7. I put some of these new skills into practice and commenced running a few ads on FB and Amazon.
  8. I have tried to maintain a constant blog across the year, but did slack off a little at times to focus on writing/editing so I could get some more work out.

I’m sure there is more I could add to this list, but I can’t think of it right now and I have covered the main items from my FB timeline now. Looking back, I am quite happy with what I have achieved over the year.

On a personal level, I have been very lucky to have an amazing woman who not only supports me with my writing, but spoils me on special occasions. I’m not easy to buy presents for, so she tends to get me ‘experiences’. This year I have learnt how to drift a Lotus Elise around a skid pan, which was an awesome and exhilarating activity. I have flown a light aircraft over Brisbane, yes… I actually piloted the plane for a 30 minute flight. Now that was quite scary for me. I’ve been fortunate enough to holiday in Japan during the Cherry Blossom season and I’ve managed to get back to the UK and catch up with family and friends (only my 2nd time back in 20 years). As this only happens once in a blue moon, we made the most of it. We took the train through the Channel tunnel to Paris (crossed that one off my bucket list) and drank Belgium beer in Belgium. I really don’t think I would have half of these things without my great woman’s drive and motivation.

What’s lined up for 2018?

Well, on a personal note, I already have a ride in a Centurion tank and a “learn-to-fly-a-helicopter” flight lined up. We won’t be doing much travelling this year though. We’ll need to knuckle down and save for the next trip.

Writing wise I plan to continue to learn as much as possible about writing. I am starting to plot a bit more these days, so I’ll see if that makes much difference with my writing this year. I have a few unfinished titles I’ve been working on over the last year or so and I’d really like to finalise some of these for publishing them this year. I tend to jump between projects while I work though, which slows the progress on individual stories, but sees me finish a few closely together. I’d love to get a few more short stories and another novella or novel out this year, so I look forward to looking back at the end of 2018 and seeing if I met this goal.

A Quick Update for Horror Fans

Image by Jcrakow

Image by Jcrakow

Hello Readers,

I have some exciting news for you, I have recently finished reviewing my editor’s comments on a new short horror story I’ve written. I have amended the story based on the edits and I am very pleased with the final polish of this piece. I think it has buffed off the tarnishes and made it shine. I have also secured a cover for the story and plan to do a cover reveal in the near future, I just need to sort out if I am keeping the working title or amending it and if I’m going to apply a tag line (I will if I can think of something suitable).

My plan is to release this in KDP Select to see how it goes. Once the Amazon exclusive period is up, I will look at going out on a wider distribution. I will let you know if and when this happens.

In the mean time, I wish you some scary reading.

Looking for something to read? Why not check out my books here

Supporting Indie Authors

I had a great night at Little Gnome book shop last weekend where I attended their ‘Indie Author Day’. It was a great event showcasing work from a number of independent authors. There were guest speakers, free nibbles, free beer, free wine and free pizza, all laid on by the wonderful Bel. There were a number of budding authors in the crowd, gleaning inspiration and advice. I also found a new fan – big shout out to Paul, thanks for supporting me by buying my book. I also have to give a massive shout out to Bel for her support and efforts in putting this event together.

Why not show your support by reading a book from an independent author.

Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here.

 

When Opportunity Knocks.

Hello Readers and Carpe Diem!

That’s right, I’m using that term most often associated with the Dead Poets’ society – “Seize the day”. When opportunity knocks, sometimes you’ve just got to jump on board and ride it through the field of hopes and dreams. Which brings me to my point… I will be making an appearance at Little Gnome Bookshop in Wynnum tomorrow for their Indie Author Day. I know it is short notice, but originally, I wanted to attend this event and I wasn’t able to make it. Now the stars aligned and I have the opportunity to be there. So, I’m going to take advantage of it. If you are in the neighbourhood, why not drop in… and, if your there to purchase a copy of one of my books, I’ll be happy to sign it for you. For those that can’t make it along, I hope you have a great weekend. And remember, don’t let those opportunities pass you by!

You can find more details on the Indie Author Day here.

Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here.

Woohoo, I’m on a roll. Here’s another interview.

Hello Readers,

It looks like I’m on a bit of a roll here, having obtained another interview this week (I’m doing a little happy dance right now to celebrate). This one was with the awesome crew at awesomegang.com and has similar questions, but still some new info in here. If you want to take a look, click here.

Happy Reading!

Check it out! I got an Author Interview :)

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Surprise! I managed to score myself an author interview over at Book Reader Magazine. If you want to check it out, you can find it here: http://bookreadermagazine.com/featured-author-allan-walsh/

 

Another Milestone Reached – Getting my Book into a Store.

Hello Readers,

I have some exciting news to share. I have reached another milestone on my writing journey. I now have a book on the shelves of a real life, bricks and mortar, bookstore. Yay! The Crimson Guild is now available in Little Gnome Book Shop, Wynnum. Here is a picture of me showing Little Gnome one of my books before it goes onto the shelf.

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So, for all you readers that savour the smell of a new book and the feel of those pages on your fingers as you flick to the next page. If you want a nice new print copy of The Crimson Guild, head down to Little Gnome.

And for those authors out there wanting to know how I went about achieving this milestone, well it was surprisingly easy. These are the steps I took:

  1. Little Gnome was referred to me by a friend (but you could easily search for independent book stores).
  2. I checked out the website, where there were contact details and an enquiry form.
  3. I went down to Wynnum to grab a coffee and check out the store.
  4. I liked what I saw, so I emailed Bel, the owner of the store and sent her a PDF copy of my book.
  5. Bel responded to say Little Gnome would be interested in stocking my book, providing/advising of the forms I needed to complete.
  6. I completed the forms and e-mailed back to ask when she would like me to deliver the books.
  7. I visited the store, dropped off my books and the paperwork and grabbed a photo with Little Gnome. Easy!

From what I hear, there are a number of stores out there that support indie authors, all you have to do is approach them and find out if they are interested in stocking your book. If they are, they will let you know their requirements.

Happy reading.

New Release – Blood Rage, a Fantasy Novel by Allan Walsh.

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Hello Readers,

It’s finally here! Blood Rage has been in development for a long time. The writing process is not a quick one, with the first draft being written a few years ago now. Then came the feedback, the editing, the re-writing. What we call polishing in the writing world; polishing the story to make it shine. Well, I hope it is sparkling for you all, because I have buffed it over and over to get it gleaming.

Blood Rage is now available from Amazon and soon to be released on many other platforms. Though if you are purchasing a copy, I would recommend you take a look at the boxed set first, it is a great value deal containing:

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*Please note the 3D render image does not represent the actual dimensions of the books

Blood and Fear – a short story that is exclusive to the boxed set,
The Crimson Guild – a novella,
Blood Rage – a novel,

Happy reading.