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The Brother And The Friend – A Fable

05-09hachette_full_600Once upon a time a chap had a brother, who also turned out to be another chap. Growing up, the two brothers would play and fight, fight and play, and through the years they became as close as brothers typically tend to. After hours spent in the backseats of cars on long holidays they grew used to each other. Since being forced to share toys, then records, then girlfriends (although the latter wasn’t so much a share as a strategic ambush) they forged a deep love for one another which would never be broken.

So, they were brothers, right? Maybe in hindsight that was all I needed to say, but brothers can mean different things to different people. How about Cane and Abel? Romulus and Remus? The Gallagher’s? So, just to clarify matters, these brothers got on.

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The Most Important Aspects From The Latest ‘Author Earnings’ Analysis

Author-EarningsIt’s been six months since Hugh Howey and his unnamed sidekick went public with the publishing numbers from Amazon. Up until then it had been a closed shop with Amazon reluctant to share any of the data they hold. Using clever data mining and assumptions it’s now possible to view the publishing landscape as it currently stands.

Since the first release, there have been two subsequent snapshots, the most recent being last week. Each view has led to some pretty major headlines and this time it’s no different. All in all, the message comes back loud and clear… it’s a great time to be a writer and the publishing industry is in a revolution. I’ve highlighted the most important points from last week’s analysis below.

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Here Comes The Sun

photoI watched the Grammy’s tribute to The Beatles on Saturday night and was once again blown away by the legacy of songs in such a short period. It was seven years from their first single to their last and, although there are a number of shockers in the list (Dig A Pony, Yellow Submarine, Revolution 9), they were intensely prolific.

Watching other bands play their songs reminded me of how good the songs really are. Most massive bands have maybe five or so great songs that stand the test of time, and written in twice as long a timeframe. Any band where the third songwriter comes out with Something and Here Comes The Sun is pretty special.

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Where’s The Perfect Place To Write?

SimpleisgoodSpaceI’ve changed my mind about this question several times and I’ve finally settled on the most boring answer yet. It’s something that, as a writer, we think about a lot. If you want to be inspired then maybe it’s the place, if you don’t want to be distracted then maybe it’s the place, if you need the internet then maybe it’s the place.

There are several reasons why the perfect place is as variable as the writing styles which are expounded within them. It largely depends on the author and the motivation to get the words down, but in this post I’ll look at some of the common spots.

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5 of the Best Self-Publishing Podcasts

logopodcastIn these modern times information is available from everywhere. We all try out various mediums hoping that we can suck up the information in the most efficient way possible. Self-publishing is one of those booming industries right now, where the momentum is fast-paced and any book or article is often out-of-date a month after it’s been written. Enter the podcast.

It’s easy to keep up-to-date with the news on a podcast and also gain a much broader insight into how others have been successful. The best way to be successful yourself is to copy and epitomise someone who has already walked the walk. I find for self-publishing, listening to podcasts are the best way of doing this.

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Why I’ve Decided To Start Again

Job-searchI’ve decided, after some painstaking deliberation, to start again from square one with my new novel, Blind Faith. It was a hard decision to make because I’ve already completed the first draft of 80,000 words. All those words, just sitting there, taunting me from their glowing white screen.

I didn’t know what to do but I knew there were a lot of changes which I wanted to make and I wasn’t sure if editing was going to be the most efficient way of doing it. I’ve obviously continued to read up on ‘the craft’ and I always want my next book to be the best thing I’ve ever written so, when it came down to it, I knew I’d just have to accept the inevitable.

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Free eBook Promotion Today

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The critically acclaimed comedy novel, Plaster Scene, is available to download for FREE today on Amazon. It has a 4.8 star rating, so why not find out what it’s all about.

It’s the first time I’ve ever requested a FREE promotion and I’m eager to see how successful it turns out. The promotion will last for 3 days and I hope to receive an abundance of downloads which in turn should push the book up into the realms of visibility.

As this blog is my home turf and you are my people, I’m pleading with you all to download it on to your devices. It’ll cost you no more than a few seconds of your valuable time and, in return, I promise to be grateful. Once you’ve downloaded it for FREE yourselves, you could then use up another few seconds and tell a friend to do the same.

By sharing the love, you’ll be helping me out and you’ll be helping them out because when else do you get anything for free.

If you’re stuck for what it’s about, read this:

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.

When an ageing hippy suddenly dies, an inheritance is discovered which has been hidden for over forty years. A staged mugging, an alien abduction and a wetsuit-clad gunman are all encountered before the secret past finally shapes the lives of everyone concerned, forever.

Think; The Da Vinci Code crossed with Spinal Tap.

Here are some reviews which are already on Amazon:

A Great Read (5*) – A really good yarn with several convoluted storylines converging to a chaotic conclusion!! Great characters that keep you turning the page. if you enjoy comedic farce then this is for you!

What A Scream! (5*)  This book is just fantastic! Fast-paced and really funny. For the first time ever, I did not want my train commute to end so that I could finish it. Just buy it…

Shockingly Funny (5*) – I love books which are just simply there to entertain. This book does that and well. I was in a particularly low point of my life and this book helped me to escape from it all. If you just want a good story that doesn’t pretend to change your life then this is it.

Please go to Amazon right now and download Plaster Scene for FREE.

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