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The End of the Beginning or, The Beginning of the End

Brazil's Luiz cries after his team lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo HorizonteThe first draft of the next novel, Blind Faith, is finally finished. This sort of news could even cheer up a Brazilian this morning but you need to calm down. It’s only the end of the first draft. In my experience, the other books have taken four drafts to get right so maybe it’s not even halfway.

It feels tighter than its predecessors but I suppose they all do until you lift your head once more into reality and then plunge back in with a new breath. The embryonic story is delicately being pigeoned to the beta-readers and I await their feedback, like an expectant gladiator looking up at Caesar.

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The New Forest Book Fair

new-forest-tourism-logo72I’ll be at the New Forest Book Fair this Saturday if anyone wants to say hello. I’m not sure what to expect but I’ll set my stall out and see what happens. The most I can hope for is to sell a few books and at least make the money back for the pitch.

It’s a second-hand book fair so most of the punters will be looking for old books, not new ones by an unknown author, but we’ll see. At least they can read which is a start.

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If Writing’s A Business Then Product Strategy Is The Key

Selling-out-is-the-new-keeping-it-realI guess you’ve had a chance now to digest the figures from Hugh Howey’s analysis of Amazon data. If you haven’t then you need to. (This post of mine will lead you to it) It changes, confirms and validates so many aspects of self-publishing that it’s hard to focus on it all, so in today’s post I want to discuss the importance of ‘product development and strategy’.

These two terms are obviously ripped directly from a business textbook, but I make no apologies for this. Writing is a business. If you don’t treat it as a business then that’s fine, but the chances are that you’ll possibly always need another job to pay the bills. Again, that’s fine if that’s what you want, if it’s a love thing that you just can’t live without then so be it. But, if you want to earn enough money writing to give up your day job and write full-time, then you need to treat it as a business.

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The Upcoming Christmas Show

photoHere’s the news you’ve all been waiting for… it’s true, I’m attending the prestigious, and incredibly glamorous, Bournemouth Festive Gift Fair at the weekend. Yep, I know, pretty special, huh? And, it’s not just for one day, oh no, it’s for two big whopping days. I can’t wait.

I’ve been to fairs like this before as a spectator/shuffler but never to sell my wares. That’s not strictly true actually. I’ve sat behind the odd table in the past, I can’t lie, but never to sell my own books. And it’s at the Bournemouth International Centre, yeah, that’s right, INTERNATIONAL. Let’s go, baby.

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Video Killed The Radio Star

Video_Killed_the_Radio_Star_single_coverI’m stuck on the horns of a dilemma at the moment, I wonder if you can tell? I’ve been thinking recently that maybe I should start making videos for this blog. You know the type which other bloggers use?

Now, when I say ‘making videos’ I obviously don’t mean anything which is going to rival Thriller. In fact, if I made a video it would look incredibly bland with zero effect at all. But a video will kind of open the door on a whole different type of expression and this may be good. Here are both the horns…

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2 Books That Will Inspire You To Keep Going

220px-Stephen_King,_ComiconThis weekend I was reading Stephen King’s non-fiction book called On Writing and Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. I read quite a bit of non-fiction and like to keep one of each on the go at all times. Both books are inspirational for their own reasons; King’s book inspires you to keep going and Coelho’s reminds you that the only thing that’s important in life is the moment and you have to follow your dreams.

I like to think that everything happens for some kind of reason and the books you read provide you with the knowledge you need at that time. If that’s the case then this weekend was a bumper edition.

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Are You Trapped In Your Own Life?

trapped-womanDo you feel like you’re living someone else’s life? When you were young did you imagine that you’d be doing what you’re doing now? What happened? Was it all someone else’s fault or do you have to take some level of responsibility in it too?

The sense of feeling trapped is more common that you’d think. There are times in every life when you’ve gone with the flow and suddenly find yourself stuck in a hole that seems far too deep to get out of. Even the idea of escaping sounds like it’s forbidden, as if in some way your breaking the rules.

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