Picking myself up and dusting myself off… again.

Well, I think I’ll try again…

The Publishing world is tricky place to want to work…  I have no idea why I want to publish my work. If all I wanted to do was write, I’d post everything for free on here….

However, I want more than that and unfortunately that costs money – yes, I self publish the majority of my work, but when a cover for a single book can cost $150 upwards and editing even more, I get stuck into a negative loop that often goes:

A) Finish MS.
B) Find someone to Alpharead (as in reading it warts and all.)
C) Look for an Editor to fix any problems.
D) Can’t afford an Editor so put the MS on a backburner until I can.
E) Look for Cover Artist.
F) Find one and inquire about prices.
G) Can’t afford a CA, so put the whole project on a backburner.
H) Start new Project.
I) Repeat from (A).

It means that I have a few things on my HDD that haven’t yet seen the light of day and some that have been abandoned because I couldn’t find anyone that had time to read the first draft!

I need to fix this and I need the help of my Fans – wherever they are…. so I’ve changed my rewards. Now there is only one, $3 tier, but for those $3 you get a few things!

  • My Undying Adoration and a personal, handwritten Thank you note for becoming a Fan / Patron!
  • Access to Facebook Fan Page and all that entails – I’m the only Admin, so I will give you my personal attention…
  • Access to Patron only content via Blogsite – you’ll get a password to take you to a special page on my site with stories, poetry and other things…. including Offers and Giveaways!
  • Discount on Signed Print Books – When I launch a print book, I always offer a limited run of numbered, dedicated, signed copies. Patrons will recieve a 50% discount on the cost of this.
  • Surprise Rewards – these will come up as I think of them and will be limited in number. Keep an eye on my Patreon page / Blogsite for details.

I may add more tiers if I have to, but to be honest, I don’t want to cost my Fans too much money. I will probably add more Rewards or Tiers as time goes on, after all, I want to give value for money as well.

I want to thank everyone who takes the time to even visit my Profile on Patreon or on Facebook. It makes me feel like I am getting somewhere!

I’m lost for words…

… which believe me is a little unusual for an author!

Just recently I have been feeling more than a little lost. My writing has been slow and getting words onto a page has been like pulling teeth. It’s the reason I haven’t posted anything here for a while; every word I can muster has been put into a WIP.

Then this morning, I woke up to some wonderful news.

The beautiful and talented Maria K.  has been steadily putting her books into Audiobook form, and has quite a catalogue building up.

I’ve thought about putting my books into audiobook form, but as I’m struggling just to get my books finished, edited and published in e-book, I’ve been putting it off as I only want to focus on one project at a time.

So when Maria asked me if I was okay with her putting the Land Far Away books out in audiobook form, I knew that it was a sign that I should dip my toe into the Audio Sea…

I didn’t expect it to happen very quickly, so I kept the news quiet…

But this morning I woke up to a wonderfully sweet surprise!


Maria had already been working on getting the Land Far Away books into audio; she engaged the services of Trista Shaye to narrate the books  and this morning,  I woke up to something that cheered me up immensely!

I was feeling yucky (I’m currently fighting some kind of virus) and tired and generally depressed about my lack of usefulness. I slipped into Facebook to see what my friends from the rest of the world had been getting up to…

The first Land Far Away book had appeared in Audio!

Ahkoo is actually the second book in the series (don’t question it – Audible has its own timetable by the looks of it) and is the one that my oldest son inspired – the main character was his creation. Trista has a smooth, calm voice and manages the strange words that I made up with aplomb – she brings out the characters personalities perfectly!

I just wish there was a way of combining Maria’s gorgeous pictures with the Audio too… maybe that’s a project for another day.

Now I feel so much better – I suppose I ought to get on with some author things, you know, writing, editing etc…

But I’ll leave you with the blurb:

While all respectable fligaphluphs make a point to stay away from the enticing lair of the terrible and powerful Snafflewich,

Ahkoo is determined to do the opposite and pay her a visit.

An adventurous and irrepressibly curious Fligaphluph, Ahkoo’s parents have trouble getting him to go to bed at sunrise when all the other Fligaphluphs do. So his Granddad tells him about the Snafflewich, hoping to make him stay in bed when the sun is in the sky.

Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect and off goes Ahkoo to discover what the Snafflewich really is like…

All the links to Ahkoo in all his glorious forms you can ever need can be found here

I hope you enjoy listening!