Almost ready to publish

So, one more week of tweaks to go, and the digital version of the book will be available on Amazon at a reduced cost while I run a pre-sale launch campaign.  Friday 28th April I order the proof copy of the hardback edition and am aiming to have that on sale by May 11th.

This week has been the first week where I have actually been stressed with the process.  I can't register the ISBN's with Nielson until I have the final format and page count done.  In order to get into Waterstones 'local author' scheme, I've got a load of hurdles to go through too.  I cant finalise the cover PDF until I have a page count, as that affects the spine dimensions.  By the end of next week, I will be able to start taking those jobs off of my very long to-do list.

I've planned the first of the video blogs for YouTube and with the help of my friend Siobhan Smart I have written a press release and a school's introductory letter.

One thing that is complete now is the shopping page fo…


Keeping myself busy while he test readers and editor do their bit by almost getting through a short book to be given free as an ebook on Amazon Books.  I now know that I probably won't be doing the picture book version, but I still like doing the drawings and illustrations, so will use these for the website gallery and for this short compendium I am writing.

I'm finding this process rewarding, as it's taking all the research and world building I did and placing it in a reference format.  Little lines about characters mentioned in the novel are fleshed out here.  Already the mythology base is serving useful for the sequel novel percolating away in my grey matter.

With each novel, I am now planning to expand on this current short tome.

Deadlines aproaching

I have the paperback's ISBN number and next week will have the Hardback's one.  So much to do before the target April 23rd publishing date.  I'm still waiting for the edited version to come back to me so I can make the final tweaks.

On Friday of last week, I gave ten copies of the unedited version of Quest for Truth to ten test readers.  8 Children and 2 adults.  The children (Aged between 10 and 14 seem to be loving it, the adults have made no comment yet.)

I'm also pushing ahead full throttle on tow short books to tie in and give away for free through Amazon Books.  One is a compendium of all the characters and places, giving a different view of the world of Figmentasia.  The second not started yet will be a short story about Queen Denmilate and her rise to power.

Very brief post...

Very busy this end with design and pre promotions.  Good news just in though...

...A friend's 13-year-old daughter is test reading Figmentasia and she's loving it. So stoked. That's my target audience right there.

Thank you Talia-Mae

First teaser advert

It is with great excitement I can announce that the book is almost ready to go to the editor.  Oh, and my first adverts are now going out online.

Busy busy busy

With only five chapters left to rework for the second draft before it goes to the editor Samme Kehinde, my brain is starting to have to think through the process of marketing the book.  A number of ebook authors on youtube seem to encourage publishing short stories or excerpts of the book for free.  Taking the advice into account, I am thinking of putting the first three chapters of Figmentasia on Amazon for three.  I also have a handbook which I have used as a reference for myself whilst writing, which I think could be of use to teachers and parents, as well as eager minds who want to learn more about the world of Figmentasia. So this will be the second freebie.

Through the website and facebook page, I will promote these freebies and try and drive traffic from these to the sales fo the actual book.

I've had the costs of printing flyers and posters done to distribute to schools and libraries.

I'm also starting to put feelers out to friends who speak other languages to get tran…

Lesson's in point of view

So every writer seems to be saying the same thing.  Draft two is where you actual writing gets done.  Having gone through what I have written and now starting to reshape what I have done, I can see exactly what they mean.  I complained that there were stretches of the writing I didn't like, and the main cause of that is now apparent.  Draft one has so much head swapping in each scene.

What do I mean by head swapping?  A scene I wrote about bullying utilised the four people in it sharing their thoughts on the page.  It was confusing.  I have now rewritten it so it's all from the Thelba's (the lead character) perspective.  Her character is experiencing the situation and is the character I need to go through the biggest learning ark.  Teban Thelba needs to go from wanting to be a boy, to wanting and yearning to be a girl.  The fight is able for me to internalise the inception of her changing her perspective, something that has been troubling me.

I keep referring to it as scul…