Just a few days ago I got an email from my eBook distributor - Draft2Digital - telling me that the book sellathon (apparently that’s not a word) called Christmas is approaching, and that if I want my latest book to be part of that particular maelstrom definitely a word, I would have to upload the text file and cover by 11th December. They are predicting that the flurry of pre-Christmas releases and the special holiday hours at online eBook stores will result in some delays.
I have been hammering away at the keyboard for months, gradually grinding out Drifter Prime, the latest installment in my epic sci-fi series of novels. Just to give an idea of where I am, here are a few words that I have written today. This is a scene where one of the main characters, Altia, faces off with one of the antagonists, Admiral Haygon, with whom she has some history.
I have written a zombie novel, called Death Sense, and I had a lot of fun doing it. Unfortunately the zombie genre has become such a joke it is regularly used as a source of fun on TV shows such as New Girl. One of the characters is writing a zombie novel, and the show’s writers put in every stupid thing they can think of. We even hear parts read out on the show, such as, “Zombie zoo, zombie zoo, zombie zoo, zombie zoo, who let them zombies out that damn zombie zoo.
I am going to need a cover star for the fourth book in my Dark Galaxy series of sci-fi novels. I was looking through some of the 3D spaceship models I have created over the years, and I found a nice one that I did a couple of years ago. It’s still very rough, but I think it will make a nice cover. I have uploaded a render of my spaceship to Blender Artists.
I’ve been spending the last few days lurking on the forum pages of Kboards. There is a lot of interesting information there for an indie publishing writer, like me. One of the tips I found was to use a site called instafreebie to give away copies of my books for free. The idea is that people read the first book in a series and then go on to read the whole trilogy.
Today my latest book has appeared on Amazon, and that always puts a nice big smile on my face. It’s a book about the coming of the Zombie apocalypse, and the start of the fall of society. Back in April I posted about how I was writing a zombie book. As is often the case with books, I had been writing it for a while, and thinking about it for a long time before that.
The very first book I ever published was The Pet Dragon, and it has been available on numerous platforms for several years now. It can be bought, for example, from Smashwords, the very first site I used to get it out to an audience. It has never before been on Amazon, however, except as a print on demand paperback. At last I have gotten around to trying to do something about that.
Digital books are becoming ever more popular, but unlike real books, you cannot do what I like to do and pick up the entire novel in a book shop to read samples chosen at random as you flick through the book. In a bookshop, it is quite easy to pull up a chair and read the entire chapter if you want, to see if it is compelling enough to purchase it.
It’s a long time now since Nick from New Girl managed to finish his long-awaited zombie novel, Z is for Zombie, but it’s been on my mind lately. It is famous for having the word rhythm spelled incorrectly 38 different times. It is also where Julius Pepperwood first appeared, a character and alter ego that Nick made up in Season 2. Julius is a hard-boiled New Orleans zombie detective, racing around on fan-boats, who finds JFK alive.
Update - Pronoun (the subject of this post) is now defunct I am more and more impressed with Pronoun for self-publishing. I’ve been with the platform for only a couple of days and already things are happening. It isn’t reporting to me that I’ve made any money yet, but things are happening. A Kindle edition of Galaxy Dog is listed on Goodreads, and it already has a four star rating on Goodreads.