Last week, the missers and I got new ‘phones.
Since then, we should technically have lost a load of weight through exertion due to the steepness of the learning curve. These are the latest Android ‘phones, with all the bells, whistles and gadgets one might expect of such technologically advanced devices. Mine even receives satellite co-ordinates and stuff from the Russian GLONASS birds. But to grapple with all this new technology has been something of a stretch for us old Luddites. Thank God, they’re pretty easy to figure out, if complex.
Mine has an application called Polaris Office. No, it’s not ICBM launch control and telemetry systems, it’s kinda like regular Office on your PC. But I was pleased to discover that it’s compatible with my old MS Word 97, which I prefer over the newer versions in approximately the same manner as lounging on the deck with a beer is preferable to dying in agony. I love my old Word 97 and I’m really glad this new ‘phone supports it because it means that some of the next novel is likely to be written on there (not whilst in heavy traffic, I promise).
And talking of which (tenuous little segue there), it’s going well. I’m busy sending the boys somewhere they’ve been before in search of a fresh revelation. Sounds mystical I know; let me assure you that it’s not. I’m enjoying the writing and getting well back into my stride.
I’m also selling books! The printed version is actually going rather well, which pleases me enormously (grab one here). I haven’t received any figures for the e-book yet, but they’re coming around the middle of this month. Hopefully sales have progressed well into single digits!
So with that I’ll leave you for now dear reader. I’ve got plenty of reading to do meself, and a couple of reviews to write. Catch you soon!
Roger and out, X.
Review copies are going out… Once in the hands of the reviewers I’m at their mercy! Let me make this perfectly clear though: I don’t expect glowing reviews; I want honest ones. If any book review happens to be both, this blogger will be very pleased indeed. N.B.; if you’re into reviewing books and would like a review copy, please get in touch.
It’s funny: I’ve finalized the manuscript for my spy novel and sent it off to Bookbaby for epub (the filetype that most e-readers use) formatting. Yet I’m so used to coming up with ideas and edits for the text that my brain’s still doing it without having to try. This is a bit of a pain because some of them are good ideas which can’t be included now—but they might make it to the sequel(s). I also find I’m worrying about small details as though they’ll ruin the whole thing in the eyes of the reviewer. Yesterday I went off on some mental rabbit-trail about a character holding a certain object, only to find that in my nervousness I’d recalled it inaccurately and there was nothing actually wrong. I think I need to chill.
Printing out review copies has been an interesting exercise. How to fill a room with the essence of laser printing or what? They make a certain highly recognizable niff which seemed to pervade the whole office. It turns out that the book prints on exactly a hundred pages of letter, double-sided with a ten point font. I don’t know what speed this particular laser printer is supposed to run at, but it made short work of the 172,000 word book and squirted out three whole copies before the toner died (which, in fairness, was already getting low). When I went to buy a new toner cartridge I realized—with shock—the methodology by which the printer manufacturers are driving such nice cars: The printer may be a couple of hundred bucks, but the four toner cartridges total more than twice as much and there are no third-party versions available. So everyone rushes out to buy the printer thinking what a good deal it is, then they have to sell their children to afford the next toner. Whilst such cunning on the part of the manufacturer reeks of cheating in my eyes, I do kinda wish I’d thought of it.
Right, I must away. These review copies aren’t going to laminate, bind and post themselves!
Roger and out, X.
Get excited: It’s coming!
The last week has been a bit of a blur with all the copyrighting of my spy novel and associated business. I’ve made some very useful contacts and learned a lot. If I thought I knew anything about copyrighting before, I certainly do now. A great big thank you to Kenny Van Horne who was amazingly helpful. I also got myself a mailbox address to use for professional purposes.
The next thing is to decide on a release date. This is something I’ve got to hash out with Steve, my social media marketing tech guru. I hadn’t really considered this question before, but Steve tells me he needs a little bit of lead time to ramp up his efforts before the book comes out, which is fair enough. It’ll also allow time to do press releases and other things that I can take care of from my end. Now, I’ve had a number of people tell me that they want this espionage thriller released yesterday, and I’m very grateful for the enthusiasm. But don’t worry, another week or two isn’t going to hurt.
Steve’s been talking some very encouraging figures and I confess it would be great to make mega millions off book sales, but I’m a realist. Let’s be honest; ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ is just one of a great many new espionage books. However, look at the example of Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’, the movie of which opened yesterday across North America. The first novel in the series was originally published a mere four years ago. Very quickly the publisher quadrupled the initial production run and now there are nearly three million copies in print. Not only is Collins just the sixth author to join Amazon’s ‘Kindle Million Club’, but it was announced recently that she’s become the all time Kindle top seller. That’s an awesome story of success. So yes, I’m a realist, but a hopeful one.
Anyway, get excited; it’s coming. ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ will be out soon and everyone will be able to read it. I’m excited myself, but also quite nervous.
Roger and out, X.