Sunday 27 March 2016

A Plea for Help and a New Anthology Alert!

My current WIP is in need of some assistance. I’ve posted a small piece on my blog, requesting input from readers and writers to stimulate my fast shrinking grey matter to produce some apposite expletives to replace those that are inevitably religiously based. Head over to my blog, here, to lend this failing brain a hand, please.
On a more positive note, I was asked some time ago to contribute a short story to a new science fiction anthology. Since it was for my brilliant publisher, Dan Grubb, of Fantastic Books Publishing, I was happy to oblige. By coincidence, Dan was also about to publish the ebook version of my scifi novella, The Methuselah Strain, as a hardback print book and we both thought the occasion called for some added value to the original. I combined both features by writing a new episode for the novella and then converted that event into a standalone short story for the new anthology.

The anthology, Synthesis, a collection of 27 science fiction stories from many different authors, has now been published by Fantastic Books Publishing. You’ll find a review of the book, together with a buying link, by clicking here.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Introductory Price for A Shackled Inheritance

For a limited time, the Wild Rose Press - - is offering the e-book version of A Shackled Inheritance at the introductory price of $3, instead of $5.99. For the price of a cup of coffee, the reader gets a few hours enjoyment, and an escape from the cares of the daily life. 

However, I trust my publisher’s marketing strategy. The company has been in business for almost ten years and won the Best Publisher award in the Preditors and Editors readers’ poll in seven of those years. In today’s market conditions, a publisher cannot rest on its laurels. Thanks to digital publishing and print on demand, a tidal wave of new books hits the market, day after day.


As in an old-fashioned second-hand book shop, how is a reader to distinguish between the good, the bad and the indifferent? So publishers push special offers, in the hope that readers will recognise quality and come back for more. Like it or not, discounting is here to stay. 

Saturday 5 March 2016

Being Wise With Buying Links

Linda Acaster runs occasional posts on marketing and promotion for authors. Her current post concerns ways to tame over-long buying URLs.

Are you making the most of yours? Check out her advice HERE.