Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Well, this is addictive...

The e-book went live last weekend; the paperback has been submitted and should be available this week, but...

Live reports for sales!

On the Amazon pages, you can see exactly how many books have been sold and, below that, pages read on Kindle Unlimited. At the bottom is a list of royalties and where they come from (though this is just for books sold; it doesn't cover the pages read part).

This has made me inordinately happy for two reasons...

1. I can see that I've earned more royalties in the last week than I did in the whole of the last quarter with my publisher (yes, seriously...)

2. I can see exactly which marketing idea is working (or not) since I can see when sales came in (and in which country).

Of course, the downside is that I keep looking at it all the time instead of getting on with editing!

I've also been introduced to a free video creation software site (InVideo) so had a play... what do you think?

But now... back to editing!

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Cover reveal!!

Many thanks to the Hive Mind (my amazing friends who gave me such valuable input over the designs) and of course to the designers (MiblArt). The cover has gone through a few iterations and tweaks, but I'm finally able to share it with you all...

So, without further ado, here's the new cover for Lies That Poison.

The ebook has been uploaded to Kindle and the (hilarious) spelling error it thought it had found was "summun'" which was in a dialect section ("Hannah allus said it was Edward’s fault. Left Beatrice wi’ child and married summun else."). Of all the bits of dialect, that was the only one it didn't like!

So, the ebook text is loaded, the paperback version is loaded, the cover is finalised, the keywords and categories are all done. Less than two years after Joffe Books published it (22nd September, 2017), both the ebook and the paperback will be published by my imprint. The ebook is available now (here!!); the paperback will be available from Saturday. The new version has some bonus material in it at the back - an exclusive interview with me.

Phew! It's been a bit of a vertical learning curve, but I got there!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Apologies for the brief post, but it's all a bit busy at Fleet Towers. Where I'm at with Lies That Poison:

  • I'm almost ready to sign off on the cover
  • I have the interior file for the paperback ready
  • I have the ebook file ready (only Kindle at this stage)
  • I have it all loaded up on Amazon (other than the covers)
  • I still need to check a few things, but it should be available very soon!

Thank you for all your patience. It's been a bit of a vertical learning curve, but I'm getting there!

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

The dust settles...

After last week's surprise unpublishing of both books (I was anticipating one - Lies That Poison - but not the other - that was done in error), I'm feeling a little more sanguine about everything. But I just have a shed-load of work to do. So much that a) I feel somewhat overwhelmed, and b) this post will be short!

Because the books were enrolled in KDP select, I can't re-release the ebook until those 90 day periods have finished (as far as I can tell - anyone with other info, please let me know?). For Lies That Poison, that's 11th September, but for The Call, it's not until November 10th. Hence me being so upset when it was unpublished early in error - it still had 75 of its 90 days left - leaving me with it neither on sale published by Joffe Books for that time, not able to be re-released by me for that time either.

I can re-release the paperback versions before those dates, but not the ebook, so that's what I'll be working on.

More news as and when I have it.

As for the trilogy... I have the final edits for the first book to work on. Book 2 is now with Fiona (my editor) and I have some changes to book 3 to type up before that too heads to Fiona's desk.

Time to make a big pot of tea, dust myself off and get on with things. Live and learn. Live and learn...