Monday, 27 February 2012

Day 477

And breathe! Last week was rather hectic - but I think I’m beginning to get back to normal now (whatever that is).
I’ve spent a lot of time bombarding book reviewers with requests for them to read and review Slippery Souls - though it appears some of them have lists longer than their arms of books to read already and are not accepting new material for the moment, some of them break into a sweat at the mere mention of vampires/werewolves (different strokes for different folks, and all that) - and some of them just point blank refuse to read self-published work (which is something that stirs different kinds of emotions in me. On the one hand, I can kind of understand where they’re coming from given the bad reputation of sub-standard self-published books out there. Yet on the other hand, I can’t help but feel a teeny bit disgruntled about it, in that surely all self-published writers can’t be tarred with the same brush. Anyway, by the by, I’m not losing any sleep over it, and it’s fair play to them I guess).  And on a positive note, I have managed to get a few reviewers interested - so at least not all is lost.

I’ve finally started work on my piece for the Brass Book Project. I’ve decided to be more visual than anything else, and I’m creating a comic storyboard in the style of a graphic novel. It’s going to be quite dark, and it’s inspired by a line from Stevie Ronnie’s poem (the line being: A memorable dream I once had). I’ll post bits of it up here soon, hopefully J

Yesterday I went to Newcastle City Library to meet up with the Service Manager, Sharon Reeve - who was extremely helpful! She’s set up an event for me on Monday 25th June at 6pm to help promote Slippery Souls. Basically, on the day, I’ll be talking for about half an hour, explaining what inspired and motivated me to write the book, and I’ll be sharing my overall experiences - including design and self-publishing aspects. I’ll also be happy to answer any questions anybody has, and I’ll be selling paperback copies too. I can’t wait - really looking forward to this one!

This week’s interview on my website is with Christian Thriller writer Joana James, who tends to write about situations surrounding family backgrounds. Check out what she had to say here:

And while I’m on the subject of my writing website - I’m not best pleased with it lately! For the past two weeks I’ve been unable to put pictures up, so none of my new writer showcases have had book/author photos, and I was unable to attach photos of my book launch! I hope manages to fix this issue soon, because it’s highly inconvenient.

Anyway, I think that’s about all of my news this week - though I’ll just quickly mention that I had an interview posted on somebody else’s blog. I’ve attached the link in case anybody is interested in reading it:


  1. I feel your pain on the book bloggers being disinterested in both self-published book AND anything to do with vampires / werewolves. I understand where they're coming from, but it's frustrating to KNOW you've got a quality book and have doors automatically slammed in your face before you've even had a chance to get a single word out. Sigh.

    But the industry's going through quite the transition right now, and I expect it's only a matter of time until the exploding indie scene starts to sort itself out and we see the appearance of book bloggers more open to self-published urban fantasy.

    Until then, I guess we indie folks just review and promote each other as much as we can, eh?

  2. Yes indeed - we'll get there in the end! *she says with fingers crossed behind her back* :-D