Archive for January, 2013

This Week In Kenny’s World…

aversion paperbackSo much has happened in the last few weeks but nothing gave me as much joy as I felt when I received the proof copy of Aversion’s paperback on Monday. After a few tweaks (and gasps at my formatting oversights) it is now available for purchase via Amazon for all ye technophobes at a very attractive price of $6.99 (£4.52). The e-book is still only $0.99 (£0.77) so if you ever decide to join us screen squinters, you’ve got that option too.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

In other related news, I reached the 10,000 words mark of Sentient (Book Two of The Mentalist Series) this week. Really excited about the way the story is going and I can’t wait to share it with my beta readers in a few months time.

Also, the lovely Becky of Barmy Becky Book Blog reviewed The Other Slipper and you can check out what she thought here.

Finally, I’m thinking of starting a new feature on the blog (possibly from next week) but it’s still under consideration so I’ll let you guys know what it’s all about as soon as I’m certain it’s going ahead.

Take care everyone.

So You Want To Be A Writer…

…or an Author, to be more exact. First of all I’d like to point out that this is not a Writing 101 article. If you want to know how to write a great book, there are thousands of blogs and books out there that will give you the basics on the craft. So what is this post about? For most of my life, I’ve been drawn to the world of publishing and I’ve taken out (far too much) time to learn as much as I can about how to get published, something I assumed that everyone who was interested in being published would also do. But in the last few weeks, this theory has been proven to be flawed as I was twice invited to speak to a few writers about what I have learnt from my foray into the publishing world. I wasn’t surprised to find that people are more focused on writing their books rather than learning about what to do next, how to get noticed, who to send your work to, etc. But I was still stunned that a lot of things I took as common knowledge were unknown. So I put together a really quick rundown of what I said to the people I met last week and I hope this helps others out there. It’s mostly basic stuff but as I like to say, every little helps.
Traditional publishers
A traditional publisher is any publisher who will accept your work, have it edited (including providing a cover design), then market and distribute it to vendors. In an ideal world, we’d all get published via this route as you will have a professional team to work with you and guide you through the entire process, most importantly an editor and a publicist. The process shouldn’t cost you a penny as traditional publishers usually pay you an advance for your work, which they hope to recoup when your books sells. They are spending their money so chances are that they will put some energy into marketing your work. The flip side of this is that publishers are much pickier these days as hard copy book buying continues to dwindle. They are not necessarily looking for the best work any longer, they are looking for what will sell fast and in bulk quantities – autobiographies by “celebrities”, novels by established authors, novels by “celebrities”, fad fiction (tales about vampires and werewolves for example). Obviously this is a generalisation and there are still publishers who will rather have fantastic work than books that will fly off the shelves (although I imagine they’d hope for both). Books have about three months shelf life when sent to retailers so if your book doesn’t sell quickly, chances are the retailers won’t ask for more – or worse, they return them to the publishers. No publisher wants to bear that cost.
How do you approach a traditional publisher? These days, most big publishing houses will not accept unsolicited manuscripts so you’d have to find an agent. This is probably as difficult as finding a publisher so take time to consider who you want to send your work to and how many attempts you’re willing to put yourself through. I’d highly recommend the “Writers’ and Artists’ Year Book” for more information on how to contact both publishers and agents.
Vanity publishers
Don’t use these! I can’t say this enough. DO NOT USE THESE. Unless, of course, you don’t want to make any money off your writing and you just want copies of your book for your family and friends. Once you pay someone to provide you with all the services a traditional publisher would, there is no point expecting them to market your work. Continue reading

Author Interview at Indie Author Land

Aversion - Cover revealOh yes, I’m loving 2013 so far! I was recently interviewed by the lovely people at Indie Author Land where we took a look at Aversion and also covered a few bits on me 🙂 Click here for a link to the interview.

“Aversion” Blog Tour Round-Up

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this tour in some form or another – bloggers, reviewers and readers. Thirteen days went by much quicker than I thought they would and I was slightly shocked to find myself sending out the last post yesterday.  I had a lot of fun reading what people had to say and I hope you all did too. Hopefully people have learnt a little bit more about “Aversion” and its characters and will spread the word about it. Some giveaways are still running so if you want to enter for a chance to win an e-copy of Aversion or The Other Slipper, click away. UK entrants are also eligible to win a paperback copy of The Other Slipper.

7th January – Tumbling In Books  – Review, excerpt, giveaway
8th January – Book Twirps – Excerpt, giveaway
9th January – Writer of Wrongs  – Review, excerpt, giveaway
10th January – The Book Rogue – Excerpt, giveaway
11th January – Pages of Forbidden Love – Review
13th January – Some Like It Paranormal – Review, character interview, excerpt, giveaway
15th January – Paranormal Opinion – Excerpt, giveaway
16th January – Reading… Dreaming – Review, guest post, giveaway
17th January – BooksBooks&MoreBooks – Review, character interview, giveaway
18th January – Sparkles and Lightning – Review, guest post, giveaway
19th January – Book Cover Justice – Excerpt, giveaway

Aversion Blog Tour Day 13: Book Cover Justice

aversionblogtourIt’s the final day on the tour! I have to admit I’m a little bit saddened by the thought but it’s been a fantastic thirteen days and I hope you’ve all enjoyed what has been on offer. Today, we visit Tiffany at Book Cover Justice where she features an excerpt and a giveaway. Click here for a link to her blog.

I will post a roundup of all the tour blogs so if you’ve missed any, fear not. Giveaways are also still running on most of the blogs so you can still sign up to win copies of Aversion or The Other Slipper.

Aversion Blog Tour Day 12: Sparkles and Lightning

aversionblogtoursparkleslightningIt’s the penultimate day of the tour! How quickly did time fly? Day 12 brings us to the amazing blog of Annabelle of Sparkles and Lightning for a review, guest post (yes, another one written by me, titled “Our Flawed Heroes”) and a giveaway. Click here for a link to her blog.

“Aversion” Blog Tour Day 11: BooksBooks&MoreBooks

aversionblogtourbookbookmorebooksDay 11 presents us with another character interview for the tour. This time Martha of BokksBooks&MoreBooks talks to Russ Tanner about his unusual experiences with Gemma Green. She has also reviewed the book and is offering another giveaway opportunity. What are you waiting for? Click here to read them all.