“Ideas are like rabbits, you get a couple and learn how to handle them and pretty soon you have a dozen. – John Steinbeck.
Inspiration is a funny thing, it can strike when we are least expecting it and it can lead us in directions that we could never imagine.
Way back when I was still employed, I was sent by my boss on a course in Portsmouth for a week. Before I went; people who had already been on the course warned me that the hotel was not exactly five-star accommodation.
And when I opened the door to my room, I could see what they meant, it was the sort of place, I thought to myself, where you would not be surprised to find a body in the bathroom.
At the time I had one book published and to be honest was a little unsure where my writing journey might take me.
The body in the bathroom idea stayed with me and I guess my subconscious must have worked in it because I found myself wondering what I would do if I had opened the door and actually found one, what would happen? Why was it there? and what it could mean in terms of my future actions?
From there it was easy(?) to develop the idea for a book, to use it as a starting point for an adventure and Ribbonworld was born. Ribbonworld gave me the idea for a yet to be published sequel, using the same characters and the unfinished business that always seems to exist in any book. The undeveloped plot strands, the back story and the characters that pass through the plot all have stories to tell, sometimes hinted at, sometimes worthy of a more detailed examination.
I wrote the sequel and what do you know? by ending it where I did, although it’s a perfectly sensible place to end that particular tale, it sets up the third book in what is rapidly becoming a series.
And the same pattern continues, people asked if there will be a sequel, you think about it and ideas flow. Or perhaps you do a bit of research, invent a back story and realise it has potential. Before you know it, a whole new world opens up.
And that’s where the quotation at the start comes in, you have one idea and before you know it, there are a hutch full, it’s almost as if once you start exercising a creative muscle, it develops and grows stronger on its own.
Find out about the body in the bathroom at myBook.to/Ribbonworld
When you’re an indie author you’ll be given lots of opportunities to review other people’s work in exchange for them doing you the same service. While I do not condone lying to the people you’re helping out, and believe you should maintain a good level of integrity we do absolutely believe that there is a certain way to review a product.
So when going into you writing career, make sure to bring plenty of positivity and a touch of grace with you, because it’s better to be a friendly advocate for somebody’s work as opposed to being superfluously unkind. It’ll make a better name for you in the long run.
My other point today is that sometimes you will have to shamelessly promote yourself sometimes and, again, it’s important that you do it in the right way. Some things you shouldn’t do: beg, reason, humblebrag, exclaim repeatedly all over social media how great your book is, lie, or annoy the hell out of people with repeated posts. No. You should find Facebook pages/blogs/twitter profiles to review your work and post it, so you can share it with an honest opinion from a consumer onto your social media accounts as an author. Believe me, the only thing worse than a badly written book is a badly written book being promoted by a narcissistic social media aficionado. Less is usually more in this instance.
I hope these tips help some of you in the coming months of your careers and look forward to having you back to the site next week. But until then, take care and many thanks!
I was lucky to be interviewed on The Voice, a local radio station in North Devon last night.
Here is the edited result,
To coincide with the launch of “Myra,” the eBook has been reduced in price to £1.19 or $0.99.
So grab yourself a bargain, click HERE to go to your local stockist.
So, let’s get started…
5. Do Not Pre-Edit!
I received two boxes from Ingram this week, 50 pristine copies of Myra have arrived. I’ve been busy sending out pre-orders, but I still have a few copies left if anyone’s interested.
The cost is £7 including U.K. postage, you can buy with this link,
I’ve also been delivering stock, here’s the view in one of the places where my work is available, the Funky Aardvark in Teignmouth after I had re-stocked the display.
and better still, I met up with the amazing Vicki-Lea Boulter, the genius behind the cover art. Tea was consumed and new projects discussed.
And the final piece of news, the official launch will be on March 15th at East Town Cafe in Crediton. See the event on Facebook. I will be there from 10 am until 2 pm and will have all my novels available at a special price. There might also be a short story for you. Andorra Pett may put in an appearance as well.