Those of you that have been following me will know that I’ve been self-publishing my novels for five years now.
This is a major milestone for me. When I published Freefall (which took me 34 years to write), I thought that I had probably got the idea out of my system.
Then something happened, without doing any promotional work I sold a few copies and started getting feedback. People asked me about the meaning behind comments, what had happened to cause events. They questioned the motivation of the characters, the possibility of other plotlines and suggested things they’d like to see. And it gave me the impetus to write more.
A year later I’d finished a second, unconnected, novel. I didn’t know what to do with it, my wife had seen an author called Helen Hollick on the T.V. She was moving to live quite near us. She said, “why not ask her opinion?”
I must admit I was nervous. After all, Helen was a proper AUTHOR. I was daring to send her my work.
In the event, I did and received a reply. She was kindness itself, very positive and helpful. She said a few things about my book, the final line of her email was something that I treasure.
“Is this a one-off or are you planning a series? I hope a series… this has potential!”
With her, and others, encouragement, I’ve now published eight novels, two collections of short stories and have been involved in a collaborative project, a collection of historical fiction called 1066 Turned Upside Down.
Getting to the point of this post, and the new project, I had a lot of help and support in those early years, and I still do now. I’m extremely grateful to everyone for their time and patience, it’s only right that I do the same for others now that I’m a bit more established.
I’m going to have a new feature on this website, The Indie Showcase. On a Thursday. It’s for people who could benefit from a bit of extra promotion.
Once a week an Indie author, a newbie like I was five years ago, or someone who has written a bit but has still to make many waves and get noticed, will take over this website with a post of their own, in the hope that they can attract some attention to their work. There will be no restriction on what they can post about (subject to the usual bounds of decency and good taste).
It could be a description of their writing journey or influences, a promotional post for their books or a free short story. What they like to read or where they are on their latest project. It’s entirely up to them.
If you’re interested in posting on the Indie Showcase, let me know.
Together we can achieve more than we can alone.