Archive for the ‘General’ Category

I’ve recently stumbled upon a TV show called Jeeves and Wooster – and wish I’d known about it earlier. It was actually made twenty years ago – staring a much younger Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie – and was based on the Jeeves series of novels and short stories by P. G. Wodehouse, and of which I am now going to have to read at some stage.

The series is set in England and the US in the 1930s, and revolves around ‘Bertie’ Wooster (played by Hugh Laurie), a young man of independent means, and Jeeves (played by Stephen Fry), his ‘gentleman’s personal gentleman’ or valet. Bertie is an amiable young fellow who is always getting into misadventures, either helping out friends and family who get themselves in a pickle, or by accidentally falling into engagements – which seems to occur on a regular basis. It falls to Jeeves, the brains of the outfit, to extract him and his friends and family form their problems.

One of the amusing things about the show is the way actors keep changing – some characters are played by up to four actors across the four seasons, while some actors play a couple of characters.

And then you have the theme…

The first theatrical trailer for the new Conan the Barbarian movie has been released, the one starring Jason Momoa, not Arnold, which is due out Aug 19th.

As a big fan of Robert E Howard’s works, I am looking forward to this – it looks more true to the source material than Arnold’s version did.

The trailer can be seen over here.

Over on facebook, Peter Jackson – director of The Lord of the Rings – has posted his first video from the set of The Hobbit. Looking forward to seeing it – and also more videos from Peter Jackson as the filming continues.

Head over here to see it.

Here we are, a quarter of the way through the year already. Where does time go?

Output fell again, down to around 40K last month, though there were a number of reasons for that. For half the month I was dog-sitting my brother’s dog while he was overseas and that tends to chew up time. Also looking for work.

Output wise saw work on various short stories/novelettes, cleaning them up and re-releasing them on Smashwords, and putting some of them up on Amazon for the first time. More on that in a latter post. I also, finally, finished off Cara’s Choice; it is currently in editing when I can find the time and I hope to have it released in April at some stage.

Against my better judgement, I started work on two new stories; the Tirhanium novella I mentioned previously and a pure sword and sorcery pulp idea that I will post about later.

Sales dropped from February, down to just five, but as I’m not actually pushing it at the moment that can be expected.

Not setting any real goals for April – will just see what pans out.

I was mildly surprised, and rather happy, yesterday to see Blade Runner trending on Twitter.

It very rapidly turned to despair when I saw why it was it was trending. A Warner Brother financed production company, Alcon Entertainment, is in final negotiations to produce prequels and sequels to Blade Runner.

Blade Runner is the greatest sci-fi movie ever made, and is likely ever to be made. Nothing they could do could come close to it. To date I have not heard a single person supporting this idea. It is just another example of how bankrupt Hollywood is for ideas. What next, a remake of Casablanca?

It should not go ahead and the outcry I hope will convince them to change their minds.

To restore some sanity, here is the most memorable scene from that great movie;

And here we are in March already – two months of the year gone.

The output was reduced a lot compared to January, only around 50-60K done, but a lot of time was spent finishing Winter Wolves, proof-reading it and publishing it on Amazon/Smashwords.

The givewaway of Winter Wolves has slowed down some, but has now hit 101 people having acquired it. No reviews yet but three people have said that they will at some stage.

Sales wise, between the two novels I managed 15 sales for the month. Not a huge amount, but it is a start. Of those 6 were of Winter Wolves, so I’ll have to calculate how much goes towards supporting my sister – that one of them was on Amazon.uk and is listed in pence makes it more challenging.

I didn’t hit all my goals – a fair way off it actually, but it was a decent month still.

Aims for March. Work on He Stands Between, Dawn of Wolves, Hammer of the Skies and a novelette for another project. Aim is to try and finish one of the first three and the novelette.

Social Media and Marketing

Posted: February 28, 2011 in General
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It is the advent of social media that has allowed the indie writing scene to take off – being able to spread the word to a huge audience is a boon that not long ago was never available. Being able to find – and talk with – potential fans all over the world is what made has allowed some authors to really make a success of their writing.

Of course at times it can seem to big, but that is part of the uniqueness of the internet.

I’m slowly getting myself set up out there.

I have been on twitter for some time – as @mistandshadows – but have now started to branch out.

I now have a public facebook page and a facebook author page. (I also have a private one for family and close friends, but this is for general public use.)

And I am also on goodreads, which I really need to get back to updating. I am slowly going through my rather large collection and adding to it.

So if you use any of those services come and say hi.

Late last night, just before I was about to head to bed, I got my second review for Tears of the Mountain – and my first 5-star review. Needless to say I was pretty stoked as I hadn’t been expecting it at all, and the person who wrote it isn’t someone I know. They read it and liked it, a lot. Its got me pumped now to go crazy with the writing – knowing you aren’t a complete hack and someone liked your stories enough to post such a glowing report really does help out the confidence.

And now onto the progress of the Winter Wolves giveaway.

It initially started very slow – just six were taken up in the fist 2 days. And then yesterday it took off, with 58 people purchasing it through the coupons in total now. It seems it got picked up on a website that advertises free books and this pushed a fair bit of traffic my way. Too date I haven’t gotten any reviews, but a couple of people have said they will write one.

Hopefully, with a week and a half still to go, it will help generate a number of reviews and even a sale or two.

Indie Inspiration

Posted: February 11, 2011 in General
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For those who hang around the indie writing scene, the name Amanda Hocking is one you’ll come across sooner or later – more than likely sooner.

A year ago she was an unknown – today she is one of the biggest names on the indie scene, with over half a million copies of her books sold, and is attracting attention even from the mainstream. She recently did a TV interview, which shows how far her star has risen.

She also was interviewed by USAToday;

It is an unbelievable story – and one that is inspiring to those just starting out on the indie road.

Can we replicate her success? That is doubtful, but at the least it shows us that there are opportunities out there, if we work hard – and have a little luck.

The latest report put out from Amazon (which can be read here) has some very interesting figures – they are now selling more ebooks than paperbacks, at the rate of 115 to 100. That is good news for ebook sellers, especially the indies.

That doesn’t mean bad news for paperbacks though. Ebooks generally sell far cheaper than paperbacks, with a whole slew of them going for just $0.99. So while the volume may be higher, paperbacks still make the larger portion of profits.

Still, it points to a shiny future ahead for those like me – I hope.