I'm not sure if this post will be of interest to readers, or if some new authors will appreciate it, but I'm going to share my sales results with you.
The Water Witch has been out for just over a week and I've been really happy with my results. it's not huge numbers, being a new, unknown, author that's not a big surprise. But in case you are interested how the world of self publishing works, here are my figures for 21 - 30 September 2019
The Water Witch has sold 31 copies
I had read through on Kindle Unlimited of 1,052 pages (about 8 copies of the book)
Wait for it.... $95!
Yup, being a writer is only a high paying job if you are selling the big numbers, but that's cool, this is only one week of a first release and it's a damn good start.
If you want to help out, you don't have to buy the book (although I'd love it if you did!) but sharing social media posts or leaving a review goes a long way to helping me become more visible on the internet, which makes it easier for me to be seen by potential readers.
Hope this was interesting for you and gave you a little insight into the life of a self published author.
If Hi lovers,
I'm in the midst of writing a new book and have jumped genre to the paranormal, which, I have to say, is more the kind of thing I like to read.
My new book is based in Scotland, in the small town I come from. Scotland as a whole has a rich history of myths, legends and ghosts and my home town is situated on one of the most haunted roads in the UK!
The working title of the book is The Water Witch, I'm not sure if it will stay as this, but it centers round a character called Tarn, who is a water witch, and the other main witches in her coven. They come into contact with a mysterious female, who starts attacking the men in the town, and our witches are going to kick her ass!
It's been fun fleshing out characters, writing about places I know (even if the homes of our witches are fictional). Delving into witchcraft, crystals, spells and rituals has been fun and I have my own crystal collection out to soak up those full moon vibes tonight.
While witchcraft is not practiced in my home town (that I know of...) there are plenty of stories about creatures and ghosts that do the rounds to scare small children, and the occasional adult!
I will be sharing more about the characters soon so if you like all things witchy or super natural, keep an eye on my blog. If you are interested in checking out some of my inspiration and getting a look at some of the other characters, have a peek at my pinterest board for them here.
Woo hoo, I published The Boy Next Door last weekend and am thrilled that it is now out there!
At the moment it is only available on Amazon kindle and I thought I would explain why I published this way.
I am a self published author, I don't have a publisher and I do all the work myself. The kindle platform makes it easy for us indie authors to get our work out into the world and make a little bit of cash out of our work.
I like the idea of publishing on kindle for several reasons:
I can reach a worldwide audience very easily with it, readers from Australia to Alaska can enjoy my stories.
I like that I'm not adding to 'stuff' in peoples homes. I started using a kindle to read many years ago and love that I don't have loads of books cluttering up my house. Don't get me wrong, I love going into a book shop and will buy factual books so I can refer back to them, but for me, it's kindle all the way with fiction.
If you don't have access to a kindle, but have a tablet or smart phone, you can access the kindle app for free. If you want to read my book simply download the app from your app store and search for the book. Easy peasy.
So I hope that helps you to understand why my work is only available in this format for the time being. I am figuring out how to print through the Amazon service for authors and will tell you when I figure it out, but for now, I hope you can enjoy the book in a e-format.
If you are interested in the book, you can click on the links below to take you to your local Amazon page.
Check out in the UK
Check out in Australia
Check out in USA
Check out in Canada
Welcome to my blog, at this point my first book hasn't been published but I thought I would share some of my thoughts, in case you guys are interested in the start of the publishing process.
While you might think writing is glitz and glamour and writing in your PJ's it's not much different to what you do at your job. I have to show up, do my work and get my feedback like everyone else and I work round my two small children which brings it's own challenges.
I have written the first draft of The Boy Next Door and got feedback from my editor, which wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be (she can be a hard ass at times!). I was a bit down yesterday, but I knew everything she said was right and it was time to get back to work.
Today I'm going to read back through my draft and start polishing it chapter by chapter. It's not a bad thing as, hopefully, it will make a better read for you guys.
Hope you enjoy these insights into my writing, can't wait to share my first book with all of you!