Piracy – Now part of the SciFi Max Cyberpunk Special!

I am thrilled to announce that you can read my short story Piracy as part of the SciFi Max Cyberpunk Special – available online now!

SciFi Max - Cyberpunk Special

I am truly thrilled to be a part of this e-zine, as it’s chock full of some really great stories, artwork, articles and comics that, this month, celebrate the fascinating subset of science fiction known as cyberpunk! Focusing on high-tech and low life, cyberpunk is encompasses everything about the far (and not to far) future – artificial intelligences, corrupt mega-corporations and the technological singularity that threatens to envelop humanity!

This also means that Piracy is my first officially published short story! I am really pleased that Piracy made the grade; I feel it’s a conceptually sound story with a really nice twist! So go forth and check out the magazine! Right now! For free!

SciFi Max – Cyberpunk Special (March 2015)

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Colonisation – the First Month

My book Colonisation has now been available for general delectation for about a month in Kindle format and now a print book thanks to the lovely people at CreateSpace.

Colonisation (Click to visit Amazon Page)

Sales have been modest but I’ve shifted some copies which is nice; however, I’m not doing this for money. I just feel I’ve a really good story to tell in Colonisation  (and more to come!) and would be really humbled and appreciative if people could read it. To those that have copies so far, I am eternally grateful for your choosing to fly with me today.

Anyway, I’m still trying to find a best way to market Colonisation so people are aware it exists. I don’t want to browbeat anyone into actually buying it; rather I’d just love for people to download the sample chapter and see if they like it.

I’m going to be letting Colonisation go for free this weekend as part of the Kindle Select program; hopefully this’ll help people understandably reticent about sinking money into an unknown, new author try out my work.

What I’d also really love is for some reviews – I’m sure Colonisation isn’t perfect and some reviews would help me in two ways: they’d help me know what I need to work on for my next book and would also let prospective purchasers have some idea on the book before they buy it. So if you’ve read my book, please go over to Amazon and leave a review! It doesn’t have to be long, just rate it and say if you liked it or not. I’d be most grateful! :-)

If you need a link, look… below!

Also available in print via the above link



Publishing Plans

I’ve been quite busy recently with the editing work on Colonisation for it’s imminent release. I’ve really been enjoying reading over it and taking on board some of the really useful feedback that I have received. You’re going to really enjoy it!

Today I want to talk about how exactly I plan on getting Colonisation out to you, the reader, for your enjoyment.

Short term goals are to get my book out on the Kindle store for its initial release. The Kindle is by and large the best place to initially market the book as the Kindle ecosystem is so prevalent. It’s also free and extremely easy to do so – my short story Oranges and Lemons has been on Kindle for a while now and I’ve not had bad experiences from it. Obviously I realise that there isn’t just one ebook retailer; I will work on getting Colonisation out onto Nook, Goodreads, iBooks and Smashwords (which I believe sends to all of those) in the weeks following release.

While ebooks are indeed considerably easier to publish independently by someone like myself, I’ve been asked a few times about physical copies of my work. This is something I’ve given though to as well, and I do plan to offer, through print-on-demand service CreateSpace, printed copies of Colonisation for you to buy. It’ll take me a while to sort out the formatting, but it’s something I will be doing.

I’m really excited about the possibilities that, as a fledgling author, has at their disposal to make their work really accessible. However, I’m not going to be discounting the “traditional” publishing route and will be looking to take the plunge there too; however, I will sell Colonisation myself for the immediate term. Naturally, if any of this changes I won’t hesitate to post an update on my blog.

Hope you can hold your excitement in for a little bit longer!