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Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:40:04 am »
Yesterday, I uploaded my fourth self-published title, complete with a brilliant cover from my sister-in-law (who's now taking orders at www.lawstondesign.com).

It's a short story collection, and a follow-up to Something Nice, which I've suddenly realised was published nearly three years ago!

When I put the first collection out, it was a bit of a shot in the dark. I've learned so much from Kboards in the meantime, and I have a bunch of new ideas about how and when to promote these stories.

I know that these collections of shorts are never going to establish me as a writer or make my fortune, but I love sharing them with readers, and thanks to the conversations, advice and friendship I've found here, I'm at least going in with a few ideas to give me a fighting chance of reaching a decent readership.

"Something Nicer" (bit.ly/1FwAtBh) is a collection of quirky, twisted and bizarre short stories, ranging from competition-winning drabbles to the novelette "The Adventures of Toby and Gark", in which a friendly alien hiding with a human child forgets to phone home, and instead stays for 30 years...

Happy publishing, folks!


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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2015, 03:41:36 am »
    Congratulations on publishing a brand new book! :)

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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2015, 03:48:11 am »
    Thanks! It's been way too long, but it felt good to hit that "publish" button on a title in my own name!


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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2015, 04:19:55 am »
    Congrats, Andrew!  I recently (finally) published a follow-up to books I published in 2011 so you're not alone.

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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2015, 04:42:12 am »
    Thanks Augusta! I desperately need to boost my work rate, but the way I look at it is that it took me ten years to write all the stuff in my first collection, and only three years to write the stuff in the second collection. That's an improvement, right?


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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #5 on: February 27, 2015, 03:46:14 pm »
    Congrats & lots of sales to you!
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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #6 on: February 27, 2015, 03:51:51 pm »
    Thanks Augusta! I desperately need to boost my work rate, but the way I look at it is that it took me ten years to write all the stuff in my first collection, and only three years to write the stuff in the second collection. That's an improvement, right?

    Would look good to plot those two points on a graph and extrapolate it into the future. Ten years to three to...

    Congrats on the new publication. Hope it does really well.

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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #7 on: February 28, 2015, 09:03:29 am »
    Thanks guys, the sales push starts officially this evening with my Facebook "launch party", but I've already sold about 10 copies. At my end of the market that's a pretty good opening weekend, so I'm eager to see what the next week or so might bring :)


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    Re: Stepping back on the conveyor belt...
    « Reply #8 on: February 28, 2015, 09:57:14 am »
    Congrats, Alan! I hope it goes well for you.

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