New website – coming soon

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(Courtesy of Dilbert.) 

The shiny new website will be shiny and new. It will also be coming soon, which means, more specifically, that it will be coming at some point in time. It will be amazing because it will be in HTML5(.0), so there will be things going SWISH and SCREEEE and hopefully not CRASSSSH

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Crooked Step – Review Templates

Sadly the 5-day free book offer for Crooked Step has now expired…

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But in those 5 days, we have achieved:

  • 111,718 possible views on the fb campaign (thank you!)
  • 271 downloads (thank you! thank you!)
  • Amazon ranking #23 in YA urban fantasy at its peak (as small a category as that may be)

We have now entered the payment-required period, but Amazon Prime members can still borrow the book for free. The paperback version will also be available within the next month, and you’ll be able to admire the beautiful Adobe Garamond and download the Kindle version for free with the purchase of the paper copy from Amazon. Free, free, free.

Also, Mnemosyne 01, Tenth Generation, a supporting short story set in the Crooked World, will be available for download within the next week, and will be permanently free.

Here’s a preview of the cover:

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Yeah… It’s a bit more futuristic and comic-inspired, and you’ll be introduced to Wildfire.

Mnemosyne 02 onwards (until we run out of numbers) will follow, and you’ll have the chance to meet Helen’s father properly next.

Meanwhile… Reviews… I want them. I need them. So much that I’ve put the word in bold.

I know writing is a pain, so here are some templates for you to use.

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Crooked Step is an amazing book. Really, it’s been ages since I’ve read a book that fully immersed me in the world it’s created. All the characters are well-written and fun – I can’t choose a favourite, but maybe Lou? Please publish the next one soon! (Read the first letter of the 4 previous sentences for how I really feel about the book.)

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This is not a platform

I just like this painting, so let’s get this unrelated René Magritte artwork out of the way before we start on the topic of platforms (MIND THE GAP – sorry, had to be said). This picture is saying that a picture of a pipe isn’t a pipe – it’s just a representation. This is probably as deep as this post is going to get.

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So… platforms. There’s a lot of talk about setting up your website, your blog, your twitter and tumblr and instagram and pinterest to pimp your writing to the world. A lot of writers, including myself, therefore start blogs about writing.

As someone who writes YA fiction, that makes no sense. A platform raises you in your potential readers’ awareness, and my potential readers (or – let me sink back to my advertising background for a sec – targets) aren’t writers.

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So I should really start promoting my book…

Yeah… After  a week of avoidance, I should really mention that there’s a book, and it’s mine, and it’s coming out, and the cover looks like:

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Some amazing elements on this cover include:

  • some steps, because see title
  • a suitcase, because see subtitle
  • a green heart, because I lurk too much on Imgur, and it crept in subconsciously

And this work of YA is about… Actually, it’s really embarrassing talking about it, because, I guess, I put a lot of heart into this story. It’s been ten years and three scrapped manuscripts since [we built this city on rock n’ roll]. I want to tell this story, but at the same time, it feels like exposing yourself in public.

To stop myself rambling on in embarrassment, here’s the rest in mock-interview format (no one is actually asking any questions).

What is it about?

Does what it says on the tin, or in this case, cover. Sylvia, once a normal girl, receives a zombie in a suitcase. As she can’t just chuck it in the bin (zombies don’t qualify for Hackney Council’s bulky waste collection), she must find out who and why with the help of her classmates. And one small crooked step on this road of discovery will force you to fight demons with nothing but a stapler.*  Continue reading