It seems only five minutes ago we were tucking into mince pies and drunkenly bumbling through Auld Lang Syne, but the Daffodils sprouting up in the garden suggest spring is now very much upon us.
I’ve just hit the publish button on my thirteenth novel, The Strange Appeal of Dougie Neil, and now that’s out of the way, I’m going to take a few days to de-stress. The run-up to every new release is incredibly stressful and being an indie author (independently published), there’s no one to delegate tasks to. And, even after the book is published, there’s the stress of waiting for reader feedback – as hard as any author tries to write a book they hope their readers will love, you never really know how it’ll be received. Anyway, it’s out there now and if you haven’t read it yet, I genuinely do hope you enjoy meeting Dougie.
Now, for my next book…
If you haven’t already seen my posts on social media, I’ve committed a politician-grade U-turn regarding a certain denim-clad character. With that, I’m delighted to announce my fourteenth novel will be titled Clem: Dark Side of The Pond. It’ll be set in America and if it proves popular, it might well be the first in a new series of novels featuring Clement. If the writing gods are kind to me, I’m hoping to release it before the end of August. Keep an eye on socials and my blog for more information as it becomes available.
Whilst writing, this is probably a good opportunity to answer a question I’m frequently asked regarding Kindle Unlimited (KU). If you don’t know what KU is, it’s Amazon’s subscription service whereby you can read an unlimited amount of books in return for a monthly fee (£7.99, I think). It’s up to each author/publisher whether they sign-up to KU but I’ve enrolled every one of my books from day one – in fact, it’s how my writing career initially gained traction.
To put minds at rest, there’s not a lot of difference between what I earn from someone reading one of my books in KU compared to a straight purchase. To be frank, even if the difference was significant, I’d still enrol my books in KU because it’s a great way for readers to discover lesser-known authors (like me) without the risk of buyer’s remorse.
Right, that’s about it for now – I’ve got a book to write!
As always, thank you so much for your support and positive vibes. I think I’d have lost my mind long ago if it wasn’t for the lovely emails and messages I receive from readers. Every one of them is appreciated.