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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Through the mill

The waiting. Books have gone through to the premium catalogue. Now they're filtering down the distribution channels out to the bookstores and the itch to keep checking how they are doing and where they are in the pipe is one I want to scratch all the time. Patience is a virtue, one that is never in a hurry...they're on their way through the Apple ibookstore process now.
Keep watching and waiting...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Funny business, writing

You don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps. Writing strikes me like that, you don't have to be mad to do it, but it helps the process along. At the risk of labouring the point I've just sent two novels through the net to Smashwords, two pieces of work that took months of creation and then proofing, editing and formatting. Now they are out there working their way through the process to be distributed and there are no guarantees. This is a risky business. The investment on the part of the writer is huge, and the returns if you have the story everyone wants to read can be equally huge, but... and there's the rub, the answer lies out there.

Like I said, you don't have to be mad, but it is so much fun when the words are pouring out.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Update 2 premium catalogue

My novels, Iceline and Control: Escape, have both cleared the review process and been accepted for Smashwords Premium Catalogue and are waiting to be shipped out to major on-line bookstores.Now feeling slightly at a loss, the prepartion and sorting out for the upload at the weekend is done and they are out there and starting to make their way in the world. Strange feeling. Writing is an odd business.

Update to publishing

Control:Escape by Martyn Taylor

After launching Iceline on an unsuspecting world late on Saturday night. The second novel Control:Escape followed it through Smashword's meatgrinder on Sunday. Both passed the initial check and are waiting their turn for the premium catalogue.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Iceline - the book you've been waiting for

Iceline - Martyn Taylor

Low volume and very high value; diamonds were coming ashore with the scuba gear. HM Customs called it the Iceline and it stretched across the North Atlantic. A mix up at the bottle stack by the dive shop and a tourist becomes a missing person. Weeks later he turns up, battered, bruised and bloody. Don Steel wasn't any tourist, his new enemies were unknown, but they are determined that he would lie down and be quiet. Airlifted and hospitalised they pursue him on to the ward and out across the West of Scotland. Cat and mouse across the highlands and islands to a final showdown in Tobermory and one friend finds out just how far he will go.
Available at Smashwords and due to be distributed to on-line books stores

Monday, 6 August 2012

God's Own Country

Enjoyed the tweeted story from the Leeds journalist who suggested that Yorkshire as a country would be higher up the medal table than Japan, Australia and South Africa. Well done to all the lads and lasses from every corner of these Great Islands. Thanks for the pick me up.