I am looking into alternative business models in the hopes of making my writing a sustainable source of income. I hope to be able to create an independent infrastructure from which to market and sell my work in a way that is free from middlemen who take large chunks of any money. As such, the support of all of you would mean a lot to me.
One direction that I am looking at the moment is to implement a system whereby people pay £5 and receive a year’s worth of serialised shortstories. This will be one episode each month that range between 10k-15k words. 120,000 words minimum for £5 is incredible value for money. Continue reading
“When the researchers looked specifically at authors, they found that they are overrepresented among people with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety syndrome, and substance abuse problems. Authors were also almost twice as likely to commit suicide as the general population.” – (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/10/study-writers-are-twice-as-likely-to-commit-suicide/263833/)
This is a quick update just to let everyone know whereabouts I am with potential books. Since I’ve started back at university my pace has slowed a bit due to the workload but I am still making fair progress.
For those of you wondering about book two in ‘The Sword Summoner’ series, both it and book three have been written as a first draft but are in need of a lot of editing and changing. This is because I wrote all three back to back then went back to ‘History Repeats’ and basically re-wrote it so many of the story details in the sequels no longer match up. Continue reading
Back at the dawn of literature people who could write books could only draw inspiration from their own lives or from the verbal tales and folk lore that had been told to them. As writing became more prevalent, authors could draw more and more upon the work of others. It is as the famous phrase goes: “To write you have to read”. This was the status-quo for many years until the advent of the moving picture. With movies and television came a new way to tell stories. With these new, popular narrative devices, the audience to began to change. Things needed to happen and they needed to happen fast to keep people’s attention. Continue reading
Something a little bit different today. Another poem I wrote in lesson when bored but this is far from simple. I can’t tell if it is mindless ramblings or something thought provoking. I’ll let you guys be the judge. If you’re religious, I apologise if it causes offence.
God. The Father, the Son and the bastard ghost
The mirage in the sweltered landscape of humanity
As true as anything in a false world
Of false people who wander through life
Like sheep to be flocked Continue reading
Here is the first chapter of my book to give y’all a taster. It does get darker and more ‘Fantasy’ oriented, I swear. Enjoy.
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1: An Average Day Gone Astray.
Birds scattered as the old morning bell began to toll, its deep echoes ringing throughout the ancient city of Pastrino. The noise was met by stirrings as the city below began to awaken and the people rose from slumber to begin their day’s work. All except one that is: Trey Sted. He was still fast asleep like he was most mornings.
People were amazed at how he could sleep through the morning bell because it could wake up everyone else in Pastrino, even those on the outskirts of the sprawling city. Ironically, his house stood in the shadow of the bell tower on the wide hill that marked the centre of the city. It left any who were that close to the tower with ringing ears when they chimed, but Trey never even stirred from his sleep.
“Trey, wake up! Trey, get out of bed!” his mother called from the doorway.
Trey did not move. His cheap woollen cover was wrapped tightly around him like a cocoon even though it was the middle of summer.
His mother called again. “Trey, get up now or you’ll be sorry.” Still he lay motionless. “I warned you, Trey.” Continue reading
A module at university required us to create a website about our editing projects so I thought ‘What better than my own book?’
But I went above and beyond that simple ask. I acquired myself a badass domain name. No ‘.com’, ‘.co.uk’ or ‘.org’ for this guy. Nope. ‘.ninja’ all the way. Who wouldn’t want to click on a link ending in ‘.ninja’? Boring people, that’s who.
So what is this new site for when I already have a Twitter, a Facebook and a Website. Well this will be my central hub, my main professional presence where I can rant and rave to my hearts content and hopefully draw some others into the madness too. This should be your number one stop for any ‘Sword Summoner’ news.
So, tell me what you think. Until next time, peace.