August Stats, Free Ebook Day Announcement & Websites I Like

I have heard of the summer slump in regards to books but I didn’t really believe it until I looked at my numbers for last month. I can honestly say that August hasn’t been my month and it didn’t help that for most of the month I was ill so I couldn’t update here or on my Twitter or Facebook. It might seem like I am complaining but I’m not; I am very grateful for every one of my sales that I have gotten over the past three months. I can’t thank you all enough!

As it is a new month, I’ve decided to set a new price for “Forgotten” and you can check out the details on my site which can be found here. I also should mention that “Forgotten” is going free this Thursday 6th September for one day only.

I wish I could give everyone an update on the progress of “Masquerade” (ITS, Book Two), or even the status of when “Forgotten” may be in print, but alas all I can say is that I am working on both projects (and a few others beside) and for everyone to watch this space.

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New Things I have learned

I started writing many moons ago and other than creating a book that means a lot, both to me and my family, I have also learnt a few things along the way that I don’t think I would of learnt if I have never picked up that pen all those moons ago. I love that aspect of writing, of learning new things and here is just a little list of what I have learnt while writing this book.

Latin
French Grammar
Writing & Publishing myths (I’ll write more on this at the end of this post)
Historic facts – such as transport, houses, etc…
Various aspects to formatting and design
Cheerleading

Some of these things were surprising because I never thought I would learnt such varied topics. Such as Latin, if anyone had come to me in the past I told me I was going to learn anything to do with Latin I would of thought they were either crazy or drunk. So, it is surprising what you actually learn and sometimes you learn something and you don’t realize you did at the time.

Which nicely leads me to wanting plug a series of blog posts by Dean Wesley Smith, I came across his blog a couple of month’s ago and I am starting to look forward to new posts from him because it is definitively thought-provoking even though I don’t agree with everything he says, I feel better by reading his blog series called “Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing” which is a great read and I think that all writer’s should read it.

In other writing news, my editing is going well apart from I have marked a section to be edited and can’t remember why. *lol*

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Writing101: My favourite writing related websites

All the sites I will be talking about in this post will also be linked on my blogroll.

First, I have to talk about is Fantastic Fiction. This site any book/author that you could want but I haven’t found any POD/self-published books/authors on there (and I have looked)… I have used this site in the past and around 3/4 of the books I own are because of this website. You can search by author, book title or even book series.

So, this website is a definite must if you want to know or find a book from your favourite author.

Lulu Titlescorer – This is a fun site where you can input your book title and it will give you a percentage on whether it will be a bestseller.

Writing-World – A great source of writing-related articles and you can find how-to articles on all aspects of writing from setting and plotting a story to finding an agent & getting published. Some great POD articles too.

Fiction Factor – A site with loads of interesting & helpful articles for writers. You can even sign up for a free monthly newsletter full of writing tips.

Horror Factor – As above but with loads of interesting & helpful articles for horror writers. You can even sign up for a free monthly newsletter full of writing tips.

Ebay – Now, most people probably wouldn’t think that Ebay could be writing related and I probably would also put this in any book promotion post I may write in the future. But the reason why this is one of my favourite sites is because it is great for research and in the past I have bought books on the supernatural (vampires, werewolves, ghosts) that I don’t think I would of found otherwise.

The Fantasy Novel Exam – Another fun site where by answering some question will let you know whether you should continue of fantasy novel. This website is just for fun and no-one should take offense to it’s contents.

I hope that you liked my first post in my writing101 series.

Take Care!

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