Come and Join Us
We’re counting down to the York Literature Festival. There are some great sessions over the course of the programme and definitely something for everyone. We’d particularly like to draw your attention to two Hub events.
I will be running a session teaching you how to use Mind Mapping and What If? Scenarios as a way to generate ideas for your writing. Follow these techniques and you have no excuse for writer’s block ever again!
Then you can join Promoting Yorkshire Authors for a session looking at how independent authors can sell more books.
Further details of the whole programme for York Literature Festival are HERE
From Story Idea to Reader - now available in audio - Free Code Offer
I am delighted to say that the Audiobook version of From Story Idea to Reader was released yesterday. It has been narrated by Charles “CW” Hall whose voice lends itself well to the easily accessible style of the book. It is available through Amazon (see link below) or direct through Audible.
For those who have not yet taken a look, From Story Idea to Reader is designed to be a useful guide to writing fiction, covering everything from idea generation to finding an audience for your work, and from developing characters to point of view. There is something in it for every writer at whatever stage of their writing life they are.
I do have available a few free codes for the purpose of gaining reviews for the audiobook. If you would like to review the title then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Audio Review in the title field so that I can send you a code and the details of how of obtain the book. Reviews are essential to writers as they are a way for others who don’t know us to find quality work. In an age when so many books are published that is essential.
Of course, the book is in both ebook and paperback as well and you can follow the link HERE to take a look. The advantage of the paperback is that it includes pull-out boxes with tips drawn from the pages to give a very quick and easy reference guide as well as the main detail. Sadly it was not possible to include those in the ebook. However, if you have Kindle Unlimited it is available to read as part of that programme at no extra charge.
It’s bad enough when I’ve got more book ideas than I will ever write, but other writing ideas then foist themselves on me at regular intervals.
The Book reviews page of this site is now fully up and running (http://rjkind.co.uk/wp/reviews-of-other-books/) and will have books added at regular intervals as and when I read something I can recommend. Now it’s occurred to me that my compulsion to write hotel reviews should be put to good use as well. Whilst I will continue to write reviews from a human point of view and included them on some of the travel sites, ‘Wilma’ will start writing reviews from a dog’s perspective and award a suitable bone rating according to how much they impress her. She is developing a whole section on my Alfie’s Diary blog of dog friendly places to stay. (http://alfiedog.me.uk/travel/)
In the meantime, none of my other projects are being abandoned. The Orphan Train is currently through to stage two of the UK novel writing competition. At that point, the original 3100 novels have been reduced to 250. I am waiting to see if it makes round three in which there would be just 25. It is also out being considered by agents, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.
In the meantime, From Story Idea to Reader has now garnered 15 Amazon reviews, of which 15 are 5 star ratings. Those seem to have come from writers at all stages of their writing careers which is particularly rewarding.
Nor have I forgotten I’m supposed to be writing another book. That is now at the 14,000 words mark and growing slowly. I’m also doing some work to refresh some of my older publications and hope to have news of some offers of free downloads soon.
Now all I need is more time… Of course, if fantasy were the genre I wrote in then I could just write that into the story. I can feel another idea coming on!
What a delight it is to write this post. Since its launch on 30th November ‘From Story Idea to Reader’ has been selling well in both paperback and ebook formats. However, what is giving me a wonderful glowing feeling is not the actual sales figures, but the reviews we are getting for the book. It is always gratifying to hear that something you have written has made a difference.
This book has, up to this morning, already picked up nine reviews on Amazon’s UK site, eight of which have been five stars. The comments which accompany the ratings have been great and spur me on in my other current writing projects, which I will tell you more about shortly.
You can find From Story Idea to Reader, along with the accompanying reviews, on Amazon HERE. If you are outside the UK, you will need to go onto the Amazon UK site to read the current reviews. I am not aware yet of having received any in other countries, but hopefully it’s only a matter of time.
If you are in the UK, for 7 days you have the opportunity to enter a Goodreads giveaway to win a free copy of ‘From Story Idea to Reader’. The details are here.