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Change of Plan ?>

Change of Plan

For the whole time I was writing Before Dark, I intended that it would be a free promotional tool. Even when it balooned from a 5,000 short story to a whopping 50,000 word novel that was still the plan. But that was before I discovered that it was essentially impossible for me to offer the book free through Amazon at this stage, and I had to rethink. I’ve had Before Dark listed free on Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and…

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Houston, We Have a Problem ?>

Houston, We Have a Problem

And unsurprisingly, the problem lies with Amazon once again. I don’t think I’ve made a secret of my dislike for Amazon’s treatment of Indie authors; it’s hard to like a company that tries to force us into exclusivity deals and whose constant undercutting of competitors is putting many smaller outlets out of business. I’ve also always felt that as authors, we should be allowed to offer our titles for free if we want. Other retailers allow it; and after all,…

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Before Dark: A Tale of the Temple ?>

Before Dark: A Tale of the Temple

  Before Dark is finally available through Smashwords and should be listed on Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Diesel, and others within the next two weeks, if all goes well. It’s been a long time coming, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t petrified of finally letting it go out into the world – but for better or worse, here it is. In the world of the future, vampires are real. Escaped military experiments gone horribly wrong, they…

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Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service ?>

Progress Report, and a New Subscription Service

This past six months, you might have noticed I’ve been working on two books – entirely by accident, as one was only meant to be a *cough* short story. It’s one of my failings as a writer that things grow on me; I’ve never been able to write short stories unless they are tied into a larger franchise – and sometimes, not even then. Books, by and large, take a lot of work, and they’re going to take the same…

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My Nefarious Past in Fanfiction ?>

My Nefarious Past in Fanfiction

For a lot of years, especially during my twenties, I wrote mainly fanfiction. I don’t think it’s particularly uncommon for authors to start out that way; Joanne Harris has admitted to writing and even posting fragments of Lost, House, and other fanfiction (good on her!). At it’s core, it’s ripping way to learn: you can experiment with techniques that might be a bit experimental for mainstream fiction; you have a ready-made audience; and you make a lot of good friends….

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Progress ?>

Progress

Alpha has been a nightmare to write. Some stories spring, fully formed, from the pen; others must be cobbled painstakingly together, a patchwork quilt whose stitches come undone the moment they are sewed. The first incarnation of this story-turned-novella was a disaster: I knew it, even when I gave it to my mother, my Ideal Reader, to look over. I found myself apologising for it, for goodness’ sake. I’d never done that before. She confirmed what I’d known all along:…

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Some Sneek Peeks at “Out of Egypt” ?>

Some Sneek Peeks at “Out of Egypt”

  If you visit the static pages on this site regularly, you might have spotted an update on Out of Egypt‘s page that features the entire Prologue available to read for free. But that’s only one of the peeks I promised, and here’s some more. For the two years since Dark first came to me in a dream, I have to admit I had no idea what his real name was. He was like the Doctor or Spock in that…

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