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Two Days Left to Win a Paperback!

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

10885201_756987214379306_2674786741931617402_nThe Amaranthine Party may not start until October 11th, but you still have a chance for an autographed paperback of your choice. Before 11:59 pm on September 30th, stop by the facebook post and comment with your favorite quote from the Amaranthine series. And that’s it! I’ll let random.org choose one commenter to receive an autographed paperback of their choice and will contact them via facebook.

So what’s your favorite Amaranthine quote? Stop by the Facebook post and let me know!

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Pirated part 2

I’ve had the day to cool down, and I’m calmer now. Bit my knuckles, kicked the cat – no, not really, even though she did leave something revolting on the kitchen floor – again.

After hours spent on this pirating malarky instead of writing I’ve come to a few conclusions; those to which the more enlightened of you have already long arrived, to wit:

The sites offering my two paperback novels are demanding a lot more than I am, and checking my account at CreateSpace informs me that none have been ordered, further assuring me that upon receiving orders, the pirate sites would simply buy them from C/Space, and charge their exorbitant fees, and that presumably includes the ********** doing the same thing with my book on EBay.

To be honest the only reason I converted two of my novels into paperback in the first place was to hold something tangible in my hand at the price I set as a keepsake, since in the UK one must buy at least one hundred copies to feel the same satisfaction.

A lot of the sites pointed out to me are giving them away free, and after switching to my standby computer I clicked on the order links only to be asked for my credit card details. I suppose there are some people that cranially challenged who would put those details on-line just to receive a free book but surely not too many. And as so cleverly pouinted out by so many others, all of the above would hardly be the kind to buy from me in the first place.

One site even retained the book but gave it another cover, and chasing people like that would be almost impossible.

If I’d bothered to read the forums of Amazon and Smashwords before biting chunks from my writing table I would have seen that many, many before me have been beset with these problems. Putting out Cease and Desist Or Else orders might work for Americans in the US but would hardly do me much good over here on this damp little island, especially as I’d have to sell 9999999999999000000000 million copies in order to afford the legal fees.

In conclusion, anybody who wants a list of the sites supplied to me can have them if you drop me a line. For some peculiar reason I won’t post them openly in case some of them are affiliates of some of the sites upon which I’ve advertised them. Although that’s unlikely since nowhere are they free.

I’m just going to start writing again.

I’m being pirated.

I don’t know whether to be flattered or infuriated.

Someone sent me a list of sites either selling or giving away my novels without my knowledge or permission. It seems that most are from the two conversions I made to CreateSpace, from which I’ve only ever received £2.04.

I’ve heard of pirating of course and read many blogs on the subject, but never really paid it much heed since my sales have been less than stellar.

All of these sites offer some method of complaining against such piracy but all insist upon a faxed complaint in the first instance. Now I know most people think England is behind the times by a couple of centuries or so, but even over here the Fax has gone the same way as floppy discs. In fact I haven’t even seen either in over decade. I wonder if this is just a way of putting us off.

A couple of the sites have either changed the names of the books slightly, or completely changed the cover images.

Should I, as many writers claim, take it as free publicity, or fight tooth and nail to stop them. A cursory glance at infringement and copyright laws in the US and here, tell me that things are different. Just for the sake of it I’m going to look into our laws a little more deeply.

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And if only for this one alone (which I didn’t convert to Createspace) I’m going to chase it until I drop.

A Wonderful Anytime? What does that even mean?

re the Ink Slingers new compilation

Our new book is out.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT

It’s available here at Smashwords and free as promised.

And here at Amazon, but as they have to do their charging thing for a while before it becomes free, anyone who wants a look can get it at Smashwords in any format except mobi (that’s Kindle) for the time being.

I’ll let you know when it becomes free on Amazon. Why not take a look; there’s a lot of great writing there and make my poor offerings seem the scribbling of a child.

Once more thanks to Jo for all her hard work.

An age old problem – it’s too short.

I’ve just finished the first edit of the last in my Old Geezers novels. I added another twenty three pages of descriptions and other sundry items I missed on the first draft in my hurry to get down a coherent story, but it’s still too short at 72000 words – barely a novella, really.

So I’ll have to begin again. I would have begun again anyway as I edit all my works more than a dozen times. The problem is that with all my novels I like to keep to a minimum of 100k words as apparently that’s what mainstream publishers (whatever they are) recommend or expect of a published novel(ist).

The story is complete. All sub plots sealed, all plot holes gone and all detritus effectively cleaned out. I’m not sure what to do unless I begin all over again with a fresh eye as if it’s the first edit and hope to see what’s missing. I sometimes wonder if I’m taking this writing business too seriously, and then remind myself that unless I’m just writing for myself and actually want sales then it is a business.

Right, that’s my little whine over with. Back to edit number two. Just a moment…either I’ve got wind, or just had a brainwave.

Introducing another compilation from the Ink Slingers League.

After last year’s free compilation from the members of the Ink Slingers League: Strange Portals
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this is our new Halloween based freebie.
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT

Most readers (me included) are reluctant to expend time – and money, on new authors in case they don’t like the writer’s style or genre.

Now you don’t have to. This new collection from the Ink Slingers League is completely free and will allow you taste our wares without parting with a cent (or a penny in England).

It will be on Amazon and Smashwords on the first of October. So why not have a look? You might find an author you’ll love. I’ll post the links as soon as they’re available.

As always many thanks to Joleene Naylor, author of the wonderful Amaranthine series for putting it all together, who also did the marvellous cover again.

When the Lights Go Out – the Official Anthology Cover Reveal

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

Come one, come all, and bask in the official cover of the Ink Slinger’s Halloween Anthology:

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT

Featuring 25 tales of Halloween inspired goodness and an intro by horror author Rami Ungar, look for the anthology October first at your favorite ebook retailers! (Links will come when I have them). Featuring vampires, monsters, human transformation, murder, ghosts, and more, there’s something for everyone in the Ink Slingers’ Anthology – but you might want to read it with the lights on.

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I’m an ancient old git

According to my soon-to-be-ex wife of thirty two years, I’m so ancient I’d make Methuselah look like a spring chicken in comparison.

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Thanks to clipart for the free image

‘As you’re so old,’ she said with a snigger yesterday, ‘you’d better get a free flu injection before it’s too late.’

In all my years I’ve never had the flu, and if it’s as bad as people say I’m pretty sure I would have remembered it. Anyway, I happened to be near a chemist’s shop later in the day, only to be told that I was far too young for an NHS flu jab, and subsequently, I’d have to pay.

‘How much?’ I jibbered, expecting the price to be a small fortune.

‘Oh, it’s only £8, and you can’t be too careful even at your age,’ the assistant smiled with the exuberance only a immortal teenage girl can produce, reminding me of someone else in my household. After resisting the urge to tell her exactly what she could do with the pamplet she tried to shove up my nose I left.

And now I think I’m getting a cold.

I’m not saying we’ve had too much rain but…

This wasn’t there yesterday.

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If it turns and looks at me I’m moving out.

I made what (according to my wife) is the biggest mistake of my life yesterday.
With my new job comes a free Mercedes, but I don’t want it. I’m happy to spend the forty minute journey to work freezing or being terrorised by manic driver who comprise the entirety of London’s road users, in favour of my scooter. I might be in comfort but almost three hours spent in stationary traffic even in the most comfortable car is not my idea of fun. At my age (says she) I should just relax and enjoy it.

I’d rather relax and enjoy the extra two hours in bed. Perhaps I’m not getting the point.

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