A Quick Update

Most of the last week I have been fighting an irritating cold. Nothing serious but when I do get a cold it gives me a fuzzy head and doing anything creative is thrown out of the window. This annoys me because I had a little momentum going from last week and that’s just gone out of the window. I’m past the worst now so ill be back on creating soon. Probably after the easter break as I seem to have a lot on this weekend.
A lot of today has been spent trying to get a blog post written or a little bit of fiction done but that was not happening so most of it has been spent on Facebook, Twitter and over here at WordPress and watching a lot of TV!

So have you seen that Amazon have brought Goodreads, I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing just yet. I’m willing to wait and see how it all plays out. Tobias Buckell wrote a very interesting post about it, here’s the link http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/2013/03/29/amazon-has-acquired-goodreads-huh/

I’m going to change how often I write my Movie Monday posts. They are not getting the response I was hoping for so I’m going to change it to a monthly post as opposed to a weekly one.

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To end tonight’s post I would like to say a few words in the memory of British actor Richard Griffiths. He passed away last night and I, like many around the world, will miss seeing him on our screens. I remember him mainly from the TV series Pie In The Sky and the movie The History Boys. Mr. Griffiths was an outstanding actor who also came across as a intelligent and good person as well.

R.I.P. Richard Griffiths

A Little Announcement

The only things that I have not been able to do is read through some of Project Delphi and watch Prometheus, but those I’ll catch up on tomorrow. I’m going to try and knock Delphi out tomorrow and then call Owen to discuss his notes and the few additional changes that I’ve made.

That is obviously not my little announcement, this is. From now on Project Delphi will no longer be called Project Delphi, it will be called The Space Watch. A Tale from The Planetary Assembly by Owen M.G. Arnold and Peter Germany.

There you go, the title of the first story that me, and Owen will be putting up on Amazon for the Kindle. Watch this space for updates

A Little Post To End The Day

Tonight has surprisingly been busy. I had a long phone call which was essential and looks like its had a good outcome. I read through a sample of a novel someone I know is writing, which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was good because it was something different from my normal evenings (must start reading before bed again) Owen got back to me on Project Delphi, aside from one detail he is very happy with it 😀 I have spent too much time looking for old drafts and snippets of writing that relate to this years NaNo project, I really need an assistant! I did come up with an advertising idea for a Delphi related project but that’s a little way off yet. We still haven’t got artwork for Delphi yet. If worse comes to the worse ill have to see if Amazon have some sort of artwork generator for self-published kindle stuff. If not we may be a little screwed.
Now seeing as I’ve missed tonight’s Red Dwarf I’m off to bed. Tomorrow is a new day and I have work to think of.

Finding A Title

A book can live or die by it’s title like it does by its cover. Many readers will say that they dont judge a book by it’s cover but let’s face it, we all do it. I also believe that we do the same with the title of a book. When I’m in a bookshop I look along the shelves and see all the spines of the books and all there is the authour and the book title. I have brought more then one book just by the title because it’s caught my attention. Naming a book is a real weak point for me, thankfully Owen is pretty good at it so for our joint projects I just tend to let him roll with what he comes up with. It’s very important, the title of a book. It has to grab attention and make the reader think ‘Damn that sounds good!’ and in this growing age of the ebook I think book titles will play an even more important role in grabbing the readers attentions.

So how can I find the knack for naming my work? I know the name should come from the story and when it comes to some of my short stories I seem to have hit the nail on the head. In these cases though the title has seemed very obvious, now that I think it I’m not as bad as naming my work as I thought. A title though has to represement the story, or at least part of it as well as making us take the book off of the shelve.

There’s also having an overall title if we are writing a trilogy or a series of books. Scott Sigler has his Galactic Football League series, Dan Abnett has his Gaunt’s Ghosts and J.K. Rowling has the Harry Potter books. Owen and I have Project Phoenix, which originally would have been a four book series including a prequel and we had many discussions about and overall title for the series but we never settled on anything and as long time readers will know Phoenix is in stasis at the moment until we come around to rewriting it. We also have our Project Apollo works which will come under one title banner for all the works in that series. It will give a familiarity for the reader, if they like the stories then they will see them banner and pick it up (hopefully).

This is one of those marketing things that writers nowadays have to consider. We need to have our work scream out from the shelves, or Amazon, or wherever you may browse for your books. Especially if we are indie authors. We need to get the readers attention, to spike their interest so they pick our book off the shelve, or to click the preview link on an online outlet.

Today’s Update 11/07/12

I hit my target for today, although I was not close to matching Mondays word count but I did manage to do better than yesterday so I’m happy with that.  I did delete close to 200 words which were not working.  I know its only two hundred but when there’s less than 2000 words of story its a lot.

I will be looking to submit one of my short stories by the end of he year, but again it goes back to the editing issue that I have to get over but I’m feeling confident that it wont be an issue when I get into the actual act of editing.  Putting something up on Amazon myself is becoming a very attractive option.  I’m tempted to put up one of my short stories and charge the minimum price for it.  I am thinking about doing this as it’ll hopefully be a gentle way in learning how to put fiction on Amazon as I don’t know the procedure for it.  I will be submitting the story to a few markets before I do that though.

That’s me done for the night, it’s time to dive into a decent book 🙂