- At some time today, Kindle sales of Remix went over the 5,000 mark, and are currently ticking up like a taxi meter in a traffic jam.
- On Christmas eve, I received my very first cheque from Amazon, for £194.22 (buns for tea!)
- My royalties in the UK for the seven days up to Christmas were £256.62.
- Remix has spent 74 days in the UK Kindle top 100 so far.
- It has 50 reviews on UK Amazon, 41 five star, 8 four star and 1 three star.
- I am amazed and delighted.
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
There is a website called FutureMe, where you can write an email to be sent to yourself at a date chosen by you in the future.
I've got one in their system awaiting its moment, though I can't now remember what my concerns were at the time of writing or when it will arrive. It's interesting, because it gives you a way to juggle time.
On FutureMe's site, you can read a selection of anonymous emails, and they make poignant reading, like this one:
Did she manage to stop thinking about him? Or perhaps they got back together...Writers are no more bound by chronology than God; we can nip back in the novel's time and change things just like a Time Lord (how handy that would be in real life). So much power confuses me, particularly with the current book, where alternating chapters deal with each heroine. It's hard to ensure one of them doesn't get to Thursday while her alter ego hasn't moved beyond Wednesday morning.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
I fear I'm boasting again.
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
4 stars – Good: Shows real promise.
3 stars – Average: Readable, but still needs work.
2 stars – Poor: Unlikely to attract readers in its current form.
1 star – Awful: Pulping is too good for it!
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
Kindle Users Forum is a brand new UK site for the small but burgeoning group of Kindle owners. It's an elegant site, friendly and well-run, with just the right amount of moderation.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
1) Bookshops are my favourite shops. I love the mystery of used bookshops; and the congregation of like-minded souls in Waterstones and places like it. If I meet someone in Waterstones, I know they are basically OK. Bookshops are the nearest I get to church attendance.
2) I love the smell and feel of a new book; its like the thrill of a new lover. It might all end in discord and discard, but I'm a little richer for the experience.
3) I love browsing other people's bookshelves; it tells me more about them than anything else; their whole history is there to see.
4) Sitting opposite someone on a train who has their nose stuck in a kindle is a less aesthetic experience than seeing an interesting book cover.
5) I have had books autographed by Doris Lessing and all sorts of interesting people. What will they do when presented with my kindle? Reboot it?
6) Some of the most enjoyable reading experiences I have had have come about through me having to read a book because no other one is available e.g when sharing a villa with friends and you exchange books, because you are read up.
So if the kindle is isn't here by the end of this week, I think I shall cancel.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Thursday, 2 September 2010
We listened to your comments on how to improve the site [ha!]and took much of it on-board [double ha!]. We hope the changes we’ll be making will move authonomy in the right direction.
Then it got to the stage where you needed 60-70 backings to move up one place; it took a year to struggle to the top five; no one ever got a contract for their efforts; a lot of people got sickened by the brawling on the forum. Members left.
In my opinion, HC is now bringing in some of the measures we begged for over a year ago because the site is in serious decline; falling numbers means falling revenue. It's all about money.
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Sunday, 15 August 2010
I've been preparing Remix for publication as a paperback (with my own micro-press, Hoxton Press) and thought others might be interested in some typography tips I've learned.
- Choose your font carefully; don't just go with Times New Roman. For instance, Minion, Bembo, or Warnock Pro are all recommended by Penguin typographers. I settled on Adobe Caslon, which comes in many weights and has a capital Q to die for. Consider using a different font for chapter headings, numbering and headers.
- Don't be put off because the font you want is expensive. You can often find free font downloads on the internet. This is a good site here.
- If preparing your text in Word rather than a specialist program like InDesign, go to Tools, Options, Compatibility, and tick Do full justification like WordPerfect 6.x for Windows. This has a magical effect on the spacing; the text immediately looks better.
- Adjust the space between the lines till it looks right. Go to Format, Paragraph, line spacing, and choose Exactly from the drop down menu. Select a number of points 3 - 4 greater than the font size. For instance, if you are using 11 point font, try 15 point spacing. Experiment and see which looks best printed out; compare with published books.
- Aim for around 66 characters on a line, which is said to be the easiest to read. Indents should be no more than three characters.
- Go to Format, Paragraph, Line and page breaks and turn off Widow and Orphan control. If you leave it on, many of your pages will be shorter, looking messy. (But you will then have to check manually to avoid pages with just one line or word on them.)
- Hunt for crowded lines of text, or lines with too large gaps between words, and improve them with an optional hyphen where you can. (Press Ctrl and -.) An optional hyphen will disappear if you make changes and the text flows so it is no longer needed.
- Read the whole text, checking for spacing, particularly around italics. You will often find putting in a judicious extra space makes all the difference.
- Print it out, and check it again. Make changes, print it a second time and check.
- You're done.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
The purpose of this post is to get a reaction from readers of my blog. If you click on the picture it comes up larger. What do you think? Would you pick this up in a bookshop? Should I have the boasty quote on the front? And what would you expect the novel to be like going by this cover?
Friday, 16 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
- to indicate missing words in a quoted passage
- to let a sentence trail off in an intriguing manner
- in dialogue to suggest hesitation or reservations