>We had a dusting of snow but it didn’t last long.
Good day yesterday. Writers’ Forum was out and it was nice to see fellow Blogger Jarmara in there on the letters page. Also got my AA membership through, complete with handbook and member’s card – I’ll be glad of that with my road trips this year. My Tesco shopping vouchers arrived too – since they started sending these out more often the sums haven’t been so big, but as they say on the telly, “every little helps”. (We get money back on loyalty points.) And Kate in NZ has news. I got quite a lot of writing work done yesterday, too, including the 3rd draft of The Magic of Wilderness. I’m going to edit that today and get it emailed off to the competition.
Once I sat down to work on Catch the Rainbow, I got so engrossed I didn’t want to stop. I thoroughly enjoyed writing what I did and had to drag myself into the kitchen to make meals and things and everything. It’s gone off now, though, or the prologue has … rough as it is. If I didn’t have prologues and epilogues and afterwords and stuff it would be chapter one really, and I honestly don’t have time to polish a whole chapter between today and, well, the end of today.
Before settling down to that I did faff about a bit. I had some fun self-publishing my first novel, Night Crawler. It looks quite good and cost me nothing to publish, although I will have to pay a small fee (less than £50) if I want my ISBN to “reach out” and if I want to distribute it on Amazon or anywhere else.
It’s 277 pages hardback and currently retailing at £18.99 + p&p (got mine half price). I’ve nicked a graphic for the cover for now, while I see how good the quality is, but if I decide to go public I’ll probably commission a local graphics designer friend to do something. I’ll ask my Smoggie snapper to do a new mugshot too.
I won’t see the book for 2 weeks, 10 – 15 days, as they add the manufacturing time to shipping time – it’s print on demand with an optional free download that I haven’t activated yet. I can also publish it as softback if I want, but I wanted a hardback first.
I’m afraid I’ve never been one for self-publishing, but that could be a generation thing. The more I read these days, the more acceptable it seems to be. And there are prizes for it too. Self-publishing doesn’t seem to have the same stigma that was once attached to it, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I have a blogaversary coming up at the end of this month, 5 years in blogland. Keep watching, I may do a limited-first-edition-illegal-cover-book-giveaway … Hands up everyone that might want to buy a copy … and hands up everyone that fancies hosting me on a blog tour.
EDIT: Here’s my crime scene story at last. (12:50pm)