This is a plug

I made a thing!


So here it is: my debut novel, shiny and new on the Kindle store (or at least, the UK one. The US one needs another couple of days).

I’ve set up a page to talk about it without filling the entire front page of this site, but put it this way: it’s a scientific fact that people who buy Coffin Dodgers are better dancers, better lovers, better drivers and better all-round human beings than the rest of the population. If you fancy telling other people about that, I’d be very grateful.икони

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That’s the same ePub I uploaded to Amazon last night. Earlier versions had space at the footer, I think. Want me to email it?

No, I mean on the Kindle. I can’t remember how to view the book cover; I only see it like this.

On a side note, you’re right about the bottom of the cover; I had to move things about when completing the larger resolution and don’t think it’s placed quite as nicely as the original one. I can redo, if you like?

Ah, ok, it’s a bit weird – you go to the beginning then hit the page-back button two or three times. That takes you to the contents and then to the cover. I have no idea why.

I did a quick crop last night that seems to have got rid of the bars. Ta for the offer though.

That seems normal behaviour for kindle books. It seems to jump past the cover most times.

Does look good in BW too.

So.. since this came out I’ve bought a Kindle (well not with actual money… more a case of diverting Clubcard vouchers really), downloaded the sample and now bought the eBook.

Jeez Gary, would have been cheaper to just buy you a pint really.

My other half is asking when the audiobook version is coming out…

I have thought about it – I’ve got the kit – but I’m not sure I could do a decent job of it. I worry about doing characters’ voices, and fear the idea of doing ten million takes of every paragraph.

Am I being unnecessarily doomy?

Give it a go with one chapter… not sure the character voices are entirely necessary – Martin Jarvis reads zillions of audiobooks and he’s Martin Jarvis for every character. (I’d say other audiobook readers are available but I think he’s actually cornered the non-Harry Potter market in reading audiobooks)

audiobook != radio play

Yeah, that’s true, but it’s still an incredibly time-consuming process. I’ve toyed with it in the past – I’ve had some half-arsed ideas about podcasting at various times – but even after getting over the “feeling like a dick” vibe of talking to yourself, I make so many mistakes that just getting a paragraph out takes the best part of a fortnight :)

It’s also quite hard to get the necessary peace and quiet: I don’t really have time during the day, the wee one’s bouncing around from late afternoon and when she’s asleep I can’t record because the office is next door to her room. It’s not an ideal recording setup.

Heh. I *have* enabled text-to-speech on the Kindle edition. Does that count?

A brainwave… a nice jazz intro, then a lady well-known to you can read it :)

Behold the power of blogs and social networking: as of this morning, I’ve sold fifty copies in the UK. In the US, where nobody has the slightest idea who I am, I’ve sold three :)

Well obviously the jazz bit can fail to make the final cut, but we both know how much she loves the idea of jazz :D

I’ve just had an update from Smashwords: the various ebook versions are starting to go out to Barnes and Noble, Apple, etc. Timescale looks like this:

B&N – about 2 weeks
Sony – 3 weeks
Kobo – 3 weeks
Apple – about a week
Diesel – couple of days
Scrollmotion – no idea, never heard of it

Come to think of it, given that at one point it was number 40 in Amazon’s fiction > humour chart, I could legitimately brand it THE AMAZON BESTSELLER.

Like a dick :-D

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