What? Shadows of the Realm is in a ‘Real’ Bookshop?

Part of my blog post is probably going to piss a few people off. I’m sorry in advance, and want you to know that I’ll still love you if you disagree with what I have to say—it’s not personal, it’s sensible. I have an opinion and I’m not afraid to wave it around occasionally.

So, firstly, the non-offensive part—what’s the latest news from my journey with Shadows of the Realm, you may ask (or maybe you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway). Yesterday I visited a super cool, exists-in-the-real-world, fantasy/sci fi/horror bookshop—Infinitas in Parramatta (in Sydney) where I nervously presented my book to the owner, Tim. I have to admit, he was not blown away like I was hoping, but he agreed to take two of my books, which is awesome!

Tim has been in the book business a long time and he has seen a lot of indie books recently, many of them not up to scratch, so I’m lucky he gave mine a go. I know where he’s coming from, because many indie books I read have not been edited, nor proofread, and while it’s common to have a few (and I don’t mean a lot, I mean a few) typos, it’s disheartening when grammar and punctuation have been neglected in the author’s attempt to entertain us with their genius.

Why do some authors think it’s ok to do only half a job, when they wouldn’t do it at their 9-5 profession—imagine going to the mechanic and he takes the engine apart and decides he’s had enough. Treat it like a business, because your reader is not an idiot, and while you won’t fire yourself, a reader probably won’t come back for the second book if the first was a disaster.

I guess I’m having a little whinge because it’s been damn hard to get my book into shops. Everyone needs to read it first to make sure it’s not more suited to cleaning number twos in the bathroom. Why is this? Is it because my book looks like crap? No, because I have an awesome cover, done by a professional. Is it the fact that I look stupid when I turn up, because I’m wearing a clown suit and have a fish shoved up my nose? No. It’s because indie authors have a bad name, as a lot (and I’m not saying all because there’s some very professional and talented ones out there) only do half the job. The rest of us get battered with the same crumbs so it’s super duper hard to get anywhere.

Anyway, enough whinging from me. I’d like to say thanks again to Tim, I really appreciate the shelf space in Infinitas. I have my fingers crossed that some lucky reader will notice it and do something earthshattering—buy it. I’ve also managed to get my book into a library and a school, with more shops and school libraries currently considering it, so I’m kinda happy. To all those indie authors out there who work hard to put out the best product they can—you are awesome and I salute you  :).

A Chain Blog With a Difference and The Number 7

Ok, so I’ve been tagged by Tonya (my fantabulous editor).  This is kind of like a chain letter, which I never do, but this one actually looks fun (and there are no unfortunate consequences like, ‘you will grow a moustache overnight’ or ‘you will be banned from Twitter for life’ if you don’t participate).  And since I get to promote my new book (that’s out in a couple of weeks) I thought I’d jump in.  So, what do I have to do?  These were my instructions:

  1. Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next 7 lines as they are (no cheating)
  4. Tag 7 other authors

So here we go, from Shadows of the Realm, page 7:

“This morning had started the same as any other for the olive-skinned, young woman until her aunt had changed everything.  Without ceremony or tact, which was usually her way, Avruellen had told her niece they would be leaving home indefinitely – Bronwyn had understood that to mean they were never coming back.  Her aunt wouldn’t tell her where they were going.  Well,” (I’ve stopped there, so I didn’t cheat and my ‘well’ is dangling in the breeze, waiting to be joined by its friends).

This is where Bronwyn’s adventure starts. She could never anticipate the things she sees in the wider world – some of them quite gruesome.  And before the end of the book she may be wishing she never left home.  I wonder what happens…

So who to tag?  Please forgive me but, eenie, meenie, minie, moe:

  1. Trish Nicholson
  2. Charity Parkerson
  3. Justin Bog (Ok I know you’re double tagged but anyway)
  4. Amber Norrgard
  5. Melissa Craig
  6. Ciara Ballintyne
  7. Jane Isaac (you have a second one in the works, I know you do)

Ok, so that’s seven people I’ve now annoyed.  Do I get a prize?