How to Write Faster

I’m writing a new book. It’s called ‘The Serpent’s Egg’. I have an outline in place, as I always do, that consists of a line or two of text, called ‘beats’ for each chapter describing what happens. Think of writing a book as climbing a cliff, these beats act like footholds to keep the story […]

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What Next?

I wrote my first novel Monkey Puzzle in 1995, after I was made redundant, and set about looking for an agent to represent it. I got about 30 rejections. Eventually, I spoke on the phone to a literary agent in Ireland. He had not read any of my work, but when I told him my […]

Analysing my Readership

In an attempt to identify my readership demographic, I took a detailed look at the reviews received for The Black Orchestra. Here’s what I discovered:   US Female Male Both All Unknown Total 79 248 327 439 112 No 20 62 82 111 29 Average 3.95 4.00 3.99 3.95 3.86 UK Female Male Both All […]

Anatomy of a Countdown Promotion

I recently completed a Countdown Promotion in Amazom.com on Kindle Select. Before the promotion my book (The Black Orchestra) was priced at $3.99 and selling at a rate of 4 books per day on Amazon.com. The promotion ran as follows (times are GMT): Noon Dec 6 to noon Dec 8 selling price 99c = 0.25 […]

How Do Amazon.co.uk Ratings Work?

Since August 19 I have been recording Amazon UK sales and rating figures for my book The Black Orchestra. That’s numbers for 65 days. It struck me that the ratings on Amazon UK are not as responsive as the Amazon.com equivalent. The ratings in the UK seem to be updated less regularly — maybe every […]