Thursday, 8 October 2015
Author's update. Now I have a new hip I have no excuse not to get stuck in to lots more writing - after all there is little else to do until I can actually walk properly. I now have three projects on the go. Firstly I am narrating the 'Caspian Monster' the second in the Jon Hunt series. I intend to produce this one myself as I don't see the need to pay someone else to do it. Sales of the first audio book would seem to make it a worthwhile project. Secondly, I am ten thousand words into the new Jon Hunt novel which will be mainly about the war in the Balkans in the mid nineties plus a few sub plots as usual. If anyone who reads this has any stories about the period I would love to hear from you. And finally the book about the Lynx. I am still gathering source material. Getting all those who promised to contribute is a bit like herding cats but I haven't had to resort to threats just yet! -- You know who you are.
Friday, 25 September 2015
Sorry about the bleat but I've found that the number of reviews my books are getting has dropped significantly despite my sales being quite steady and unchanged. So I am posting this here and on my Facebook page to ask if anyone has done a review but not seen it appear. I'm not that paranoid but Amazon do seem to have some rather odd rules and seem to reject them out of hand sometimes. For authors like myself they are our lifeblood and any ammunition to take back to Amazon would be really appreciated. Please use the comments section below if you wish to communicate.
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
As part of my marketing I have 25 free vouchers for a copy of my Sea Skimmer Audio book. If anyone is interested in a copy just contact me either by email or through Facebook or give me your email in the comments section of the blog. I will send you some simple instructions and a voucher code for the book. My only request would be if you would kindly leave me a review once you've heard it.
Friday, 28 August 2015
Monday, 17 August 2015
Friday, 14 August 2015
Not been blogging for a while as I've been concentrating on finishing my novel 'Sea Skimmer' as an audio book. I narrated the final chapter yesterday. The publishing company, Silverton Audio, hope to have it out by next week. It will be interesting to see what sales are like. There could be a good chance that I'll be sat in front of a microphone for some time to come if they are, as there are only another nine to go!! However, I was told the other day that I need a new hip and that will keep me immobile for quite a while so at least I'll have something to do - as well as writing my book about the Lynx helicopter and the new Jon Hunt novel as well. Who said retirement was boring??
Talking of the Lynx - I was hosted by the Lynx Squadron (815) at Yeovilton the other day as they are keen to help me out with the book. It was like going through a time warp. I even recognised the Uckers board in the crewroom (Uckers = a navalised version of Ludo) and one of the guys still serving flew with me back in the eighties. One plan is to launch the book at the same time as the aircraft is de-commissioned in a years time. As I was one of the people who commissioned 815 back in 1981 it will be a full circle.
Friday, 10 July 2015
Some time ago I mentioned that an American company had offered to take on 'Sea Skimmer' as an audio book. I agreed not the least to see what sort of sales it could generate with a view to maybe doing the whole series. It took much longer than anticipated and was conclusive proof of the adage 'that England and America are two nations separated by a common language'. Unfortunately there were just too many corrections to make to make it viable - it really needs an English narrator. So guess who will be doing that then? - still at least I won't get bored any time soon.
Good old Ebay and my office is pretty well sound proof with the windows shut so that means weeks and weeks of hot weather!!