Closing In On ‘Done’

I’m late again on my schedule of a Saturday post here. I like to think it’s because I’m working hard on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute and not because I’m becoming forgetful. It’s too soon for Old Timer’s Disease.

I am working to finish the book and get it to an editor and I’m closing in on my word count. Unfortunately, with me, that doesn’t mean the story is done; it just means I’ve written a lot of words:-)

The next stage is clipping away the undergrowth so the story can be seen. It’s like our garden really — we let everything grow until nothing can be seen because we don’t have the heart to choose which are flowers and which are weeds. Next week will see some serious word pruning and then it’ll be perfect — I hope!

Modest Proposal Institute NME teaser3


The Writing Life

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fast writer, by which I mean I procrastinate a lot. I saw a meme somewhere that showed the life of a writer as 75% surfing the web, 20% doing anything else but writing, and 5% writing. I ‘liked’ that meme because that’s exactly me as a writer.

Knowing that, you’d think I would find it easy to smarten up. It isn’t. If I was locked in an Internet-free room with nothing but the tools of writing, I’d dream for 95% of the time and write for 5%. And I wouldn’t be dreaming of the story! How do I know this? Last night (and other nights lately) I lay awake for long periods of time just ‘day dreaming’. But could I force those night time ‘daydreams’ into a focused story that would complete book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute? No I could not. I woke this morning with a general sense that I should finish the book as quickly as possible, which is where I was when I went to bed and the reason I lay awake ‘daydreaming’.  Today, however, will be the start of a new regime — possibly.

Modest Proposal Institute cover teaser1

Back to Work

I’ve been away with limited Internet access. I hope you noticed:-)

I was, however, able to work on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute so it is progressing — though more slowly than I would like. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fast writer.

Part of the reason it’s moving slowly is the story is getting harder to tell because the stage has moved out to the wider world. We’re no longer confined to a small island or small plots of land around spaceports. There are more characters too. In particular, now that girls and young women have been brought into the Institute, their story needs to be told as well.

In fact, I’m not sure my original plan of five books is going to be enough. We’ll see how it all develops.

Modest Proposal Institute INSTAGRAM TEASER

The Modest Proposal Institute Progresses

Now that Book 2: No More Empires is finally launched and all the publishing problems have been fixed (I hope:-), I’ll return to book 1: An Old Path to a New Future. Why? Because I received some neat marketing ‘Teasers’ for book one and I want to use them:-)

As part of launching No More Empires, I upgraded An Old Path to a New Future with links to the new book. Once the formatter was finished, I uploaded the new file and book one ‘enjoyed’ the same peculiar behaviours that I saw with the new book. I like to think Amazon was having a bad week, I hope so anyhow, but I can’t help suspecting I’m not the savvy self-publisher I will be when book five comes out.

For those of you who haven’t yet bought either of the series, you can find them both at my Amazon Author Page. And finally, here’s one of the Teasers.

Modest Proposal Institute INSTAGRAM TEASER




No More Empires Published

SUCCESS!!! Apologies for shouting but it has been a difficult couple of days with Amazon’s publishing process and it still isn’t entirely right.

No matter, The Modest Proposal Institute, book 2: No More Empires is now available on Amazon. You can buy it here. And here’s the cover so you know which of the two books to buy:-)


The Modest Proposal Institute Book 2: No More Empires

I’ve uploaded No More Empires, book 2 in The Modest Proposal Institute series, to Amazon. It’s available to pre-order here. It goes live to the public on April 23 when it will be priced at a discount (it probably wasn’t good salesmanship to tell you that:-) for the first few days.

These final few days are stressful to us independent authors. Setting everything up on Amazon and linking the first book to the second have taken their toll, I can tell you. (I’m a mere shadow of my former self:-) I should write a book about it.

Here’s another look at the new book’s cover so you’ll find it if you search Amazon instead  of using the link I provided above…


No More Empires being Finalized

No More Empires, book two of The Modest Proposal Institute series, is in the final stages before publication — Yay!! I still expect it to be on Amazon on April 23rd or thereabouts. I hope you’re as excited as I am. Once it’s done, I can focus on getting book 3 written; an author’s work is never done.

While we wait for No More Empires to be released, Author Shout have made some (I think) neat ‘teasers’ for book 1, An Old Path to a New Future. I’ve posted one of them below. What do you think? Does it catch your fancy?

Modest Proposal Institute FACEBOOK and TWITTER TEASER

Cover and Formatting Complete (Sort Of)

The cover for No More Empires, book 2 of The Modest Proposal Institute series, is complete (see below), though I’m waiting for all the final files and the first file, Kindle file, is complete. I reviewed it today and sent comments back.  Everything is going to my brilliant master plan, otherwise known as a sort of loose schedule that might change at any moment:-)

For those of you writing a book, and I’m sure that’s most of you, you need three formatted files — a mobi file for Kindle, an ePub file for the other ebook readers, like Kobo etc, and a pdf file for your paperback book. That’s a long explanation to say I’m about one third of the way there.

By next week’s blog post, I should be all set for a publishing date around April 23!!