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!!



Progress on Book 2: No More Empires

I’ve had  a first peek at the cover for The Modest Proposal Institute: No More Empires, made some suggestions, and it’s looking good. A revised after-proofreading file has gone to the formatters so the schedule is also looking good for a launch on April 16 or 23rd. The final parts of the process are coming together nicely.

That brings me to what I wanted to say in today’s post. Would you like to be part of the book’s Launch Team? If so, post on this page, or my Facebook or Twitter pages, your interest. If you’re really committed, send me your email address (preferably by private message so you’re not putting it ‘out there’) and I’ll add you to the Launch Team.

You may be wondering what being on a Launch Team entails? It’s very simple and not too hard. First, I’ll send you a free copy of the book about one week before the publishing date. You read it (or skip through:-) and write 2 – 3 sentences about the book. Second, I tell you when the book is published and on or shortly after that day, you copy and paste your 2-3 sentences on the book’s page on Amazon. That’s it and for that you will receive my grateful thanks!!

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Proofreading Finished for Book 2

I’m just home from vacation and the proofreading file has arrived. As well, the cover designer has provided ideas for No More Empires‘ cover. Now the exciting part begins — preparing No More Empires for publication.

One of the pleasures of being a self-publishing author is the royalty notifications from Amazon that arrive each month. Not enough to live on, admittedly, but, more importantly, proof people are buying my book. I’m told that sales for a series don’t take off until buyers are sure the author is going to deliver the whole series, which happens somewhere around Book 4. I have my work cut out for 2019 already lol.

For those of you who haven’t yet bought your copy of The Modest Proposal Institute, you can find it here.

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Proofreading in Progress

Book 2: No More Empires (working title) is with the proofreader, expected back later this week, which will work out well because that’s when I’ll be back home too. Authoring while traveling isn’t as easy as it sounds, which is why this week’s blog post is a day late.

A bit about book 2. Book 2 takes the story from where Alexis left off at the end of The Modest Proposal Institute and moves it forward about another five years but this time from Shane’s point of view. The two rivals have each chosen different paths for their future lives, Alexis is going into space and Shane under the sea. However, there’s a third protagonist, Tomas, who has a different view for the Institute’s future, one that threatens to bring down destruction on all of them.

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Book 2 is Getting Closer

For those of you following along, I received the content editors suggestions two days ago and have spent most of the time since ‘accepting’, ‘rejecting’, and changing Book 2 (working title: No More Empires) based on the editor’s thoughts. It’s exhausting, believe it or not.

Good news is I’ve sent the revised book back now for proofreading, which will be about another two weeks. Meantime, I need to get the title finalized and the cover being created. On balance, I think working for a living might actually be easier:-)

Meanwhile, for those of you who have been procrastinating, you can get the first book here.

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Book 2: Content Editing Now

My next book in The Modest Proposal Institute series, working title is No More Empires, is now with a Content Editor, who will check it for story continuity and have it back to me by the end of the coming week. After that, I’ll act on the editor’s suggestions and/or comments and then send it out for proofreading. Meanwhile, I need to get a cover designer started on what it might look like when finished. It’s a busy life being an author:-)

For those of you who still haven’t bought the first book (you know who you are:-), you have another opportunity to read and review it through NetGalley right now. Here’s where you’ll find it: