Times change, people change, and the world changes. It seems such a short time ago when self-publishing gave authors like me a fantastic chance. An opportunity to connect directly with readers, and I grabbed it with both hands. While it lasted, those times were wonderful and I recall with such affection the few years when I was running off to the post office almost every day, mailing off signed copies of my books. Yes, I’m talking about a time before ebooks. It might come as a surprise to many, but self-publishing started a long time before the advent of ebooks and Kindle. To me, they were the best years of my
After a year in the writing, God Has Gone Fishing is finally, out of my control. Yes, I have a new release and it’s a little different from my previous books. Firstly, it’s written in US English, which was a bigger challenge than I imagined and secondly, it is mildly dystopian, which is also a first. Of course, with any new book, I have no idea how it will be received by readers, but that’s the luck of the game in writing and publishing. All I can do is wait and see. So what’s the story about? God Has Gone Fishing. Empires rise, yet only by sowing the seeds for
While there are many chasing the bestselling dream, I’m happy with reality. I probably see the profiles of hundreds if not thousands of authors, who crown themselves as ‘bestselling author’ along with other superlative adjectives on social media each month. However, we all know that there are very few bestselling authors. The truth of the matter is that there are only a handful of bestselling self-published authors, who make a half-decent income, as this article, Only 40 Self-Published Authors are a Success, says Amazon, points out. Therefore, one must conclude that there are a hell of a lot of self-published authors out there who embellish the truth, a little bit, or a lot. But
The English language is from England, not the USA I am writing this post in exasperation, and out of frustration, after receiving a number of messages, emails and social media comments from US grammar nazis in recent weeks, who through their ignorance, fail to comprehend that I write in British English. US English is a dialect, and as such, has its own set of grammar, spelling and lexical forms, which differ from British English. However, these American grammar nazis seem to believe that US English is gospel. Well, it ain’t! I use Oxford, and not Webster’s altered English. American English, or United States (U.S.) English, is the set of dialects of
So what’s new in tech? Well, nothing really. Tech has come to a grinding halt on three fronts for me. This though, while extremely boring, is also saving me a lot of money in one way. On other fronts though, it costs me. Apple I’ll start with Apple, who of course were everyone’s favourite company just a few short years ago. So cool were Apple, that people used to queue up for days, just so they could be first to donate huge wads of cash to the Apple god. Today however, where are the queues of Apple tech heads with fat wallets of cash? Like me, people have learnt the lesson.