Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

I’m thinking of entering ‘Lament for the Living’ into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award thingy.  What is that? I hear you ask. Well my friend, I’ll tell you….

I don’t really know. I think it’s a lot of self promotion and blah blah blahing with some sort of prize at the end that may or may not result in fulfilling my wildest dreams. No, wait, thinking about it that was winning the lottery and becoming uncontested ruler of the world, which I think is outside the scope of the Breakthrough Novel Award.

Considering that the Amazon best sellers list ranges from romance to literary porn I don’t really see ‘Lament for the Living’ making much of an impact, but let’s give it a go anyway.

This is where you come in, oh faithful reader and confidante. I have to include an excerpt of the book in the application. So from you I would like suggestions of which section you enjoyed the most, what part had the biggest impact on you, what scene really gripped you?

You don’t need to remember what chapter, paragraph, line etc., just drop a comment saying something like “The bit where…..” and I’ll know what you’re on about.

Thanks for your input and your continued support.

All the best

David

So you got a Kindle for Christmas?

Or another e-reader such as a Nook, Kobo, Sony ereader or perhaps even an Apple iPad or Android tablet.  Whatever you got, Merry Christmas.

And I have a Christmas present for you too, whether you have an ereader or not. For today only (that’ll be Christmas Day 2013), you can download for free all my work.

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The Deluge of EliasThe Deluge of Elias, a future dystopian short is only available on Kindle, and you can find it here: http://smarturl.it/TheDelugeOfElias

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Hannibal House, a hHannibal Houseorror tale set in West Wales, follows a young American as he searches for his roots, but finds more than he bargained for. You can get this from Smashwords using coupon code: UE59Q to discount it to *FREE* https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/283929

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Lament for the LivingAnd what about Lament for the Living? My first full novel, set three years after the destruction of society, Lament for the Living follows the survivors and their struggles with the past, present, and future. Oh, and it has zombies in. You can get this from Smashwords using coupon code: AZ25E to discount it to *FREE* https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/313539

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All my titles are published by TBFmedia.com and are only available through the associated links. Lament for the Living is available in paperback via Amazon http://smarturl.it/LamentForTheLiving or if you’d like a signed copy then they are available direct from TBFmedia: http://www.tbfmedia.com/lament-for-the-living/signed-copies/

Remember, you can read any of these titles with or without an e-reader by using the Kindle reader App for your PC/MAC, or Adobe’s Digital Editions software.

Merry Christmas everyone

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Lament For The Living Semi-Finalist

The original cover for ‘Lament for the Living’ has made it to the semi-finals of the AuthorsDb.com cover competition.

Lament for the Living by David Nicol

It would be amazing to see the cover progress to the quarter finals, but that cannot be accomplished without your votes.

There are two ways to vote:

1 – on the website directly: http://authorsdb.com/books/2013-book-cover-semi-finalists/horror

2 – via the AuthorsDb facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Authorsdb/410138019060349?id=410138019060349&sk=app_448952861833126

Good luck to all the entrants, and happy voting.

All the best
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The Long Road

Book 2 of Lament for the Living is underway.  Still untitled, I’ve drafted the first couple of chapters and then realised that I’m going to need a bigger boat.

Yup, the story line (or lines) in book 2 are much larger than in book 1, and to fit everything in in order for it to all come together in the final book I’ve had to go native with a pencil and paper to flow chart and plot out what’s going on.

With a host of new characters entering the story, new locations and new motivations, things are going to get interesting.

 

Signed Copies Available

I’ve just created a new page on tbfmedia (the publisher site) for the purchase of signed copies of Lament for the Living.

I’m expecting a new stock of books on the 22nd of July, so this a pre-order service.  All signed copies are numbered and individually marked to ensure future traceability.

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy then pop over to: http://www.tbfmedia.com/lament-for-the-living/signed-copies/

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The Books Arrived, and Then They Went Again

I finally received my box of books.  I say “finally” but they actually arrived on time, I was just being impatient.  And then they were all sold out, although I kept one back as my own personal copy.  I didn’t expect the demand to be so high, especially from my work colleagues, so I’ve ordered another ten that are due on the 22nd.

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It’s a tricky business, this business, because I’m trying to keep my outlay as small as possible because, frankly, I’m not rolling in it, and don’t want to end up with a load of books that will sit for months before a copy makes its way out of the door.  On the flipside, I don’t want people to be stuck waiting for a copy either.

I also had to rethink my idea of selling the signed copies via Amazon due to their charging structure.  If you’ve ever sold anything on ebay you’ll be familiar with the triple whammy (yes, triple, not double whammy) where you pay to list your item, then have a cut of the final price taken AND then another cut to receive your money via PayPal (which is owned by ebay).  It’s a similar situation with Amazon.

They don’t actually mention charges at all, and it’s difficult to find any information on them until you’re just about to confirm your listing.  There’s a little tick box that says “I agree to the listing charges” or something like that.  And when you click the link (now I may be wrong here because I backed out when I saw the charges), but they wanted to charge €39 per month, PLUS take 15% of the sale price.  Considering that Createspace are owned by Amazon, I’d be effectively paying them three times, and wiping out any profit from any sales, unless I suddenly become really popular and can shift hundreds of books per week (working on that one).

So, any signed copies will be going direct from tbfmedia.com, using good old PayPal (gaahhhh).

What’s that?  You want to know where you can buy my books?  Okay, just go here for a full list: http://www.tbfmedia.com/bibliography/

The Cardboard Has Arrived

Book Boxes

In preparation for the signed copies of ‘Lament for the Living‘ being despatched (July 4th) the book boxes have arrived, ready, and waiting.  They weren’t due until tomorrow, so it was a surprise, but a pleasant one.  Now I just have to resist the urge to wrap random books just for the hell of it.

Keeping Track of Signed Copies

Should I ever become proper successful at writing good (unpossible?) I’ve come up with an ingenious way of ensuring that signed copies don’t end up being bootlegged.  The impetus to put measures in place was after I saw that someone had, on Amazon, put a second hand copy of ‘Lament for the Living’ for sale for £15.  That just seemed stupid to me since you can buy a brand new copy for £6.50!  Anyhoo, I came to the conclusion that what this person was actually doing was this:  When someone buys their copy for the ludicrously inflated price, they then buy a copy and send that on to their buyer and make £6 profit.

And when I say “I’ve come up with an ingenious way” I mean that my glorious other half thought of it.

Now I’ve got no problem with someone making a profit, but that is ridiculous when I only make pennies from each paperback sale.  It’s okay, put your violins and hankies away, I always knew that would be the case.  But it got me thinking, how can I limit similar “profiteering” on signed copies – especially when you can get a signed copy direct from me at a reasonable price.

Initially I’d decided to number the copies.  Buy then there’s the issue of counterfeiting.  What’s to stop an unscrupulous person from simply getting hold of a copy, signing it and numbering it?  Nothing, that’s what.  What are the chances of someone going that far?  Fairly slim.  But I like to futureproof the things I do.

So as well as the copy number, I’ll also be putting a small doodle on a random page.  Those two details will ensure that any copy that falls into your hands at some future date will be 100% totally legit and verifiable.

Cool eh?

Oh, and while we’re here…. BUY MY BOOK!  http://www.tbfmedia.com/bibliography/