Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Free Promotion

Just today I have made my two novels free on Kindle. Please read and review them and if you like either please buy the paperback.

>>The Crushing Son<< Click Here

>>Basketball Obsession<< Click Here

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Two Decades Naked

It's not fiction but it looks interesting, it's the memoir of a stripper who started out working in Christchurch, New Zealand, anyone seen her strip?


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

No Alarm

From NZ author Bernard Beckett


A story that speaks to a whole generation of disillusioned teenagers - and reveals something to those who are not.Sixteen-year-old Sharon's had enough. School sucks and even in her repeat year, she just doesn't get it. Her mother Kaz behaves more like a teenager than a mum, and Sharon gets left too often with her young brother Zinny. She wants out.Along comes Justin who offers a way. His hand's on the door to a glittery new world where the risks are high. But it's a world that could pay for her wildest dreams. A dangerous world that could put an end to everything.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

What Makes a Really Great Novel?

I've thought about this a long time. Like, maybe forty years or more. I've read what others think, and mostly they offer good advice. But boiling it all down, the following is my summary, follow the advice carefully and I think you'll write a great book.

1. Have a strong voice

I've read where writers are advised to use an active voice, not a passive one. That's fine but I think you just need to be strong. Sure. To the point. Whether you use long sentences that drag on and on and on. Or short ones. Your voice must be strong.

2. Make it a good story

If you sit around the dinner table and people love the story you're telling, then most likely it would make a good book. Structure the story, plan it, plan the characters, the story arc, protagonist, antagonist, but first make that story a good one that will resonate with a wide cross section.

3. Tell the story well

Get the story out, tell it, make the characters come alive through dialogue. Work on the telling of the story. I liked John Braine's advice (Room at the Top ) to finish each chapter on a cliffhanger. I think what he's saying is to tell the story well. Syntax, get that right, avoid sounding like Yoder. Convey images, and sounds.

Then lastly - and this is where your book becomes great - to get to greatness you have to have at least two of the above in place before you achieve number four. Failure to do that means your story is only adequate or good, not great....drum roll please.....

4. Make the story sing

An obvious example is The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. The song you hear when reading truly great work is a rare thing indeed. 

Now obviously, your book has to sell. If it doesn't, no matter how good the novel is, no-one will read it and no lives will have been touched by your work. So everything above is conditional upon survival, but it doesn't have to be a best seller. The book's status can grow over time. If you do all four things right, then most certainly it will.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Crushing Son

I am pleased to announce the release of my second novel, The Crushing Son. It is set on the Gold Coast, Australia in the quarrying industry, an industry I know a lot about. The story is about family rivalry, intense competition, feuds, and the heat that oppresses everyone.

The Crushing Son

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

All Washed Up And Nowhere to Run

Free on Amazon Kindle, March 23 and 24, 2016


When a horrific event turns a holiday of a lifetime into a nightmare, Lara Adams finds herself stranded on a remote tropical island. She joins three previously-shipwrecked men already waiting for rescue. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Basketball Obsession Free This Week

This may be the last free promotion for Basketball Obsession. I've written a new novel, set on the Gold Coast in Australia. It will be edited and published soon.

Anyway, you can download Basketball Obsession free here...

>>Click Here<<

Monday, 28 December 2015

Basketball Obsession Free This Weekend

January 2 & 3,2016  (USA Time)

Free on Kindle - >> Click Here <<

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Basketball Obsession Free Trial

My novel Basketball Obsession  will be available free from the Kindle store on Wednesday November 25, 2015 (Thursday NZ time). It's an easy read and suitable for age 14 and up. The story is set in a town at the top of the South Island in New Zealand where it isn't rugby the locals are crazy about, it is basketball.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Kindle Free Promo and the Lending Library

I noticed an interesting bounce in sales after the most recent free promotion of my novel Basketball Obsession while enrolled in KDP Select. Straight after the two day free promotion ended, there was a lift in pages read through Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Lending Library. Was this just a coincidence or linked? I have no idea. If it's linked then I'm thinking people enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, also see the promotions and borrow the book instead of reading it for free. They've paid for the subscription so why not? Some borrows are just a few pages, below the 10% mark that would have applied before. Maybe those people are checking the book out. With the way the new system works, you get paid for that. 

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Basketball Obsession free this Monday

Download a free copy on Kindle this Monday (2nd November 2015). 

>>Click Here<<

Pete is a senior at Nelson High School and the starting power forward on the varsity basketball team. His former teammate, Sam, won a coveted scholarship to the exclusive school that is High School's bitter crosstown rival. Now Sam has to win at all costs. The stage is set for a stunning climax. 

Monday, 28 September 2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Deer Keeper

Looks interesting this one, solid reviews...

Monday, 3 August 2015

Putting The Price Up

I'm in a funny place at the moment, contrary to most other authors, my book does not sell well on Kindle, but it does sell well on Amazon through CreateSpace.

This is the book here << Click on This is the book here

So I've put the Kindle version up in price from $2.99 to $4.99, making it a 50% discount on the paperback version. What may have happened is the lower price meant lower quality in most readers minds.

Another observation, it seems to come down to what kind of book you have to sell. Some do well on Kindle, while others lend themselves to the physical copy. There is no absolute in terms of what to do.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Chimes - Anna Smaill

The Man Booker prize nominated book can be found here...

Friday, 17 July 2015

Saturday, 27 June 2015

CreateSpace Expanded Distribution

Something I didn't see the importance of but just ticked the box and forgot about it, turns out to be very significant. I'm talking about making my book available to resellers. I don't get as much out of each sale as I'm no longer the retailer, but the book is made available across a much wider platform.  Basketball Obsession is now being added to resellers inventory all the time, with prices as high as US$31.69 (must be a mistake, I think it's meant to be $13.69).  One reseller has a secondhand copy and a new, with the secondhand copy higher priced than the new one.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Kindle Library Rule Changes

Good news for writers of longer work with readers who see the book through to the end. Kindle have changed the rules relating to how writers get paid for loans from the Kindle library.

In the past writers got paid a share of the cash pot for every read past 10% of the book. The obvious response to that would be for writers to write short reads, or books that simply fell over past the 10% mark. It made no difference if the book was finished or not.

Now Kindle will pay based on the average number of pages read each month. Good writers, who have longer work that readers finish, will get more.