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200 Goodreads Reviews for The Chronicles

And a fine average to boot (4.45/5.00). Only Mrs Anne Griffin and Dr. Qazi have given Sidney a one-star rating (so far). If you’re on Goodreads, then please give Sid a review, as it all feeds back into Amazon.

After the success of Fistful of Rubbers being sold for 99p, Amazon ran another promo on Sidney, and gave him away free for a few days, but the ratings have not recovered unfortunately, and he’s down in the charts. I’m hoping it’s not the end of a good run, or that Joe Pasquale’s debut novel Deadknobs and Doomsticks, Joe Pasquale’s collection of bizarre and surreal horror stories isn’t taking all my sales (I shit you not).

Amazon pretty much decide the fate of indie authors, and I for one welcome our new corporate overlords.

Christmas Tidings

Many positive generic non-religious wishes to you all.

Few bits of news…

There’s been a delay with the release of It’s… Kind of  Magic, which you’ve probably gathered as I haven’t spammed you with posts over the last couple of months. I’m hoping LL-Publications will release it in February. I’ll keep you updated.

I’ve moved jobs, and start the new one next week. A couple of weeks between positions, I’ve hammered book 2 of the Magical Modernity series, Steroids and Sorcery. I’ve written 28,000 words in my “two weeks off” (as the wife calls it) and I’m half way through my first draft (52,000 words in).

After The Sid Tillsley Chronicles, I’ve tried to rein Magical Modernity in a bit, in terms of gross-out, swearing, violence. I’ve tried giving it a bit more mainstream appeal, maybe tap in to the American Kindle audience. I think I hit the level I was aiming at with Book 1, but Book 2 has runaway from me a bit… I think, I think I’ve got problems. Please love me for who I am x

Last bit of writing news is that Amazon have changed the classification of the first two books in The Sid Tillsley Chronicles (not sure if this is a permanent thing). They’re now ranked under satire in genre fiction. As it stands, it goes Wilde, Orwell, Jackman, Vonnegut (with a few in the middle). If Amazon initiate a dogging category, then I’m going to clean up (metaphorically).

These are just Kindle ratings, I must add. The paperbacks aren’t doing anywhere near as well. But Sidney is still flying on Amazon Kindle, and hopefully the new series will piggyback on that success.

Things are moving very nicely. Thank you for all your support x

The Front Cover of “It’s…’Kind’… of Magic”

I always love this bit. Pat Currier, who put together all the Sid covers is on board for the Magical Modernity series too, and he’s finished the cover for It’s… Kind… of Magic.

I’m getting quite excited about this new project, and I’m 10K words into the sequel, Steroids and Sorcery. I’m almost certain this is going to be a four-book series. If it goes well, there’s scope to set other stories in the world (a bit like Pratchett did with the Discworld series, but without the popularity). Having said that, I’ve got some other projects on the go, and I want to write in other genres.

Anyway, here’s the cover. I hope you like it.

I didn’t hear no bell

I didn’t expect to write another blog post, but…

Life stuff got in the way for a few years: a couple of house moves and going back to school and all that. However, I did sneak another novel in, but just sat on it.

And then, a few months ago, this selling-books lark took off. Below, are the Amazon rankings for the three books over the last two years.

I went from selling next to nothing, to shifting several hundred a month. On Amazon, all three of the chronicles have been number one in comedy-horror. The Great Right Hope has also been number one in horror parodies and satires, regularly duking it out with American Psycho for top spot. It’s been top five in Dark Comedy and top ten in British horror. It’s highest Kindle rank to date has been 2512. This year, every month has seen an increase in sales. Long may it continue!

So it’s time for the next novel, first in a fantasy comedy series. I’m hoping I can piggyback on Sidney’s success. The new novel will hit the shelves at the end of the year. Details to follow, shortly.