Monthly Round-Up: October 2015
(Cross-posted on the WriteClub blog)
Here we are at the end of October, rapidly approaching the Witching Hour. The clocks in the UK went back last weekend and it’s now dark by 4:30pm. I really hate the long nights, but there are things about Autumn that I really like. The beautiful colours of the trees. The crunch underfoot as I walk through fallen leaves on my way to the station. The anticipation of bonfire night, and of Hallowe’en. And of course October is my birthday month. This year I happened to spend it at FantasyCon. It’s the first time I’ve spent my birthday at a convention, but it was quite nice to get all the extra birthday wishes. Since the date of FantasyCon 2016 has already been announced and it’s in September, it’s looking unlikely that will happen again next year.
Anyway, on with the news.
Nothing new to report, but just another reminder that THE WHISPERING DEATH is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. If you’ve read it and feel inclined to review it, I would be most grateful. Word of mouth is the best way to promote a book, and reviews really help.
I’ve been fairly busy with online promotion over the last month.
14 October – I made an appearance on Theresa Derwin’s Terror Tree blog talking about the questions you shouldn’t ask a writer.
14 October – on the same day I was part of the Horror Writers’ Association’s Hallowe’en Haunts feature, with a blog post about what Hallowe’en is like in the UK.
25 October – I appeared on Iva Valentino’s blog talking about my lifelong love of reading.
In addition, I did two Cons in October – Bristol Horror Con and FantasyCon – and two book launches.
The first book launch was locally on 14 October. That went rather well, and we had about 20 people turn up, including two who happened to see my poster and liked the sound of the book. So proper punters, as opposed to people who already know me. I was very pleased about that. It felt like one more small step on the path to notoriety.
The second book launch was at FantasyCon, and didn’t go quite so well. I am grateful to the five people who did turn up and show support, but clearly all the promotion, Tweeting and cajoling people at the Con didn’t have much effect. I think launches at Cons only work if you’re well known enough to have a following. Evidently I’m not there yet.
WORK IN PROGRESS
I’ve made some progress with SPOTLIGHT ON DEATH – in fact the end is in sight. This is only a first draft, though, so there’s still lots of work to do yet. Not so much progress on the urban explorer horror novel, however.
I’ve set a new pledge to write 3,000 words a week between now and the end of the year. Most weeks I’ve managed to meet my target, and every little helps.
Well that’s it for now. I wish you a happy Hallowe’en, and I will see you here next month!