I loved it.
Every lavish, highly coloured and exotic moment.
I was interested to read on Bopress’s blog what books she would take to a desert island and it prompted me to wonder what I would take if I was intending to be marooned. I toyed briefly with RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island, (I need to search for the hidden ‘idol’ after all)
Those of you who know me will know that Gisborne: Book of Pawns had its first ever free promotion last weekend.
So what, you might say?
Indeed, so what?
It was an enormous thing for me to do as an independent author. The KDP Select programme is a scheme devised by Amazon to potentially give a book high visibility – a chance to advance in the ratings. For the writer, (more so for me because I am essentially an anxious individual) it is quite nerve-wracking because one worries if anybody will download the book to their Kindle. Or if one will have any sort of ranking. Or if any sales will follow-on to other books.
Jane Austen’s birthday rapidly approaches in December and rather the way that Christmas stirs the hearts of millions, so does ‘anything Austen’. What I have been introduced to with the Austen Games takes appreciation of ‘anything Austen’ to a whole new level. Intrigued, curious, I contacted the ideas-people in New York and Connecticut and quizzed them on this startling and highly interactive concept.
I don’t like reviewing books particularly. As an author, I’m scared witless as the reviews come out and worry that there is always going to be that one that throws my hopes and dreams into disarray. The reality is that a writer is never going to please everyone. So I prefer to leave it to professional bookbloggers and reviewers to write the critiques for all those books we heap upon the reading public.
Have a look at this! Such a wonderful intro. Mark, be my agent!!!!!!
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a guest on MWi gets a hard time of it before I finally let them have their say.
Over the last couple of weeks the most outrageously daring phenomenon has been occurring on Twitter. An Austenesque novel is being written. Many aficionados are contributing and it’s with great interest that I read each week’s outcomes. The idea came from UK author Lynn Shepherd and American IT specialist Adam Spunberg.