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2019 In Review

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I finished Book 6 which is now *cough* Book 5. I’m very happy with the ending of the book, but after already experiencing the high of writing the series finale, it felt a little anticlimactic. Nonetheless, the first draft of the full series (6 books) is in now complete. It’s kind of luxurious to see the story from start to finish. I plan to start work on the 2nd Drafts early this year.

I was kind of at a loss what to do immediately after I finished so I toyed about with a short story about alien invasion. This has turned into three stories and more will possibly be added. I have no outline for them. I find that if I know the ending it’s relatively easy to put the rest together. But sometimes, I don’t know the ending or rather I have two diametrically opposite endings that both will fit the story. I don’t know which one until I finish. This sort of story is the most exciting for me to write. It’s like I am reading the story for the first time as I write it.

Overall, in 2019, I wrote 209k words, comprising mostly of the first drafts of three novels. That beats the previous year by about 25k words. I missed writing only ten days in the year. My philosophy is to be honest with myself and not to overly worry about streaks and so on. I write whenever I can but sometimes life intrudes and I have to accept I can’t. On the other hand, there are days when I have the time but not the inclination. On those days, I grit my teeth and write; I write my quota clinging onto every squeezed out word for dear life. It’s amazing what can be achieved in little steps. I have to say having Scrivener on my phone made a huge difference to my productivity.

I plan to achieve the same rough word count this year (ca 183k words or roughly 500 words per day for the entire year). I also plan to start overhauling those first drafts. I am approaching the first book of the series with excitement. I’ll probably end up changing every word I wrote, but, as I remember it, the backbone of the story should hold up pretty well.

I also published Alienity this year, finishing out four short stories. I plan to publish more as I finish them.

September Progress Update

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I published Alienity back at the end of July. The process of publishing went very smoothly as did the preparation of the paperback using Vellum. I’m not going to publish the paperback for a while until I have more paperbacks ready for publishing. In Ireland, copies have to be sent to the British Library, three other Libraries in the UK if they request them within a year, to Trinity College and several other university libraries across Ireland so the exercise can get pretty expensive.

I am very happy with the stories themselves, particularly The Chosen One. I wrote it from scratch three times from different perspectives, but it clicked together over the summer. I wrote my favorite line ever as part of the edit. I had an ending in my mind from the start, came to dislike it, sought something different, but in the end I gave the story the honest ending it deserved. The tension really adds to the story.

For me, publishing can be a type of release. These stories no longer flutter about the inside of my head, distracting me, demanding my attention, taunting me with their ephemerality. Now that they are released into the wild, my debt to them has been paid and I am finally free of them.

The other bit of news is I finished the first draft of Book Five of my five book fantasy series following on from my short story No Escape. It was really exciting to write those last couple of chapters. They had played out in my mind for so long. It’s the (first draft) culmination of a long writing journey (eighteen months). There was only one small problem. There were several threads left dangling that didn’t fit into the  main arc but demanded on being brought to a proper conclusion. I think a reader will might feel cheated if I don’t resolve them so I am working a sixth book. This will actually be the fifth book in the series. The full first draft of this should be done by Christmas and then work on the second draft of the whole series will begin.

Promotion Sites For Ebook Bargains

I recently put together a list of promotion sites for bargain ebooks and I thought I would share the fruit of my labours. I have not used all these sites so I advise everyone to do their own research and make their own mind. If anyone comes across any other sites that should be included or discovers any changes/errors, please let me know.

Name COST FREE DISCOUNT NOTES
13 Horror Street MANDATORY YES YES Horror only
Armadilloe Books N/A YES YES
Awesome Gang OPTIONAL YES N/A
Bargain Ebook Hunter MANDATORY YES YES
Beezeebooks ? YES N/A Not currently accepting submissions.
Best Ebooks Free N/A YES YES
Betty Book Freak MANDATORY YES N/A
Bknights MANDATORY YES YES
Book Angel N/A YES N/A Must be PG-13.
Book Barbarian MANDATORY YES YES SciFi/Fantasy only
Book Basset MANDATORY YES N/A
Book Deal Hunter N/A YES N/A
Book Goodies MANDATORY TES YES 30 Day Minimum for 99 cemt
Book Gorilla MANDATORY YES YES
Book Lover’s Heaven N/A YES YES
Book Pinning N/A YES N/A
Book Tour Tips N/A YES N/A
Bookbub MANDATORY YES YES Have to become Partner to apply.
Books Butterfly OPTIONAL N/A YES
Bookscream MANDATORY YES YES In BETA
Booksends MANDATORY YES YES
Bookzio OPTIONAL YES N/A Accepts Short Reads
Buck Books ? YES YES Closed to new submissions at the moment.
Click Reading N/A YES N/A
Contentmo.com N/A YES N/A
Digital Book Today N/A YES N/A
eBook Hounds N/A YES YES
eBook Stamp N/A YES N/A
eBookasaurus N/A YES YES
Ebookbooster MANDATORY YES YES Submits to  25 to 45 sites.
Ebooklister N/A YES YES
ebookmountain OPTIONAL YES YES
Ebooks Habit OPTIONAL YES YES
eBooksoda MANDATORY YES YES
Ereader News Today OPTIONAL YES YES
eReader Utopia N/A YES YES Need to create logon
Flurries of Words MANDATORY YES N/A
Free & Discounted Books N/A YES YES
Free 99 Books N/A YES YES Once per month
Free Book Club N/A YES N/A
Free Book Dude N/A YES N/A
Free Books N/A YES N/A
Free Books And More N/A YES YES
Free Books Hub MANDATORY YES YES
Free Booksy N/A YES N/A
Free Ebooks Blog N/A YES N/A
Free Ebooks For Me N/A YES N/A
Free Kindle Books OPTIONAL YES N/A
Free Kindle Books & Tips ? YES N/A
Frugal Tips & Freebees N/A YES N/A
Fussy Librarian MANDATORY YES YES
Genre Pulse MANDATORY YES YES
Get Free Ebooks N/A YES N/A
Great Books Great Deals OPTIONAL YES YES
Hunt4freebies N/A YES N/A
IloveEbooks.com N/A YES N/A
Indie Book Of The Day N/A YES N/A
It’s Write Now OPTIONAL YES YES Must be family friendly
Jungle Deals & Steals N/A YES N/A Must be family friendly
Just Kindle Books MANDATORY NO YES
Kindle Book Promos OPTIONAL YES N/A
Many Books MANDATORY YES YES
My Book Cave N/A YES N/A Content Rated
OHFB OPTIONAL YES YES
Pixel Of Ink N/A YES N/A Closed to submissions at the moment.
Pixelscroll MANDATORY YES YES
Read Cheaply OPTIONAL YES YES
Reader Cafe OPTIONAL (FREE) YES YES
Reading Deals OPTIONAL YES YES
ReadingHUD N/A YES N/A
Riffle Select MANDATORY YES YES
Robin Reads MANDATORY YES YES
Story Finds OPTIONAL YES YES
The Book Circle OPTIONAL YES N/A
The Kindle Book Reviews OPTIONAL (FREE) YES YES
Your Daily Deals N/A YES N/A Sign up to email list
Zwoodlebooks N/A YES YES Have to take The Real Review Pledge.