A Tale of One City is the title of my first novel and I am very excited as it has had very favourable reviews and it's plodding along on Amazon. I have just released my second one, The Silent Moon Detective Agency. What is exciting is that quite a few of my books are being downloaded by people from all over the world. How cool is that? It may not be huge amounts of money but the thought of someone reading something I've written in Australia or somewhere so different is wonderful. I was delighted to be taken seriously by four of the ten agencies I approached. I got good positive feedback but it's not enough I want a contract with a decent advance. If not then I want to sell millions of copies of my books on Amazon to make me rich. Amazon are already really rich so now it's my turn. I've been told to keep away from self publishing sites that want you to pay money. It's worth saying what put me off, is quite a few writers who've done well with traditional and self publishing said they should be offering you money, not the other way round. Avoid some of these like the plague or a reality TV star, and while there are definitely some publishers who you pay and have had success, it's best to expect an advance not give your soul to the devil, or in this case part with hard earned savings. That reminds me talking of devils and demons they say Stephen King tried 36 times before Carrie was printed, and many other famous authors including JK Rowling were knocked back even when some of them had a contact in the trade apparently. So the point I'm making is don't give up. Just don't, I am starting a blog and hopefully when this site takes off I will be able to put some of your work on too. Plus the discussions we can have will be educational and hopefully fun. A place where people who haven't got much confidence in their writing are welcome to get in touch. I hope you enjoy the snippets from my book "A TALE OF ONE CITY." Also the last page is my latest book "THE SILENT MOON DETECTIVE AGENCY." This is completely different to my first novel. The first one is a story of gangsters in a city. It is violent, cruel and although a fantasy has a little bit of realism in it. Some humour, sex, drugs and not really any rock and roll. The latest one is about witches. Good and bad witches in a magical community where they are loved and revered. In the ordinary world this isn't always so, and they have a devil worshipper and a very bad witch trying to get their souls. It's aimed at a different audience but I read like I write anything that interests me. It's very depressing as I well know to say well I like romances, hate sci-fi. Now it may be true but often all that type of thing says is how much adventure and relaxation are you missing out on because you won't give a different genre a chance? How can that be? Embrace all different types give them a chance and go for it. Calling all readers and writers, let's get our imaginations going and create and enjoy.
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