Author’s Log 2101.21

I hope everyone had a great break at the end of last year, and that all the positive energy typically seen around a new year translates to better years for everyone.

I had a break from my day job over our summer, allowing me time to  reflect on the year ahead and spend more time writing Fool Me Twice (Book 2 in the In All Jest series).

Everything always takes longer than expected but so far I can see the first draft finished by the end of February with a tentative release date of August, 2021.

This week I will be back on the podcast with a more detailed updated as well as more chapters read by me.

In Brisbane, two large bookstores have A Fool’s Errand on their shelves which was a very special moment for me to see my paperback alongside other fantasy authors, like Raymon Feist, George RR Martin and Robert Jordan to name a few.

The reviews keep coming in and I am so pleased people are enjoying the book.

Key Work of Late:

  • Resting up and topping up my creative well
  • Writing the first draft of Fool Me Twice
  • Planning the marketing efforts for this year

Author’s Log 2011.20

It’s been a hectic month of handling the sales since publication day. Our wrapped and sealed copies of the book have continued to go well. 

It has been humbling to read the reviews coming in for A Fool’s Errand from readers around the world. Knowing that others have loved the story I created makes me happy and helps transition to complete book 2.

I have started talking to bookstores and getting the novel stocked in physical stores, initially here in Brisbane, but will continue working on that, as well as libraries. 

It is available through Ingrams around the world so libraries and bookstores can source it, ask them if you want to get your copy through your favourite store.

I finished updating the world wiki and am working on the outline of book 2, Fool Me Twice. 

Key Work of Late:

  • Restarting the In All Jest Podcast
  • Reviewing the outline of Fool Me Twice
  • Getting a sample print of the cover design for Fool Me Twice – I’m in love

Author’s Log 3110.20

It’s been a couple of weeks now since launch day. I’m still coming to terms with now having my debut novel published, being read and my first review came in yesterday.

Getting reviews of the book from people you don’t know makes all the difference. It’s the reason I want to write, to share my stories with others.

I thought this review from Glenys is pretty special>

I have been pretty humbled by the number of signed paperbacks that I’ve sold. I wrap them in brown paper ,and wax seal them before writing on the paper, as if it was addressed inside the world of the book.

Sealing the signed paperback with wax

We’ve had to stock up on more and now the orders for signed hardbacks are coming in as well.

I’ve been asked by those that have read the boo when will book 2, Fool Me Twice, be out. 2021 is the official answer. The book is already 50% written.

Right now I am finishing off updating the wiki to make sure it’s 100% up to date with the final version of A Fool’s Errand, before I concentrate on finishing Fool Me Twice. I am as in love with that cover as I am with A Fool’s Errand.

Key Work of Late:

  • Finalisng the Hardback version
  • Wrapping, wax sealing and posting the signed paperbacks
  • Recording a new podcast episode
  • Updating the wiki