Month: August 2016

Livia and the Corpuscles – Publishing Day!

the proof of the book is in the reading

the proof of the book is in the reading

Christmas has come a day early for me – the proof copy of my book has arrived! And it looks great.

I wasn’t expecting it until tomorrow, so I’m happy to announce that today is release day for Livia and the Corpuscles, available through Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. There is a listing page for it on Amazon, but as I write this the book is listed as “not available”. Well, I am sure that will change in the next day or so.

Livia and the Corpuscles on Amazon.com
Livia and the Corpuscles on Amazon.co.uk

It’s also available now on the Create Space title page:

Livia and Corpuscles on Create Space

I’m so excited, to a degree that really surprises me. I was expecting to be happy with it, but having a physical copy of a book in your hands is really quite thrilling.

Thank you to everyone who helped get this thing out the door. For a bit of stunt writing I think it turned out all right.

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Short Stories Are Not My Bag

I spent part of our time away in July writing a story which, as I have noted in passing before, was remarkable in three ways: it was fantasy; I wrote it in longhand; and it was a short story.

My history with short stories is very mixed. Basically, when I try to write a short story I usually end up with a novella. I’m much more comfortable with the deeper exploratory options of the novel, not to mention the structure. Short stories terrify me.

So when I read that raw short story to some friends around the camp fire, I was delighted by the response: it seemed to actually work.

Time to write more, then.

There’s a writing challenge a friend is running for the month of September: write 500 words a day. That’s all. It doesn’t specify that the words should be of fiction, but that is what I am using it for. I have starts for about ten short stories which I will write words for and see how they go. I’m not committed to finishing any of them, but I am excited to work on all of them (to, I will concede, varying degrees).

500 Words A Day

It’s a closed Facebook group so as to avoid spam on your timeline, but ask to be added if you are interested in making some words in September.

I’m looking forward to a short month.

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Livia: Proofing

Last time I said that Livia was nearly here. This time I just have to admit that all of this stuff takes more time than I had expected. It’s all part of learning the process, really.

Part of it was just being on holiday. I got the copy edits back before I left, but I ended up writing a remarkable short story* for the first few days we were away.

It took a week to review the copy edits, more than another week to apply them, then most of a third week to do my own final text review and update the manuscript accordingly.

I have spent the last three days finalising layout to satisfy Create Space**.

… but the outcome of all of this is that Livia and the Corpuscles is ready to go. I have just ordered a proof copy which will be here in a week and a bit, so assuming that everything looks good I will probably throw this book out in front of a wider audience by the end of next week.

This is all very exciting.

[*] this story is remarkable for at least three things: it is a short story, which I almost never write; it’s a fantasy story, which is a bit outside my usual science fiction by quite a margin; and I wrote it longhand in my notebook. This was easier to work on when flying anything on the computer. Still, more on that another time.

[**] which was not actually hard or unreasonable, but I learned some lessons about cover layout in Inkscape.

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