To quote the great PG Wodehouse, “It has been well said that an author who expects results from a first novel is in a position similar to that of a man who drops a rose petal down the Grand Canyon of Arizona and listens for the echo.”
The story is my “Wars of the Roses with demons” novel – part murder mystery, part fantasy, part historical novel, it falls between pretty much every stool you can imagine. It’s called An Inquisition of Demons, and it’s published under my own name, with a snazzy cover designed by Margaret. It normally retails for the shockingly good value of 99 cents, but right now – from Sunday till Thursday – it’s on a free promotion, so it can be downloaded it for nothing.
Should you decide to give it a go – and quite frankly, it would be rude not to – and if you like it, I have just two requests to make: can you pass on the information to anyone you think might be interested – and can you give it a review on Amazon, please? You see, books by unknown authors need two things to get them started in life: firstly, lots of downloads (not a big surprise, really); and positive reviews. So the more reviews it gets, the better. Obviously, though, I’m not asking you to imperil your immortal soul by telling fibs; (coughs behind hand). Well, not much. A teeny bit, perhaps. Nothing your soul can’t handle, if you’ve lived a good life. (What’s that? Oh.)
As I plan to publish my other books on kindle over the next 2-3 years – the next one will come out in September – we’ve revamped the Ganseys.com website slightly. This is mostly so the book stuff doesn’t interfere with the gansey stuff (which is after all the main reason we’re all here). I’ve added a general section for my writing, and there’s a Q & A page dedicated to the background of this novel, for the curious.
Speaking of knitting, it’s been another week of steady progress. I’m over 13 inches up the body now, at the point where a young man’s thoughts turn to gussets (well, it is spring after all – it usually snows in spring, right?). Because of the way the pattern worked out, I’m thinking of letting the seam stitches run all the way through the centre of the gussets, if I can make it work. At present the hard part is knitting what feels like a collapsed bright red parachute, still with the parachutist inside.
Right. I’m off to check on my sales ranking (this morning I was the number 44,935 bestseller on kindle – the only way is, quite possibly, up!) – and listen out for that echo…