Journey’s end – well almost!

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The end of the final chapter of Céleste’s tale is in sight. I now have to decide which one of a number of endings I have in mind, is the one I eventually settle upon.

Decisions, decisions…

I freely admit, it’s not often that I wish I could carry on writing a particular story quite literaly for ever. But in this instance, that’s exactly how I feel. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Céleste as I do with each of my heroines, every time I write a new story. Nothing unusual there.

As for how I feel about her fellow travellers, Rieko, Andreas, Flávia, Lukas and David, ours is the kind of love/hate relationship familiar to everyone at work or at home. You will understand what I mean when you are able read the Ebook version for yourselves in a few short weeks from now, after I’ve reformatted and checked it one last time, prior to publishing.

Back to the choice of ending – do I allow them to all live happily ever after? Perhaps one or more of them dies? Maybe something untoward happens to my darling Céleste?

Whoa, that last one is not going to happen!

If you think for one moment that I would allow anyone or anything to harm a hair on her beautiful head, you can forget it! I mean to say, would you wish her harm, or any woman come to that? I could never bring myself to think along those lines in real life, let alone in this instance for crying out loud!

“Oh for god’s sake Eason, get a grip!” I hear you cry.

I know, I know, Céleste is only a figment of my imagination, but even so… When it comes to the female of the species, real or imaginary, I’m a romantic, so shoot me!

Back to business – apart from the first two options, I have a few more possibilities up my metaphoric sleeve. Then again, perhaps I could simply leave the story hanging, inferring there was more to come?

In that regard, at the moment for a sequel to be on the cards depends on whether or not all of you liked reading Céleste’s tale of love, hate, revenge and danger among the stars in the first place.

In other words, if after reading it, let us say that between fifty and a hundred of you spread the word by positively reviewing the novella on your own blogs and anywhere else you can think of, preferably before you think of including it on Amazon, by telling everyone how much you loved reading the book, in return I’ll be more than happy to oblige you with a sequel. Whether or not I eventually publish a paperback version, also depends on how the Ebook is received.

Thanks folks, that’s all for now. I’ve got some more thinking to do…

Love you all, take care,

Jack

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Just a friendly word of warning

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Whenever anyone is accused of misspelling a word by a self rightious, some might even say pig ignorant, grammar nazi, especially one living somewhere in the United States where what passes for English is nothing more or less than a mishmash of several long since dead seventeenth century English dialects and ways of spelling, those of us who actually write and converse using the genuine article, can be forgiven for seeing red occasionally and lashing out in defence of our language!

So grammar nazis, I would strongly suggest that you think long and hard before you feel tempted to open your big mouth to pull someone up for the way they spell a word, unless you wish to become publically exposed as a total ignoramus. The ball is entirely in your court…

Now Read Derek’s thoughts on the subject

Musiville Needs Your Love: Free Download

Come on people, help my friend Nicholas out. 😉

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Musiville, the second children’s book in the award-winning Niditales series created by Dimitris Fousekis and me, will be free between January 27th and 31st on Amazon.

This is to to encourage people to review the book, so if you’ve read it and enjoyed it, please consider reviewing on Amazon and Goodreads.

Also, sharing the news would be fantastic, especially since after the promo ends, the book will no longer be available to read in its entirety on my blog.

Many thanks to everyone who has already read and reviewed it! You guys are the best 🙂

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Finding your writer’s voice

Finding your writer’s voice

On finding your voice as a writer…

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“To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
—Allen Ginsberg, WD

A writer’s voice can be an illusive thing. It is easy to see when you are not using it, but hard to know you have found it unless you are an experienced writer with enough books under your belt to be comfortable in being quintessentially you.

You often instinctively know when you are allowing your conscious fears to get in the way of what you really want to say, but it can be so difficult to do something about it. Whether it is word choice, style choice, character choice, or some other choice you are smothering, it can be really hard to quash you inner critique and just let the inner writer out.

So what is the definition of a writer voice?

The writer’s voice is the individual writing style of an author, a combination of their common usage…

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Yet another case of don’t believe everything you read!

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In the last few days various articles have appeared, designed to scare the pants off some authors, particularly those who don’t bother to clean up their book(s) in their rush to publish on Amazon via KDP. All of the articals are nothing more or less than total BS, aided and abetted by one Michael Kozlowski, the founder of Good E-Reader, a man known for posting and encouraging imflammatory clickbait!!!

If you copy and paste the following internet address onto Goggle or whichever other search engine you prefer – johndopp.com/writer/ – and read the second listed article, you will learn what’s actually going to happen. Its got damn all to do with typos.

PS – a note for the one or two individuals out there who, lets be kind and just say that you can be a bit slow on the uptake can’t you – DON’T TRY CLICKING ON THE ABOVE INTERNET ADDRESS YOU IDIOT! IF YOU DO, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. GOT IT?

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Sorry about that folks, but one person commented yesterday wanting to know why when they clicked on what they took to be a video, that it didn’t work, even though its blindingly obvious that its just a record for crying out loud! I really despair at times when dealing with some people, I really do…

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How to Price your E-book to Both Get New Readers and Make a Profit

Our Nicholas on Ebook pricing 🙂

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This is a recurring theme, as I’ve already posted twice on the subject: Pricing your ebook: Is free the new paid? and How to price your Indie book both deal with this.

I’m writing about it again, as Written Word Media recently published an excellent post on pricing one’s e-book. As Taylor, its author, points out, the answer depends on whether your immediate goal is to reach new readers and generate sales (along, presumably, with reviews), or to make a profit.

Price your e-book at $0.99 to maximize readership

If you’re looking for ways to increase your book/author rank and generate reviews, This graph explains why $0.99 is the best price to reach new readers, with $1.99 not far behind:

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Written Word Media

Price your e-book at $4.99 to maximize revenue

Amazon skews the results here by offering authors 35% of the earning for prices under $2.99, and 70% over that. As a…

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