December 21st, 2015 |
As the title says this is a begging post. Sorry about that but it’s got to be done.
As you may know I was made redundant in June 2014 and ever since I’ve been bouncing from temporary job to temporary for the eighteen month since. This is exhausting and stressful in a way that a stable job never was and it’s really cutting into my writing time. This is why Dragon Wars installments are so much shorter now and why Damkina and Haventon are fortnightly not weekly.
To make matters worse my most recent temporary job just ended right before Christmas and my savings are virtually gone. I am looking for work, I have great experience, an excellent CV and have some interviews lined up but there’s no guarantees and this is bloody scary.
There has never been a better time for my writing to start to paying for itself.
So if you want to pledge a few pennies to my Patreon I’ve updated the goals as follows (Note these are total monthly pledges not per person pledges):
$25/month: This target will pay for the website costs – kind of important if I am to keep posting. Currently The Haventon Chronicles Book 2 and The Whisper of Damkina are serializing on Wednesdays on alternate weeks. Once we reach $25/month total subscriptions and the first month has gone in I will start posting both of them weekly again.
$50/month: Now we’re covering my internet and phone costs as well. Once we reach this level of support I will post a chapter of Shattered – my traditional fantasy WIP on Patreon once a month for Patrons only.
$100/month: While far from any livable target this is the level where my writing is paying for itself. This will cover not only the website costs but also the costs of preparing my books for publication. At this point I will start up Shattered installments to once a fortnight on Patreon and begin publishing it monthly on the website.
$250/month: This is the point at which you begin to impact my day to expenses while far from enough live on this amount of money would allow me to start saving more money for emergencies. Patrons will now get Shattered weekly and it will be released fortnightly on the website.
Now if you don’t want to make a monthly pledge but would like to send me a one off donation as a Christmas gift I do I have paypal (You can see the button in the top corner) and am offering a few perks to encourage you.
- All people who donate will receive a mention on the update page and a thank you email.
- If you donate £3 or more you can also have your choice of one my ebooks emailed to you.
- If you donate £10 or more you will get a thank you card in the post from me.
- If you’re really generous and donate £25 or more I will send you a signed paperback edition of one of my books with enclosed thank you card.
Or of course you can buy my books from Amazon and other places. Links for Haventon. Links for Dragon Wars.
If you can’t afford monetary support that’s fine. I really understand being short of money.
- Tell your friends how much you love my work ( and tell your enemies you hate it so they’ll read it to spite you).
- Review my work in the venue of your choice.
- Offer your services – Trix and Torvawk really help by doing beta reading and Tony who does my ebook formatting saves me a packet.
- Just keep reading. Readers make me happy. Comment if you want.
Whatever you can do to help I love all my readers. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
October 16th, 2015 |
I’m about to send the manuscript of Haventon Book 1 off to the ebook formatter and I’m looking to have it up and ready to buy before Halloween. Hopefully by the 25th October.
So I need to ask you a couple of questions. I’m doing them as polls as I seem to get a better level of response that way.
Thanks in advance.
Will you be buying a copy Haventon Born?
If yes would you be willing to make your purchase on launch day to help generate a bit of buzz?
October 8th, 2015 |
So here it is as promised. The Cover reveal for The Haventon Chronicles Book One: Haventon Born. Cover Art by Roman Hodek.
What do you think?
October 2nd, 2015 |
Hello loyal readers,
Just an update on where I’m at and what’s happening. Mostly good news and a bit of begging.
Whisper and Haventon returning!
I’ve spent the last few weeks carefully building up Buffer on both Haventon and Whisper an now have a fair bit of each, so they will be returning as of Wednesday 7th October. So as not to overreach myself both will be updating fortnightly on Wednesday on alternating weeks starting with Haventon.
Patreon and Paypal
Nothing critical or dire but I am between jobs again so now would be a very good time to it the paypal button if you like my stuff. Or if you’d like to back me more regularly consider backing my Patreon.
Only one pre-reader needs to get Havnton book 1 back to me and I can start prepping for release. The cover is already visible to Patreon backers and I will do a public reveal here next week.
I’m hoping to get t out for the end of October (Vampires, werewolves, halloween – excellent) and I’d love to ask you to help with marketing of it. If you read book one either on here or as a pre-reader and could make a one line review suitable for use in a book trailer I’d be really grateful. If you want to leave it in the comments here, please.
So that’s where things stand at the moment.
February 5th, 2015 |
I’m know several of you are wondering when Haventon Book 2 Lord of the Wolves will start posting. I can now answer that question.
The answer is Tomorrow (5th February 2015).
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that posting will be sporadic. I will post each chapter on the Thursday after it is finished but I cannot guarantee that it will be weekly or even fortnightly – all I can say is that I’ll attempt to get up at least one chapter a month, hopefully more, and these will be full not part chapters. So you’ll have to keep an eye out for new posts.
In other news – just in case you missed it – I currently have $33/month worth of pledges on my Patreon. If we reach $50/month I’ll start posting Shattered (a tradtional fantasy of which I have 20 chapters written) once a fortnight. To wet your appetite you can read Chapter One here. If you want to read it please consider becoming a Patron. Thanks!
December 5th, 2014 |
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The news turned out to be reporting only the barest of facts about the meeting but the tone was mostly positive. After they’d watched it, Sonia gave a relieved sigh and nodded to herself.
“Well, he hasn’t sold us down the river yet, at least,” she said. “I’ll check again later. Let’s go and see how Kayleigh and Robert are doing while you father is cooking dinner.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 24th, 2014 |
… And as usual I will be taking part as I have every year since 2005 (and I’ve won every year except last year and even then I wrote over 40k words in a month). This year I want to do something different. I want to give you – my readers – the chance to read my NaNoWriMo tale as I write (yes, we’re talking daily or near daily posts). Before we get to that bit let’s talk about the story itself.
I’m going to be writing a Superhero story. It doesn’t have a title yet but here’s the blurb:
Superpowers and superheroes aren’t real. They belong in fiction not reality. Everyone knows that. Sienna Munroe certainly knows it.
Or at least she thinks she does until the day an explosion shakes her home town and a strange mist engulfs it. While trying to get an injured friend help in the aftermath Sienna and her friends are attacked by a man and Sienna throws him backwards and knocks him out with just her mind.
Now she doesn’t know what to think but a paramilitary group is hunting down and murdering other people who manifested powers during the disaster so she needs to do something and quickly.
That sounds great, Becka, you say. (At least I hope you do). Now how can we read it as you write it?
Now that’s thing:
I’m going to be making a separate wordpress blog for it on wordpress.com and the posts will password protected. All Patrons (at all levels) as of 31st October 2014, my beta readers, and Tony who does my ebook layouts will be sent the password automatically but anyone else will need to donate at least $5 before November 30th to have access. Otherwise you’ll have to wait for me to edit it stick it into the schedule for serialization on the main website. The money thus raised will go towards the Dragon Wars Saga book 3 edit.
If we raise $300 (after which I will not need to do a separate crowdfunding campaign for Book 3) I will remove the passwords and make it accessible to everyone. Yes I will count the Patreon money for November towards this total. If you want to donate either become a patron (but only if you intend to give monthly, please) or donate via paypal.
Hopefully you’re all interested but I guess we’ll find out. 😀
(Edit: Adding a progress ticker for the monies… Patreon amounts will be added to the total in early November once they are processed.)
July 27th, 2014 |
So here’s the thing. As you all know I’m on a publicity drive right now (hence the requests for votes on TWF etc at the end of every post at the moment).
I’m considering an author reading on Google Hangouts, Skype or similar (likely Hangouts). After the reading the guests could ask questions and suchlike. All Patrons and recent donators would be invited to join and (presuming we’re using Hangouts) it’ll stream live to Youtube for non-invitees to watch (otherwise it’ll be uploaded later). I’m guessing the whole thing will last about an hour.
So please answer the following in comments if you wish:
1. Would you be interested in this?
2. If you are and you’re not a patron how much would you be willing to drop in the hat to get access to the hangout rather than just watching on Youtube.
3. If you are interested would you like it to be a monthly event?
Yes this is similar to the $25/month perk on my Patreon but I’m thinking that might be better as an all Patrons thing so I’m also looking coming up with a better idea for the $25 dollar/month perk. Something like a side story written just for you at the rate of 500 words/month? Thoughts?
Another related – but slightly more complicated idea – would anyone be interested in hosting me for a virtual author appearance?
This would involve no money but instead you’d invite friends who you think might be interested in my book around to your place and we’d link up via Hangouts or Skype again. The structure would be similar – reading and questions and I’d send you some leaflets with links the website and places the books can be bought. There’s some details of the idea I need to work out yet but would anyone be willing?
I’m also crowdsourcing publicity ideas. Which is a posh way of saying do you have any ideas on how to spread the word?
Thanks again for being readers!
June 22nd, 2014 |
Many of you have been with me since the start and thus know that I’ve been posting The Dragon Wars Saga twice a week without fail since the 4th January 2010. I’ve also posted all of the first novel of my paranormal fantasy series “The Haventon Chronicles” and I’m currently posting a Science Fantasy Space Opera Serial “The Whisper of Damkina”.
The only money I’ve got out of this so far is from the crowdfunding campaigns to fund book versions of the first two arcs of the Dragon Wars Saga, a few book sales and a couple of donations. This didn’t bother me since I had a decently paid day job.
Unfortunately from 30th June 2014 the day job is going away.
The company I work for is restructuring and closing the site I work at. I have a decent severance package so I’m not panicking (much) but this is obviously far from an ideal situation since I’m competing with around 500 other people who’ve also been made redundant for what jobs there are out there.
If there was ever a time to start making a living from my writing this is it. At the very least it needs to start paying for itself.
So I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask my readers.
You read my stuff so you presumably enjoy it, so if you have some spare pennies each month (I know not everyone does) consider pledging some of them to me each month to help me pay my web hosting and living expenses. If you don’t have any money scroll down for other ways you can help.
You can do this via my Patreon Page in US dollars.
I also have donation buttons for Euros and Pounds for people who prefer to give a fixed amount in one of those currencies – just tick the box to make it monthly. (Fair caveat while I’ll happily give paypal subscribers access to the Patreon perks at the correct level based on current exchange rates (so check out the Patreon Page anyway) I can’t really count it towards unlocking the site stretch goals as keeping track would be confusing). If you want a button in another currency just ask. (Also sorry about the layout issues – the code is being a pain. Select the button below the italic text).
If you don’t have any money to spare and you want to help then spread the word about my stuff. Word of mouth is the best marketing.
- Tell your friends how much you love my stuff
- Tell your enemies how much you hate my stuff and would never give me money X-D
- Write reviews of my books
- Signal boost on social media
And now for your edification a video of me looking fat and saying much what I’ve said in this post. Thank you for your time.
June 2nd, 2014 |
Just a few bits of news.
I finally got book 2 up at all the usual venues. Check out the Books page for links.
I’m starting an author newsletter. It won’t be an everyday thing, I’m thinking probably once a month – maybe less – and will contain links to upcoming book releases, excerpts of works in progress that aren’t being posted on the website, and general news about my writing. There’s a signup form in the sidebar so please consider subscribing.
I’m thinking of starting a Patreon page. Would people donate if I did? I’m being made redundant from my day job at the end of this month so now would be a good time for me to start making money at this if I can.
Thanks again for reading my stuff!