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English is a very PHUNNY language

Language is a funny thing. And English is funnier / phunnier than most. Horseradish is another strange beast. Is it a particular favourite sauce amongst our equine friends? Is it made up of bits of horse-meat cunningly disguised? Perhaps we’re better not knowing . . .

I’m going to periodically try adding to this list of confusing words, just for the fun of it.

If you have some favourite barmy additions, put them in the comments.

This post could run and run.

300+ Global Ebook Outlets? It’s As Easy As One-Two-FREE!

As independents, we must all look to the future. I’ve certainly not heard of some of these sites, but I will try to find the time to check them out. Thanks to ebookbargainsuk for the post and tip-off.

Indies, we never know where our books might take off. I know I’m still waiting for my sales to explode in Japan as readers there are said to adore British mysteries. But perhaps they prefer books about a Britain as it was in the Golden Age?

Can anyone enlighten me if this is true?

Hachette/Amazon

Authors! To the barricades! Surely, together, we can come up with a form of Union to represent us and our interests? On our own, we have no voice, but as a group just think of the strength and confidence it would give us all.

If you’re tired of getting screwed, tired of desperately unfair contracts all in the publishers’ favour, maybe now is the time to do something about it.

With all the Hachette/Amazon hullabaloo, and all the astonishing changes in the way you can publish a book, it sounds the ideal time to organise an Authors’ Union and slip it under the wire as the official authorial voice before the publishing world realises it exists.

What do you think?

The end of an era

I think all self-published authors feel the same way as Jane, the OP (obviously apart from the best sellers!).

I don’t tweet or blog the life out of anyone; it’s counter-productive. I know how irritated I get if someone shouts: ‘Buy my book! Buy my book!’ every five minutes.

You have to be a little bit subtle. But what do you do when that doesn’t work either?

I’ve no idea. I’ve done my share of straw-clutching when this or that self-proclaimed kindle guru tells you that his idea is THE ONE. The one that will make all the difference.

But hey, we all read the same books on how to improve sales, so what difference can it really make?

Imagine if you didn’t really love writing and you discovered that being an author bears a lot of similarity to beating your head against the wall.

I know I couldn’t carry on without that basic love of words, the feel and the sound and the rhythm of them.

And when you manage to put them all together in a book-length work of fiction, it’s magic.

So I will just carry on, carrying on. How about you?

Leaving Reviews for Indie Authors

Pleas from thestoryreadingapeblog to review that book.

It needn’t take long. A few lines is fine. Try to play nice.

Hey, we;’re impoverished authors (they got that right!). We all need every bit of help we can get.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Excellent marketing advice from thestoryreadingapeblog.

Get those linking fingers clicking way more often!

Thanks, Chris.

Here’s the link to the post: http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/07/07/what-happens-next/comment-page-1/#comment-15121

The Research Into Author Incomes

This was originally posted on the blog WRITERLYWITTERINGS.

And, yes, it’s true what they say about the income of the majority of writers, as I know from personal experience. Before I turned indie, late in 2010, my writing income never rose much beyond the £5,000 a year mark. It was only my earnings from Public Lending Right that gave it a once-yearly boost.

That’s one of the reasons I made the decision to leave traditional publishing and go it alone as an indie. My earnings now, while still far from stratospheric, at least give me a reasonable living. Not a fortune at around three times what I used to earn as a trad. Far from the giddy heights of 2012 when sometimes I earned £4,000 A MONTH!

I was so unused to having such a wonderful amount of money coming in that I recklessly squandered most of it, buying new clothes, shoes, household furniture, etc. And then had to take out a loan to pay the taxman!

I’ve learned my lesson now. I even pay the taxman a monthly sum (rather than pay it into a savings account and earn a little interest) so as to keep myself ahead of the tax bills instead of behind and deeper in debt. At least I know I can’t get my hands on it!

Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

Don’t believe all the media outpourings about ‘Evil’ Amazon coming from the pens and lips of best-selling authors like James Patterson and Scott Turow. These people have high earnings to protect. They do not speak for me. They probably don’t speak for other mid-listed authors, either. Why not read on and discover there are two (or more) sides to every story. This post originally appeared on David Gaughran’s blog.

Ebook Fraud Alert: Spread the Word

Please spread the word about this.

Authors (myself included) work hard writing our books, trying to persuade people to buy them and generally get the word out. Most of us don’t earn a fortune. So it’s one thing to put up with piracy, which some authors contend helps their books and quite another to put up with this.

I’d be grateful if you would share this to your social media friends.

Thanks.

BUNDLE OF 1ST 4 EBOOKS IN RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN SERIES

4 JULY 2014

EBOOK BUNDLE OF THE FIRST FOUR NOVELS IN MY RAFFERTY & LLEWELLYN MYSTERY SERIES.

First Bundle I’ve ever done!

AT THE SPECIAL PRICE OF $4.99 / £2.91  FOR 3 DAYS, STARTING ON 4 AND ENDING ON 6 JULY 2014.

The Bundle of the first four novels in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series will be available from tomorrow morning on Amazon and within a few days at the other retailers.

  • Dead Before Morning #1
  • Down Among the Dead Men #2
  • Death Line #3
  • The Hanging Tree #4

Here’s the cover:

BUNDLES RandL BOOKS 1 TO 4 BEST COVER USE THIS

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The Author

Geraldine Evans is a British writer of police procedurals that contain a lot of humour and family drama Her15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series features DI Joe Rafferty, a London-Irish, working-class, lapsed Catholic, who comes from a family who think - if he must be a policeman - he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Her 2-strong Casey & Catt series features DCI 'Will' Casey, a serious-minded, responsible policeman, whose 'the Sixties never died', irresponsible, drug-taking, hippie parents, pose particular problems of the embarrassing kind.

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