As promised, the new novella, Eye of the Mother, #3 in the Dryden Universe series, is finally out there, a little paper boat struggling for room in the Amazon Sea. It’s available through Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and (eventually) Kobo as well. I’m not comfortable with an all the eggs in one basket scenario and I don’t much care for monopolies. So here are the links, if you’d care to take a look. And if you want to find out what this Dryden Universe thing is all about (and the other two titles in the series) please click here.
Eye of the Mother at Amazon Nook Kobo iTunes
This book has been a loooong time coming. Part of the reason is life. You know the one. Travel, health, that sort of thing. And the other is simple lack of confidence. There are so many books out there, so many writers jumping up and down yelling ‘pick me, pick me’. So much noise. So many people telling little old independent author me why I won’t succeed unless I do this, that and (payment please) the other. The way the system works reviews are an important part of how well a book does, but not many people are prepared to take the time. Then there are the internet trolls, brave humans (at least I think they’re humans) who hide behind the cloak of anonymity to heap scorn and destroy. And there’s piracy. People who steal your work and give it away – or even worse, sell it without paying any sort of royalty. Or other bottom-dwelling scum who steal a story, change a few words here and there, then publish it as their own work.
Even if it hasn’t happened to me (and most have), I know authors who have experienced all those circumstances. It all piles up, feather by feather, until the weight is suffocating and you wonder why you do this thing? Why bother to spend months writing and editing? Why bother to pay for a cover, and professional editing? Nobody cares, nobody reads the books, and if nobody reads them, there is no point. Which leads to ‘maybe I’m not very good at this; maybe I should stop.’
And yet the sales never dry up completely. For me, it’s a hobby; something to keep my mind ticking over and my fingers flexed. Sure, maybe a miracle will occur and one of my titles will ignite the internet world. But I’m not holding my breath. I’ve come to accept that I write space opera with a dollop of romance. Which, as I’ve mulled on before, tends to mean either not enough sex/romance or not enough science. Well, dudes, it is what it is. These days I do it for me. Rather like my traveller’s tales. I’m delighted that some people enjoyed the read, and like the photos, but for me it’s a personal history – places I’ve been, things that happened.
So I’ll keep writing. Admiral Jackson Prentiss’s story has passed twenty thousand words. It will be a full novel, and I’m having fun crafting my stories set in space, imagining new worlds. As usual, I’ve borrowed from history. I have a pretty good idea of what happens next, but one can never be certain. That’s part of the attraction of doing it.
If you’ve bought one of my books, thank you, most sincerely. I hope you enjoyed the read, which is the ultimate aim of any story teller.
And I couldn’t let the week go by without mentioning Brexit. If were a Brit I would have voted to leave. In fact, if I were given the opportunity to do so, I would vote to leave the UN. I believe both of these organisations were a great idea at the time. The original European Economic Community worked pretty well. The UN was always a toothless tiger with its veto component. The best recent illustration is the Syrian situation. The EU is a haven for overpaid bureaucrats in Brussels where people sitting in shiny office chairs make up regulations for situations they never experience. The cost to the member organisations (at least, those with any money, such as UK and Germany) is enormous.
A united Europe is a lovely idea. But I think everybody needs to take a backward step and work out how it could really work for everyone, instead of the top-heavy, non-democratic monolith the EU has become.
Oh – and all the economic fuss? That’s a nonsense. Right now NOTHING has happened, and isn’t likely to for quite some time. Go buy up the blue chip shares while they’re cheap. It’ll be a great investment.