With the new season of Game of Thrones about to unleash itself on a ravenous and insatiable fan base, I thought it would be an apt time to explore the relationship between author and reader, in particular reference to book series. Do authors really owe their readers and fans the next novel at the expense of everything else, or are we a just a bunch of self-entitled content junkies demanding our next fix?
With Wonder Woman getting so much attention from the media, grandly declaring her debut solo film as ‘at last, a female action hero!’ (an accolade which was quickly derided on social media with lots of photos of Ripley, Buffy, Xena, Sarah Conner et al), I thought I’d go back and share some thoughts on my own female hero from my youth – V’s Juliet Parrish.
I’ve been nominated by Debbie Jinks for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’, where a character in one of my novels has to answer ten questions about themselves. I’ve chosen Rowena Schoier, the wife of Caden, a politician in the Ministry of Reproduction. She has her own plans for the fate of the world.
Out now on Amazon! Winner of the New Apple Summer Ebooks Awards – best sci-fi dystopian!
Imagine a future where the population has crashed, civilisation is crumbling and gene editing is the only way to have children. Would your ethics, views and beliefs still be the same, and would you trust those in charge to do what’s best for humanity, no matter the cost? Welcome to In Vitro Lottery, out now on Amazon!
Before we start, apologies for the clickbait title. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the last twelve months it’s that negative headlines get a lot more attention than positive ones. You clicked on it, after all!
But what else have I discovered in my voyage into the minefield-strewn world of writing and book marketing, and how was In Vitro Lottery received (if at all) by the reviewing and buying public? Read on to find out! Continue reading
The downside of that, of course, is a massive increase in competition. Instead of a shop with hundreds of books vying for readers’ attention, there are hundreds of thousands on Amazon. It’s a bookstore of near-infinite shelves, and if you’re not at the front table, it’s a journey you have to persuade your customers to make.