Fantasy Tracker Series #1 – Rider

My first fantasy “Rider”, Book One of the Tracker Series will be published on 2/1/2016.


Never admit to seeing ichur, the silvery residue of magic spells. Not if you want to stay under the radar of the Councillors of Convane.

Swift, a purebred tracker horse who can smell the smallest trace of ichur, can also remove the magic energy from any human or talisman.

Dallas, rider of Swift, knows how to create a spell without leaving residue, even if he is not a trained mage.

Neither Dallas or Swift admit to seeing and using the magic energy. If they did, Dallas would have his ability to see ichur removed, and Swift would be given to an approved mage by order of the council.

A new fantasy series including mages, dragons, tracker horses and more.

The links for preorder will be updated by Tift Publishing as they come available here.

Sneak Peek at New Cover

I am busy with editing and designing the cover, ready for the print version of my first fantasy in a new series called Tracker to be published.

As usual I struggle with writing blurbs or cover copy to entice readers to pick up my stories. So, the cover copy, along with the rest of the cover may change before “Rider” is ready to publish.

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My Results From Learning How To Market.

I used the steps outlined by Nick Stevenson (I mentioned in the last blog post) for my Sensing Danger series (3 books).

It worked, if not as much as I hoped. I have downloads happening. I may discuss numbers in another blog post when I have more data.

What I noticed, my other stories sold a lot more since I made Sensing Danger 1: Rescue free. I believe others call it the “halo effect”. It seems that when readers look at the Sensing Danger page, they must click on “other books by same author”, and purchase one of them. Read more »

Marketing Ideas for Indie Writers

You must do the following before marketing.

Write a good story, get it copy edited, format correctly, including an interesting blurb, and eye catching (appealing to readers of the correct genre) cover.
Place it in the correct genre, using correct metadata search words.
Upload to all sites, not just Amazon Select.
Create a POD file and upload to Createspace, and select all channels, as well as price correctly for bookstores to get their discount.

Now what? Read more »

A Storytime Bloghop Treat

I thought I should let you all know of a wonderful Storytime Bloghop happening at the moment by some writer friends of mine.

If you like FREE flash fiction with surprising endings, then hop over to Katharinea Gerlach’s blog and check out her flash fiction story.

At the bottom is a list of links to other writer blogs with one of their own flash fiction stories, all about 500 odd words so each story is a quick read.

Have fun.

I did. :-) And I can’t wait to read more about some of the many different characters.





Another Scribus 1.4.3 Tip

I have just emerged into normal life from over 2 weeks using Scribus to create three 5×8” sized print interior pdfs of my latest series release Sensing Danger.

The first three interior layouts were wrong, because when I created the master pages I incorrectly typed one measurement. Yes, because I did not check the measurements I entered for the first two master pages before I imported to the next two files, I had to repeat the whole process a second time for the three interior layouts. Read more »

Putting Nick Stevenson’s Marketing Steps into Place

I mentioned in another blog that Nick Stevenson has steps to get readers to sign up to the author’s mailing list.

I put his steps into place for my Sensing Danger series, such as offering the first in the series Free so my readers could find me without a cost to them, then if they finished the story and liked it, they could sign up to my mailing list and receive the second in the series as a thank you for singing up.

I updated the cover for book 1, created the covers for book 2 and 3, and uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon.

The ebook series is now available in Smashwords and rolled out to the other sites. Read more »

Ongoing Learning

I have been quiet for the past few weeks, other than my guest blogs, because I have been busy.

I just finished a six week workshop called Advanced Depth created by Dean Wesley Smith which continues on from where Writing With Depth workshop left off. Both workshops teach how to get the reader down into the story from the first sentence through to the end of each scene and keeps them reading until the end of the story. Read more »

My Next Indie Published Guest

My next Indie Published guest is Katharina Gerlach.

Katharina Gerlach was born in Germany in 1968. She and her three younger brothers grew up in the middle of a forest in the heart of the Luneburgian Heather. After romping through the forest with imagination as her guide, the tomboy learned to read and disappeared into magical adventures, past times or eerie fairytale woods. Read more »

How Another Indie Author Got Started

My next guest, Elizabeth McCleary, to talk about her path to indie publishing, describes herself as follows:

I’m an author writing fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, and occasion other kinds of stories that strike my fancy or my funnybone. I explore worlds of wonder and possibility. I strive to see the good in the world, the magical in the mundane, the light in the darkness, and the transcendent in the ordinary. Read more »

How One Indie Author Got Started

In my last blog I showed my path to Indie Publishing, and asked some other authors if they were interested in answering my list of questions on their path to Indie publishing.

My first guest is Thea van Diepen, a Canadian obsessed with Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and the inner workings of the mind. If you want to learn more about Thea, visit her Amazon page.

I will now let Thea tell you her Indie Publishing journey in her own words. Read more »

How Some Indie Publishers Got Started Their Way

I decided to ask some other Indie Authors if they would like to guest blog on this site.

Then I decided I had better answer the questions first, so others can get an idea of my path to publishing before they added their path to Indie Publish as a guest blog.

How Did You Get Started In Indie Publishing?

I got tired of waiting for my favorite authors to put out more books so decided to write my own stories while I waited. Then I uploaded one short story when Smashwords started and was surprised at the number of downloads, so edited my novels and put them up on Smashwords. Read more »

IndieReCon 2015 is over for another year.

IndieReCon 2015 is over for another year.

If you missed the Indie writing conference, it was full on with talks from many varied aspects of publishing, with a new video talk or blog post every hour. Also, each article conveniently listed Australian Eastern Standard time, so it saved me checking on the World Clock to make sure I didn’t miss reading the questions and asking questions in Google + while the video talk happened. Read more »

Finding Your Readers By Writing Series

I have heard everyone say over the past five years that you must know your readers, advertise to your readers and build an Email List to advise your readers of your latest publications. Yes, it works for non fiction but not so much for fiction.

I know from various places that quoted impressive numbers of pages opened, pages read, pages where links were clicked, etc, that Email Lists are the best advertising to existing readers. Note the word existing readers, not new readers.

So, I have been reading up on how to get one of these Email Lists going before I can figure out who are my readers. Read more »

Sneak Peek Galaxy Freight Cover

I have been working on a cover for a collection of six Science Fiction novelettes for a print copy, and am excited with what I have done so far.

With the help of some other writers, I decided to call it an Omnibus, rather than a collection, because a collection relates to short stories and from the word count, five are novelettes and one is a novella. Read more »

Scribus Image Tip

I discovered a problem when I tried to upload Machani Diplomat Interior PDF File to Createspace. This was the first Interior PDF that I included an image. I was advised that an image inside the Interior PDF file was 90 dpi and needed to be 300 dpi. As I only had the one image I knew which image the error message was referring to. However, I created the map and I knew it was 300 dpi so I went looking for a way to fix the problem.

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Next Tip for Scribus 1.4.3

I have been busy editing my latest book Machani Diplomat, but the wait is almost over.

The Smashwords and Amazon formatted files are ready to upload to the sites as soon as I get the POD interior layout finished.

However, the cover is finally taking shape, so I thought I would give you a look at the cover, now I have finished playing around with the title font. You might notice I included the translators I created in Blender into the image. Read more »

Building Spaceships

I decided, while waiting for my beta readers to finish my last two stories, to work on covers for the two stories. I drew a translator, an alien flying orb that translates English and other languages into Machani, the aliens in my latest novel.

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Produce or Procrastinate?

I had what I think was a productive week, now my cough has settled down and I have more energy.

I edited the latest novel draft and sent off to a beta reader.

I edited a previous novella draft and gave to a beta reader who had been patiently hanging out for the second story in the Sensing Danger series. Read more »


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