Paperback Proof Editing: Blindsighted

It’s that time once again. Time to go through a paperback proof copy of my next book – in this case, it’s Blindsighted.

I did this with my last book, The Next Stage, and it really helped me pick up on some errors that I had missed entirely when going through my digital drafts.

When I go through it, I spend my time highlighting things that I want to change and mark the pages with little sticky notes, so it’s easier for me to find what I need to alter on the digital version.

At this time with TNS, I was almost ready for release, and I’m at that same stage with Blindsighted.

I’m not sure how long it will take me to go through the paperback proof, so I still don’t have a firm release date, but I’m hoping that it will be some time in the next couple of months – so stay tuned for further updates.

At this time, it’s probably a good idea to share with you what Blindsighted is all about and show you the cover.


When Nathan and his mother move into their dream home, they think their days are looking up.

But when Nathan starts to experience visions of a man with no eyes stalking him, their dream home soon becomes a nightmare.

Soon he starts to see a mysterious ghostly boy that seems to be guiding him towards something. Can Nathan make sense of what the boy is trying to tell him before the sinister man gets too close, or will he disappear as others have?


Monday Writing Update

Just a quick update today as we’re off for our pre-plaster inspection of our new house.

When I get back to writing, I’ll be continuing with my second draft of Blindsighted. Last week I got around halfway through and even managed to add an extra 4000 or so words for the extra bits I wanted to add.

The extra bits are just small additions to the story to make it read a little better and give the story a bit more depth. So far it’s meant the addition of a couple of chapters and will probably mean another few will be added too.

In the background, I’ve also been tweaking the cover a little bit too. I’ll reveal at a later date.

I’m also happy to see that another 5-star review for The Next Stage has come in over the weekend too.

I hope you’re week is a good one. I’ll see you for the next post on Wednesday.

Cover Second Thoughts

Monday, Monday, Monday.

I’m back to writing this week after all the fun last week, what with pain meds knocking me into a parallel universe and ending up in hospital with an excruciating migraine.

Well, I say back to writing…last night I got thinking about the cover for The Next Stage. I know, I know, I’ve archived all the files, and I should be moving on and concentrating on new things, but I got it stuck in my head, so I had to do something about it.

I was thinking that although I do like the simplistic cover, I’ve always felt that something was missing. I didn’t want to move away from simple – simple seems to be what my covers are all about – but I felt like I could make it a bit better, and maybe doing so would make a few more people take a look at what it’s all about.

So, this morning I did a bit of messing about with colours, fonts and images and I’ve come up with something a bit different.

This is what it looks like now;

I’m just uploading and changing the cover art in the various different places that the book is available, so hopefully, soon you should see a difference on their site pages. I’ll also update on the Books page on this blog.

Now that they’re all changed – or in the process of changing – I can now get back on to actual writing.

I’m currently focusing on my ghost story at the minute, but I’ve also had some thought about a story that is tentatively called Dreams. Dreams will be another sci-fi story, but it may (or may not) have some horror elements too. I’ve not done a great deal on it so far, having only written the first chapter, but I’ve got a lot of ideas of where I can take the story. I guess we’ll see how it turns out.

Reviews for The Next Stage are still steadily coming in, and I’m happy to say that they’re still all 5-stars. I’ve also had a few ideas of where I might be able to take a possible prequel or sequel to this book, so keep an eye out for updates on that too.

Anyway, that’s it for the blog today. Hopefully, I’ll have more updates on Wednesday.

The Evil Without & Book Update

The latest horror game that my Twitter followers voted for me to play was The Evil Within. Unfortunately, for some reason, I can’t get the damn thing to work. I was getting very frustrated with it so I decided to start the next on the list which was White Night.

I started playing White Night back in 2015, and I only got a little bit into chapter 2. As with most of the horror games, I just didn’t have the nerves for it, and because you spend a lot of time in the dark or trying to find matches and light switches to scare away the apparitions, I just couldn’t get all that far in.

This time, however, I’m actually getting into it. I love the art style of it. It’s mostly in black and white the only light you tend to get it from matches, candles, or the odd electric light. If you stray too far into the darkness of the house, the apparitions will get you; these are just terrifying in the way they move about. Sometimes you can use an electric light to ‘kill’ them to allow you access to other areas and collectibles, but you’re generally running around with a match, and God help you if you run out of matches, if you do, you’re pretty screwed.

I’ll keep playing this until I finish it, and then I’ll give The Evil Within another try. I just hope I can get it to work because I’m on a roll with horror games at the minute and want to get as many played as I can before my brain says nope again.

In between playing, I’m still working on The Next Stage. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I’ve now received my proof paperback copies, so I’m currently just going through it to make some minor formatting alterations before I release it.

I’m really pleased with how this book has turned out, and I now feel like the last 2 years of working on it have been entirely worth it. I hope that when it releases, readers enjoy following Kell through Washington and can immerse themselves in the world that I’ve created around the characters.

The release is still set for 26th October, and once I’ve done with the tweaks I’m working on, I’m going to make the Kindle version available for pre-order, and the paperback will follow not long after.

When it’s up, I’ll post another update on how to find it, so keep an eye out.

The Next Stage: Paperback Proofs

The Next Stage paperback proofs have just arrived, and they look better than I could ever have thought they would. I’m really pleased with the quality, and I think my decision to go with a simple cover works very well.

Next week I’ll spend my time going through it and making a few changes to formatting etc. There’s not all that much that needs to be done, so the release date I had in mind (26th October) will still be what I’m aiming for. I might also put the Kindle version up for preorder if any wants to get in there first.

I’ll do some more updates throughout the week, but for now, here’s the cover I went with;

The Next Stage is Coming Soon

I’ve not only been playing games over the past few weeks, but I’ve also been working on my next book, which if you didn’t already know, is called The Next Stage.

I’ve been going over my fifth draft to iron any issues and tidy things up a bit, and now I’m happy enough with that I’m getting ready for release.

I ordered the proof copies the other day, and they should be here by the 15th October, which is good because I’m hoping for a release date of the 26th October (for reasons) so I’ll have a couple of weeks to double-check everything and make sure it’s all good.

I’ve made some changes to the cover art as what I was trying to do didn’t really work, so I’ve gone with a more simplistic cover hoping that when it’s printed, it will look better.

Once I’m happy with it all, I’ll give another update on the release (hopefully it won’t change from the 26th) and probably reveal the simplified cover art.

Cover Design

I decided to take the day off from editing The Next Stage today and do some work on the cover.

When I did the Creatures cover;

I tried to do a few different things, but for one reason or another, I just couldn’t get it to work. I’d already worked on the text that is on there now and just wanted something to go with it that would mean something to the plot, but alas, I didn’t find anything that worked so I just went with the minimalistic look.

For The Next Stage, though, I wanted to actually put some effort into the cover and even – despite my poor skills – draw something for it myself.

I originally wanted to do something similar to the below;

Yes, this is my face.

And then, because I dragged my feet so much on this book, this happened;

Yup, Detroit. It had precisely the same cover I was going for and even had some of the same kind of plots points as I had written, to make matters worse it was a fantastic game too.

So I went back to The Next Stage and made some changes and began to rethink my cover ideas.

I’m at the stage now where I think I’m almost done with the editing so it seemed like a good point to work some more on the cover.

I’d already drawn the design that I wanted to use;

I spent today working on colours, arrangement and fonts. It took me a while to get it to somewhere I was happy with it so I’m hoping it looks good on the final product.

I’m not going to reveal the cover just yet as I still have some work to do on it but I thought I’d show you a few of the designs that didn’t make the cut.

And this was a particular favourite but it didn’t quite work as just text…