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.

Description:

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?

Cover:

The Next Stage; 100! (Bonus Entry)

It’s been a little under two months since The Next Stage released in Kindle and paperback form. Today it an amazing milestone.

It now has over 100 ratings on Goodreads, and every single damn one of them is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It has now overtaken Creatures with number of reviews and rating average.

This, to me, is a huge thing to happen and something that I never even thought would happen. When it 50 reviews and they were all ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I thought that was amazing, but hitting 100 is phenomenal.

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I had started work on the second book in the series. I’ve done an outline, and I’ve already started writing -so far I’m up to just over 4000 words, so it’s slowly getting up steam. I think I’ve for a pretty solid story so I’m hoping it’ll follow in the footsteps of the first one and be something that readers enjoy.

Below are all the places you can pick up a copy for yourself along with the Goodreads page.

Amazon

Google Books

Apple Books

Lulu

Kobo

Goodreads

Thank you to all who have bought it so far, especially those that have reviewed it. I hope many more people will enjoy it.

5 Stars! (Bonus Blog)

I just wanted to thank everyone who has so far read The Next Stage. Especially those that have rated it on Goodreads. It now stands at an average of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ with 50 ratings. I can’t believe that it has gone down this well with people and you’re actually enjoying it.

If you haven’t yet read it, you can find everywhere where it’s available over on the books page of this blog.

By way of celebration of this I’m making it available for free on Kindle on Friday 11th December. If you would like it sooner on Google or Apple Books, let me know, and I’ll send you a promo code.

Thank you again. It gives me more motivation to continue with writing.

It’s All in the Eyes

It’s been a long week in an exceptionally long year.

Writing has this week saved my brain from having a meltdown.

My new project-and hopefully next book-is called It’s All in the Eyes. I don’t want to give away too much at this stage, but it’s turning out to be a sci-fi/horror story. It’s set in England, mainly around Manchester, and it follows a pair of mycologists discovered a new fungus that’s spores have an-I’ll say-adverse effect-on those that breath them in.

Like Creatures before it, this story is based off a dream. One that I had probably nearly 20 years ago, which has stuck with me ever since. On multiple occasions, I’ve tried to write it, but it just never worked. But now, with two books under my belt, I feel a lot more confident that I can do this story justice.

I’m so far just over 16000 words in, and it’s flowing really well. At this point, I’m not sure how long it will be, I’m just going to see where it goes. Hopefully, it will turn out alright, and if I do release it, people will enjoy it.

As I carry on with this here is a friendly reminder that my new book, The Next Stage is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback format.

Ups and Downs

I decided the other day that I was going to aim to do a new blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I didn’t manage to do it this week, so I’m posting today instead.

A few months ago, I found out that I have a torn labrum in my left hip, this has meant for the majority of this year I have been in a lot of pain – even with pain management.

Yesterday was a particularly bad day as the pain seemed to overwhelm everything. As a knock-on effect of this, I also went downhill mood-wise. Most days, I can deal with the pain, but when it gets really bad, it even starts to affect my mental health.

With everything going on in the world, it’s easy to let it all get on top you. But it’s more important than ever to look after your mental health. Even those without diagnosed mental health issues can struggle in the current climate.

I have a hard time talking about the way I feel sometimes, but even I realise the importance of having people that are there for you and will help you through anything.

If you need to, make sure you talk to someone, a friend, relative, co-worker or even a stranger. Just being able to talk about how you feel will remove some of the burdens that you may be feeling.

It’s a tired saying, but it’s okay to not be okay.

In book news, I’m now over 14000 words on It’s All in the Eyes. It’s going pretty well so far. I think it’s going to end up being a mixture of sci-fi and horror, but that could change the more I write. At the moment, writing is helping me get through the bad times. Escaping to a world of my own creation and building it from within really makes a difference.

Today I also received my author copies of The Next Stage. With these arriving I feel like I can finally put this book to rest and concentrate on something new. It’s a strange feeling, but physically having the book in my hands makes it much more real, and something that I extremely proud of.

Hopefully I’ll be able to do another update tomorrow and actually stick to my own schedule.

Be safe out there.

The Aftermath

On Monday, I finally released The Next Stage into the world.

The Next Stage is now available on Amazon to buy and on Kindle Unlimited. (Click image to go there now)

Since then I’ve been taking this week to play some games, watch some stuff and generally relax. I’ve tried not to think about writing for a few days, but I’ve failed and have had ideas continually bouncing around my head. I’m taking this as a sign that writing is something that I should keep doing.

Over the years, I’ve tried many creative pursuits. From my ill-fated t-shirt shop, to Todd the Zombie, and now my writing. But I find writing easier to stick with and easier to come up with ideas for. I feel like if I stick at it, I will only improve.

My main challenge at the moment is getting my books out there and visible to people. At the moment my primary advertising is done through my Twitter (GaxTZ), but I’m hoping that this blog will also serve to show people what I’m doing and how to find my books when they become available. Along with these two things, I’m looking into other resources I can use. At the moment I don’t have much free money, so I can’t really pay for advertising on Amazon to a scale that it would be helpful to sales.

This week I’ve done a free promotion on Creatures hoping that people will take a look at The Next Stage while or after they read that. So I guess we’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, that’s enough of a ramble for now. As of next week, I’ll post further updates with what I’m working on, but I’ll also keep doing the games blogs. We’ve just ordered Crash Bandicoot 4, so be prepared for a ranty post about how it’s impossible to play and how it’s a stupid game anyway that I never liked.

Proof Copy Editing

This week I’m spending my time armed with highlighters and post-its reading through the proof copy of The Next Stage and doing some final editing before release.

There’s something about having the physical book in my hands and reading it as it’s supposed to be read that’s helping me find any issues there may be as well as tweaking some of the language to read better.

It seems like an odd thing for it to help in this process, but if anyone else is doing the same kind of thing, I’d definitely recommend it.

I’m hoping that after this readthrough I’ll be happy with it. I feel like if I read it more, I’ll just keep changing stuff for the sake of it. But at the same time, even though I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I don’t want to rush things.

Doing this it reminds me of the times in school where you’d read a book and have to make notes on it so you could write about it with quotes and whatnot.

I’m trying not to worry about the amount I’m finding to tweak, after all, I’m doing this mostly myself with some help from Alex, and this is only my second book so I’m still relatively new at this whole thing. But one thing I will say is that I read through some of Creatures again the other day and I can already tell that my writing has changed since then and I feel more confident in what I’m doing.

When I’ve not been editing this book for release, I’ve been thinking on which of the 5 or 6 stories I’ve started writing I want to develop into my next. There’s a mix of genres, I’ve got a couple of horrors and another couple of sci-fi and one that kind of straddles both, the last is a very basic idea that I have no idea where to go with…yet.

I kind of want to see how The Next Stage does and maybe do something different, but I really don’t know. I guess I’ll take a look at them all and see how I feel about them. I do know though that for now Creatures 2 is on hold. I’m about halfway through writing it, but I’m struggling to get any further, and I see no point in pushing it because then I’ll just completely fall out with it, but we’ll see.

For now, I’ll continue highlighting, post-it noting and scribbling.

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;