Monthly Archives: July 2012

You Can’t Work All The Time…

It’s been a busy weekend but not because I’ve been writing.  It was Hubby’s birthday and being the big kid he is he doesn’t have a birthDAY he has a long weekend.

The festivities started on Friday evening when he finished work and we went to the pub with his work mates and that was basically when I ceased all thoughts of being productive until Monday evening.  It was nice to take some time to kick back and relax with no thoughts of responsibilities, but I did feel very guilty that I wasn’t doing anything at all.

You see, I can’t do my ‘day job’ at the moment due to stupid sickness type constraints (i.e. I’m still waiting for hospitals and doctors and a proper diagnosis and so am verging on housebound), so writing is my lifeline, my way to feel that I still have something that feels like a career while I’m out of action.  When I am not writing, promoting or trying to help out other indie authors by retweeting and cross promoting, I feel lazy, and that is something I hate.

You can’t work all the time though, can you?  Can you?

I’m back now though, and it’s going to be a busy week here sitting at this desk.  As mentioned in my other two posts today, Last Regress is featured in a spotlight blog post at There for You blog  and I am also interviewed on Kevin Rau’s website today.  Many thanks to Melissa and Kevin for featuring me on their websites.

I’ve also got a big promo coming this week but more about that tomorrow.


Interview on Kevin Rau’s website

Check out my interview today on Kevin Rau’s website

This was such a fun interview to do, thanks Kevin 🙂

There For You – Spotlight Blog Post

Last Regress is featured in a spotlight blog post today at There For You blog.

Check it out at

Many thanks to Melissa 🙂

Onward and Upward

I decided to take a break this weekend, a self imposed radio silence from Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, checking sales stats, and most websites in general.  I needed to spend some quality family time away from all that and it did me the power of good.

I managed to find time to go to the cinema with Hubby to see The Dark Knight Rises, and oh what a wonderful geek fest that was.  I seriously want to go and see it again before it finishes.  I even managed to find time to do some gardening now that the horrible bout of rain seems to have passed for the moment, and so my plants have all been dead headed and fed.

Now it’s back to the grindstone so to speak though, although I can’t really call it that though because it is after all my passion not my place of work.  Friday’s freebie day went well, but in the aftermath the sales figures have been disappointing.  In hindsight I think I picked a bad day to have my promo.  I will be having a promo again in a couple of weeks but with a slightly different format at a different time of the week.

Marketing is something I’m used to doing at work and so playing about with campaigns and the format etc. is something I don’t mind doing, it’s just that when the product is your own, to all intents and purposes the product is you, it’s a little frustrating.  I shall weather the storm though.  I just wish I knew the magic formula to kick start sales and give ‘super duper’ visibility!

Onward and upward we go!

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Last Regress by Rachael J. Thorne




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Fanfares and Ticker Tape Parades

Well it was quite a day yesterday.  I finally hit the button and my first, entirely self published novel, LAST REGRESS, went live on Amazon.

Cue fanfares, champagne and ticker tape parades in the streets.  Okay then, I’ll just turn on my iPod, crack open a bottle of supermarket brand cava, and chuck some of the paper from the shredder out of my bedroom window!

Now there comes the painful realisation that I imagine every indie author has when they first start out.  If I were being published in a traditional manner I would leave almost everything to the publishers and be able to concentrate on writing the next book in peace.

I of course don’t have that luxury.  I do have to concentrate on writing the next book of course, but I have to do it between the shameless self promotion, the sourcing of venues for review and everything else that comes with it.

But then so does every other indie writer, and at the end of the day I think that’s one of the reasons why we do it, because secretly that adds to the whole experience.

So here’s to the indie experience, here’s to raising our glasses of cheap cava, playing our iPods and throwing around shredder paper in our DIY ticker tape parade.  And here’s to hoping that we all someday get to buy that damned good bottle of champers without batting an eyelid!

Last Regress by Rachael J. Thorne




Why I Decided To Go Indie

It’s been quite a week.

I joked in my last blog that I wouldn’t disappear while I completed the formatting process.  I didn’t mean to, it just sort of, happened.

There’s good news though, everything is complete, and I did make it out the other side relatively unscathed.

Actually I’ll tell you a little secret.  In my other life, part of my job involves a lot of coding html for email marketing campaigns, maintaining websites, and optimising graphics etc.  Health issues are keeping me away from that life at the moment and I miss that aspect of my job like crazy, so working through the formatting for my book has been an absolute joy for me.

It’s not just that though, the whole concept of being an independent author, creating the entire book myself is so appealing to me.  It isn’t just a case of writing a manuscript and sending it off to someone to publish it for me, it is in many ways a business model (on a fairly small scale), a project which I have complete control over from the ground up.

Of course going independent isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t be, everyone is different and everyone has their own valid opinions.

It suits me though, and even if this project only ticks over at the rate of a loaf of bread a day it will still be considered a success to me.

Down The Rabbit Hole

Today I spent the day finishing up my edits, which means that I can now start the unenviable task of formatting my manuscript.

Down the rabbit hole I go indeed.  It’s a daunting task and one that I do not undertake lightly.  I know that I can do it, there just seems to be a lot to do, although people tell me that it’s easier with every book.  That is of course assuming I actually make it out of this one alive!

I shall not rush through this process, I will make my customary lists so that I know that I am doing everything that needs to be done, in the order it needs to be done.  Hopefully I’ll see you at the other side in one piece.

I jest, I won’t disappear for x amount of days having locked myself in a room with only a pot of coffee for company – honestly I won’t…

In the meantime I can now happily post:


Last Regress by Rachael J. ThorneAlyssa Matthews thought she had an explanation for everything.  After all, as a slightly sceptical paranormal investigator that was what she was used to doing; researching, observing and explaining.

So when she began writing a paper about a long forgotten case of death by Spontaneous Human Combustion, she assumed it would be a run-of-the-mill piece.  Little did she realise that she was about to be plunged into a situation that would not only force her to question her own sanity, but also her scepticism about the nature of the paranormal.

Not to mention the dreams that just wouldn’t go away…


And whilst that still prompts a slight flutter of fear in the pit of my stomach, I must admit that it makes me happy to be able to do that.

Off down that rabbit hole then!

Sickness and Progress

It’s been a strange kind of weekend, most of which I spent huddled on the sofa feeling decidedly unwell and sorry for myself (an unfortunate side effect of having a bad flare of a long term illness).

Luckily I have a very kind and patient husband who is willing to trot down to the village shop to buy me self indulgent treats and put up with my general moaning!

The flip side of my being a miserable so-and-so was that I had lots of time to spend on finishing my cover design and my book description, so they are now done ahead of time.  I may even take the brave step of adding the Last Regress book page to this site later on in the week.

One step closer, and the fear and excitement grows.

Patience and Lollipops

I’ve finally finished my proof reading and my edits.  So I can rest now, yes?  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The only problem is I haven’t really finished at all.  Now I have to type up all those edits into the manuscript – I’m one of those people who have to write with pen and paper, I look at what I’ve typed on the screen and see “fndjvbdjslvbdjslvbjdlvbdjlbvjdlvbdlw”.  When that is done I have to complete my cover design which is only partially complete, write my book description, format the manuscript for conversion, convert the manuscript, check for formatting errors, then I can start to think that it might be ready for publication.

No lollipops for me yet then.

People keep saying to me “So you’re nearly done then, it’s going to be up for sale in the next few days, why are you stalling for time?”

What they don’t see is what goes into self publishing a book after you finish writing the book, especially when it’s your first one.  You are so aware that if you rush anything you will inevitably fall flat on your face, and that just adds to the terror that you’re feeling at the thought of clicking on that publish button.

So patience will be my friend.  Patience is a virtue.

I must be virtuous.

Then I can have a lollipop.