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A Wee Little Update

So, time for a wee little update to let you all know what I’ve been doing.

To be honest not much has really changed in the Last Regress camp since my last update. I’ve been doing lots of plugging away trying to market the book, which of course as all indie authors will know cuts into my writing time in a major way. This means that work on Running For A Life is much further behind than I thought it would be by now, but hopefully I can rectify that soon.

I have to admit I went into something of a radio silence mode at the end of last week, my doctor cheerfully informed me that the Connective Tissue Disease I have appears to be getting worse and didn’t bat an eyelid at signing yet another medical certificate for yet another month. No light at the end of that tunnel yet, and so I did the hiding under a rock thing!

No point in focussing on the negative though, and so I shall concentrate my efforts on something positive: my writing. Of course if I could suddenly begin to sell thousands of copies of Last Regress that would be awesome, but hey, it’s ticking away slowly but surely (kind of like me :)). If anyone reading this has read the book and enjoyed it, if you have a few minutes to spare I’d really appreciate it if you could pop a review on Amazon though. Reviews really do make a difference when people are thinking about whether or not to buy a book.

Only a few minutes left and it’s Tuesday, my wedding anniversary. Nineteen years and it really doesn’t feel like it. I would say that I love him just as much as I did that day but that wouldn’t be true, I love him so much more, he’s my sweetie pie 🙂

Support For Indie Authors Makes Me Happy

It’s been a great week this week for blog posts and features around the internet for Last Regress.  There are some fantastic people out there who support indie authors.

So, a quick round up then of what’s been going on this week.

On Monday 20th August 2012 The e-reader House featured Last Regress as their 1-Dollar Special book on their Facebook page.

On Tuesday 21st August 2012 Last Regress was part of the Spotlight Tuesday feature at Full Moon Bites website

On Wednesday 22nd August 2012 Mother/Gamer/Writer blog featured Last Regress on The Indie Spotlight with an excerpt and giveaway.

On Thursday 23rd August 2012 details of Last Regress were posted up on the Awesome Gang website.  This is a great website for indie authors to list your books.

On Thursday 23rd August 2012a link for Last Regress was also posted up on the Wise Grey Owl website.  Indie authors should check out this great website and their Facebook page.  This is another great resource for promoting your work.

This morning I woke up to find I had received a lovely 5 star review on Amazon.com.  Check it out here.

So, quite a busy week really 🙂

It’s a holiday weekend here in the UK so we’re going to have another go at getting to watch the archery as we never made it there last week.  Of course that’s depending on whether we manage to fix the broken exhaust on the car!  Why do these things always happen at the most inconvenient of times?

We’re also supposed to get a fair amount of rain over the weekend so I imagine that will leave plenty of time for some gaming and reading.  Hubby is trying out Spec Ops: The Line at the moment but I’m sure I can twist his arm to play a bit of multiplayer MW3 with me 🙂  I also need to chill out and carry on reading Dare To Lose by E.L. Lindley, I’m halfway through and loving every minute of it.  I’ll post a review when I’m done.

So that was my week, and those are my plans, I hope everyone is well and has a great weekend.

Time for a catch up

It’s been a while since I posted a proper, honest to goodness blog post. It’s also been a strange, up and down couple of weeks.

I think Hubby’s birthday festivities, the general not being in my daily routine, knocked me out of sorts, and I somewhat dropped off the radar for a few days. Perhaps I needed to reset, or something along those lines. In any case I played the hermit for a few days, which was immediately followed up with the dreaded letter from the hospital.

I’d been waiting for it so it shouldn’t have been the dreaded letter, but they always are, and so off I trotted to see the rheumatologist. What a pleasant day that was! It’s never a reassuring experience when the specialist you’re placing your trust in starts to speak in urgent tones and scribble prescriptions furiously. He’s a nice man but someone needs to have a word with him about his bedside manner, he’s not very good at keeping his patients calm. The upshot is on top of the Connective Tissue Disease, I have a Vitamin D deficiency which he said is now reaching ‘danger levels’ (oops) and I have low Vitamin B12. This is exacerbating the CTD so I’m now on high doses of Vitamin D and also on steroids. Oh joy!

So that’s my excuse for being AWOL. I haven’t been completely lazy though. I’ve been working on Running For A Life and I’ve been coming up with some great ideas so I’m really pleased with how that’s been going. I’ve also had the chance to actually sit down and do some reading (a luxury), and I’ve been downloading some fantastic stuff from Amazon lately. As I finish each book and post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, I’ll also post a review on my blog and Facebook page.

We’re going to hopefully spend some more family time this weekend, visiting a saxon village with our Goddaughters and their parents so more ‘me’ time, and more time in the sun to soak up that Vitamin D!

In the meantime, in case you missed it check out my interview on Kevin Rau’s website and the Last Regress spotlight blog post at There For You blog.

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.

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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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

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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

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…

**COMING SOON TO AMAZON KINDLE**

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.