It is currently October 22nd, 2017, 2:15 am

All times are UTC - 6 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 60 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: November 21st, 2013, 5:12 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 3:46 am
Posts: 3744
Location: Moscow
COLT DON'T GIVE A FUCK


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 5:25 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
I released this yesterday. Of course I'd love it if you guys bought it, but I'd love it more if you could help me promote it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contractor-part-1-Bradley-Buckmaster-ebook/dp/B00H9ENLH4/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386931821&sr=1-3&keywords=Contractor

I'm not pretending it's great or anything, but my feedback readers where surprisingly positive, so if you like people swearing and shooting stuff, it might be worth a look.
Plus tomorrow it's free.

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 5:38 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 3:46 am
Posts: 3744
Location: Moscow
Hell your name alone should sell it


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 5:58 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
People will probably think that Brad Buckmaster is some made up pen name. Oh the fun I had with that one as a new bloke in the military.

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 6:39 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: February 20th, 2012, 1:26 pm
Posts: 880
Wow. That is a pretty awesome name.

I'll buy a few copies. Give the spares out as gifts and such. Christmas and all.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 6:48 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
Thanks man, I really appreciate it.

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 12:37 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: August 16th, 2010, 8:18 pm
Posts: 1530
Purchased! Even the intro quote seems to show how much time you've spent on your writing, so I'm keen to see where you take a full novel. I've even got an old first gen kindle I'll read it on. Cheers


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 12:48 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 23rd, 2010, 6:49 am
Posts: 639
Location: Zagreb
I don't have a kindle device or even know anyone who does or has ever used it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 1:07 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
Luckily for you Chaya, you can get a kindle app for EVERYTHING.

So you can still bask in the light of my mediocre writing.

Edit: thanks Jack, hopefully it has the intended effect on readers.

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 13th, 2013, 5:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 23rd, 2010, 6:49 am
Posts: 639
Location: Zagreb
Including the PC, cause my phone is not a smart one? Does it cost much for the PC, the app that is?

Though I despise reading on the PC, just can't do it. I'd rather print it out.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: December 14th, 2013, 9:55 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
Yes there is a pc kindle app and it is free.

My novella is also free now, for one week.

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 4:09 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
So after about a month and a half, I've reached my first milestone of a thousand sales. As predicted it is slow but steady, but as it isn't even a full novel and I'm a nobody I can't complain. I get the princely sum of $142 for those sales (as the first 500 were free).

Out of interest, did anyone other than Wake read it?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 6:38 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: August 6th, 2011, 3:48 am
Posts: 869
Location: Angleterre
I will read it... once I find my fucking kindle! >:(


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 10:08 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 3:46 am
Posts: 3744
Location: Moscow
Darkchild130 wrote:

Out of interest, did anyone other than Wake read it?


I read the first third or so during the Xmas break. Saving my impressions for when I finish it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 11:22 am 
Offline

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 2:55 am
Posts: 155
Darkchild130 wrote:
Out of interest, did anyone other than Wake read it?

I've read about half of it.

So far:
I like that the super-evolved lizards say"bro".
Also, that the agent chap wears a leather trench-coat.
It fits the B-movie 'rebellious, bitter ex-SOF doing one last mission' plot.
Wearing armour to bed? I hope it has an internal shower.
Could do with more semi-colons.
Nice to have a Britain-alike planet rather than something exotic (desert/jungle etc.)
Good TTPs.

I'll review it properly on Amazon when I finish it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 3:06 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
He takes a shower in the second chapter! Tbh the Britain planet was not a conscious decision, I just did it because I'm lazy. In fact, the entire novel (all three eventual parts) are deliberately lazy, to see if people "buy it"

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 3:10 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: February 20th, 2012, 1:26 pm
Posts: 880
...I legit just forgot. Sorry, i'l get to it soon.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 3:18 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 23rd, 2010, 6:49 am
Posts: 639
Location: Zagreb
I have too many things I need to read right now. Plus, I haven't bought it.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 7:30 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: August 24th, 2010, 7:39 pm
Posts: 421
worked for me. DC I wrote a glowing review when I read it over christmas but I don't see it anywhere on amazon/kindle so I guess I'll have to pop out another one. to reiterate, was a very enjoyable read.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 27th, 2014, 9:17 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 8:13 pm
Posts: 715
Location: Hvarfheim
I bought it, but I'm in the middle of like four other books. It's next in queue I think.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 28th, 2014, 3:53 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
Thanks Hugh! And thanks to anybody else who has (or plans to) read it. I hate reading stuff by self publishers so I can understand if you don't want to (I'm a massive hypocrite).

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 29th, 2014, 12:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 2:55 am
Posts: 155
Darkchild130 wrote:
So after about a month and a half, I've reached my first milestone of a thousand sales. As predicted it is slow but steady, but as it isn't even a full novel and I'm a nobody I can't complain. I get the princely sum of $142 for those sales (as the first 500 were free).

I meant to say - congrats. One thousand copies sold is more than most Faber & Faber poetry ever does.

Also, out of interest, how much work did you do to publicise your book? Or did you just let free sales and genre fans work for you?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 29th, 2014, 1:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: September 14th, 2011, 5:10 pm
Posts: 1484
Since I don't really know what I'm doing, I paid for an advert on reddit (bad) and one on Facebook (good) plus I spam it on twitter and Facebook (my art page has nearly 600 likes, plus some of my SF buddies have posted it on their pages) When the entire novel is complete (as part 1 is really the first third of a novel) I will approach review websites and scifi sites that do features for cash etc.

I'm prepared to invest, but I need a half decent product first, so it will be a slow process.

Darkchild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: January 29th, 2014, 2:11 pm 
Offline

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 2:55 am
Posts: 155
Cool. Thanks for the info.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: So I'm self publishing a novel
PostPosted: February 7th, 2014, 2:03 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: October 11th, 2010, 3:46 am
Posts: 3744
Location: Moscow
So I finished up reading last night on the kindle app on an iPad. From a technical standpoint the layout seemed fine i.e. it didn't look buggy with sentences taking up entire pages or whatever.

First off, full disclosure: I acquired it during the free period, so if after reading this you wanna call me a piece of shit I fully understand. Secondly, I fully realize writing anything can be a pain in the ass sometimes and that there are points in any creative work where you just want to "get it done" and move on.

The Bad:

- From a purist editor's viewpoint, there are a couple of iffy points. The one that stood out the most was the "proper" use of acronyms or shortened forms of words. I forget which one it was exactly that first caught my attention (maybe "tac/com" or "PEW"), but there was more than one moment where you'd introduce a new term into your story in its shortened/acronym form but then later actually fully state what the tac/com or PEW was. When writing, it's usually good practice to assume that the person reading it (i.e. me) is a fucking idiot (I am) and if you start throwing jargon around without providing proper context, said idiot is gonna be left scratching his head. In that instance a few paragraphs later the term was actually used in full, but not before I was left thinking "Okay wtf is he talking about?" (I still never really full got what the Maddox was, other than the fact it didn't get used very much). There was also the occasional spelling error and issues with punctuation here and there but eh. Next time make sure a fresh pair of eyes looks over your piece for such things.

- From a narrative standpoint, sometimes I was left thinking "Where the fuck am I?". The Cartel is on what planet now? And it's raining or jungly or there's trees or something? Or wait it's desolate because it's in secret space? Also who actually is the dodgy agent guy up in the ship? What about all that detective noire-ish stuff at the start of the novel before we meet our rudely-awoken protagonist? Is it that guy? I was initially wondering if you were going to swap between those two narratives throughout the novel and eventually culminate with the two meeting in the denouement, but instead it was just sort of ditched.

The Good:

- It turns out you fucking love the unabashed glorification of violence, and it's fully embraced in this work, so my god go for it! Take that blood-drenched sick mind of yours and run with it. We finally have an insight into the life of gausswerks' own mercenary space marine and I really wanted you to write more when it came to the old ultraviolence. There were moments that just screamed "power fantasy", so well done on that point. I'm too much of a pussy to ever consider writing such things, but I'll gleefully read about the number of ways you can sink a blade into a man's body.

- The Reptard. More of Chad plz. He's pretty fucking boss.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 60 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC - 6 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Template made by DEVPPL