Acquired by Unsung Stories

I’m excited to announce that the first book in the Saskia Brandt series, Déjà Vu, has been acquired by George Sandison at Unsung Stories. This is a new imprint and I’m lucky to be one of the launch titles alongside m’colleague Aliya Whiteley.

I’m currently working on an updated edition of Déjà Vu and, with any luck, I’ll be publishing sequels Flashback and The Amber Rooms with Unsung too.

Exciting times.

The Short Version

The author Julian Gough writes today in the Guardian that Amazon’s short Kindle Singles are the future of publishing. By this, he means that the optimal size demanded by publishers (from about 80,000 words to–I’m guessing–150,000) has been established as the norm because books need to look value for money but cannot be practically bound at ginormous sizes.

I agree. One of the most effective books I read over the last couple of years is True Grit. It was marketed as a novel but, really, it’s novella length. There have been a few occasions when, reading a book, I’ve got the impression that a subplot has been added to increase its bulk. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and if a book needs work like that a careful editor can suggest it to an author, but I think you need to think twice before inserting material willy-nilly.

I wanted to add this: Shorter works give writers the opportunity for a faster turnaround, the opportunity for which is not to be underestimated.

Advertising for Independent Writers

Via Alex Roddie, I came across an article on Cult of Me that offers some thoughts on online advertising. This is one of many things that independent writers need to consider, and there isn’t much data about the effectiveness of different sites and advertising methods.

My own advertising has been limited to Goodreads and Facebook. Goodreads is expensive, as Michael Brookes says, and probably not all that effective. Facebook has a nice interface and allows you target your advert so precisely that you’ll feel dirty. (I did, and left Facebook shortly afterwards.)