First Abigail book is now free

Well, we’ve finally got to where I thought we’d be from the start: first Abigail book is now free, and the next one has but a modest cost. Trouble is, as far as I can tell, you can only do a free promotion for 5 days within any 90 day period. I was rather thinking I could make the first one always free, and piggy-back the others on that. A loss-leader, if you will.

I suppose from Amazon’s POV, a free book generates no revenue, and therefore should be encouraged but sparingly. I am reminded of a placard held by some low paid workers demonstrating for more money after being offered something like 3%:

3% OF NOTHING IS NOTHING. WE WANT 5%’

Well, we’ll see how it goes.

Meantime, I am bashing on with Abigail 3 (‘The Core’). Now up to about 22k words and on final chapter. Even though I say it myself, it’s breathtakingly exciting.

Mind you, that could just be me bigging it up so I keep going. To a certain extent, I’m watching myself watching myself. There’s me, the soon to be discovered writer of fantastic stories, being watched by me, the cynical bastard who doesn’t think it’s ever going to happen.

But then I once read a definition of a¬†successful writer as one who doesn’t give up, and I do have a certain stubborn streak.

As I said, we’ll see how it goes.

God, writing is hard work

Well, here I am, in the mediterranean sunshine, going for a swim (occasionally) but for most of the time sat indoors tap tap tapping away at the next Abigail book. This is ‘the adventures of Abigail Saltminder 3: The Core.’ I should have it finished by the time I leave for home.

Writing is hard work.

A3 is full of action. Almost too full I sometimes think, as with all the running about and things happening I’m not sure I have given my characters room to breath and develop. At the moment it’s a bit like the first (and way the best) Indiana Jones film but with all the dull bits taken out. It’s easy to get lost in the tactics and forget the strategy.

The man with the gun comes through the door, there’s a mad climax and then you think ‘how can I top that?’ so here comes a man with a machine gun and after him, a squad of evil marines equipped with rocket launchers.

And what happens with your main characters? They’re just running about like marionettes and remain – like marionettes – wooden and expressionless.

And who wants to read about puppets? Yeah, OK, I’m a bit of a ‘Thunderbirds are Go!!’ fan as well.

Nothing’s easy. I’m going for a swim. Later. Perhaps. Maybe.

Abigail Saltminder: start here

‘Abigail Saltminder’ is the central character in a series of short children’s books I have started writing and intend self-publishing on Amazon and other platforms. There will be 6 books, each of about 20,000 words. I have written the first two and am about a third of the way through the third. Together, the books form one continuous redemptive tale.

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