Welcome to the centre of the Astronomicon Universe

3 Astronomicon booksYou have found the official home of the Astronomicon series of scifi novels. Four novels have been published and a fifth is on the way. This epic series charts the progress of the human race from early interstellar exploration, through political upheavals, subterfuge, first contact, interstellar wars and even the reason for our existence.

Use the left menu to see  each of the Astronomicon books, reviews and more. Please feel free to ask any questions, I will attempt to answer them all!

Back in 2011 I published the 1st volume of the series, Astronomicon: The Beginning on Amazon.  The 2nd volume, Astronomicon: Distant Relatives followed just the following year, also on Amazon. The 3rd  instalment, a prequel to the previous two books,  Astronomicon: Those Left Behind, was published in July 2013. In 2012, the first spin-off book set within the Astronomicon universe was published: Astronomicon: Icarus (also available on Amazon). More books are in development, with plans for six further Astronomicon books but writing all of them is going to take some time. This site is the best way to keep up with my progress or, if you prefer, use the social media links on the left side of this page and follow my progress.

Thank you for your support, especially to the rapidly growing number of people who have purchased my books.

Paul.


Chasing the Horizon

SunsetMeasuring your progress in life is important. With the right mindset, it can provide the impetus to drive you forward to achieve your dreams and aims. Lots of people will tell you that having targets is key to the success of any project, any person. The problem with targets is they can, and do, complete distort your perception of where you are.

As an author, my original first target was to write a book, actually complete the whole thing. Like many wannabe authors, I’d started a few, but actually finishing a book is a big step and an important target. Achieving that was a world-changing moment for me. Suddenly, I could tell people I had written a book and was now working on another one.

After finishing one book, my target became finishing the next. However this time, with the confidence of knowing for sure that I was able to finish a book, it took me about one-tenth of the time. About this time, I published my first novel on Amazon and this, in turn, led to my first sales. Book sales put a whole different spin on my targets.

This was about the time that I got into Twitter and Google+ and then, much later, Wattpad and a few other sites. My first target on Wattpad was 1000 followers. It only took a couple of weeks for me to scale that back to 100 instead. Months went by and I struggled to hit double figures. Determined to make a go of it – it is after all the biggest fiction community on the web – I kept posting my chapters and short stories. Eventually, my follower count began to climb and I hit my 1000 target. That made me up my target to 2000.

That all seems logical and sensible, but there’s a problem. After enjoying my 1000 followers achievement for about a day, I now faced the mountainous task of doubling that. In time I achieved that and felt good about it, but that enjoyment was soon replaced by the daunting task of achieving 5000 followers. I recently passed 10,000 followers. That was great, BUT, now it’s just become another thing I’ve done and I’m looking at 20,000 as my next aim.

3 Astronomicon NovelsBack when I began this journey, I truly believed that 10,000 followers on any system would have proved that I was a successful author, that I mattered in the online fiction community and that readers would be buying my books by the hundred. But here I am with six novels completed (five of which are on Amazon), 10,800 Wattpad followers, 10,500 Twitter followers, 2100 Google+ followers, 6 Facebook followers (Never cracked FB!) and I’m still not remotely successful, know lots of people who are doing MUCH better than me and I’m probably still years away from my book sales covering my mortgage repayments.

So after all this work, all this progress and meeting so many targets, I’m still not where I thought I would be and that’s a little depressing. Sometimes it feels like no matter how much I progress and how many targets I hit, I’m still not getting anywhere. Like the horizon, no matter how far you travel, it’s still far ahead of you.

Anyway, you don’t get anywhere without determination, so I will press on, somehow get to my next targets and keep chasing that horizon.


Half Price Christmas Offer on “Deadline”

Astronomicon Deadline Christmas offerI didn’t do a big launch of the latest Astronomicon science fiction novel when it was published two months ago so, rather than just let it go unnoticed on Amazon, I’ve decided to do a Christmas promotional offer.

From today until Boxing Day you can get the e-book version of Astronomicon: Deadline for half price from your local Amazon website, that’s just £1.99 for the entire 216-page humorous sci-fi novel. 

I don’t often do promotional offers, so don’t miss out on this one.

Find out more about this novel on Amazon.


New look for the Astronomicon website   Recently updated !

View of the new website layoutI’m pleased to be in a position to announce that I’ve completed major revamp of the whole Astronomicon website. Almost everything beyond the logo has changed/moved/improved. The whole look is more contemporary, dynamic and now works properly across almost all browsing devices.

Ideally, I would have done it back in November but my failed attempt at NaNoWriMo this year took up all my spare time (and some sleep time too!). Now it’s complete, I can get back to writing my next science fiction novel. 

From now onwards, I aim to post regular updates on my writing progress. Anyone interested in reading the next Astronomicon series will get a better idea of the path to publication but, more importantly for me, it will help keep me working and on track to get it finished in as short a time as possible.


Milestone Reached: 10,000 #Wattpad Followers

Astronomicon on WattpadWattpad is simply the biggest, and I would say the best, fiction sharing site on the Internet. Over 45 million active users and tens of thousands of authors writing and sharing their works to a simply colossal audience, make this THE site to be if you write fiction.

I’ve been active there for a couple of years and it was very slow going when I first joined. It took a few months for me to find my way around the clubs, forums and systems there but, once I got the hang of it, I began to get a LOT of positive feedback for my books and now receive daily requests for me to hurry up and finish the next book and get that posted there too. Now I’m celebrating reaching the milestone of 10,000 followers. When I joined, I never expected to get more than a fraction of that total.

It’s a wonderfully friendly and helpful community, but don’t worry, if you make a mistake someone is sure to point it out to you. Over the last couple of years, I’ve received some of the most detailed and constructive critiques I’ve ever received online.

I’ve tried out more writing community sites over the years that I can remember, and most of them have been a waste of time but Wattpad is a keeper! As an author, it’s well worth spending some time there every day. Just stay patient and don’t expect instant results.