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Astronomicon: The Beginning FREE #scifi on Wattpad

Astronomicon: The Beginning cover 3DHaving launched a new edition of Astronomicon: The Beginning on Amazon a few weeks ago, I am pleased to announce that the re-edited and longer version is now available on Wattpad too. It features all the same improvements: updated descriptions, improved dialogue, latest proofreading, fleshed-out characters and more up-to-date terminology (the original was written 20+ years ago!).

Now I’m free to focus my writing efforts on Behemoth. With a little luck, I’ll have that complete within two weeks. If so, five weeks later, after they have appeared on the RadishFiction app, the final chapters will be appearing on Wattpad.  My next planned project is Astronomicon 4, but that’s going to take a while to write.

I would still love to write full time. It would allow me to produce two to three novels per year but for now, I have to fit writing in around work and family, so you’ll all have to wait! I am working as fast as I can but available time is very limited.

 

Anyway, if you haven’t already read Astronomicon: The Beginning on the Wattpad’s website or their massively popular mobile app, here’s the link:  Astronomicon on Wattpad.

 

 


Hiccup with Behemoth

UBehemoth Book Cover version 1.2nfortunately, due to a rule change at RadishFiction, there’s going to be a sizeable delay in posting future chapters of Behemoth. Under their new system, chapters are locked (cannot be edited/corrected/deleted) just seven days after posting. It usually takes around 2-3 months before every error has been found and I am not prepared to e-mail RadishFiction admin with every error or change.

The alternative is to ignore errors on Radish and let it fall out of sync with versions on Wattpad and Amazon, which will continue to be corrected as usual. This is unacceptable to me and unfair to readers as it degrades their experience and if the different versions no longer match it makes it more difficult for readers to transition from one system to another.

I already have a lot of details to manage, without having to explain every little change in an e-mail to RadishFiction and hope that whoever performs the change for me doesn’t get it wrong. By my current calculation, I would be sending RadishFiction somewhere between two and five e-mails per day. I simply don’t have time for that and I doubt they do either.

From now on my new chapters will have to go through my full two-month long proofreading and editing process (using my trusty team of proofreaders) before I post them on Radish. Wattpad will continue to update as usual for a couple of weeks and will then suffer the same delay. I apologise for this and really wish it could be avoided.


New chapter of Behemoth (#scifi novel) out today

Behemoth Cover Art

I’m pleased to announce that everything is still very much on schedule with Astronomicon: Behemoth and I’ve posted another chapter today. It’s hard work writing (editing, proofreading, polishing etc.) a new chapter every week while working a full-time job and raising my three kids. Definitely a new challenge for me, but it’s forcing me to write more regularly and in a slightly different style – both things that are good experience for me.

The only problem I’m running into is that the story may well prove to be too big for a single novel. After reassessing my planning notes, I am strongly considering splitting the story into three novels. I believe that would work better than one VERY large novel.

Don’t miss out! – See Behemoth on Wattpad (Chapters 1-14) or on the RadishFiction app (Chapters 1-20) on your Android or iOS device. 


Behemoth takes off! #scifi

Behemoth LogoThe crew of interstellar colonisation vessel Arcadian awake from hibernation to discover that they are lost, the drive system has shut down and they have no idea what has gone wrong. A mysterious adventure in an alien environment ensues as the colonists explore and attempt to escape alive.

It turns out that getting existing readers to try out a new site or app to read another instalment of my Astronomicon story is extremely tricky. Behemoth is an experiment for me, both in terms of style (rigid chapters lengths and regular new chapters) and location (RadishFiction’s popular new app).

It’s gaining new readers every day and the overwhelming majority of those are reading every chapter as they become available. The support has been much more apparent there than it was back on Wattpad. I’m gaining readers on RadishFiction faster than ever so I’m very happy about that too.

Getting more readers for Behemoth sounds easy. After all, I have 27K followers on Wattpad and almost 12K on Twitter (plus more on Google+ etc.). It should just be a matter of posting a few messages informing all my followers of the new work and hundreds or, maybe even, thousands of them will give it a try. The problem is they don’t. As far as I can tell, fewer than ten of my Wattpad followers have given Behemoth a try on RadishFiction and even fewer from Twitter. 

So, my big challenge for the last few months of 2017 will be to persuade at least 5% of my followers on other sites to give Behemoth a try on RadishFiction.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep writing Behemoth and posting weekly exciting chapters on RadishFiction. If you don’t already have the app, it’s free on both Android and Apple devices. Just search for my name or Behemoth in the app and you can begin reading right away.

Also, if like me, you’re one of the growing number of people who don’t have either of those, you can read it on Wattpad too. I have to warn you that Wattpad is currently running 6 chapters behind Radish and that difference will increase over time.

 

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