Just A Minor Malfunction #scifi Magazine Issue #3

I’m very pleased to announce that I succeeded in getting another of my science fiction short stories into Just Another Minor Malfunction magazine, this time the third issue. Woohoo! Having got stories into two out of three issues, I’m going to try again for issue four.

Just a Minor Malfunction Magazine Cover #3The great news for you is that JAMM only costs 99p/99c per issue from your local Amazon website. As Amazon supports almost all devices (including PC, Mac, Kindle, Android, Windows Mobile, iPad, iPhone etc.) you are sure to be able to download and read it.

The magazine contains 13 carefully selected, professionally-edited short stories. One of these is my story “Link”, exploring the unforeseen and potentially terrifying implications of implanting communication devices directly into the skulls of soldiers.

It’s a tough market these days for science fiction magazine, so the fact that this one has survived and even grown in readership for three issues is a big vote of confidence in the quality of the writing within it.

Please support this growing science fiction magazine. Don’t forget you can download a free sample from Amazon to try before you buy. But the whole magazine is justs 99p  – that’s less than 8p per story – so I think you can afford to take a risk on this one. You won’t regret it.

Find out more about JAMM #3 here.


Astronomicon: Behemoth Launch Announcement

Behemoth Cover ArtThose Astronomicon fans who would like to find out just what happened to the Arcadian (sister vessel to colonisation vessel Elysian in Astronomicon Book 1) are going to love this Astronomicon spin-off series. In Behemoth, you get to find out why the crew were woken months early from their cryonic sleep and why they did not arrive in the Proxima Centauri star system. Follow their adventure as they unravel a mystery bigger than any of them could expect!

 

BIG LAUNCH:  9 pm GMT (8 pm UTC) on 23rd May.

 

It will be available via the RadishFiction App available on Android devices and iOS devices (iPhone/iPad). A web version (accessible on most devices) will be appearing in future (date to be confirmed). Chapters will still be appearing on Wattpad but four weeks later.


Cover reveal for Behemoth

With only a day or two to go before the big launch, I have decided to reveal the front cover art for Astronomicon: Behemoth.

Behemoth Cover Art

I’ve always felt that designing book covers is a struggle for me, but I think I’ve come up with a few good ones over the years. This one has been particularly difficult as the entire novel is based around a total mystery. I don’t want to reveal locations or events on the cover and, for reasons I also can’t reveal, I also don’t want to reveal any spacecraft designs.

Books covers where people are the main focus have a strong tendency to be far too cheesy, especially in science fiction. This left me with the challenge of creating an eye-catching, memorable and mysterious cover which also displays a level of quality without any content on it.

Another important factor with this design is the requirement for it to work at a full range of sizes from 2000 pixels all the way down to 64 pixels and in square, rectangular and round shapes. That means no important details near the edges and definitely not in the corners.

Anyway, I hope you like it. I’ll be announcing the launch date for Behemoth later on Monday.


Top 6 social media platforms for #writers

Having spent a few years trying out a whole range of writing communities and general social media and networking platforms, I believe I’ve isolated those that are worthwhile and dropped a huge number that are a waste of time. I realise that we’re never going to all agree on these and that some people are better suited for some than others, but here are my results in reverse order:

 

#6 GoodReads

Still struggling with this one but it is the second biggest author community out there. I find the reviews can be a little unhelpful – it’s one of only two places where I’ve received any negative reviews with no attempt at being constructive, but still mostly friendly and helpful. I don’t like the forums here and have never felt like part of the community. Worth adding all your books here. If you make any decent headway, please let me know how you did it! Visit GoodReads.

 

#5 Facebook

This one is only on the list because everyone would think I was crazy if I didn’t. I have to admit I just don’t get on with Facebook. The interface is confusing, cluttered and unintuitive. In all the years I’ve been there, I’ve gathered just 9 followers. That’s about 3000 times less than Wattpad and not much more than a third of my Minds following (and I’ve only been there a few weeks).  I keep persevering with Facebook but it’s not been of any benefit for me. Visit Facebook.

 

 #4 Google+

I know many people would rate this one higher but it’s been problematic for me. For the first few months, it worked and I got on with it very well. I gathered lots of followers and seemed to be doing well then it all died. I’ve only gained about 20 followers (yes I know the jargon is “20 people added me to their circles”) in the last 6 months, but I’m still trying to make headway there. Visit Google+.

 

#3 Minds

This one is very much the new kid on the estate and it’s probably too early to say if this one is going to be a hit, but their interface is great and the social aspect of the community works very well. The writing community is only a small subsection but it is only just starting out and growing fast every day. Activities in the community such as posting or voting gain you boost points, you even get 50 points per hour just for visiting. These points can then be used to boost your points – great for your next big book launch or competition! Visit Minds.

 

#2 Twitter

Twitter is simply massive. Everyone’s heard of it and (almost) everyone is on it. Better still, unlike some more restrictive social networks, it’s easy (and totally permitted) to have more than one profile there. You can have a personal account, an author account and some authors even have accounts for their main characters too! The main drawback with Twitter is that there’s too much activity and once you’re properly engaged in the community you’ll receive far more tweets than you can read. However, follow the right people and it’s a great way to find out about publishing opportunities, writing competitions and lots more, all while connecting with a few readers along the way. Visit Twitter.

 

#1 Wattpad

I really wish I’d discovered this year years earlier. Excellent site for connecting with a simply colossal number of readers as well as other authors. Highly active and friendly community with forums, competitions, rankings and a comprehensive comments systems. I’ve made more contacts here than anywhere else and it’s a great place to get feedback on your writing. Visit Wattpad.

 

No doubt I will be adding more to this list in future and, of course, I will rename the post accordingly. If you have any suggestions for writing communities or similar that I might not have tried yet, please add them to the comments below. In the meantime, I hope this list is useful to you.