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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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Behemoth Progress Report

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.

Well, it’s been a very slow start and there’s still a long way to go, but there is some momentum building at last. I have to admit that about a month ago I considered dropping the entire Behemoth project as there seemed to be very little interest in it from my readers. It’s so hard to write when you think no-one wants to read it.

However, this month has seen a definite upwards jump in the number of readers and my subscriber count on RadishFiction has more than doubled! Better still, there is now a growing core of enthusiastic supporter who download and read every chapter as soon as they are posted on the app. That is great for me and really encourages me to keep going.

So with renewed enthusiasm, 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 5 chapters behind Radish.

 

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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.