Sunday, 28 April 2013
As promised here is the entire content of the latest review. it was sent to me last night from a women in Australia and what she has to say is to be honest much appreciated.
"Hi my name is Janet McAllister and I live in Australia. Having just finished your novel I felt I had to sent you some sort of recommendation. I buy a lot of books from Kindle and saw your cover. The image drew me to the book as it was earthy, real and enticing. Though front covers as they say are not to be judged as an example of a good read, some books have lovely covers and are absolute dross, yours was to be fair a refreshing experience.
As to the story what a read! never have I read a debut novel which took me into such depravity. it was a marvelous journey of tortured love and despicable villains. I fell in love with Abigail felt her pain her joy and her heartache. The author empathizes with her while also using her frailties to expose what men attempt to destroy. The priest is a dastardly and vile man who oozes his evilness from every page. Should we admire him or hate him? Like all villains I despised his evilness but he should go down as one of literature's all time best creations. As for the plot I thought I was good at spotting the plot and villain from a long way out but Dead Men Lie totally bamboozled me. The conclusion was well contrived and excellently written. Whoever David T Procter is should be commended certainly in my humble opinion he should be on everyone's book shelves. If you haven't read this book then do so, Dead Men Lie is compulsive reading. I am no judge but this should be entered into some sort of Book Award, certainly it should be recognised by his peers. Dead Men Lie is far better written than a lot of so called best sellers I would predict that given the right exposure this should be a best seller by the end of the year. Well done sir, more of the same please."
What can I say but thanks
No moans today "Hurry" its Sunday and the sun is struggling to climb above the trees. Just a quick word then off to the plot for a quick two hour workout, sorry do a bit of digging and planting.
Right I have returned. The acreage is looking good at the moment. We have all the spuds, broad beans, peas and onions in But we are struggling to make up time due to the bad weather still digging as we plant so the plot looks a little strange to say the least. Some parts all neat and tidy while others resemble the Somme. I like being down there as the dawn breaks, usually i am there from 6am to 8am ample time to do what I need to do and be home again before the day time gardeners arrive with all their moans and petty politics. Oh its pathetic at times, they moan about this and that what someone is doing or not doing. They whine about some poor soul encroaching onto the path or a manure pile being an inch out of line. hence the reason I work by the light of the moon or the rising sun no one to bother me no one to stop me and spoil my time by talking. Am I miserable? Perhaps but that's me take me or leave me.
As it is this morning I was disturbed. There I was digging away when suddenly this voice shouts "Oi" I stopped turned and stared no one was to be seen. Kids i assumed but why would they be out at the crack of dawn you rarely see a paper boy anymore so that wasn't the reason nor was there a milkman to be seen. Sunday meant that the posties were all abed sleeping so perhaps the old hearing was playing tricks. "Oi you" there it was again another cursory glance and i was ready to believe in little green men or leprechauns. Maybe i was close to their pot of gold and they wished to scare me off. "Oi mate up here" Finally I knew where the voice came from looking up there in the cloudless sky was a balloon four people hung out of the basket waving and laughing. I wasn't going mad simply hadn't expected such a thing to be so low on a Sunday. Then with a cheerful wave, the burners cut in and it rose into the sky, the occupants still waving as it disappeared into the distance.
That was my first surprise of the day what will happen next we shall have to wait and see
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Well its early here in chateaux 'me' the birds are still wiping the sleep from their eyes and the blasted Cockerel hasn't woken up yet. Yes a neighbour has invested in a living alarm clock. Before long the 12 bore will come into play.
As I am up and about I thought I would share my thoughts for the day. So what has got up my nose this fine morning? Not much really, I see the sites I subscribe to are full of authors publicising their new books good luck to them all. Unfortunately if you fall foul of the people in charge you will slip through unnoticed and unread. Over the past few weeks I have seen a definite trend forming. Those that appeal are elevated to the heights of moral adjudicators while the majority simply drift away. To me this a form of rejection so today's question is how do we deal with it?
To a writer rejection comes in many guises. Our manuscript lovingly formed into the best we can possibly prepare is sent off to an agent we wait because most say they disregard multiple applications and weeks if not months later the slip arrives "dear sir we regret at this ti,me your story fails to meet our criteria... Blah Blah Blah" Like most serious authors i collected hundreds of such slips. So we then decide to get our book published ourselves Joy upon Joy finally we see our books in print.
Now begins another round of rejection but this time from those we try to sell our beloved to. Book shops are polite but undoubtedly laugh themselves silly once we leave their shops. As for my tome I was rejected by my council unable to publicise my book on grounds that it broke some rule or another. Public libraries turn us down as we are not sanctioned by the council newspapers are sympathetic but unless money changes hands they will not run an article or a review and i for one will never buy a review.
So in my case i took it upon myself to walk the streets delivering pamphlets telling the world of my story. it worked the website became known we began selling copy but its tiring and initially expensive both on printing costs an shoe leather. But you meet many nice people who stop and ask what we are doing and why. Though one woman said as I left her door "well he won't sell many when he can't even spell his name correctly." I laughed and thought moron there are numerous ways our surname can be spelt and after half a century i think i know the correct way by now. That aside my days walking the streets were fun.
Then we come to friends and family and the deepest rejection of them all. "I have written a book" I proudly stated. After the laughter died down some were interested some you could see weren't but some said something very strange "oh i never read" What a sad indictment on society. So with family and friends uninterested we approached the world of cyberspace and that was where we discovered another level of rejection.
As I said, initially people on those sites where I spoke of Dead Men Lie, appeared interested but it was all show and no substance. No that's unfair a lot did visit the web site, some even bought copies and to those I say a big Thank You but most are on those sites for one thing only their own publicity which was why i first joined and discovered that authors rarely buy other authors books. Why is that i wonder is it because we see each others errors or is it because we simply do not have the time to read much? Whatever the reason writers sites do little to further book sales but are beneficial in other ways so long as you play the game and don't upset anyone.
So authors have to live with rejection it comes in many guises but the joy the overwhelming thrill of a great book review or a sale or a reader leaving a complimentary comment is worth all the pain and grief. I have said on more than one occasion of the billions that live on this planet i cannot please them all but if just a small percentage like my work then it has been all worth it. i aim for that small percentage and disregard the rest.
Oh yes one last thing before i leave i have also discovered something and that is think think and think again before you kill off a wonderful character i realise my mistake and regret it every day.
Until the next time take care
Friday, 26 April 2013
I have found my muse in the past hour. Where did this come from? was it to be found lurking within my or did it materielised from some hidden mystic place? No it came from a CD an hour of the very best of ELO saw two chapters written over 3000 words nothing to which I would call classy or refined but words none the less. the first chapter was written to the strains of Evil Woman the second to Sweet talking Woman.
carry on like this and the next book will be finished in a trice. But then again maybe there will be too much editing and most of it will be lost. Must continue speak soon.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Do you realise that this blogging lark is difficult. I don't know if i am doing it correctly or even if anyone likes what i write. Of course i have had some comments and they have all been complimentary but what do the rest of you think? Why not send something back to me tell me what you would like to see or read. For now i will simply continue on my merry way.
My stories! I suppose i had better tell you my thoughts on those hadn't I. well Dead Men Lie continues to be read and those that have done so are in the main complimentary though i have had a couple of people tell me their reviews while posted on Amazon never actually appeared on the site anyone have any ideas as to why because even though i sent a e-mail to Amazon i never got a understandable reply.
I have just started to rework The Ties That Bind though it appears to have morphed into something completely new. For the moment i have put TTTB aside and am following whatever course this new story takes me. That;s my problem i have all these ideas in my head and its difficult to separate what i want to use in each story somewhere along the way two books may merge into one and then we will have a best seller?? Oh if only. It is possible that reverend Bayles will make an appearance in this new story or a new villain will come to the fore we shall have to wait and see.
Now most of you will have followed my thoughts on giving free copies of your work away I will not say anymore those of you who have read the comments will know my feeling about this but it has been suggested that i might think about putting sample chapters here on the blog so that you can get a feel for my work. is this something anyone would be interested in? certainly if we did it wouldn't be the entire story because that would be unfair to those who have paid to read it but maybe a few chapters might be beneficial.
Therefore just for a few days i will place the prologue her for you to read here we are once read do tell me what you think and if this grabs your attention don't forget Dead Men Lie is available for a little longer for £1.50 to download from Kindle or take a look at davidtprocterbooks.co.uk to learn more about us.
Until our next meeting
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
My editor (Lisa) and myself always knew our work was good, even so its nice when others write such kind things about it. Our problem is that not enough readers are discovering our story, our website is visited by an increasing number our blog is read all over the world and yet Dead Men Lie is read by so few, Why? Is it the image the fact that I am unknown? is it because no one wishes to take a chance on buying something and then not liking it?
All valid reasons, ones i myself have used. However if you believe one thing today believe this DEAD MEN LIE is a book you should all read even if you dislike historical fiction. I gaurentee that if you indulge you will enjoy. How can i be so sure well take the time to look at what others have written they are unsolicited genuine reactions from real life readers what else can i do apart from give the book away and as those who follow this blog know that is something i will never do not simply to garner favour.
Once again i ask, plead, implore request, try Dead Men Lie and see what a well structured self published book can achieve.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Isn't it nice when you are told your book blurb is all wrong and that no one will buy your book unless you have X amount of reviews. However to get those reviews you have to supply free copies to all and sundry on the off chance they will like your story and give you a credible review.
I have reviews from genuine readers they can be seen on my website davidtprocterbooks.co.uk. Anyone wishing to read them is more than welcome. I have asked my readers to post on Amazon and while one has tried three times only to fail three times there are one or two there to read, that is why i began posting them on the website. Dead Men Lie is selling, it would be nice if it sold more but i can wait until word of this story gets around. I am reluctant to give my work away, it took too long to produce to allow people to have that benefit without parting with some sort of recompense. Therefore if anyone out there wishes to read this story i am afraid you will have to chance your luck, bite the bullet and download a copy. £3 odd isn't a lot, and to be fair i have read some utter tripe which has received excellent reviews by those so called educated reviewers. Is this why so many self publishers give their work away?
I won't name names but a book reviewed with five stars written by an author with thousands of followers was nothing short of terrible, littered with spelling and grammatical errors. If that is what the readers have come to expect then i am sorry I'll keep going as I am. Personally i have an editor well compatriot who assists with producing my books, together we are determined to achieve material as good as any book published by conventional publishers. In Dead Men Lie we feel we have reached a level far above some self published books but we still have some way to go in reaching where we desire to be.
if the reader desires to ignore our story what can we do? Nothing our book is here read it if you wish miss out if that is your desire but one day perhaps when we are celebrated, or when the film appears you may wish you had taken that chance and read the original story.
For now i have the prequel to write reverend Bayles and the other residents of Stormouth require my attention. Watch out for further postings here but they will be a little less frequent. Until later remember Dead Men Lie is that book you have been waiting for.
Cheers David T Procter
I am back bright eyed and bushy tailed. I sense a feeling of apathy among some of my followers. few chose to comment of the sample chapters those that did evidently found them not to their liking. The object as i said was to show the editorial process we go through but i sensed a feeling of regret i chose to do this some thought what was on offer was the final publication draft which of course was far from the truth. Therefore i have deleted the unrefined text in case it upset anyone else.
To those who may not know I am an author. Above is the initial design for our front cover, not bad is it?
Dead Men Lie is our title and our wed site is davidtprocterbooks.co.uk and sample chapters are on Amazon Kindle. We have had a little sale on which is drawing to a close so if anyone wishes to purchase a copy of this exciting book i would suggest you do so within the next few days as the price returns to normal in May.
There that is the advert completed now to discuss something which i fail to understand.
Many authors give away copies of their books and are suitably impressed when they reach the heady heights in some best seller list. But pause a moment you haven't sold anything. You have given away 200 300 copies and for what? A brief moment of notoriety. Your next book if you do not give it away will sell a limited amount your hard work will have been for nought.
I for one will continue to sell my book at the list price if it sells well so be it my hard work will have been worth it but even it I only sell a few each month that will do me. Eventually Dead Men Lie will gain the attention it deserves and we will not have compromised our integrity. Free offers work in the right place and at the right time but to allow massive free downloads does nothing but compromise every other author out there we either have to do the same or make a stand for sanity I am making that stand. Surely you can see that our work is worth a reward? having been in business for longer than a lot of you may have been alive i have never given anything away. No special offers no special deals my trade is my worth and if people want to share my knowledge and skills that i expect them to pay the going rate same with my books i do not sit here day after day and not expect my writing to be appreciated and rewarded.
having said all that some of you who visit this site may be unaware of my writing so i have for a limited periods only placed here a sample chapter of dead men Lie nothing sinister there the same can be viewed on Kindle's web site. However should anyone wish to read the rest of this exciting book then you must cross my palm with silver part with your money as you would in any book shop. There will be those who will decry my position but i would rather be a poor author than one that gives my work away to anyone who asks.
That's it that's my rant now i await the backlash but i can accept all manner of insults after all i have been banned in my home town what else can happen????
For those who wish to read the sample of Dead Men Lie it follows here and i hope you enjoy it as much as i enjoyed writing it. Allow me to take you back in time, To the colonies ruled by England in the year 1769
When revolution was in the wind and men were debating which way their loyalties must lay. When King George was blind to the fate awaiting him and the spies that were sent out to garner favour for the fledgling country of America.