Three Furies Press – Thank you for Everything

At the beginning of January 2020, I was privileged enough to become one of the authors at Three Furies press – and it was an absolute honour. They were, and still are, awesome people. The first thing they published from me was Out of the London Mist which was a steampunk novel that I wrote after accidentally stumbling into the genre. They were patient, generous with their time and incredibly, wonderfully helpful.

This was followed by Under the Bright Saharan Sky which I enjoyed writing so much. The encouragement I had from Three Furies made it soar. They encouraged character development when I wasn’t certain, helped me get a grip on my research and made everything so easy for me.

And then it was King’s Silver where they kept my sanity and enjoyed the journey just as much as I did. They threw ideas around with me, encouraged me and helped me dance with all the crazy plans for the sequels.

Over time they encouraged me, calmed me, grounded me, helped me punctuate dialogue and were there for me when my health and personal life hit turbulent times. They were more than editors and it was more than a business contract. These, and the authors that they encouraged, are amazing people and I am privileged to know them. There are so many horror stories around independent publishing and so many stories of bad faith, but this was a publisher that kept their word, they stood by their authors and they were straightforward, decent human beings.

Due to no fault of their work as publishers, Three Furies Press has had to close. I’m devastated for them, and feeling more than a little lost. You will see no links in the paragraphs above because while my self published work will still be kicking around on Amazon, those stories above are being taken down with the closure of Three Furies Press.

They have been as gracious and generous as ever, so I have all the documents, and the stories will return in some form and at some date, though I’m not sure when. I think it will be a while, for me, as I am grieving.

Three Furies Press – thank you for everything.

Dinner at Dark – I’m A Best Seller

Today I am overwhelmed to find that I’m Number 3 on Amazon.com in 90 Minute Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Fiction. And here’s my inexpert screenshot to prove it.

I’m also 41 in Horror on Kindle in the US Amazon store, which is incredibly flattering and it just goes to show – I’m too much of a scaredy cat to read horror. I just write it!

I’m completely taken by surprise – but I’m thrilled.

And just in case anyone has downloaded this and enjoyed and found this post, I’ve recently revisited the hills in the story, and you can find a series of short pieces that came to an exciting conclusion yesterday here – Under Dark Hills

Now I am going to spend the evening basking in the glow as I carry on with some more fun posts for the October Frights. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these characters. I had so much fun writing them, and I’m sure that there is plenty of mischief they can find yet!

Wonderful Start to the Year!

Look at this!

Three Furies Press is AWESOME!

I have officially signed a contract with Three Furies Press, and, if I hold up my side of the bargain, they will be publishing Out of the London Mist next summer. Every now and again I remember this and I have this huge grin on my face. It’s a massive step. I have known the people involved for a few years, and they are wonderfully generous and supportive people. I feel very blessed to be included in their journey,

I’ve always wanted to write, tumbled into self publishing, then entered a phase of an incredibly stressful personal life and never quite caught up on ‘being an author’. However, in 2018 I started submitting work to publications. I had a few hits and a few misses, but, to my mind, this contract finally makes me a proper author, a real writer who has to do all the ‘writer’ things.

Of course I’ll be involved with publicity and promotion. That’s part of the job and I’m looking forward to working with the Furies on this. And it also means I need to take things a little more seriously. I can’t get distracted too much by knitting or Reddit or some amazing cat video on YouTube. Writing is now my job.

This means that I really need to come to grips with my newsletter, keep up the flash fiction (I think it is an excellent workout), and get some stories out there. I need to get better at reading, and get into the good stuff, so I will be posting more reviews. And if I am enjoying myself as much as I expect, I’ll be having a lot of fun and sharing it on here. So watch this space, as I’m going into 2020 on a wonderfully optimistic note.

Lots of people have got me here, so thank you to all you wonderful guys who have given me the positive feedback and encouragement that means that I am still writing. Your kind words have made a massive difference to my life, and I am grateful. Thank you.

Getting Busy

I’m not quite getting the hang of the whole ‘author’ thing.  I like writing, and I like to think I’m good at it, but the whole marketing thing is a whole new world.

It’s an exciting new world, though, and I’m enjoying some of the adventure.  I had never heard of ‘Blog Tours’ or ‘Facebook Takeovers’ or ‘Guest Posts’.  Now I’m finding out about these wonderful things and, what is even better, enjoying dipping in to other people’s writing.

I’ve signed up to be part of blog tours.  This means I’ll will be doing reviews, hosting guest posts and generally interacting with some amazing authors.  Watch this space for what is happening.  I have also had a story accepted into the ‘Glass and Ashes’ anthology and the blog tours and publicity for that are going to be awesome!  I’m feeling overwhelmed, but in a good way.

In other news – the first newsletter will absolutely definitely be out next Friday 5 October, and I absolutely definitely will have worked out how to do it by then.  Not only will I do everything to make sure I comply with all regulations, but I will also include any updates on what I am doing, a household hint from Mrs Tuesday’s extensive collection and a short piece of original fiction.  You can subscribe to the newsletter here, if you are interested.  And I will absolutely, definitely have the next instalment of the White Hart up this Friday.

Thank you for stopping by.