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OK, I’m going to start with a confession. Cue moody church music. Although I rather suspect that it might be the theme music to Father Ted than some esoteric and rather wonderful classical piece. To my eternal shame it might even be that music commonly used by the old Benny Hill Show. (Some of my American readers apparently assume that to be the high point of British Comedy. It isn’t, trust me on that. It really isn’t.)
Anyway, now that the tone and ambience is set, a confession. I am not a superhero. Now my good friend Colin Parsons, he can claim to be a superhero after stopping an unoccupied car rolling down a hill. Of course he lives in the Rhondda in South Wales where hills are the default scenery setting, providing him with opportunities around every corner, but still. A genuine superhero moment. And he is both a lovely bloke and a great author, what’s not to dislike about him? Check him out at http://www.colinparsons.com.
Sorry, this is supposed to be my confession, not a plug for Colin. Especially as he often outsells me at the local bookfairs. Not that I’m envious, you understand. Now, where was I? Oh yes, my confession.
I’m not a superhero. In fact, I think I’m probably the living embodiment of mens’ renowned inability to multi-task. I can not do several things at the same time with any expectation of doing them well. As an author with quite a few works to my name (or shame, as it has been sometimes described) I should be able to write, compose, edit, perform – yes I do quite a bit of live performance of my work – and market my books. And this is the important bit: Do Them All At The Same Time. And I can’t.
Over the last few months, my marketing has slipped off everyone’s radar in spite of several opportunities to make a splash. The performances have become less frequent. Why? Well I have run up against the most common indie/hybrid author problem. I cannot effectively create and edit AND sell the books at the same time.
I say that it is an indie/hybrid author issue. In fact that is untrue, for even authors with the Big Five Publishing houses have to spend a lot of time selling their books these days if they want another book adding to their list of published works. Being signed to a much smaller press just makes the problem worse, or perhaps more pressing. Either I can continue to indulge my muse and allow the creativity to pour out : and here I’ll admit that that side is going well. There will be a Sci Fi novel along in a while, another Mister Jones Mystery, this time with added extra violent deaths, the next Banned Underground novel is seeing some love and a YA fantasy adventure also sits on my laptop, together with at least one other project.
How I wish that I was a superhero, and could find a way to write these books, edit them – which even with the help of some fiendishly expensive (although very competent editors) takes ages – and market them all at the same time. If anyone has any great ideas, I’d love to have them.
In the meantime, in the spirit of at least attempting something on a bright and sunny day here in Fantasyland (Wales), I will confess that the performance side of things is continuing. On 29 April I get a full hour’s performance slot at 1pm in The Angel Inn Llandeilo, Mid/West Wales as part of the Literary Festival.
Check it out. There are even some famous names on the list too – Jodi Taylor, Jasper Fforde, Jo Mazelis for a start. If they don’t when your appetite for a literary weekend in Wales, then nothing will.
Perhaps I will see you there? And then, even though I’m no superhero, I might have managed some of the tasks I normally miss out. Performance and marketing, all at the same time. I deserve some tea now, I think.
Oh, and if you’ve some time on your hands, until the end of Feb 2017 all my ebooks are on sale at 99p/99c. Check them out at http://www.willmacmillanjones.com
There. I’ve done it.
The advantage of the lowest common denominator is that it is a common denominator. Admittedly some denominators are more common than others but still, who am I to cast the first stone when discussing the peccadilloes of the unsophisticated? Similarly I am not going to direct aspersions at the Philistines. (A people whose grave goods prove it’s possible to be both a hard bunch of lads who would regularly knock seven bells out of their neighbours; whilst simultaneously being a sensitive and creative people with a deft touch with ceramics and colour.)
Still if common is what is demanded, then common is what we supply, the customer is always right.
Even when they’re not.
But setting aside this moment of doubt what am I waffling about and will I ever come to the point?
It’s as simple as this. You might have noticed I write a blog. If you…
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Saturday April 29th
at the Angel Inn
Graham Watkins is an experienced orator and prolific author. He writes in a variety of genres including most prominently Welsh mythology and Welsh historical fiction.
His talk will tie in with an illustration competition in cooperation with the local schools and the Welsh Tourist Board’s Year of the Welsh Legend.
If you enjoy a good tale and get pleasure from Welsh legends you mustn’t miss this event. Apart from “Welsh Legends and Myths”, Graham has written the “Walking with Welsh Legends” series. In it, he’s retold eighty Welsh legends and linked each legend to the place it sprang from. There are five volumes, covering different parts of Wales, each containing sixteen legends and including stunning strolls, exploring our beautiful welsh countryside.
Graham dressed up at the Llandeilo X-mas Book Fair with Wendy White
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- https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/02/11/did-things-go-to-plan-ha-ha-ha/ Keeping things going on the burner. Can you multi-task? I used to be able to bounce projects around but I’m slowing down for some reason. I can have them in various stages of planning, but writing them at the same time? A little of a panic time for me.
- http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/02/beautiful-people-couples-edition-caleb.html How do your story couples compare?
- https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/02/18/how-to-have-the-perfect-weekend-writers-retreat-e-m-welsh/ Need time off? You can even stay at home.
- https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/02/17/when-i-am-not-enough-guest-post-by-tina-frisco/ Energy follows thought.
- https://writersedit.com/5-fantasy-cliches-avoid/ Do you recognize these in your story?
- http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/02/so-your-character-is-from-finland.html Pagan holidays such as May Day are still celebrated.
- http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/02/writing-through-slump-by-nick-adkins.html Should you give up on old versions of stories?
- http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/02/pair-shoes/ Did reading teach you empathy?
- http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/02/jennifer-brown-author-of-dare-you-on.html Challenge yourself.
- http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-normal-love.html Can we normalize…normal?
- http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/02/17/the-keepsake-method-of-creating-characters-by-jennifer-tanner/ Do your character save things.
- http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/love-me-tender.html Love and tension in Christian romances.
- https://stevelaube.com/what-is-your-attention-span/ Do you have an attention span longer than a goldfish?
- http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/02/first-page-punch-keep-your-reader.html How to start your…
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Saturday April 29th at 12 noon at the Angel Inn
Saturday April 29th at 12 noon at the Angel Inn
Panel discussion with local crime fiction writers Sally Spedding, Thorne Moore and Cheryl Rees-Price about Welsh Thrillers
Welcome Thorne. Please tell us about the books you’ll be bringing to the Book Fair.
A Time For Silence, Motherlove, The Unravelling and Moments of Consequence.
Moments of Consequence is a collection of short stories, some of them with a supernatural twist. The others are all psychological crime mysteries – domestic noir.
What are the characters and plots like?
The books mostly concentrate on women characters and their…
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