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And now, for the rest of the World

March 26, 2009

It appears that Amazon have fixed the downloading problem and now anyone outside the USA can grab a copy of the first 15 pages of the book.

So download away and be sure to leave a short review on the site – every little helps!


Amazon Breakthrough Novel – Problems!

March 18, 2009

abna_110_v26780496_My NaNoWriMo novel, Benefits of Hindsight has made it through to the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA). Sounds good, but there are 499 other quarter finalists, so the competition is still strong, even though that number has been whittled down from around 10,000 entries.

Unfortunately, there is an substantial annoyance that has cropped up; nobody outside the USA can read the excerpts on So if you live in the US, you can send the link to your friends, family and work colleagues and get them to review and rate the excerpt, but if you’re outside the US? You’re stuffed!

Of course, anybody visiting Amazon in the US can read and comment on the excerpts, so in theory everyone should get the chance to be read. In theory. That idea does rely on people knowing that the competition exists, so I find it amazing that there is NO mention of ABNA on the front page of their site. None. With all the time and money they have invested in setting it up, the infrastructure provided to operate it and the fact that they could gain brownie points by promoting new authors, you might think that they would actually promote the thing.

So, in the absence of their advertising and my ability to read my own excerpt, here is the link to it for those of you in the US. It’s a free download from Amazon, so all it will cost is a few minutes of your time to read – I’d love to hear what you think.

If you’re outside the US, leave a comment with an email address and I’ll send you a copy of the excerpt directly.


November 5, 2008
NaNoWriMo08 Participant

This is what I’m starting off with.  The “National Novel Writing Month” (NaNoWriMo) is an annual internet event to encourage writers to put pen to paper and write a novel of at least 50,000 words.  The focus is on meeting the deadline for writing; it’s quite okay to edit the finished article, but the word count needs to hit the target to qualify.  Quantity rather than quality is the initial concern, but that can be addressed later on.  It’s an exercise in forcing yourself to write, finding out what works to motivate and inspire and showing that it can be done.

The event runs for the month of November, which means I’ve already missed four days work, but I’ve been mulling various ideas overnight and have come up with something that I think I can make live as a novel.  There’s still a fair bit of planning and working out the finer details, but in essence it is a mystery which may have elements science fiction, depending on how the plot sorts itself out in my head.

The story is about a man who travels regularly between his home on the West Coast of Scotland and his work in Central London and realises that he has been experiencing blackouts on the flights there and back.  Once he comes upon this realisation it becomes apparent that unusual things have been happening in those missing hours which seem to have a link to both his life at home and in the city and could change his life forever.

More details to follow as I work them out and start to actually do some writing.