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Writing again

I’m between books. I’m not completely done with Mr Tumnal, but I’ve not started something new. I think I want to write my In Your Own Words story I have brewing (which is every bit as weird and wonky as Mr Tumnal, but at the same the follow up story to The End Of All Worlds is still nagging at my heart strings.

Just like in the original, when I needed some friends for Eleanor, Alice and Kirsten wandered into the story straight out of one of my earlier (unconnected) stories, so Alice has continued to talk to me through here diaries. She’s given me one such entry which could well act as a prologue for some more Loki/Freyja action.

Possibly don’t read on if you are wary of spoilers…

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The voices inside my head are talking

The voices inside my head are talking

For many people, a statement like that might be a good enough signal to others to call the professionals in to sort me out. For me, though, it is normal. It’s as sure as sign as anything that another story is about to break out and demand to be written.  Curiously it is a year too the day that the story first seeded itself.  Emma and I were driving the south coast of Iceland on our return to Reykjavik, through the flat plains of moss-covers lava fields, a fine, continual drizzle on the Jeep windscreen, and a playlist of Múm and Sigur Rós on the crackling radio… the stories began to emerge…

10151188990390630Over the last week those choices have been making themselves heard again. I previously said that it is a follow-up rather than a sequel to, The End Of All Worlds, and that is still true.  Whilst I have a car of characters – some who you know and some who you don’t – and a series of smaller companion stories, and an idea of the offer -arching big idea, the main plot is still somewhat of a mystery. What I do know is that I am to find that plot in a myth, it legend…. or a s as fa. To this end I have started to read Penquin’s seminal 700+ page collection of the Idemand sagas. I have tried to read this, on and off, for over a decade, and this time I am determined to succeed. If only is I can decide with the knowledge of having read them that I must rely on my own imagination.

 

The Tale of an Indie Author: something new

The Tale of an Indie Author: something new

Somehow, I seem to have agreed to read from my debut novel, The End Of All Worlds, at a book reading event a the Oxfam Bookshop in Reading. I’ve never done a book reading before, and already I’m pretty nervous about it even if it may only be half a dozen people and the odd blind dog.

The question is what bit of the book do I read from. So here goes, those of you who’ve read it, please give me your suggestions, and hey, I’ve even made it easy for you.

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The Tale of an Indie Author: something new

Somehow, I seem to have agreed to read from my debut novel, The End Of All Worlds, at a book reading event a the Oxfam Bookshop in Reading. I’ve never done a book reading before, and already I’m pretty nervous about it even if it may only be half a dozen people and the odd blind dog.

The question is what bit of the book do I read from. So here goes, those of you who’ve read it, please give me your suggestions, and hey, I’ve even made it easy for you.

What section(s) of my book should I read at my book reading?

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Author Interview with Kevin Domenic

Following the launch of The End Of All Worlds in May this year Kevin Domenic of the Searching for Heroes book website was kind enough to interview me about my story, and, umm… me. That was back in June, and here’s the interview I gave:

The End Of All Worlds binäre optionen handeln ohne mindesteinzahlung Today, we sit down with T E Shepherd, author of The End of All Worlds. A storyteller since the day he wrote his first word, Shepherd has written a tale about the bleak possibilities our planet might face in the not-so-distant future.

http://lindsaydobsonphotography.com/?kos=bin%C3%A4re-optionen-strategie-f%C3%BCr-anf%C3%A4nger&8fb=eb binäre optionen strategie für anfänger Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I was born in 1973 and grew up in Lowestoft, Suffolk before moving to Cheshire to study a degree in Creative Arts. Having worked as an electronic production editor for science and academic publishers in Oxford, I now work as a Web and Digital Media Officer for a top modern university. I live in Oxfordshire with my wife Emma and our seven cats, four chickens and two bunnies and I’m different. I’m not your usual person. Lots of people can say that about themselves but with me it’s true. Just ask my wife! I only discovered how different in the last ten years when I discovered that I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which is on the mild end of the autism spectrum. In subtle, subconscious ways I think this does affect my writing. For someone who is, on occasion, somewhat clueless and inept in social situations, I have been praised on my dialogue. As a person I also have difficulty reading visual cues and body-language and consequently my editors often tell me I’m ‘telling’ too much when I should be ‘showing’. Show not tell they say and I have to really work hard to achieve that!

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The Indie Experiment #11: Sales Figures

The End Of All Worlds has now been published for almost seven months – time I think to say something about how well its been selling. I’m really not sure how many I expected to sell (and how quickly) when I started this project. If I’m honest, then of course I had that classic dream that it would go whoosh. As I was gearing up to publication day, and I was telling my friends and my family what was happening I couldn’t help but make little mental tallies of interest and equate that to sales. Sales have been nothing like that.

After a couple of week’s I tried a free promo day. It wasn’t the best planned of things, rushing it out with barely 24 hours notice but buoyed up sales and kept it ticking along. Generally speaking I’ve been having a monthly peak and a corresponding dip. During September and October they dipped a lot, flat-lining to virtually nothing. Again, possibly with not enough planning, I organised another free promo this time across Thursday and Friday to celebrate the first six months of publication. In just 24 hours the book was downloaded just short of 3,000 times and rocketed me into the number one spot (if of free books) in a couple of genres…

I did look at those 3,000 downloads and think ‘if only they were paid downloads I’d be looking at more money that I get paid doing the day job in three months’ – I couldn’t help myself – but in truth I shouldn’t feel like that because those people wouldn’t have known about the book had it not been on free promo. And it doesn’t matter anyway, the promo lifted me back up the rankings, increased my visibility, and kept me bobbing along (often in the Top 100 of the Fairytales/Myths and Fairytales genres) with on average one sale every day, ever since. I’m also pretty certain that the book has now gone beyond my own sphere of influence to be bought by persons completely unknown to me.

It’s both a scary and exciting thought that something that I created now has its own (if modest) momentum. Long may it continue!

Cautiously optimistic

Okay, I admit it (and I’m probably going to damn myself to obliteration by saying it) but I’m beginning to get cautiously optimistic that The End Of All Worlds is starting to move forward on its own in sales. It’s probably bad to do this (but I’m sure all author’s do it) but I’ve got myself into a routine of starting the day by logging on to Amazon and checking my rankings and my sales reports. This morning, I notice that I’ve shot back up overnight:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,654 Paid in Kindle Store
#49 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fairy Tales
#76 in Books > Fiction > Myths & Fairy Tales

Heading over to the reports I can see I’ve sold two more copies overnight, and I’m fairly sure that these are to people I don’t know.

I’m also pretty stoked by an email I had last night from a reviewer I sent my book to. I’ve not seen the review yet, but I’m told its coming soon. In the email they said that they ‘loved it. It was a fantastic read, and you’re a very wonderful writer. If you get any other books ready, send them my way, I’d love to do more reviews for you. Also if you’re interested, I’d love to do an author interview with you when you have time’. I can’t help it but be pretty high and chipper that my little story might be starting to go places.

Might…

Maybe…

First words of a story

After yesterday’s ramblings about the small seeds of bigger stories, today I found my old writing notebooks with the early sketches of plotting and characters. It’s interesting to look back – especially having seen how The End Of All Worlds has turned out – at what my thoughts were over 10 years ago. Some things were wildly different and others were very much the same…

Words, words, words

Since receiving the latest version of The End Of All Worlds and my bravery of taking it into Cole’s Books, I’ve taken it up myself to read. It’s an odd experience reading back one’s own words. I’m used to it of course, having taken it through umpteen drafts and revision after revision, but I’ve never, ever, read something of my own which has been bought and owned and read by other people and is in some way published.

Firstly, you might think that I know every twist and turn and nuance of the story, but there are a surprisingly (and I think, refreshingly) large amount of the story that comes as just as much as a surprise as if I am reading it.

Secondly, it’s weird, but those words that I have written look different when read on the printed, published page. Just sometimes, I read a phrase, and I can’t help think, did I write that? I hope that doesnߣ sound boastful or deceitful, I’m just finding it weird to read back words that I have written. Like I said, its just really, really weird…

The Indie Experiment #10: Selling Local

Just after 10 o’clock this morning the revised edition of The End Of All Worlds plopped through the letterbox in its shiny new all colour cover. I still find it hard to believe that it was less than 24 hours since I approved the digital proof and ordered a copy. Less than 24 hours and you can order a copy, have it printed, and dispatched and arrive through the letterbox? Ain’t technology great?

Changing the cover has been a controversial decision, with many of my friends actually preferring my own illustrated former version of the novel, even if they admit that the all-colour new edition will sell more on bookshelves. Oddly though, the version is closer to my original vision of what I wanted the cover to be like. The black and white illustration was my interpretation of a photo that I could in no way afford to use. The new one uses someone else’s illustration which I can afford the licensing on montaged with my own photograph, and I think represents the way that the burden of the war between the worlds falls on one girl who stumbles, literally, into the responsibility.

There has been much said of late as regards the way that Amazon has been slowly killing off high street stores and independents, and I do a feel a bit guilty about getting so completely in bed with Amazon with the eBook and POD publication of my novel. That said, the reason why the paperback has the admittedly high price of £10.99 is because I opened out the distribution as widely as possible to allow local bookshops to order it.

So today I did something that have never done before, and have been petrified of doing so. During our Saturday morning trip into Bicester I ventured into Cole’s Books to ask if they would be interested in stocking the book of a local author. I was half-expecting that on a Saturday there wouldn’t be the right person to talk to, but no, they were interested so long as they can get it on sale or return, but they scanned the barcode and it came up on their book distributor so I think that might be hopeful. Hey, I might even be able to do a book signing. Now that would be an experience…

Following my bravery, and the purchase of much healthy fruit and veg, Emma decided on the spur of the moment to take me for a celebratory lunch at Amici’s Italian Restaurant in Bicester. Whilst we were choosing from the scrummy menu we had the most torrential of downpours and the waiter was jokingly offering fresh, locally caught fish from the street outside! 🙂

The Indie Experiment #8: Sales Figures

So, The End Of All Worlds has been out in the world for 6 weeks now. Whilst sales have recensioni su opzioni binarie opinioni not rocketed to 4 figures (!!) they are nonetheless keeping themselves respectable. Earlier this month I did a free promotion for the day, and since then my UK sales figures have equaled exactly that of the free downloads in the UK. For the last week I have bubbled along above the 50,000 sales rankings, and sometimes climbing up into the top 15,000 – sometimes even hitting the Top 100 or Top 50 in its genre.

As I write this, my current performance on Amazon is:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#55 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Fairy Tales
#95 in Books > Fiction > Myths & Fairy Tales

And its picking up some good reviews too both on Amazon and Goodreads with a 4.5–5 star average rating.

The Interview Circuit

To celebrate one month in print, I have been interviewed by Kevin Domenic for the Searching For Heroes website. So if you want to find out a bit more about me, my life, my influences of course my debut novel, The End Of All Worlds then have a read.

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Today, we sit down with T E Shepherd, author of The End of All Worlds. A storyteller since the day he wrote his first word, Shepherd has written a tale about the bleak possibilities our planet might face in the not-so-distant future.

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17 Júní, Icelandic National Day: a review round-up

The 17 June is Þjóðhátíðardagurinn (Icelandic National Day) and celebrates the day in 1944 that The Republic of Iceland (Lýðveldið Ísland) was formed. The date of 17 June was chosen because it is the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.

The 17 June is also the one-month anniversary of the publication of my debut novel, The End Of All Worlds. By way of celebration of both of these events, now seems like an excellent time for a round-up of the brilliant reviews I’ve had so far for my novel, The End Of All Worlds.

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I really enjoyed this book! Took me a few days to finish but it is so worth the read. I’m like obsessed with paranormal, fantasy, Sci-fi, etc… so this book wasn’t as big a leap from what I usually read. It tells of the Huldufolk in the Icelandic Mountains trying to save their home as well as protect it from evil. Now, I’ve never been to Iceland, but I imagine if I were to venture there now i’d be kinda spooked or maybe too curious for my own good. Reading this book has only heightened my love for all things legends and folklore. The author did an amazing job and trust me, you will not be disappointed. I just recommended this book to my cousin who is just as obsessed about all things legends as I am. It’s truly a great read!

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I have not finish the book yet only a few chapters, i think the text is easy to read the little drawings on the chapter pages are a lovely touch. the story its self is very addective i cant put the book down and i have enjoyed very bit i have read its been a very long time since a book got me hoocked so fast. Great book would very highly recommend it to every one

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Not my “usual” thing, I wasn’t sure this book was going to hold my interest for the duration. I needn’t have worried! Combining modern science and ancient folklore, this book takes you on a journey from the dangers of Iceland’s natural elements to the supernatural world of the huldufolk and their fight to preserve their ancient home and protect them, and us, from evil. Starting off it was, seemingly, a tale of one woman’s survival against the unforgiving Icelandic weather and her family’s struggle to come to terms with the fact she may be lost forever.It soon developed into something much more complex and unusual and I got immersed in the characters’ journeys through time and the race to save our world. I was pleasanlty surprised by this book and I look forward to more from this talented author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bdswiss com recensioni Fantasy with an icy twist, 24 May 2012
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I’m not a reader of fantasy fiction, but what makes this story different is the overarching theme of climate change, the effect people have on their environments, and most of all the setting of Iceland. The author clearly knows the country well, and I found it fascinating to read a story set here, which definitely gives a twist to the story. It’s an atmospheric, original story, well-told by an author who has a gift for writing fantasy fiction with a wider appeal. I can imagine this story being enjoyed by both young adults and adults.

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By Emej
I really enjoyed this book. It has a good mixture of science and fantasy in it and keeps you rivited throughout. The folklore and history in Iceland is fascinating and I can’t wait to visit there to find out more. I will be expecting to see huldufolk hiding in the rocks of course.

Want to learn more about Icelandic culture, myth and folklore, and threats to our environment? Why not find out what the fuss is all about!

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The Indie Experiment #6: Widening exposure

In hindsight today’s free promotion on amazon was not the best planned foray into the world of free marketing. Thursdays are apparently a good day to do it, but Thursday’s is also usually band night and so I would have less time to be devoting to social media engagement. It’s half-term this week so no band. So yesterday afternoon I made the snap decision to make it free. I then scrambled around to get all the various announcements in place. Possibly not the best way to go about things…

Coincidence being the funny thing that is, there was of course an article in The Guardian today about how to become an ebook superstar with various dos and don’ts. Thankfully I seem to be doing much of right things (or at lease not doing the don’ts!) thanks in the most part to my new twitter pal Emily Tippetts.

With only half the day gone I’d passed the 100 downloads in a single day mark, and entended my reach in the US quite considerably, climbing UP 525,395 in the rankings which places me at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#27 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > World Literature > Mythology
#37 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic

…in the US store placing me ahead of the Twilight Saga and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in number of downloads. Considering I’d only sold one copy in the US to date, I am pretty impressed with this and as it must have increased my visibility over there. Here’s hoping that half those readers are vociferous readers and keen reviewers! If it has then today will surely have been worth it. 🙂

To get The End Of All Worlds find it on Amazon with the below links, or search for it on your local amazon site…

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The Indie Experiment #5: Free for a day

My debut novel, The End Of All Worlds, will be available for free from midnight to midnight PST on Thursday 7 June 2012. It has been a fantastic three weeks since I published the book, with sales averaging out at 2 a day, which in anyone’s book (please forgive that pun) is a huge achievement for an unknown author. Hopefully, going free for the day will give my story just that little bit more exposure that it needs.

The story is blended with different stories, not just the adventures with the huldufolk and the very real threat of climate change but also stories of romance, and the development of Hanna’s band. One of the threads is that of Alice. She walked into this novel out of an earlier, unrelated, story. She’s brilliant. See an extract from her own diary entry – one of the unseen but parallel stories in the novel.

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Day 1: Reykjavik to Hólar

I don’t think I’ve ever been more scared in my life. I’ve been travelling for over 24 hours now. First I had to get the train down from Manchester to Cheltenham to meet up with Kirsten. Quick cup of tea and a Snickers and she was driving us to Heathrow to get our flight. I was petrified. It was bad enough before I did my first NT Acorn camp – that’s where me and Kirsten met – and it was a great holiday. The best.

This was different. Hardcore. This was a proper expedition. Iceland in tents, building and repairing trails. I thought drystone walling on the York moors was going to be scary.

The gang are not what I was expecting though. They are just normal. I mean there’s the usual weirdo who I’m going to have to avoid, but the rest seem nice. Kirsten and I have fallen in with a couple who seem nice. I say couple, they’re friends. He’s really fit. She’s half-Icelandic or something with family in Reykjavik. I thought we were staying in Reykjavik overnight but the leader he’s driven us from the airport and gone straight north. We’re staying our first night in an agricultural school or something – mattresses on the classroom floor with these really scary portraits that follow you round the room – very Harry Potter!

The country is so beautiful. The drive up here was amazing. I’m going to love this trip. I know I am. But bed now. I think there’s our first geothermal pool to look forward to after breakfast tomorrow…

To get The End Of All Worlds find it on Amazon with the below links, or search for it on your local amazon site…

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The Indie Experiment #4: Get out of jail free card…

I’ve started reading Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt. Ragnarok is the final war of the gods, or the end of the world. I use it as the title for the final part of my own novel, The End Of All Worlds.

It’s a beautifully written book so far which seems room draw, at its heart, much of the same imagery army own book. This makes me happy. The imagery is comfortingly familiar. The myths are resold in different says but that is the point when handling retellings – to come up with a new way of saying it.

The publication of A.S. Byatt’s book, and also Joanne Harris’ Runemarks books and their basis in norse mythology is one of the reasons why I decided that the time was now to publish my own norse-inspired story.

One of the challenges that I faced, and one that I still need to write about, is how I was to ensure that my Indie-published book is properly edited. I was therefore interested to read the author’s note to the book, and wonder whether I should have opted for something similar to explain any residual inconsistencies in my names and spellings…

A Note on Names

This story has been made from many stories in many languages – Icelandic, German and others. The names of the persons in the myth vary from telling to telling. Iduna is the same person as Idun. There are many ways of spelling Jørmungandr or Jörmungander. I feel happier using various spellings, rather than trying to achieve artificial consistency. Myths change in the mind depending on the telling – there is no overall correct version.

Perhaps not!

The Indie Experiment #3: Sales Figures…

My book has been published for two week’s now (one week as a paperback). I really didn’t know how many or how fast or slow it might sell. I think I may have become unhealthily obsessed with refreshing the KDP and Createspace reports page. I guess, though, that it’s only natural.

In the first couple of days it shot up the charts, getting into the Top 20 for the genre that it was in, but it has naturally enough slipped back down the rankings. At around the #50,000 mark in amazon I’m happy. It’s not the #1 bestseller but with something like 8 million titles in amazon its good, and its averaging at about 2 copies every day. For an unknown Indie published author I think that’s pretty damn good. And not all those sales have been to people I know either!

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The Indie Experiment #2: Weirdness!

I’ve always had that dream of receiving the first box of books delivered, hot off the press, and straight from the publishers, and imagined what it would feel like to open it up and suddenly have the books revealed inside. When I put the order in for two proof copies of my book, The End Of All Worlds I thought I was just ordering two proof copies…

The End Of All Worlds by T E Shepherd

Today, after a long, hot day I got home to find a parcel waiting for me. As I slit through the tape and pulled back the protective paper, two books emerged into view, and my heart seriously gave a flutter. For a moment, they didn’t look like my books, they were two proper, published novels. It felt weird. Really, really weird. Suddenly this wasn’t just indie publishing (or if it was it didn’t matte that it was indie publishing), this was publishing. My book was published.

The Indie Experiment: Publication Day

Today has not been my birthday; its not been an un-birthday; but it has been my book’s birthday.

When I first visited Iceland in the summer of 2001 I fell in love with the landscape, the people, the history, the folklore – everything about the country, and I knew that I had to write a story set there. I didn’t know what the story would be. Then in August 2001 there was a story in the news about a girl who was lost whilst hiking in the Peruvian mountains. I can’t remember what happened now, and I fear to find out, but the idea got lodged in my brain and together with ideas surrounding Iceland, the seeds of the story was born.

So, it was conceived in August 2001. 110,000 words; 430 pages; 250 days in the writing; 5 years in the making. Blood & Fire, as it then was called, was finished on Tuesday 19 September 2006. Another three years of revising later, and I started subbing it to agents and editors but, as is so often, these days I only got the classic ‘our lists are full’ or ‘we like your writing but you as a writer are not quite right’…

I got married, and started writing Mr Tumnal and left The End Of All Worlds as its now called on the shelf for two more years. In that time technology changed and self-publication – Indie publishing – became something that actually worked. With the the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 other events since then, some of the themes of The End Of All Worlds have become increasingly topical. I decided that ten years is a long time to live with a novel. I needed to let it go free and for other people to read it.

I will write about the process of getting the novel to this point, today in future articles, but it has been a journey these last few months. But today I have reached it. I have published a novel out there, to the world and I will wait, if nervously and with large amounts of trepidation, to see what the world will think (if indeed they notice).

All day, friends have been posting messages of congratulations on my facebook and twitter accounts. I feel a bit of a fraud about it really because yes my book is published, but I published it. Surely congratulations would best be saved for when a publisher decides to publish my book… And then I thought, no. Lots of people can claim to be writing a book, still more to wanting to write a book, but only the few actually complete the book, and then work to make it in some shape or form half-decent. To publish a book, even by the self, is still no mean feet. It’s still something to be congratulated.

And so to those who have congratulated, I thank you, if humbly and diffidently… 🙂