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A few friends have endorsed me on LinkedIn for ghostwriting, which in a way is correct while also being a misnomer; let me expand for you.
It is true that I am a ghost writer; I made what reputation I have on writing good ghost stories and this is something readers keep telling me I am good at.
However I am not a ghostwriter, the difference being a ghostwriter is somebody who writes a book for somebody using the author's name, not their own. I have not done this and doubt if I could, to do this you need to know how that person thinks and you need to study their style. I cannot imagine anybody wanting to or even trying to write Chronicles for me, my friends have told me the changing style would be obvious. Also, the plots are so contrived I don't know what happens from one page to the next. If you wish for a ghostwriter, you can contact me friend Karen Cole at http://www.rainbowriting.com/ghostwriterinformation.htm
As I made a small reputation for ghost stories, I am returning to that area to try and pick up the shattered shards of my writing after the various attempts at other genres, which while being well liked and read garnered no sales.
This is my friend Linda Scott, she is the writer of the books about Frank da Pug. Linda is also a member of the Peacock Writers who write for children's charities.
Being involved in various groups and sites about writing, I noticed some writers won't stray from their comfort zones, areas which they feel they know the territory and their readers. This is a good ploy in some ways because your readers know you know what you are writing about and know what to expect from you.
I suppose my comfort zone (if I had one) is Chronicles of Mark Johnson, mainly because the world he inhabits is one I create and re-create as I write. Even so, I try not to get too complacent with the stories as I like to keep the few readers I have in suspense, which from the feedback from my 3 or 4 main fans is something I am able to achieve with each book.
If you take a look at my output, you will see an ever-evolving trend of pushing the boundaries of my style; I am striving to reach a new audience and to try and find an area which I fail to please my readers, as yet neither has arrived.
That is correct, as of tonight Chronicles enters the last week of my chance of being published at Cemetery Dance Publishing house, in Maryland. Since there acceptance email back in January, I have heard nothing and do not expect to hear from them in the next week, some long shots pay off, mine didn't. I guess I'm no EL James.
' The award winner nobody wanted' :( Book 2 comes out next month and according to my editor, Julia it is better than book 1 in the series. Book 2 only needs 5 sales to better this one; I do plan a third in the series as book 2 has a lead to book 3, but after that it is a ???????
I have other plans such as re-writing Pat Canella stories starting after "Ghosts of your past," and I am currently re-writing "The Word," which was my on line serial before "Love of the Sea." I will continue writing, even if nothing comes out.
This is typical practise for Xlibris; please do NOT even consider them, no matter how desperately you want to see a book in print. This is a great site for checking companies for reputation and credability.
With the hopes of the new Mark Johnson book doing well (or better than the last), here is a link to show what other good things happened over the last year.
Today, I had the pleasure of starting to chat to Jake Needham the author of the Jack Sheppard novels. Jake is from the US but has lived in and wrote about the Far East for many years.
On the cover of this book it states that Alan Schnieder complied the book, yet on the book page he lists himself as the sole AUTHOR http://www.amazon.com/dp/1475282982 and as such any sales will go to him. The book sold 4 copies prior to my recent order, as I didn't see a cent I am guessing none of the others did too. I have strongly complained to Amazon about this theft. I have no objection to him as the editor as he DID compile and format the book but he did NOT write it.
If you wish for proof the stories in there from me are mine here they are:- http://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-ghost-of-st-marys_17.html#.UXpsWqKG0W4
These were the first of my ghost stories and date back to July 2011, when I was laid up n bed with the ruptured tendon. If this is still not proof enough, send me an email and I will gladly email you my letter from him saying how much he enjoyed "The Rocking Lantern" along with MY original story.
The Ghost of St. Mary's is available in the book "Apparitions Recalled" http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ALHSC6G and "The Rocking Lantern" will be coming out in "Sea Ghosts" shortly.
One of my joys is being part of the group of writers called The Peacock Writers, this group of friends write for children's charities and we never see a cent of the monies earned by book sales. The joy comes from knowing that perhaps somewhere in the world a child or a family can share a moment of happiness http://thepeacockwriters.weebly.com/blog.html
A place to read generalisms of my thoughts, some book related and others general chatter.