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In the centenary year of the Great War, I wrote a tribute to the fallen of all wars. This book is dedicated to my grandfather, whose life was saved by his helmet when he got bayoneted. I never had a chance to hear his story, we moved south when I was eight, and the next thing I heard was when he died when I was 16.
This week I joined a new Facebook group of writers called Booktrap, like many groups of writers out work is as diverse as our homelands. If we feel like something new, and refreshing give us a try. Here is my page http://thebooktrap.weebly.com/alan-place.html
This is a warning to people who spend endless hours on line.
At times I feel like the Ray Milland character in the film The man with X-ray eyes. If you haven't seen the film, or can't recall the plot, I will explain.
In the film Mr. Milland plays a doctor who experiments with a chemical which allows him to see through things. In the beginning it was fun, seeing through clothes, as the film went on, he got to the point he needed the drug to maintain his eye-sight. The problem was the more he used the drug, the more he saw, until in the end it drive him mad. He was able to see through concrete, and unable to go out without dark glasses.
If you think I am being melodramatic, please let me explain myself.
For several months, I have had to limit my on line time, the reason for this is the longer I am on, the more I see. Some nights I don't see the screen, I see the lines which make the screen up, looking away doesn't help as all I see are the lines occurring on the keyboard.
When I turn the lights out in my room, I can see flashing yellow lines whizzing across the walls, and closing my eyes is of little use, I see flashing images of cubes.
Yet again, the price of running a FREE blog is driven home. On Monday, there were over 1,600 posts read by over 1,000 people. The net result, no sales. Obviously my work is great to read if it's FREE, but nobody is interested enough to pay a few nickels and dimes for months of work.
This has been the worst month for sales, beyond any doubt. In January I joined Draft2Digital, although I was only on the site for three days I sold three e-books. After over three weeks of this month, I have only sold two e-books, and I can foresee no improvement as my sales trend for the last four months has been downwards.
It is indicative of the low value the readers attach to my work, when the book I sold on Kobo equalled the best selling books on both Amazon, and Draft2Digital this month.
At times like this, I wonder, as much as I enjoyed my writing is it worth continuing? My ghost stories never sold, and I have stopped writing them. My award winning e-book Chronicles of Mark Johnson has not sold in the two years since the award was given. A Sailor's Love, my ghost romance came out two weeks ago, and looks as if it will sink without a sale. Another year, and three months work for nothing.
Four years ago, on a trip to Scarborough, I wrote my original ghost story for some friends. They were so impressed with The Ghost of St.Mary's https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32452, I wrote a sequel called The Rocking Lantern https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32456
That fall, I wrote what became my most popular ghost story "Old Church Ghosts." https://www.draft2digital.com/book/40524
In the Fall of 2011 I had my first official publication,when OCG was published on line at Vintage Script magazine, in a Halloween special page.
2012 brought joy, and despair to me. My story Sea Ghosts https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32491 would have come third in a writing contest -- if it the contest hadn't been hacked twice -- in the end it was forced down to fourth, and with it went my hopes of getting work as a writer. I did beat the person who did the damage, but that is little joy, as she achieved her goal.
In the years after the contest, I wondered, is there room for an old-fashioned ghost story,in this modern world?
Try as I might, other than the recent success of St.Mary's, and the popularity of OCG, none of my other stories did a thing.
Old Church Ghosts is also available in a special edition https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32132 containing the previously unpublished version & in A Spooky Fall Harvest by the Peacock Writers, for our children's charity work http://alsdomain.weebly.com/the-peacock-writers#.VEYptiLF_Hs
The end result is I won't be doing any more ghost stories, i will be centring my attention on Sci-Fi, as people enjoy reading my Forgestriker series.
I won't forget this birthday in a hurry :)
The 2nd anniversary of the award for Chronicles of Mark Johnson. I won a book in a contest, and the top of the cake, I am being paid to write a fantasy book.
A place to read generalisms of my thoughts, some book related and others general chatter.