So, just to let you know….

Posted in Book Club with tags on January 2, 2018 by Kate Jack

…as part of my new writing regime, I’m on the third, and final, edit of the second edition of Book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. The story remains essentially the same, but with crucial additions here and there, to smooth out the flow of the plot, and the ruthless weeding out of clunky sentences, thus increasing the pace that such an adventurous tale requires.

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Since the first edition was published, back in November 2013, my writing journey has taken me down new paths, enabling me to garner fresh techniques and greater insights into what it is readers actually want from their books. I have worked very hard to apply all my newly acquired knowledge and , of course, will be applying them to the other two books in the trilogy.

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Now, as an independent, self publishing author, I have a wonderful sense of freedom and control, which I am certain has vastly improved my writing style. I have shaken off, what became, the shackles of conventional publishing. This sense of freedom seems to have sparked the old synapses back into life and I now have more writing projects on the back burner, than I have had for years. It’s no longer a slog to think up new ideas – it’s actually a pleasure 😀

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So, it’s onward and upward into the New Year and, hopefully, into the wild blue beyond! 😀

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Future present, future past

Posted in Writing with tags , , on December 30, 2017 by Kate Jack

As usual, time has flown by and 2017 is almost over. When I look back, the past two years have been an eventful time for me. I gave up smoking over a year ago.

Had an operation on my left foot, which resulted in the amputation of my left big toe,

and I also retired.

But of all the things that happened to me was my return to writing short stories, something I haven’t done for a long time. I surprised, even shocked myself, by producing not just one book, but three!

Given my normal penchant for procrastination, I turned these books out in super short time, by my standards, and found out not only how to format and upload them to Amazon, but I also indulged in the joy of seeking out and purchasing the covers for them. But the biggest event of all, was the return of my book rights for The Silver Flute Trilogy, and the opportunity to re-edit and republish them myself. It was an opportunity I never thought I would have, but since it’s happened, my enthusiasm for writing has reignited and is leading me down a new path to fresh creations.

The Silver Flute Trilogy (1st edition)

The Silver Flute Trilogy (2nd edition)

As an indie author, I relish my freedom to write what I like and when I like. To choose my own covers and publish where, when and how I wish. 

Roll on 2018. 😀

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What if…

Posted in Book Club with tags on December 5, 2017 by Kate Jack

…you had the chance to start afresh? Would you – should you? Hell, yes! 😀

That’s just what I’ve done. Since my publisher and I parted company, I’ve embarked on a writing Odyssey, self-publishing three new books of short stories. I haven’t written short stories for a good few years, so was pleasantly surprised when I found it fairly easy, not only to produce brand new tales, but also to refine and edit existing ones I’d started, but never finished.

The result was an eBook of fantasy writing, called: A Pocketful of Stories, which is permanently free and available, via my website: http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate

I was then encouraged by a good writing buddy of mine, to carry on the theme and produce another book, called: A Hatful of Stories, also available via my website. This contains brand new stories, which of course involved a great deal of unaccustomed thinking on my part. I’d not written anything fresh for quite some time, and although it was quite hard to get started, once I did my imagination reignited, and I was pleased to find I’d not lost the facility to dream up new ideas.

You think it’s all over? Far from it. I went for the hat trick and since it’s nearly that time of year again, and it’s snowing on my blog, I decided to create something for the season and came up with: A Stocking full of Stories.

I’ve also regained the rights to The Silver Flute Trilogy and am currently engaged in re editing it, smoothing out the odd glitch or wrinkle in the plots and giving them a brand new makeover.

Before

After

So, come one, come all to the new fantasy ball 😀

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Calling all fantasy fiction fans!

Posted in Book Club with tags on December 3, 2017 by Kate Jack

fans visit my website today and claim your free book!  

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The Essential Self-Publishing Guide

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2017 by Kate Jack

For those of you contemplating the self publishing route.

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This is an exciting week for me! For the past several months, I’ve been working on putting together a self-publishing guide. My original plan was to compile previous articles I’d written, but the project got away from me and turned into over 170 pages.

The Essential Self-Publishing Guideis for writers who are considering self-publishing. The second section of the book is a step-by-step guide that is geared toward people who aren’t tech-savvy. So, if you or someone you know would like to self-publish, but are intimidated by formatting or uploading to KDP, this guide might be helpful. My hope is that writers who might consider turning to an expensive vanity publishing service, or who are contemplating handing over rights to a fly-by-night, start-up publisher will feel confident enough to try independently publishing instead.

If you’re not sure you want to self-publish, or if you are already a published author…

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New worlds, new stories.

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, my writing productivity has increased way beyond my expectations. I’ve written and published two short story books, learned how to seek out and purchase covers for them, and am now currently working on my third volume of short stories, which will, hopefully, be  out in time for Christmas: A Pocketful of Stories (permanently free), A Hatful of Stories, and the current WIP, A Stocking full of Stories.

I realise, of course, how lucky I am to have the time to be able to do something I truly love, which is just as well, as my previously written books, The Silver Flute Trilogy, will also be undergoing a metamorphosis. They will soon no longer be available on Amazon, in their current form, as my publisher and I have parted company (amicably).

Instead, after some re-editing and new covers, I will be self-publishing them.

Added to which, I’ve decided to write a prequel to The Silver Flute Trilogy,  called: Midnight Tales. It will take the reader back to the beginning, outlining how, where, and when, the main protagonists came together. 

So, as you can see, I’m going to be fairly busy for the foreseeable future. Where on earth did I get the time to go to work? 😀

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Spammers – IQ level – Zero

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

 

What is it about spammers? Why are they so thick? Is it something in the water? Or were they dropped on their heads when they were babies? Whatever the reason, I think I know the cause.

I’m obviously annoying some of them, 😀 😀 😀 as just lately they’ve been posting streams of gibberish and porn against one particular post:Spammers, predictable and stupid Does this annoy me? No, it doesn’t. Why? Because it’s easy enough to block the morons and delete their crap. Added to which it gives me a sense of satisfaction to dump their metaphorical fecal matter in the metaphorical toilet.

What does continue to baffle me, is why they do it in the first place – spam that is? I should imagine the few people sucked in by their feeble attempt to rip them off hardly makes it worthwhile. Most of the dialogue posted  makes no sense whatsoever, or is usually pornographic. Okay, you might get some takers on the latter posts, if your tastes run that way, but most people don’t respond.

So, thickos, carry on wasting your time and making yourself look as though you possess the IQ of a brain damaged newt. Most of you, in fact thousands, are blocked by my inbuilt filter. Those of you who do make it through never actually reach my blog, but are dumped in the spam folder and from there are deleted, blocked and obviously pissed off by my response to your cretinous attempts 😀

 

 

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