- News For August 2013
Last October my wife Sue was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and a halt was called to writing activity while we fought the invader. It has been a tough winter and spring with Sue going through the pain and distress of a heavy course of chemotherapy and then major surgery. Meanwhile I experienced a steep learning curve in cookery, housework, shopping and other essential home activities.
Luckily we seem to have come through the ordeal and, after a holiday, are sailing in calmer waters (sorry about the cliché). Writing activity has restarted (on “The Templar Legacy” and I plan to re-issue the blogs of the last two years.
Thank you to my readers who have stayed with me through the difficult times.
- News for September
I apologise for not giving you my news during the summer which was dominated by our trip back to the UK to visit family and friends. Wasn´t it dreadful weather! On the way back we lingered in France for a week visiting Chinon in the Loire Valley (one of our favourites and the setting of “The Eighth Child”) and the area around Sarlat in the Dordogne area.
This is a very historic region which I haven´t been to for more than thirty years and we´ve decided it merits a repeat exploration some time next year. We particularly liked the old village of Domme, perched on top of cliffs above the river with spectacular views. It was also interesting to find there were links with the Templars, about which I am researching a book at the moment.
When we got back I found my next novel to be published “Riversmeet – Starting out” had completed it´s edit by Anna Cameron and was ready for publication. I have now finished working through the corrections and recommendations and it should become available on Kindle in a week or two. If you want more information about it you can visit my blog site (www.blog.mikehillier.com) where I have been giving information about the location (South East Devon) and the period (post war England in the early 1950´s).
I am now getting my next novel ready for publication. It is called “Bank-cor-Rupt” and is about actual experiences with banks and the people who carry out their dirty work (Receivers). Although their actions are completely immoral they are blessed by the English legal system. But I won´t go on about it here. You will be able to read about it in 2/3 months.
- News for March
E-book sales continue to go well, averaging about 60/70 a day. I hope to get my next novel out on Kindle Direct Publishing in the near future. This is called “Riversmeet – Starting Out”. It represents a change from my normal “Action and Adventure” type of novel and is twice the length of my previous books. It is set mainly in South Devon in the early post-war years and tells of the emergence of one of the first property tycoons. This is the first volume of a trilogy.
I have also been invited to submit the first article and plans for a series to “Writers Forum” , the writing magazine to which I subscribe. The series will all about e-publishing and will tell readers in detail how to put their work onto the various e-publishing sites in the formats which can be downloaded onto Kindle, Sony e-readers, Kobos, Apple I-pads and others.
I seem to be coming to be thought of as an expert on e-books although I have to confess my ever-loving wife Sue actually copes with most of the technical details.
- News for February
I am pleased with the sales of my e-books which reached nearly 2,000 last month. Most of the demand has been for “The Secret of the Cathars” which seems to have caught on with the reading public but “The Eighth Child” is also beginning to take off. I now have four books available and hope to add “Network Virus” in March.
Most of the sales are through Amazon Kindle but they are also available through Sony, Apple and Barnes and Noble – the big book seller in the US. I have recently got on with Kobo who are selling their e-readers through WH Smith in the UK. No figures are available from them yet.
Robert Hale have published (through Faber Factory) “The Wolf of Hades” in e-book formats. Again no sales figures are available yet.
- News for January
I am convinced self-publishing in e-books formats is the way forward for unknown writers. My sales in November were over 650, in December 920 and they are currently running at over 70 a day. That is without any actual sales activity. Who knows – I might even make some money!!
I have started “Templar Legacy” but put it aside pending a research visit to the Carcassonne area in the spring. Currently I am working on “Bankrupt”, a fictional exposé of some of the more unpleasant aspects of the banking industry.
Happy new year everyone.