Busy few weeks just past and, though I’m highly fulfilled from what I’ve been up to, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy to emerge again. What’s changed?

Firstly, of course, I published Escalation. I’m really, really happy with the book – not least of which because of the excellent cover by Rob Edmonds who deserves much praise and profuse thanks! I hope you’ll be interested to check out Escalation.

I’ve taken much greater control over my books by migrating Family Rules, Karaoke Criminals and Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies? from iUniverse to CreateSpace – where I’d already publishes Garbled Glittering Glamours and Escalation. Now, I’m not going to lie, a large part of the migration is to increase my royalty per book by cutting out the middleman, but mostly I did this because it gives me complete creative control over my books from idea to product.

The second part of migration is to have converted all of the books to eBook/Kindle and made them directly available.

And finally, having kicked myself up the rear end, I built out both the Shop and Press areas of the blog, extending its reach from content to transactions.

Very excited by the new front covers:

I should have done all this a long time ago, but I never did. So now I have.

Alongside this structural build-out, I’ve also been preparing for my first Virtual Book Tour for Family Rules, with Pump Up Your Book – that starts on January 2nd, 2012. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve done loads of interviews, guest blogs and sent out copies of the book for review. This is the most proactive marketing I’ve done for one of my books, so I’m really excited to see how it all turns out.

Talking of marketing, I did my first video-blog – on Escalation – did you see it? More planned very soon.

And, via VirtualPitchfest, I’ve made about 30 pitches in December, for both Team Building and Inventing Kenny. So far, I’ve had about a 16% interest rate and expect to hear back from those in the early New Year.

Now, as I get to breathing again – I’m turning my sights to the next stories – which I won’t jinx by sharing them here – and the other work on my radar, adapting Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies? for movie screenplay (as Certainty), and Karaoke Criminals for a 4-part television drama.

All of this is very exciting and fulfilling, the extension of my story-telling self, making things come real.

Stay tuned in 2012 for how all these projects turn out.

Oh, that reminds me of another thing I’ve been up to in December, creating a formal email distribution list, to which I’m sending regular eNewsletters!

Wow. Busy.

Thanks for reading, you have my love.


[who does, in fact, plan to get back to writing his more random blogs very shortly!]