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A happy little indie author

As any indie author will know, it is a monumental up hill struggle to get your novel noticed. So when a spotlight of recognition shines a light on your work it causes that warm and fuzzy bug to purr loudly within. Well, my warm and fuzzy bug is still purring from the warmth of the spotlight.

A while ago I entered an online competition for the best opening for a self-published novel. I entered my first chapter, gave my contact information, then forgot about it—I’m not the sort of guy who wins competitions, even if I were the only participant and judge. But… Holy doughnuts falling from the sky, I WON! No really, I did. I’ll prove it. Click the certificate below to see the evidence.


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Chapter 1 of Ama

Death at last, Jason thought, as the rope tightened around his neck. He accepted the pain as a minor inconvenience, an unfortunate discomfort he had to endure while his life came to an end. He hoped his attacker possessed the resolve to finish the job, before a guard had a chance to stop him.

The prison chaplain once said that Emily would be waiting for him in paradise, a belief Jason didn’t share and thought was nothing but tired nonsense. A fairy tale for the bereaved that he wanted to be true but knew wasn’t. The preacher’s hollow words of comfort had no effect on the sickening sting of grief. Jason had concluded that the universe was indifferent to life, and of death, no doubt, cared even less. It wasn’t through a lugubrious veil of depression with which he saw the world; this was an unequivocal acceptance that life was abhorrent with no meaningful purpose, so why put off the inevitable. The eternal void was in the next room, and he had no intention of keeping it waiting.

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About the Ama book trailers

Book trailers are a thing? Cool! I can do that...

No sleep, but fun One of my many geeky hobbies is messing around with 3D modeling and playing within virtual worlds of my own creation. I’m by no means a professional, not even close, but it can be a fun way to see hours of my life vanish without a trace—I’ve lost track of the amount of days that have blended seamlessly into the next, without a chance for me to pay homage to my bed. So, when I realised that a book trailer could be another means by which to shout about my novel from the digital rooftops, I thought, cool! I can do that.

While the Ama manuscript was off being checked by Richard Sheehan (A professional Copy-editor and Proofreader), I set to work creating a book trailer. Oh dear… Grand plans, high hopes, and an awful lot of banging my head against the nearest wall. I’m happy with the end result, but it’s far from the storyboard I’d sketched out within my tormented brain. The original idea was for a lot more animation, compl…

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