29/7/19 - Milestone Time!
Monday, 29 July 2019
Sound the trumpets! Pop the champagne! Because, thanks to all you wonderful people, Red Soil has just crossed the 20% threshold.
Thats one fifth of the way way there. Or two tenths. Or four twentieth and so on and so on.....
(Actually, at time of writing, the project his halfway between 21 and 22 percent, to be specific. PROGRESS!)
I thought it was worth breaking radio silence to drop that…
30/4/19 - New Pledge Level!
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
My precious pledgers, today I am pleased to announce the launch of a brand new pledge level.
I can now offer the rather unique opportunity to name a character in my forthcoming book. You will find this new option present and correct on the project page.
If only I had thought of this from the beginning! The inspiration came author Val McDermid who I overheard once auctioned off a spot in a book…
7/4/19 - Over To You
Sunday, 7 April 2019
I’ve talked about a lot of different stuff over the last few months, but this post is going to be a bit different. It’s going to be short and sweet. It’s going to be a question.
What do YOU want to know?
Leave your comments below and I’ll do my best to answer.
18/3/19 - Thoughts on a Genre
Monday, 18 March 2019
Writers do not write in a vacuum. I may have said this before, in fact I am always saying it. It’s understandable when a story is about a current moment in time, a social commentary is by definition purely about the world around us. Then there’s my genre, science fiction. Now how can that be about the current of state of things I hear you ask?
The sci-fi genre is currently alive and well, popularised…
26/2/19 - Where Authors Fear to Tread
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
In the run up to preparing this blog post, Red Soil hit a new milestone. We are in double digit folks, we’ve hit the ten percent mark. Thank you all, thank you so much.
Let the blog post commence.
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Selling things is hard, whatever it is. It requires both cunningness and the ability to be personable at the same time. Some would say it is a most devious of art forms, but there is a difference…
1/2/19 - Choosing Your Perspective
Friday, 1 February 2019
Jamie sat down to write his blog...
I sat down to write my blog...
Two styles. A choice since the dawn of time,( or maybe just literature.)
The earliest stories we encounter as a child are simple ones, and for good reason. Cautionary tales. Good versus evil. Happily ever after. All these are most often told by a kindly narrator. Fiction with any form of narrative complexity is mostly years…
11/1/19 - Writing By Numbers
Friday, 11 January 2019
Ironically, for a vocation all about words writing is a numbers game. How many pages? How many chapters? How many words? Even the commercial world of publishing boils down to the number of copies sold. But that’s just the nature of business.
It is considered good practice to write with regularity, scheduling a time of day every day to help form a habit. When most writers sit down for a session…
Happy New Year (and some bonus content.)
Tuesday, 1 January 2019
2019 is here. Hurrah. Happy new year to all my kind supporters. Yes, it’s time to get back to the grindstone.
One great challenge debut writers face is convincing the reading public to trust in their writing ability. The well-known authors can sell books on name alone, the unknowns have to work for it.
I feel it is only fair that I provide ample proof of my writing ability, especially when…
Saturday, 22 December 2018
It’s about time I wrapped things up for this year.
I just wanted take this opportunity to thank everybody for supporting me in 2018. I acknowledge that supporting a project like this is very much a blind leap of faith, and I am particularly grateful for you all being here from the start.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and see you in the new year.
30/11/18 - Weekly Update +1
Friday, 30 November 2018
Week two was a tough week, it’s all still new and I am learning what works and what doesn’t. I don’t have much else to add unfortunately.
To bulk out this post I’ve added below a brief piece on the writing profession, and by extension art in general.
This has gone out a day late due to a medical emergency, oh the joys of being a carer. I know I am setting a precedent calling these weekly updates…
22/11/18 - First Week Done
Thursday, 22 November 2018
A week ago I launched my debut novel, and just like any manuscript, it was a moment resulting from a serious amount of work. And it was like stepping from the frying pan and into the fire.
I understand the world of writing, marketing however less so. This process has a steep learning curve, and if my efforts in promoting come across as scattershot and amateurish, I can only apologise. I’ll…
And so it begins.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
So here we are, day one.
Today, I shall keep it brief, there is a lot more to come.
But here's a special thanks to all those early adopters out there, all you kind souls willing to put faith in my project where others have not yet tread. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.
We've got a long way to go.
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