Top 10 End of the World Novels
Hi guys. My sequel to The Gates will be out very shortly and as a way of getting you in the mood for some good apocalyptic fun, I wanted to give you my Top 10 End of the World Novels.
Here we go. In no particular order:
Let’s begin with the book that everyone will demand I include. Stephen King’s The Stand is a classic, and for good reason. Few books are as epic, and the amount of characters to connect with is astonishing. Everyone has their favourites like Stu or Nick, but the bad guys are equally as appealing and in many ways are grey of morality than outright black. What I love is that nearly everyone gets a character arc. No one is static and they all change (for better or worse). The book begins with a devastating plague, but the true theme of the book is simple: Human Conflict. Goddamn you, Harold.
“First came the days of the plague…
After the days of the plague came the dreams.
Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.
His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms…”
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Should you self-publish in 2016?
Yes, so long as you set realistic expectations. Wanting too much too fast will deflate your passion quicker than a monkey in your underwear drawer (I have no idea what that means).
So, what is my story of self-publishing? In early 2011 I was in my 5th or 6th year of being a mobile phone salesman in a shop. For the last few years, I had flittered between companies and into and out of management positions (I was never any good at cracking the whip). I was constantly stressed and miserable–mostly because I loathed what I did. Everyday, I grew more and more irritable with the public, and a little bit lazier with my efforts to sell to them. Every morning, I wanted to cry rather than go in and face another day. And don’t even get me started on the immoral area managers who expected results at any cost (Simon Little I am calling you out, bitch!) and felt it was right to treat staff like dirt. Phones4U went bust a couple of years ago and I can’t say I wasn’t a little pleased to see such a dishonest company fall. By that time I was already earning a shit load of cash doing what I love. Charlie, I was winning! Continue Reading →
Hi guys. Really sorry about the technical difficulties with the site over the last 24 hours. The server went down for a while which was so stressful that I barely slept last night. My website is now one of my most important assets and I have spent months getting it how I want it. Fortunately, everything is now back in operation, however sadly we lost yesterday’s post – TOP 10 MODERN HORROR NOVELS.
RIP. You’re brightness shone for too short a time.
I will seek to post a new top 10 early next week and will include the link in the next email update. Once again, I’m sorry everyone!
Authors Build Your Twitter Audience
Six months ago, I had 250 Twitter followers and posted perhaps once a month. I didn’t understand Twitter. It seemed like an incomprehensible stream of nonsense. But I also knew that it was important. A tool that could be harness by the wily self published author. So I did what I usually do when I want to improve an area of my business: I obsessed over it. I researched it. And I learned from those who knew better than me. Today I am closing in on 30k Twitter followers and I have a regular stream of traffic going from Twitter to my website. It was pretty easy to do once I learned how. I’m going to tell you what I did.
However, before telling you how I turned things around, I just want to warn you that Twitter traffic isn’t something I’ve found to be high value. Most of the traffic I generate seems to do very little, but as part of my overall strategy of creating ‘funnels’ Twitter has been providing me with a slow trickle of sales and newsletter signups. So authors build your twitter audience!
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