Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


So far, I know The Vanishing of Owen Taylor will be in four parts spread over about 500 typed pages. I still have between 180-190 pages to rework, then comes the inputting...and another polish. Jake keeps adding dimensions to himself as we go along...or should I say, revealing aspects of himself that I hadn't figured on. Secrets and needs that factor into this. Who knows? By the time I get done with all the rewriting, I may actually have a decent story on my hands.

I'd really like to use this image as part of the cover, or one like it. But I don't know where it came from. Of course, that's assuming I'll self-publish the book. I'm halfway thinking of sending it to the people who published The Lyons' Den, to give it better access to readers...and yet I'm not sure that's the right way to go. They haven't done much in the way of publicity for it, so its sales have tanked. I wish I could get more reviews on it, but don't know how to do that short of paying people.

I've been downloading ideas on how to better promote my books, but I have to admit -- my first 3 titles are for a very specialized audience, and I seem to be hitting them, well enough. Bobby Carapisi is more mainstream, just not by much. LD could use some careful handling since it's so off-the-wall, but I'm not sure what.

So far nothing I've done has helped David Martin get anywhere. I even did a giveaway with the understanding the people would review the book, and only one has done so. Dammit. So maybe I should work with a more experienced publisher.

I'll think about it more, once I'm close to finishing this book...if I ever get finished.


Michael said...

I love the photo. He's exactly my type. Putting a hot guy on the cover could help sales. If only gay men still read books. I think a surprising number of women may enjoy your stories. Not long ago you mentioned the increasing number of women fascinated with the subject matter. You may want to consider reaching out to them although it may take you to strange, dark corners of the internet. Well, ones you don't already frequent.

Personally, I'm of the opinion that your works are simply too unique and fantastic for mainstream audiences (just look at what tops the charts!) but I do hope you start getting the kind of recognition you deserve. I've written reviews for a few but not all of your books. I need to get on that. I can't stand writing reviews (I over-think them) but, for you, I will.

JamTheCat said...

Thanks, Michael! I'm going to see what I can find in Shutterstock along the same lines. I have 3 credits left. Maybe they got the same picture...

And thank you so much for your reviews. Don't worry about over-thinking -- just do it. ;)