Well I'm into the last five days of the Kindle Scout campaign thing, and I have to admit the nominations are thin on the ground. Once a book drops off that “Recently Added” high-visibility page, that happens, and I didn't go all-out with paid advertising, so no surprise there.
Actually, this campaign started out with some pretty respectable “pageviews”: 135 on Day One, then 176, 139 and so on but then gradually descending.
I resisted the urge to bug friends and contacts with more postings, but as we near the end of the 30 days, I ask that you bolster my final chances of gaining a nomination and rescue my romantically-inclined thriller/mystery from the depths of Venice Lagoon where it is in danger of sinking.
Here is the link to the Scout Campaign page for “Night of the Webcam” and do bear in mind that, if the book is selected by Amazon, a free copy of the Kindle version goes to everyone who nominated it. You can read a fairly long excerpt from it just below that Nominate Me box on the site.
Thank you! Your support is much appreciated, and I only hope my writings might provide some distraction from the terrible events of recent weeks. My thoughts are very much with Manchester and London.
So I was sitting watching a sunny Grand Canal, Venice, and it was looking just Grand indeed, and then I switched over to another webcam offered by the same service, and here was Piazza di Spagna in Rome with those fabulous Spanish Steps (if you wonder why they call them Spanish, I do have a piece in my romcom novel “Scot Free in Hollywood” that explains exactly how they came to be called The Spanish Steps) – anyway, anyway, I'm watching the Piazza di Spagna with those great terracotta and ochre tints to the ancient buildings, and I started to wonder about just how much one can see of life on a webcam like that.
And, letting my imagination explore the possibilities, I contemplated the chance that you could, in fact, witness a crime happening right there before your eyes. What would you do about it?
I mean, think about it – you're sitting there with your morning coffee, and you witness a crime ... pretty unsettling, right? But what can you do about it?
Certainly nothing to change the outcome, and it's a strange feeling to think of what one could see on a webcam. And so my writing mind pondered the idea of a story set around just such an event, and then it grew to where my unquenchable romance thing butted in (and I use the word advisedly), and voilà we have “Night of the Webcam” launched today on the ever-illustrious Amazon Kindle Scout program.
Now, those kind folks at Amazon love to see activity and interest, by way of Nominations and so, IF you felt inclined to read the 5000 word sample beginning of “Night of the Webcam” and subsequently give it a nomination (if you felt it worthy), I'm sure they and I would be delighted.
I suppose here I should make clear that in my books I don't write in this rambling mayhem of thoughts style – no, that's just how I infrequently dive back into my blog – but I should also say that I DO respond to my blog comments, so if you want to ask me about my writing or such – fire away.
Here's the link to the Kindle Scout “Night of the Webcam” campaign where you can read the excerpt and, I hope, click the blue 'Nominate Me' button at the lower right of the box with the cover image.
And speaking of Kindle Scout, I was miffed to see a few glitches (words ran together, spaces in front of accented letters) that were certainly not there in my submission, and will NOT be there in the final book. Software conversion issues, I imagine. Oh well ...
The book is a combo of mystery, thriller and romance with some hot sex and enough bad guys to make it interesting, AND I've got great locations ...oh yes, I do.
Cheers, all the best
Following my recent Kindle Scout campaign, I have launched “Scot Free in Hollywood” on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions. A lot of work, however, fairly enjoyable, especially with the new jazzy cover making me smile every time I look at it. These past two weeks I have been working hard at this new caper of self-promotion.
My first book of romantic short stories was published two years ago, but the idea of promoting it never really entered my head. However, it seems essential for any new release. So this is a new challenge for me, and today I had a very nice surprise: I have been hand-picked by BookHippo.uk as a Featured Author!
Apart from having the coolest badge ever which I get to post here, I am thrilled with the exposure they have given my book. And if you think this is just small-time stuff, take a look at the big names who are featured alongside yours truly. I am really in great company!
Just completed my first YouTube book trailer video for my collection of short stories, and I think it's brilliant but, on second thoughts, I'm sure it's brilliant. But then I would, wouldn't I?
And I think my copy editor on the book did an excellent job putting the video together. Being a perfectionist, she has now created an improved version. I'd be very pleased if you could take a look, and I would be interested to hear any feedback, either here through the "Comments" option, or on YouTube itself. Hope you like it!
And … I had this new whiz-bang idea of reading (or narrating) the shortest of my stories in this collection, “Tobago”, which would be easily done in three short, 4-minute videos.
I shall now go and brush up my actor's narrating voice.
BIG NEWS! My latest book “Scot Free in Hollywood” has been accepted into Amazon's Kindle Scout program. My 30-day campaign got off to an auspicious start in the early hours of the New Year, on 1st January 2017.
You can read all about it and peruse an extract from the campaign page. And, if you think this is the sort of book that Amazon should publish, please leave your nomination.
Here is the link:
It is literally just a question of clicking the blue button <Nominate Me> while being logged into your Amazon account. No forms to fill in, and no personal information required.
If the manuscript is successful, you will receive a free Kindle copy of the published book. And please feel free to share with your friends, the more nominations the better!
So I'm having my composition "Hawaiian Breeze" played on “That Thursday Thing” with James Martin on North Highland Radio, 29th September 8pm-10pm UK time, the show runs, and as I said before it's available to watch on Facebook “Live” in the Studio with a fair bit of banter and comic flair from James.
However I forgot to say before, that this track is NOT FOR SALE anywhere right now – no, not ANYWHERE. Movie music supervisor has asked for it to remain unreleased for now.
BUT if you hear it and you like it, just drop me a message on my Facebook page or my own Website and I will send you a private link via e-mail to the track. And I should conclude here by mentioning the production's very important credits. With sincere big thanks to all:
Produced, mixed and mastered by Alexander Johnston for CMI Music Group at the Voodoo Suite Studio - Manchester
Alexander Johnston: Drums, bass, keys, guitar, percussion & lots of encouragement!
JV Johnston: Guitar
Christopher Calcott: Guitar
Well North Highland Radio is – with DJ James Martin in charge. He does a great boppin' show and you can watch him in the studio “live” on Facebook, where he'll be checking your messages and tweets and all, as the songs are playing. It's quite the performance as he juggles all the media and the playing discs at the same time, … and occasionally giving the camera an insight into his “take” on the proceedings with some candid expressions. It's quite the show, but if you prefer just listening to the programme, it is available on the North Highland Radio website - top right “Listen Live” button – click and you're away !!
So, anyway… anyway, I have the great privilege of singing in front of the super-talented musicians from the funk/rock/soul group Mamma Freedom, who are currently touring and supporting Alexander O'Neal in his 30th Anniversary “Hearsay” tour. But these guys are cutting-edge “Now” and they give me lots to lean into with their great envelope of sound. - No Walls here – I think we've all heard enough about Walls recently. In fact they played so well I ad-libbed a line mentioning them into my song. If you listen closely, it's towards the end. And if you play it backwards it says “I've not been cloned”.
So Thursday 29th September “That Thursday Thing” the show is called and I know James would welcome comments and requests online as he navigates through his stint “On Air”.
You might even ask him to play my tune again … and then again you may not, but do give him a listen he's really very entertaining. My song is called "Hawaiian Breeze".
Here are the links - Listen here 7pm-10pm Thursday 29th September https://www.facebook.com/jamesmartinradio
You can also e-mail James at his Twitter address firstname.lastname@example.org
And you can check out my fabulous support Mamma Freedom and their Live Tour Dates on this short video
Cheers, All the Best
No words needed – just listen to Mamma Freedom.
Even better as it's Christmas - BUY this album and GIVE AS A GIFT AND BE THE COOLEST GIFT GIVER !!!
... till what, you may ask – Well, till my much-mentioned (but with good reason cos they're “Brill”, as we all say in the bistros of Beauchamp Place) – yes, till my chums, the brill Mamma Freedom release their acoustic album of songs selected from their two previous rocking/soul sounds albums “Preachers and Criminals”and “Voodoo Suite Sessions Vol 1”.
They've got some great fun videos on YouTube, too, of their live performances at, for example, London's Jazz Café. Sort of a video diary, don't you know, and some others of “behind the scenes” at recording takes of the “Voodoo Suite” sessions.
Now alas ... yes, alas, I must admit I don't feature in any of these, but I trust one can console oneself with the stellar sounds and the outstanding musicianship.
So I won't warble on ad-infin... - I'll just strongly suggest, and I am fairly confident of my ground here when I say these boys are the business. Oh yes indeed, in fact it was just listening to the strains of “Being Good” from the new acoustic album “Altered State” that put me in mind of this whole bally writing style I've got stuck in today.
So there we are – take my advice, come Sunday deploy the old plastic card number via the usual business and grab your copy of “Altered State” before they're all gone – yes indeed, you take it from Robertson, these chaps are quite the dernier cri, and as far as cris go they don't come much more dernier than them.
Disclaimer: The fact these boys are working on backing me up and, to a large extent “carrying me” through my latest musical effort has no bearing on the above ; although I must say, the swirling organ, the kicking drums, and the sublime trumpet by Mr Marsh on my “Stopped Making Plans” does incline one to recommend their sound rather highly – well that, and the fact that they are all great musicians, playing knockout funky soul/rock compositions.
~ Author of fiction