Sometimes you run across a reviewer who really hates the story you've woven around a character. Fine, that is their prerogative, but when they then attack you personally, and go one step further and post their review on a number of websites to make sure they complete the trashing of your work, it does get under the skin. This is what has happened with my lates book, Magnus Patricius: The remarkable life of Saint Patrick, the man. It is particularly frustrating as, in creating this story, I went to considerable lengths to research the background and St Patrick himself. It is writing as a fictional biography, in which I have used in the first person with the saint himself telling the story. One of the early Beta Readers was a Bishop, himself Irish and an expert on Patrick, and he loved the story. So, to be attacked by someone living in Texas, for daring to challenge her received 'expert' knowledge came as a surprise. So, perhaps, it is worth setting out how the book came into being.
Today is the day. Magnus Patricius - The remarkable life of St Patrick, the man, has been uploaded to Lightning Source by my publisher, IndieGo Publishing LLC. It should appear on Amazon's site within the next few days, and when it does I will put links to it here. This has been a long, long haul. I began to write this book in 2006. Since then it has had two 'developmental' assessments, and three complete rewrites. I wanted this book to be as good as I could make it, and now it is through the final edits. It has been typeset, the files converted to the print and eBook formats, and it is ready to go.
My latest book -- Magnus Patricius -- is now scheduled for publication in Hardback and Paperback at the beginning of January 2017. The eBook version will be available on Kindle before Christmas and the feedback from the Beta Readers has been excellent. The story is a fascinating one for many reasons. The central character is one of the best known saints in Christian history, yet I would guess that many know his name, and the legends, but don't know the real man behind it.
It's been a long haul, but a very worthwhile one I think. The book that has been very close to my heart for several years now, is almost ready to go to the Beta Readers, and then, once the final edits and formatting are done, will go to publication. The Publisher has decided to bring out a Hardback edition as well as Paperback and Kindle and I will confess, I am delighted. The book is based on the life of St Patrick. In fact I have used his Confessio or Declaration as the outline and crafted the story around that.
Kura Carpenter, the artist who has done the art work and design for several of my book covers, recently invited me to be interviewed for a piece on her blog. The interview has been published and can be found on her website - Kura Carpenter - Love Books Blog. It is always fun to be challenged to explain why you came up with a particular plot concept, or why a story developed as it did, and I certainly enjoyed explaining my concept for Harry Heron: Into the Unknown to her.
The editing of my new book, Magnus Patricius, is now in hand, and an artist who has recently done the illustrations for a new children's book has turned my rough sketch of how I envisaged the man we now call St Patrick, into a rather nice image for the cover. I like the typeface, and the 'Celtic' border sets off the picture very well.
I'm delighted. My book based on the life of St Patrick has been accepted by my publisher IndieGo Publishing. It will, I hope, be available in print and as an ebook later this year, but it will, at last, appear in print. To be titled Magnus Patricius, I have based it on his own biographic account contained in his 'Confessio' - one of the two documents we can authenticate as being written by him. Forget the legends, the man hiding behind them is far, far more interesting and, dare I say it, even more remarkable than any legend could possibly make him.
I'm delighted to see a great review of Limehouse Boys on the Historical Novel Society page. It is always a boost for an author to see a positive review of their work, especially when it is from someone who knows and enjoys history. Equally pleasing is the fact that my publisher, IndieGo Publishing, is running promotions on all my books on Amazon's UK Kindle Unlimited site and the sales figures show a very good response.
One of the best things about using Beta Readers is that you get some straight talking and honest reviews from them which help immensely in fixing some of the holes you may, inadvertently, have left in your story. They will also tell you whether or not the story is interesting and held their interest. The key thing in selecting Beta Readers is to get a wide spread of folk, some of whom would not usually read the genre the story follows. So, when I set out to find a group willing to read and give me feedback on Harry Heron; Into the Unkown, I approached a number of friends I knew did not normally read fiction, or did not read science fiction.
It's been an exciting week, and a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Harry Heron; Into the Unknown is on sale on Amazon Kindle. Released on St Patrick's day, it is, I'm delighted to say, already selling steadily.After a lot of soul searching, the publisher and I decided to go with Kindle exclusively, though it does have both Lightning Source and Create Space paperback versions.