I’ve not really bothered with most of the Daily Posts since I really got into this blog a couple of years ago but I have kept an eye on the prompts and this one put a smile on my face. I’m going to play it partly for laughs and partly as a “Goals for the next three years” as I am now closing on my third anniversary. Anyway, here’s me in 2016.
Hello from 2016! Well, I must say it is good to be back to remind myself how far I have come. I guess I have let the blog slide in the last two years since the publication of Dieu Et Mon Droit and the publication of the sequel last year of Alea Iacta Est (book sales and reviews suggest most of you are enjoying them anyway!)
As I sit here overlooking the harbour in Monte Carlo, sipping vintage champagne with my supermodel wife (actually I’m in Manchester sipping a local brew ahead of a book signing tomorrow and I met my wonderful, beautiful other half on a dating site). The book signing is for the first in the Vulcan City series about a giant city on top of a volcano. After about four years in development hell, it is finally hitting shelves. If you’re in the area tomorrow, come along!
You know, I’m struck by how important blogging was and still is to both developing your writing voice and to getting yourself noticed as a writer. It really took a while to get a sizeable crowd and regular comments but those opinions of those who contributed regularly were invaluable, especially in promoting my first ebook The Weight of Reason (wow, was that really three years ago now?).
It should almost go without saying that a writer these days (whether self-published or by the major presses) ought to have a blog. I cannot emphasise enough the success you could achieve through putting yourself out there on the internet, building an audience and attempting to define your core audience – as well as broadening your appeal. Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink began life as the a rather clunky journal about my lack of writing and an attempt to make myself commit digital ink to paper; it grew and grew to be the pride and joy I have today.
Thank you to everyone who continues to follow my blog, buy my work and contribute your comments.