Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
M – Building up experience of writing to improve after each book. A successful trilogy followed by a new book.
D – Creating something that you can be proud of, and that others can hopefully enjoy. I’m sure there are thousands of undiscovered books out there, that are equally as good as most things in the top one hundred on Amazon.
It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?
M – We tried to get some traction initially by marketing to friends and family alongside other ebook promotions. We reduced the price to 99p and the book ranking seemed to cause further momentum.
D – Exposure on the Amazon rankings is pretty key, but it’s quite hard to achieve. I think having an eye catching cover, a blurb that creates interest and a good value price are three key elements to having a successful campaign. Hopefully the right readers are targeted by placing the book in the correct Amazon categories, and also placing the book in the right genre when submitting to an online advertiser.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it?
M – First Activation is an EOTWAWKI thriller. It’s about two characters who find themselves thrown into the new world and change due to circumstances and experiences. We wanted the story to be unveiled so that the reader only knows what the narrator, Harry, knows. It’s a journey that the reader takes with Harry through his here discoveries and more will be revealed as the next book progresses. Harry doesn’t assimilate everything along the way so there are breadcrumbs for the careful reader.
D – Pretty much what Marcus says, we wanted to come up with something original. There’s a risk involved when doing this, but so far people have seemed to enjoy the story. We’ve had a lot of questions about when our second book is coming out.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
M – Tony Blair to try and penetrate his politician outer layer.
D – Winston Churchill, he was supposed to be great fun over dinner and loved a decent drink. I’d love to know what drove him.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
M – Socialising, golf, movies. I’m also in Harrogate Round Table which involves charity work.
D – Going out to eat and drink with family and friends, I live for it.
Do you have any tips on how writers can relax?
M – Put down the laptop and go outside.
D – Clear you head of any thoughts surrounding post-publishing until you finish the final draft.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
M – Intensely during periods and then intermittently. No particular time as it has to fit in with life in general.
D – I’m also a bit of a binge writer, I can write for five days running, knocking out fifteen thousand words, then close the laptop for a few days and clear my mind.
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Genre – Horror/Science Fiction
Rating – R
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