Anatomy of a novel

Plan B: the paper version looms


I had planned to have released my comic thriller Escape From Mad Bill’s Island by now but my cover artist’s computer has had a meltdown, which probably means the artwork will be delayed by some weeks.

I did toy with the idea of using Amazon’s cover generator to make an interim cover. But I think many people out there would be heaving sighs of relief that I’m not going to embarrass myself again with my feeble artistic skills.

So you’re going to have to wait for 

One computer died in the making of this eBook

Apologies to anyone who had hoped Escape From Mad Bill's Island would be out by now.

That had been my plan, too, but technical difficulties forced me to miss the deadline.

It means I have to wait a bit longer for the artwork.

I always try to look for the silver lining when things go wrong, and I'm optimistic this time.

I now plan to launch this book exclusively with Kindle Unlimited, and the extra time gives me time to format a print-on-demand book I can release simultaneously with the eBook. 

Worse things really do happen at sea

The point of view character in my soon-to-be-published novel Escape from Mad Bill’s Island gives me the perfect excuse to bring out my soapbox.

Having started as a copy boy in 1977 and learnt my trade in the newspaper business for the next 30 or more years, I think I was in a good position to see when, where, why and how you-know-who went into a nosedive (see what I did there?)

I resisted any urge to have my POV character, Ralph Whistler, get all upset about the decline in the industry. …

Print-on-demand now available

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Lie of the Tiger is now available in print in the United States and Britain.

You can buy it print-on-demand from Amazon.

U.K.  £6.95

U.S. $8.99:

Apologies to Australian readers. The technology isn't available to us yet.

I went down this track with Major BS. I published in eBook first, then POD.

It allowed me time to iron out the kinks. I took the chance before formatting

Introducing the paper tiger

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Good news for readers who’d prefer a paper version of my latest funny mystery novel.

I’m about to start work on formatting a print-on-demand version, which should available in the US and UK later this month (sorry Australian readers, I’ll be doing it through Amazon, which doesn’t offer that service here yet).

IN THIS HUMOROUS MYSTERY, two old codgers resort to some secret doggy business to prove the existence of the Tasmanian Tiger. This ferocious-looking marsupial was declared extinct in 1986, but Wish-Wash and Oodles think its revival is essential to the survival of an Irishman who arrives to manage the Tasmanian Tiger Museum in Windy Mountain.

Fair dinkum


I'm supposed to be polishing my final manuscript for Escape From Mad Bill's island, the funny crime caper I plan to release in the last half of May.

Forgive me for getting distracted though.

I'm chuffed because the first two reviews for Lie of the Tiger have come in on Goodreads, and both have five-star ratings.

Gotta love the high ratings (I'm growing a thick skin in readiness for the bad ones), but even more encouraging to me was that one of the reviews came from the United States 

Be careful crossing the road when you’re reading

I’M OLD enough to remember when phones only came attached to walls with cords — so I marvel that it’s now possible to read a novel on your smartphone.

Like anything, I wouldn’t recommend it if I hadn’t tried it.

My mind was opened when I listened to The Kindle Chronicles podcast a while back. I listen to a lot of podcasts about book marketing and writing craft. This one sometimes gets a bit technical for my little brain but there is considerable overlap of things that interest me. …

Good news for an Aussie eBook convert

"Print bookselling remains artificially silo’d by country even today, for variety of legacy historical and logistical reasons. But by contrast, the global ebook marketplace is a seamlessly international one.”

So begins Author Earnings' latest report entitled: 

February 2017 Big, Bad, Wide & International Report: covering Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Kobo ebook sales in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

If you are a writer of ebooks or just interested in the publishing industry, you should read it for yourself 

Your FREE funny novel

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Join my mailing list to get a free e-book copy of the first novel in my funny Windy Mountain series. 

IN A NUTSHELL: The mayor of Windy Mountain thinks he can defy public opposition and rip out his historic orchard, but he hasn’t counted on the reaction of Tasmanian tiger hunter Moose Routley.  AUSTRALIAN HUMOUR WITH A FEW DASHES OF MYSTERY: 62,000 words.

I’m using a service called BookFunnel to deliver this book. The aim is to get it easily to people's devices. 

Funny you should ask

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As a writer, I’ve always had a problem with being pinned down to a genre. As a reader though, genres make a lot of sense to me because they inform which shelf I need to peruse to find something that suits my mood.

So I'd better declare my hand.

I’m a humour writer. The problem now is working out where to shine the torch to find out which murky corner my work is lurking in.

This week I’m taking part in a global internet happening called #ComedyBookWeek.

© John Martin