Can Everton Jones find out how his father stole Emperor Bokassa’s diamonds and, more importantly, where he hid them; before the world and his brother get there first?
Click on the picture link in the sidebar to read an extract of my first novel, which was published by Paradise Press in August 2012.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Closed for Business

I was flattered yesterday, to find that my name had come up in conversation from a fellow authonomite. He suggested I approach Alyson Books. I googled them and their submissions page looked familiar. I had submitted my book to them in March. But they have not yet replied. Is that good news? No, a bit more research and it turns out they have been in financial difficulty “for months” and, in October, a deal to buy their business fell through. In the end, Publisher’s Weekly reported that they have decided to become an e-book only outfit and will move their entire backlist onto e-books soon. They have not published any print books since autumn 2009. A query to John Scognamiglio of Kensington Books has equally gone unanswered. The LGBT publishing world is tits up at the moment. My earlier post and decision to approach Paradise Press is the only sensible option.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Open for Business

Time to celebrate my TSR rising to 43 by adding my photo to my authonomy profile. I’m sitting proudly on page three of top talent spotters now. It’s time to show my face to them. But now two perplexing questions: How to use my TSR to garner some top-rated shelving and have I understood how the TSR points accrue as a book nears the top?

Firstly, using my TSR. When I changed my strategy, I had no TSR, my backing for a book only benefited my TSR. It did nothing for the book. Now, for example, when I put “Schizothemia” up, it had two significant backers (20 and 31) and also me (78 at that time). I could for the first time count my own opinion as carrying some real weight. My backing “counted”. I have recently had some backing come through from the author of “Sally and Jack”, which has helped my TSR. That seems a bit unfair. And then again, I dropped “Twisted” when it dropped, yet it’s gone up somewhat since. “Sally and Jack” has just done the same thing, down one place today. Do I drop it? What if I use the open space to “rotate” books which I can then give real support to, albeit briefly? If I picked up “Twister” again, it would help it this time. If I rotated it along with “Sally and Jack”, it would also help that book now. Of course I could promise a long term shelve to someone who was highly placed in exchange for sitting on their shelf. If I did that with all five shelf spaces I might get five good shelvings, but then in a month’s time I’d be stuck.

And then the second perplexing question. “Sally and Jack” has dropped one place. If it falters further, I will actually lose points whenever it goes down. Yet if it picks up again I will miss out on the higher pints tariff as it nears the top. Of course as I didn’t get onto it when it was right at the very bottom then the points tariff won’t be as high as for “Schizothemia” which was right on the bottom when I spotted it. I think I can rely on “Seattle Strange” and “The Hyper Reality Show” to make it close to the top. If the points tariff goes sky high in that situation I’ll have my answer to this question. In the meantime, Decision taken to open a slot to re-start rotating books and finally use my TSR and benefit from the work I’ve put in over December.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

And on the thirtyfirst day...

I have been very nervous, since the thirtieth anniversary of my TSR plunging to 4021 has loomed. Would I plunge back again? Would I loose all the points? My fears were groundless. I have, quite to the contrary, been on the up-and-up and currently stand at 61.
I’ve taken some books down, as they ran out of steam and, so far, think I’ve managed to pick some real winners to replace them with. And each started at the very bottom. One thing I have noticed, I tend to lose momentum, even falling a few points in TSR, each time a swap a book. I can’t work this out. According to authonomy, I should earn points towards my TSR on the midnight of the day it went on my shelf. I can only assume that, in reality, I have to wait 24hours, just like backing a book. The good news, however, is that it seems I was right about the lifetime of the TSR points. They must accrue daily and expire after thirty days. As I have been backing each book for a long time, and as the books have done nothing but climb the charts, they will have been getting more and more points each day. As long as I keep picking cracking books and holding onto them, this can only continue.

One other observation. I was invited to take a look at a book I’d rejected when it first came out. Frankly it stank. It had nothing really in the way of a plot, just eternal battle scenes between angels and demons. The grammar, spelling and punctuation were appalling as well. Yet it is racing up the chart and gathering a lot of very significant backing from highly ranked shelves. Same thing with “King of the Mutants”. Well, it’s better written and has a better plot, but it’s still nowhere near as good as “Seattle Strange”, yet it’s still racing ahead. Oh well, I suppose some people are more pushy.
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