Twitter Story – Week 4

September 11, 2010 Twitter Storyweekly round up

"Is it capable of carrying a nuclear device, yes or no?" As Jim paused, he pressed. "Well?"

"Yes, but she only dropped lifeboats." Jake raised an eyebrow.

"Which doesn’t answer the question of what you would do with it. You don’t own an airstrip for a start - "

"I’d have begged Matt." Jim admitted.

"And Jill would have laid out completely reasonable hanger fees that you couldn’t afford." Jake pointed out. Matt’s crop sprayer operation was run on a tight budget and Jill, the manager, was not the type to let friendship get in the way of business sense.

~The story updates daily at my twitter feed, under hashtag #vhfstr1.

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Twitter Story – Week 3

September 4, 2010 Twitter Storyweekly round up

Since he was nearer, Jake grabbed a beer from the fridge and sat down, tossing a can to his maudlin brother.

"Shouldn’t you wait until you’re out of uniform for that?"

"Who’s going to care?" Jim cracked the top of the beer and downed a swig, staring moodily at the floor. Jake chuckled, and his brother looked up and glared. He held his hands up in a soothing gesture.

"Jim, seriously, looking at this from the point of view of a rational person and not an obsessive pilot, what the hell would you do with a defunct nuclear bomber?"

"She's a search and rescue craft, not a nuclear bomber!" Jim's defense was instant, and Jake snorted.

~The story updates daily at my twitter feed, under hashtag #vhfstr1.

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A quick update

September 2, 2010 Twitter Story

I've sent the synopsis off to a publisher who is currently accepting submissions. Still nothing on the agent front.On the publicity side, I spent the latter part of the airshow season this year talking to people about the book. There's been enough interest, and business cards exchanged, I'm beginning to sway towards taking up the offer to just print it. After all, it's been professionally edited, and picked up once, so it can't be that bad. I suspect the reason I keep trying for a larger publisher is because I want the security of other people who want it to succeed once the book is out.After the four-page test, I'm happy they can lay it out professionally. It just depends if I like what they'd put as a cover and what resources I can put into promotion. After many years in media, I'm

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Twitter Story – Week 2

August 28, 2010 Twitter Storyweekly round up

“I didn’t think it would take that long to get home. Didn’t want to talk about it.” Jim wasn’t being quite honest; he didn’t even want to think about it. Jake raised an eyebrow.

"Were you even close?"

"Not a chance. She went for more than my entire backpay."

"Just as well. I don’t know what you were doing bidding in the first place. Why didn’t you try to buy something less life-changing, like a house?" Jake was utterly unsympathetic, and Jim scowled.

"Just sentiment, I guess. I need a drink."

~The story updates daily at my twitter feed, under hashtag #vhfstr1.

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Everything’s up in the air

August 24, 2010 Uncategorized

It is very difficult to give a blog update now, because I can't go into detail until things are signed. The book was submitted to the connection I mentioned in a previous update, but frankly I am getting impatient. I can hold out for the best deal, or settle for getting it into print and into a position where I can capitalise on the marketing and distribution that has been on hold. The second option is getting very tempting.My fallback option gives me review copies, distribution, a print run, set release date and pre-orders, (and options on a second book ) so to be honest I wouldn't exactly lose out. The problem is that I want to get back to writing, not worrying about this sort of thing. Hope you're enjoying the Twitter story!

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Twitter Story – Week 1

August 21, 2010 Twitter Storyweekly round up

"I lost the auction." Jim slung the kitbag down and slumped in a chair. Shaking his head, Jake stepped across and closed the door Jim had left swinging behind him.

"Just as well. What would you have done if you'd won?" he asked, and Jim stared at the floor.

"I dunno. I'd have worked something out. I hate to think of her in the hands of strangers."

"And it took you a week to tell me?" Jake sounded unimpressed.

~The story updates daily at my twitter feed, under hashtag #vhfstr1.

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Decisions, decisions

August 20, 2010 Uncategorized

I have a decision to make. I was going to go with the other publisher I mentioned. However through trade connections they've encountered a mainstream publisher who is currently accepting submissions and may well be interested.As they put it, if I submit and it doesn't get picked up they will still be here and wanting to publish. If it does, then a publisher who actually works in the right field can do a lot more with it. The back-up publisher still wants certain spin-off rights to do with their field, and I'd have no problems negotiating with them on that. They would benefit if it was picked up by a large company as it's more exposure for their spin-off.The problem? Time. It takes months for a publisher to get back with a reply, and I am seriously not sure I want to wait when I have a

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Twitter story begins

August 16, 2010 Twitter Story

Starting today, a short story will be released through Twitter. It will run for about two months, to end near Halloween. The story will be released at the rate of one tweet per day, with a weekly roundup on Friday afternoons on this blog.Set a couple of years before the events in Firestorm, the story covers the arrival of one of the main characters in Brooke's Vale. To follow the story either follow me on Twitter, or look for hashtag #vhtstr1.

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And the story starts

August 16, 2010 Twitter Story

The Twitter story stars up today, under hashtag #vhfstr1. It's a short story (cut to half its original length) set some years before Firestorm.In summary:One tweet per day at 12:00 GMTOver 80 tweets in totalA weekly roundup on the blogStarting 16th August and running through to NovemberIt's the first project of this type I have done, and it will be interesting to see how it works. I am very, very nervous, but I think that will get better once it gets to 12:00, the first tweet goes out, and nothing awful happens. My nerves do have a reason - after setting it all up, the Twitter API failed this morning. Hopefully that problem is now fixed.Two issues that did cause a delay was whether the tweets should be numbered, and if a blog URL should be included with each. Intially I've decided to

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Twitter terror

August 13, 2010 Uncategorized

This is surprising. I have books in print under pen names. I've had good and bad reviews over the years. I've worked in media and I know about rough audiences. I've been in this business for over ten years. I'm a member of the Society of Authors. My work has a fan club.So why am I absolutely terrified at the prospect of putting one of my stories up on Twitter?I keep sitting here, staring at the nicely set up system with all the ordered tweets, and wondering if I should simply delete the lot. Part of the problem is that to get it onto Twitter the story has suffered severe cuts from the full version. Another part is that using Twitter like this is a new format - at least for me.On the other hand, it's been planned for months and the story has been edited and beta approved. How do you tell

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