Welcome to the web page and blog of Gregor James, children and adult fictional author.
- Written by Greg
Well hello there, imaginary fans. Miss me? I'll bet you did. I mean, if I can't imagine an imaginary fan so that they are pining desperately for my every word, then I have no future in fiction. Which I do - obviously. I really do. (Cue slightly maniacal laughter)
So what the hell have you been up to, I hear you cry. Well, life doesn't stop for a wage slave husband and father of three. Would that it did. But then I suppose I wouldn't have the nourishment of my job, my colleagues, my friends and family to mutate into twisted characters for my work. I'd have a load more time to do the mutating though.
So the part of my mundane wage-slavery that diverted me in this case was the prospect of not having a wage to slave for. You see the big company I work for has joined together with another big company, their intention being to form a company that makes just as much money as the 2 old companies, but costs much less to run. Sorry - I am already boring myself. To cut it short - there was a risk I might have to find a new job, so I had to turn my writing time into cv-writing time. Anyway that risk has receded - for now, so I'm back! Yay!
It's not easy though, this self-pub lark. I'm have so much trouble getting back on this horse that I am actually calling upon you, my non-existent fans for motivation. So come on then - what do I do first?
Get onto the Amazon page, you say? Check my sales. Oh dear. Apparently they are experiencing a delay in updating my sales info. Rest assured that they are working to update this page as soon as possible. Seriously? How long does it take to count to zero?
Right - I've got a plan now. I'm going to attempt the i-Books thing first.
(several hours pass...)
Oh my days. Welcome back to self-publishing. Apparently you need an i-Mac to publish your book on iTunes Connect. I hate Apple.
Ah well - I have a new muse now, and it is my will to overcome the high tower technology fascists. I'm off to find another alternative e-Publisher. Wish me luck..
- Written by Greg
Greetings imaginary listeners, how are you this sunny April 1st. Now tempting as it may be, I shall not be littering my post with April-Foolisms (I have a publisher! Someone bought my book! Etc). I shall instead drop a small update on my continuing battle with the online world.
First the good news - the scout site is officially un-hacked, even though I had to practically dismantle the thing to do so. But it least it doesn't scare off all the potential scout mummies and daddies with dire warnings about malware.
Ah yes - they reminds me. I also rebranded myself (very painful) over the last week, after finding there's already a Greg Jameson who writes stuff. Admittedly about as high profile as me, but I saw no reason to invite a teeny-weeny turf war. Good luck to Greg and his set of Victorian secret agent books - intriguingly priced at £2.31. I might keep an eye on him as the odyssey continues.
Anyway that's it for now. Keep an eye out for publishing of part 2, and possibly a link to a weird sub-site about Stygius - main character of BOTB - ttfn
- Written by Greg
Sorry - experiencing a slight delay for 2 reasons. Firstly - I run/ran another website for my son's erstwhile scout group. It's been hacked. Why? Who? Who hacks a site for a provincial cub scout pack? Here I am making jokes about Sergei the hacker being one of my two readers. It's probably true. He (or his crawler bot) is probably waiting for a genuine reader to show up and then WHAM - genuine reader is redirected to his fake Viagra site and no-one ever visits the site again.
The other reason there's no book yet is that part one of the Stygius book is being proofed. To Death. My wife and two of my children are reading/re-reading it in some sort of competitive proofing deathmatch. I will definitely have to (try and) open up some sort of feedback system involving a prize of some sort for the first person to find a typo (not the deliberate ones like AAAAAaaargh or I-i-i-it's though. Author's decision is final).
More news as it rolls in. But just in case - If anything from this site wants you to buy unusual medication, or interest you in a failsafe diet/exercise regime, or show you that a celebrity has got really fat - then it wasn't from me. Promise
- Written by Greg
So it's been two weeks, hasn't it? Over two weeks, in fact since my promise of publication. And you - dear googlebot and Pavel the hacker - have waited patiently all this time. And for what??
Truth is - the re-reading of my Stygius book has proved more of an ordeal than expected. I had to re-order things a bit you see, and all my protagonists were being introduced after they have already run amok in the previous chapter. They've been killed, or incarcerated, or permanently died green, and there they are alive and free and fleshy pink shortly afterwards with no sensible explanation. But no more folks. It is sorted. Well nearly - I've got to the end of the spine-tingling denoument having re-ordered everything, so I just need to read the coda. Then get my delectable assistant and proof-reader to do the same - and we're golden. Two more weeks max - promise.
Good job no-one is actually reading this or they might be getting fed up by now. :S