When setting out on this journey into the literary world in a more hands on way rather than simply being a recipient I didn't realise what a vast network of contacts develops and how important it is to maintain those contacts. The purpose is not just to sell books either but to establish a basis from which to work.
This is not a blog about bragging rights, far from it, but more about the creation of different worlds and possible markets. My Twitter followers has broached the 5000 mark and no I haven't 'bought' a single one. I have many regular 'followers' on Twitter, on Facebook and other sites such as LinkedIn. I am also fortunate in having contacts in other parts of the world who support me in an active way and try to reciprocate. Time is short in fact that reminds me of a term I heard earlier this week about modern day people being 'time poor'. There is also a contact I've made to whom I write, long hand on paper with a fountain pen, on occasions.
So what does all this mean? Well for those who write full time it alleviates some of the loneliness that seems to be a pitfall of writing. It also provides opportunities to share ideas and expertise and helps one stay up-to-date with what is going on in the writing world. Only today I read a blog concerning the success of an SF book 'The Book of Strange New Things' by Michel Faber. The blog was by blogging friend Christina Carson and worth a glance.
If you are a writer and are fortunate enough to be accepted by a traditional publisher they will require you to establish an online profile that potential readers can delve into so us indie writers have actually stolen a march on the more establishment process. We were there first!!! Of course you don't have to write novels to be part of this massive community. There are no rules, no exclusions just people, whom I find to be a very friendly bunch, prepared to talk about all aspects of writing. So blog, tweet and more to discover the writing world and your place in it.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.