When a story is finished and the editing is progressing it soon becomes time to consider the 'blurb', sampling and selling your wares.
Grace and Favour
So the process begins.
At the top of this page there is a sample from a book entitled 'Castled' which was written about a year ago. There is a sample from the second Steele novel I wrote three or four years ago - 'The 51st State'.
In fact there are samples from all of my books on smashwords.com Amazon and completelynovel.com which gives budding fans the opportunity to see how the work has developed over the years. However, you can't have too much exposure so I was immensely pleased and proud when my friends at Venture Galleries produced the sample of the second Steele novel.
This is what VG say about the book.
In our mission of connecting readers, writers, and books, Venture Galleries is beginning a new series, offering sample chapters from some of the best writers we know. Our Thursday Sampler is from The 51st State by British author David L. Atkinson. Want a good international thriller? This is the one.
I'm blushing as I type! The link is below and the book is available in all formats from Amazon and Smashwords.
And now some unashamed advertising.
My 10 books as of December 2014
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' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.
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.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.