After a very productive year which saw the anthology, You’re Not Alone born and published in collaboration with twenty-seven writers from around the globe along with support from many more, I am pleased to announce that short story entries are beginning to come in for the next collection featuring a whopping forty-three writers thus far.
It promises to be another epic anthology in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and I am excited by the prospect of being a part of it and working with so many talented writers who form members of the IASD. If you’d like to know more, do click on the IASD logo that you’ll find to the top left of this post page.
Three days ago, I began work on the sequel to my first book, Salby Damned and have opted to write this in first person POV. This is completely new territory for me so I am relying heavily on the support of the group for guidance. So far, so good. The book will be entitled Salby Evolution and follows the life of Simon Lloyd, whom you may remember from the final stages of the first book.
If you enjoyed Salby Damned, you can expect bigger and better with the new book which is estimated for release by the end of the year. Stay tuned for progress reports. Cover design for the next book will hopefully be by Nico Laeser as one of his first paying customers. The editing will naturally be by Kelly Hartigan. I mean really, who else??
Work continues for myself and the rest of the admin team, Paul Ruddock and Tom Benson, in our plans to revise and expand the IASD blog site. In the immediate future, below are points that I shall be dealing with directly.
- Further revision of book covers and upgrading to 3D imagery.
- Addition of members works to the blog in their respective categories as well as duplication for multi-genre books.
- Inclusion of International Links to each title on the blog (ongoing)
- Possible inclusion of a short descriptive sentence blurb for each title (yet to be practically tested)
- Census group vote on membership totals and analysis and publication of the results in. (in progress)
- Going forward, acting upon the group vote and contacting those authors registered with us to see if they wish to remain.
As far as group activity goes, there is scope for new ideas and enhancement of the blog site and I have a particular interest in promoting our editors, proof readers, beta readers, formatters and cover designers in the near future.
Works in progress for yours truly:
Being Within, a title and WIP that has been burning a hole in my brain for quite some time now. At the moment, it is purely, well mostly in my head rattling around every so often but I’ve made a start on this story up to about 12k word count.
Slightly off base for me, it delves into the paranormal world though in truth, could very well be reality for all we humans know. I shall say no more for the time being as it’s a long way off. The cover, incidentally, was tweaked by the brilliant Rhoda D’Ettore.
On a personal note, my thanks to Tom Benson for his brilliance and dedication as a fellow admin creating a beautiful new website design for us all to enjoy. Thanks also go to various members of the group so far for their guidance in and out of the writing world, you know who you are :).
My next read is The Gambler, a long overdue indulgence from the brilliant Christoph Fischer and a book I’ve been meaning to get to since last year. Stay tuned into the facebook page for my upcoming review when I’m done. After that, our very own Silas Payton goes into the spotlight….
That’s all on the QP personal front for now, I’ll be back with more QP Recommended reads and possibly the odd author interview too… enjoy!