It finally arrived...my feedback from The Wishing Shelf Book Award!
I thought I'd copy it all here so that you can read it. Needless to say, I'm really pleased with all the comments and it's given me plenty to think about.
While I've got you, I'm pleased to announce that I'm almost halfway through the second book. It's even more action-packed than the first one and I can't wait to get it out to the first wave of proof readers! If you've read the first book and would like to become a "advanced review" reader for the second, just let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
"This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Straybeck Rising
Author: Michael Lynch
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 19
Writing Style: 9/10
Of the 19 readers:
18 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
18 felt it was easy to follow.
19 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
12 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’.
15 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
18 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
‘Outstanding read. The family dynamics work well and the plot was full of twists I did not see coming.’ Male reader, aged 45
‘This author is pretty good. He works well with setting and character, but his strength is in designing a clever plot to keep the reader gripped. I enjoyed this very much.’ Female reader, aged 52
‘Good backstory, but not too much which helps with pacing. A slow start, allowing the reader time to get to know the characters, then a very pacey ending. Well-constructed and highly entertaining. Dark in parts which works well in the dystopian genre.’ Male reader, aged 49
‘Vividly described setting and a cleverly designed plot. I was rooting for the characters until the very end. This author has potential.’ Male reader (publisher), aged 54
‘Interesting read. I even liked the cover!’ Female reader, aged 21
‘This author should write another book. I’ll read it.’ Male reader, aged 69
To Sum It Up:
‘A gripping dystopian thriller packed full of twists and turns. A FINALIST and highly recommended,’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Well I've had some good news today. I've been made a finalist for The Wishing Shelf, book award!! It's a competition for independent authors and is run by a children's writer called Billy Bob Buttons (real name Edward Trayer). All the entries have been read by two sets of judges - one in London and one in Stockholm - and the list of finalists are being uploaded to their website at the moment. Apparently, they still haven't decided who is 1st, 2nd and 3rd, so fingers crossed for even better news in the next few weeks!
If anyone wants to download a free copy of the book, you can follow the Smashwords link on my home page. If you want signed paperback copy, then feel free to email me directly on Mike@Michaeljameslynch.com
It's been a great Christmas and New Years this year, with lots of time spent among family and friends. So what's new for 2019? Well, after a month of feasting like a Viking, my first job is to start back at the gym. After that, I'm going to up my level of writing and make sure I set some time aside at least every other day. I still have an optimistic target of December 2019 for the first draft of Straybeck 2 to be completed. I'll keep you posted!!
If you have any suggestions for things you want to see on the site, or if you are a new / local author and would like your book to feature here, just email me on Mike@MichaelJamesLynch.com
Take it easy
PS. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and be the first to hear of offers and Straybeck related news.
It's been a busy few weeks. Straybeck is still getting a steady number of downloads and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Waterstones can be persuaded to stock it in their high street shops as well as there website.
Okay, so I had written my book, commissioned someone to design my cover and got a few friends to do some proofreading. What I really needed though was a website to bring it all together. I toyed with the idea of asking a professional to do the work for me. But after a quote of over two grand, I thought how hard can it be?!
Extremely hard is the answer. So after a few google searches I realised that I needed to sign up with a web building program if I was even going to stand a chance. I narrowed my choices down to Wordpress, Weebly or Wix. There are plenty of articles online and also videos on YouTube that go through the process of using these sites and discuss the pros and cons of each one. I wanted something that would produce a unique site whilst still being user friendly for someone who was new to web design. I have very limited knowledge of coding so the "drag and drop" building blocks offered by Weebly suited me best.
The cost involved were £15 per month for the Weebly Pro account. This is a step up from the Starter account and has no adverts, includes the option of up to 100 members and also offers a wider range of design features. Because I wanted to have my own domain name (an address ending in .com or .co.uk or .org...basically anything that didn't have the word Weebly in it) I had to pay £7 per year. This might sound like a bit of a vanity purchase, but I think MichaelJamesLynch.com sounds way more professional than something with the word Weebly in it.
I then set up domain hosting (in layman's terms...the ability to save my website and store it's data on the internet) for £22 for the year.
It took a while to set my pages exactly as I wanted them, but the drag and drop system is very user friendly and after a few hours playing around you soon learn what each block does. There are some great features like adding videos as backgrounds and putting pop ups on timed delays etc. There a lot of stuff I haven't figured out yet, like SEO (search engine optimisation). When I do though, I'll do another post to try and shed some light on it for anyone that's interested.
Anyway, I hope you like the website so far. There's plenty more stuff due to come on in the next few weeks, so keep checking back. And if you haven't joined my mailing list yet, please do so by filling in the form on the home page. You'll get up to date news about upcoming signings and other offers and I have a strict "no spam" policy. You can also unsubscribe at any point.
That's all for now.
I had some more great news today...
High Peak Bookstore and Cafe are now selling Straybeck Rising. Woop Woop.
It's an awesome book shop (I actually thought that before they started stocking my book...but today's news just confirms my opinion :)
So head down there and pick up a copy ASAP!
To see their facebook page, follow the link below.
ps don't forget to sign up to my mailing list. Just follow the instructions on the home page.
It is a momentous day.
Well, it's been a busy few days. After uploading the Ebook onto Amazon, I've had lots of kind people sharing the link to my book and generating a bit of interest. I've also set up a three day giveaway where people can get Straybeck Rising for free. (All part of the KDP select features). Since the offer kicked in, I've had a big upswing in downloads "What? People prefer to download stuff when it's FREE?"
And hopefully this will get some good reviews.
Unfortunately, the paper back is still causing a few problems as the front cover and map are falling outside of the printer margins. I'm trying to re-jig those before I upload it again and will hopefully get it sorted in a couple of days. When it's available on Amazon as a paperback, my next mission is to tackle the world of Ingram Sparks, where I can get books printed and stocked at a wholesalers. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.
Finally, if you want to get in contact about this or any other news, feel free to email on Mike@MichaelJamesLynch.com Failing that, fill in the contact form on the homepage (see below link)