June 2019 – What a Month
June started with the news that my publisher had finished reading The Magic of Deben Market. He was glowing with praise, so much so that I thought he might have mixed the book up with someone else’s. The cover we had decided on a few months earlier – It is my own creation from the website Canva using one of their free images. Then before you know it, he (the publisher) says the preview is in his hands and that we should meet and have chat. We live relatively close to each other, hence I became the first Clarendon House author to meet the esteemed Grant Hudson.
A few days after our meeting, the book was ready and up on Amazon and Lulu, and folks on Facebook started saying they were ordering and then a few said they were impressed. It is a nerve-wracking thing knowing your work is out there and people are judging it. However, it already has a five star review.
Within a few days The Magic of Deben Market had entered the Top Ten in the French Kindle charts for anthologies – I am truly a best selling author now.
Aside from Deben Market news, Zombie Pirate Publishing also published their eighth collection entitled Full Metal Horror 2, which included my first attempt at horror – ‘The Butcher of Blengarth.’
The ICWG magazine came out with my western story ‘His Mama’s Son’ in a competition with four other very well written tales, each exactly 1,000 words in length. Reader votes will determine the final three.
Dastaan World Magazine also came out, which included my story ‘A Bit of Belief’.
Towards the end of the month, Black Hare Press released their first collection of drabbles – Worlds. A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words, and I have five included in the anthology. I have had five drabbles included in each of their upcoming collections. It was a fantastic launch campaign, which saw the book reach number one in Australia earning it a ‘Best Seller’ orange badge.
To top it all off, I have submitted at least a half dozen stories to various anthologies and competitions.
I wonder what July will bring?