Hello World and welcome to my insignificant slice of the World Wide Web.
This site shall highlight my efforts in the world of writing, novels and life in general; both the good and the bad. I hope to share some of my experiences on the road to publication and hope that this information is of use to other aspiring authors who wish to see their works in print one day.
After writing five full length novels, that road has been full of unexpected twists and turns. An education gained via experience leaves bruising, but certainly sticks with you in the long run.
I am available on Twitter at @SJ_Parkinson and there is an author page on Facebook below as well. Also, please check my blog. The link is above near the top of the screen.
"A writer should say to himself, not, 'How can I get more money?', but 'How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)?'"
- Brian Aldiss
Update: Book five (Modern day sci-fi) has gone into the editor. I suspect this will take 4-6 weeks to clear the edit process then proof reading. I did slash 60 pages based on recommendations by the Alpha readers, but it is still a 608 page manuscript so that should speed things up. Expect to see this book in June 2014. Neither details nor a cover shot are being released until the book is ready to go on sale.
The Legionnaire: Vendetta of Shadows is now available on line. Click here to download Kindle version from Amazon. This is the third book in the Legionnaire series and marks the end of the trilogy I promised for the fans of Stephen Anderson. More detail on my titles page.
The Legionnaire: Origins went to #70 in Amazon fiction during my last KDP Select promotion. Being in the Top 100 Amazon Bestseller list is a great boost. This is the prequel to The Legionnaire: Mask of the Pharaoh and should answer the majority of questions readers have asked about Stephen Anderson. Amazon Prime users can download the book for free. Paperbacks will follow within a month. More information on my titles page here.
Predation won the UK Book Award in the Kindle category. It went to #1 in Science-Fiction books during the KDP Select free promotion I ran. It also made it to #76 overall on Amazon. Considering this is a sci-fi novel, that amazes me. There are almost two million titles on Kindle, so I feel great about cracking the Top 100. The novel is enrolled in the KDP Select program until Feb 1, 2013. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can download it for free until then! Paperbacks are available now. Click here to download Kindle version from Amazon. More big news, Predation was also unanimously voted "Outstanding in Genre" by Red Adept Select and my cover art has been updated to include their gold badge. I am the first science fiction novel to hold that award so I am thrilled about that.
The Legionnaire: Mask of the Pharaoh has received ten 5-star reviews to date. It is available in mobi format for Amazon Kindle. Click here to go to Amazon.
Thank you for all of your encouraging emails, messages and tweets. They are appreciated as always.