Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Starlight (Poem)

I've been writing this poem called starlight in the middle of the night: I do write poetry sometimes but not often; in fact this one isn't particularly typical of me but here we go. Tell me what you think maybe?

Starlight

The stars crumbled into tiny pieces;
As they fell, the dust slipped through our fingers;
As the mountains exploded beneath us;
We were buried before we could flee.

Sea beds became dry valleys of the dead;
There was not water, but an ocean of bone,
And the sun’s rays could hardly have seized us;
They had burnt out before they could be.

As I watched the sparks fade from your eyes,
I watched the starlight fade from our lives;
I watched the core of the earth start to shrink;
Why did the world die before we could blink?


Saturday, 30 November 2013

This Week!

I am really looking forward to this week with my Kindle Countdown promotion being on for the book 'To My Last Friend.'

I have also begun writing a new story this week; it is great to get back to this as well!

I wish everyone who is reading this blog wellness and prosperity! Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me and my book by visiting this blog.

I like it when I find the time to leave a post here!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL $0.99

My Kindle Countdown deal for my eBook To My Last Friend begins tomorrow! (28th November) and will run until the 5th of December. myBook.to/tomylastfriend The eBook will be $0.99 on Amazon during this period of time.  Also check it out on the Independent Author Network!: http://tiny.cc/4wxb6w


"At least it was love we were showing initially, and not hatred and violence like you did in the end." - To My Last Friend 

Monday, 18 November 2013

To my last friend,

I thought about the impossible task I was faced with. I had done everything in my power to succeed, but only a fool would have carried on as the odds were completely against me. All had been set up from the very start to go wrong, and there was no time, day or night, that I could rest without thinking about the situation I had become trapped in, and the futility of my efforts. Society did not want me, and could no longer abide by me, because I was at the brink of my truth being discovered.  I did not want to set my world alight, to watch it burn because of the sister I had come to love too much.

I was not weak but I could not cope. I pleaded that I was not a weak person. I used to be so good at denial, so good at forgetting. I could no longer put aside the loss of any moral standing that I’d had; I should have preserved my innocence, but instead I took a bite out of the apple, and it turned bitter in my mouth. I had thought I had known what it was to be loved by her, and to love her in return, but I was wrong.

All I ever wanted since the last bad day was to take everything back and start again. All I wanted to do was reach out and pull time into my chest, to make it young again, like an infant who belongs to their parent. But time never wished to stay; time only wanted to grow up and leave and find a place of its own where it could be out of my control.

I wrote this to myself because I wanted to remind myself why I was going where I was going, and why I was going to do what I was going to do. I wanted these thoughts to be racing through my mind as I took hold of every thread in my life and tied them all into one neat knot.
I did not know why I was brought into a world that was starved of love, but where my love was unwelcome.

The times I had loved and been loved I could no longer bear to think of again.

All that was left to be done was to give my apologies, and so for every grave mistake I was sorry, and I hoped that one day my memory would be so far in the past that she would no longer be able to count out my faults.

Yours faithfully


Jon

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

I am currently working on a promotional book which will be free to download from Amazon!

Again it is a short story; it is nearly there but there is still a lot of revision to do before it is completed.

It's name will be Tracks, and I will post up a synopsis as soon as one is put together.

Thank you and kind regards,
Sarah Swainson

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00G9ITU9O#_

This is the URL of Sarah Swainson's book 'To My Last Friend' on Amazon UK.

Monday, 28 October 2013

The cover design:
Cover of 'To My Last Friend' By Sarah Swainson

'To My Last Friend' Release

'To My Last Friend' should be available on amazon.co.uk within the next day at the most!

I'm pleased that this venture is beginning to blossom and I will add a post when the book is definitely available. If you haven't read the synopsis I now post it again below for your ease:

'I did not know why I was brought into a world starved of love, but where my love was unwelcome...'

Jordan Waters, a lonely adolescent with an underlying lack of confidence, is reunited with an old school friend several years after they last parted. But whilst once again getting to know Jon, he quickly learns that the person he used to know is not all that he seemed...

This is a compelling and heart-felt short story, told with great empathy and sensitivity.

Find out what happens when illicit relationships are forged and there's no going back...

(The price in the UK will be £1.53 and in the US $2.99. I am also hoping to begin work on a promotional piece which will be free so people can trial my work.)

Kind regards
Sarah Swainson

Saturday, 26 October 2013

General Discoveries

Since beginning this blog a matter of a few days ago I'd say I've been able to find out quite a lot about self publishing, mainly through the use of twitter and following shared links posted by others. If nothing else it means all the hours this week I've spent using social media have been worth it, which is saying something...and cleverly I have bookmarked all my sources of information...

Being quite clueless about the whole issue to begin with in my mind I feel I've come quite a long way to understanding how things are...for example just because you have followers on twitter it doesn't necessarily mean you're reaching a potential audience for your future book...

My next immediate stage is proof reading and getting a trusted person to go over the draft. After that comes the challenge of formatting the eBook, but from what I've heard it should be pretty easy.

I'm also considering going to see an author at my local library on Friday...I'm hoping it will prove to be useful for me...

Just writing here as a note to myself after publishing: Find appropriate reviewers online, online blogs. I have a few bookmarked that I might approach...


Synopsis

OK, so the first draft of the short story Sarah has been writing is complete... and so I worked with her to write its synopsis:

'I did not know why I was brought into a world starved of love, but where my love was unwelcome...'

Jordan Waters, a lonely adolescent with an underlying lack of confidence, is reunited with an old school friend several years after they last parted. But whilst once again getting to know Jon, he quickly learns that the person he used to know is not all that he seemed...

This is a compelling and heart-felt short story, told with great empathy and sensitivity.

Find out what happens when illicit relationships are forged and there's no going back...

I actually found coming up with this blurb style synopsis quite difficult given the complex nature of the story telling in the draft...but here is something summing up roughly how the story will begin...

Friday, 25 October 2013

Araminta Hall: Everything and Nothing (Paperback)

Araminta Hall with my bookshelves in the background
Just finished reading this by Araminta Hall in paperback. It's the sort of emotional journey I would associate reading about by the likes of Anita Shreve, Diane Chamberlain or Jodi Picoult, about a family that employs an unsuitable nanny.

Although some elements of the story might be predictable, all scenes in the book were relevant and therefore it engaged my interest to a reasonable extent throughout. The writing style also managed to conjure some interesting imagery. 

The end of the book was actually quite sad, as the nanny meets her arguably undeserved fate...

Overall I would call it an average and enjoyable read.

Sarah Swainson (Near the bus stop)
New Profile photo I took this morning...could be useful later on...

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Hi and welcome from me!

Hi there! This is my first entry to the new blog; I was working very hard all yesterday on my book; one of the difficulties with regards to getting off the ground is fitting the work around your already existing life, although as I have read and heard the determination will pay off in the end... I'm really looking forward to having the final product completed but because it is such gruelling (though enjoyable) work it only really seems possible to live in the moment! Which is good too. I think the whole process is going to be exciting and I want to make it worth it. I'll likely post some recommended guides for new writers that I have found useful, as it is nice to know which ones might suit your needs and are easy to use. I will also post any tips that I come up with; we all make mistakes on journeys but it is also nice to be tipped off sometimes... So if you want to tip me off about anything that would be very useful to me also ;) Kind regards Sarah Swainson

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Sleep With Me - Joanna Briscoe Review Part 1

Joanna Briscoe Sleep With Me on my Binatone 
Now here is a book I probably...most likely (Definitely) wouldn't have picked up at my local bookstore as a paperback copy. I actually found it when browsing online for cheap eBooks for under £2, and so far, as I am up to page 134 have been pleasantly surprised by the content. The style adopted by the author is erotic but also very engaging and suspenseful. Yes there is a story line to follow here which manages to incorporate the erotic side very nicely to give the reader the best of both worlds.

Not only this, but the realism regarding the characters is met with approval. They are less cliche' than most and are brilliantly described and developed throughout the first half of the book.

On a personal note, my favorite chapters are those from the point of view of Richard. I enjoy the way his intentions are expressed indirectly as it leaves some suspense for the reader.

However all still hangs in the balance. The second half will have to fulfill all the promise of the first to determine whether or not it is really a disappointing time waster... 

This is what really interests me about digital publishing. Low prices enable me to find books I wouldn't otherwise have read, and then once I've read them I can keep them - I don't have to donate them to the charity shops to make space on my shelves at home!


Hello and welcome :)

I've started this blog on behalf of my sister, who hopes to become a self published author in the coming months. It will tell the story of this journey as I gain an insight into the world of online publishing. My first step has been to borrow a load of books from my local library, and buy a magbook http://www.magbooks.com/how-to-publish-your-own-ebook , costing £6.99. This is my first investment really...

In case you're interested, I'm not entirely sure what the book is going to be about yet...( I haven't been told) except that it will be a short story of approximately 12000 words, and a drama with a tinge of a horror element within the style of writing. (As this is her usual style?).

I have all my software ready to hopefully convert her story into an eBook. I'm usually quite good at this sort of thing...so I'll see how it goes once the manuscript has been fully written and edited (Partly by myself). Then I will look into publishing through different outlets...

Other issues I'm looking at is publicity through social media...and should I really consider buying ISBNs if its going to be a big investment for me? How can I make it worth it?

I will also hopefully be sharing other relevant content, links and pictures.

Finally, any tips and advice from you would be extremely helpful as I am new to all of this and there is a lot of information to take in all at once...

Many thanks...