Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Business End…


“How much has all of this cost?” is a question I’m having to field more and more since the launch of my book. A brief insight into the costs involved should provide some hilarity.

So, you’ve written a ‘book’ on your laptop…now what. Make no mistake, this is a business and, like any business, it’s going to require some seed capital: Straight off the bat, you need to get it professionally edited (and I do mean professionally): I was virtually top of my class in English. I pride myself on having a very good eye for errors. When I saw the carnage after my editor blitzed through my first draft, I took my pride and shoved it in a dark recess. The simple fact is, you cannot review your own work. After reading the same words umpteen times your brain learns to cheat. And cheat well. It cuts corners, makes stuff up, sees what it wants to see….

For Zululand Snow  I enjoyed the services of two editors at a combined cost of R10,500.
Next in line was the Book Cover design. This set me back R1,500.
Typesetting services, another biggy, came to R5,000.
Next came the actual cost of printing. I went for 100 on my first run which came to about R6,500.

Now, you could stop here. But, you have to market your printed books and the best way to do that is via a book launch … so haul out the wallet again!
Close your eyes and shell out for Venue Hire; Snack Platters (Cash bar only!); Design and printing of Billboard Posters; Design of electronic invite; Venue Décor; Lucky Draw Prize; Golf balls (?!?) Yup, I had golf balls you’ll have something else!; Professional photographer for a good headshot you can use across all your social media ….
and that should do it for the hard costs … comes to a whopping R33,280 !!!

For a hundred books that’s R332.80 per book!

Now, I could add my standard hourly rate, over three years, into the equation but that would probably just destroy you. And me!
So let’s just say, for those of you who got in on the first edition action for the piffling price of R100 a book. ‘Yews got yorselvz a bargin!!’

It goes without saying that the lifeblood of any author, new or established, is the stream of book reviews generated by fans in the media. So go forth and review, unless, of course, you think it’s all a load of twaddle…in which case put a sock in it!

Below are the links you can use to post a review.

Amazon (USA)
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Cheers and have a great weekend!

A Dark Figure…

3D BOOK (5)A dark figure swayed over him, silhouetted against a rectangle of pin-pricked night sky. A red glow hovered where the figure’s eyes should have been.
“You and I need to have a little talk,” said a guttural voice.
The rectangle of night sky narrowed to a slit, then vanished. The red eye pulsed again.
Craig slithered backwards and cringed against the far wall between two cold hunks of steel. A match flared and levitated towards a hurricane lamp on a shelf. The flame pounced on the wick and writhed like a spider on a moth before a tall glass descended, sending the flame upward in a pyre that splashed light across the ceiling and a wide-brimmed hat.
Lappies twisted a coin-shaped dial and reined the flame back to a warm glow. He turned towards Craig. A clear bottle wrapped in a net of straw dangled from his left hand. Dark blood sloshed inside. Craig was shivering uncontrollably now, his lips pulled back over his teeth. Lappies slid a metal chair in front of the door and plonked himself into it. He took a swig from the bottle…


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