The Lost Dark. It’s here…

The Lost Dark
The Lost Dark

My novel The Lost Dark is now available through:
Amazon Kindle

The Lost Dark is an adult urban horror with a paranormal twist. It started out as a short story in a Nottingham University Creative Writing workgroup as part of my Certificate in Creative Writing. Two years later the first draft was ‘complete’.
I spent the next two years revising and editing it while considering which publishing route to take. Most of my time during these two years was taken up with an MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.
After I’d graduated, I had more time to work on the completion of the book. I even dropped my job to part time specifically to concentrate on writing. I hired a professional editor (Kathryn Koller) which turned out to be a fantastic decision, and with hindsight a ridiculous choice to even NOT consider. I put the novel through a Beta Reading stage. I worked on the cover art, playing with various designs and ideas – the final version is very close to my original vision. This last push, or ‘end phase’ if you like, to get the novel truly complete, took around four months of serious graft!
Self publishing is a time consuming and often frustrating process – mostly due to the amount of research and decision making involved. But ultimately it was very rewarding. I’m really glad I chose this way to publish my first novel. It’s been quite exciting!
The printed version of the novel should be available soon.
I’ll post more on what I did, who I asked for help and advice, and my overall process at some point soon…
Please go and check out the Kindle, Smashwords and Kobo sites.
And for my next project? I’m going to publish a collection of 20 or so previously published stories. And this time, I’ll keep my blog up to date as I go…
I’m also working on my second novel The Pattern of Birds which has grown out of my final MA dissertation piece.
If you’re reading this post, and you were involved in The Lost Dark, then here’s the bit where I thank you. You know the bit where I say, I couldn’t have done it without you? Well, it turns out it’s true. Thankyou.


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