A mixed bag of books read the past few weeks, some good some not so good.
Worth the Wait (St James Book 1) by Jamie Beck
If you can’t guess the ending by page 5 ….. So why the “12 Years Earlier” section … sorry I lost the will to look at the next page at that point.
Two Girls on a Mission by Steven W Johnson
Silliness of the endearing kind. If you want to read something with no weight, no social commentary and no long term impact on anything …. This is the book for you.
Sublight by V G James
Lets take a nerdy ham radio fan (and his mates) add some naked aliens, a few nudists, the US Air force, a Senator and the President of the USA and shake it all up together and you get another enjoyable romp in which everything ends up for the best … unless you are the one alien who gets sick. Yeah Fun!
The Travelling Companion by Ian Rankin
A short story from the creator of Rebus, a very different book from the detective stories. A case of take a pinch of Dorian Grey mix in a generous helping of Jekyll & Hyde with elements of Don’t Look Now. A compelling story set in Paris … worth reading
The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
A classic … very different from the black and white film … The first book in the Complete Novels of John Buchan (down loaded for just 49pence!!) Brilliant story well told. I will be reading the rest of the collection over the next few weeks.
The Kings Traitor (The Kingfountain Series Book 3) by Jeff Wheeler
I rather like the easy escapist writing of much of Jeff Wheelers writing. I have worked through the Muir Wood stories before moving on the Kingfountain so I guess that is apparent to you. While they are aimed at the teenage reader these stories present interesting and twisted plots of murder mystery and magic. I will continue to read these books as they appear.
The Uncovered Policeman – Rags to Riches Book 1 is now a real book!
At last I have reached the point where The Uncovered Policeman is now ‘clean’ enough to be committed to paper for ever. If you read the previous posting about proof reading you will now know where I was coming from.
Creating The Real Book from an e-book
Well once this is ink on paper there was no way to change any of the spelling, punctuation or add missing words. Fortunately Mrs Bun has managed to make the time to do the proofing and find about 200 changes that needed to be made.
Then the text had to copied into the template for the size of the book (5 x 8 inches). The auto set up tool tells you it is an ‘unexpected size’ for the proposed publication size 5 x 8 inches. I tried other sizes that didn’t help, but in the end it was accepted.
Then there was the cover … it had to have the print on the spine with a margin for the fold. Which meant that the whole thing depended on the number of pages bound in the book plus the two margins. Sounds simple enough but there were fewer pages than the estimated number, so the cover, which was a .pdf file, had to be changed.
I could have gone for a generic cover or paid “from £300” for a professional design, or is that from 200 copies?
The joys of self publishing for small volume sales .
In the future other books in the Rags to Riches series:
Undercover Policeman: Abroad
Uncovered Policeman; In and Out of the Blues
Uncovered Policeman: Goodbye Blues (due out in October)
will be coming out as paper backs provided there is some interest in this one!
Currently the Uncovered Policeman is only on ‘createspace,’ and on Amazon.
The Amazon link http://amzn.to/2bRlOIb
Or if you are in North America you can use the createspace link https://www.createspace.com/6550919
Proof reading is an attempt to over come the Pareto principle that is the “law” that says 80% of your errors will get picked up by your word processor but 20% wont. It also means that while 80% of the changes are correct 20% are actually new errors.
Confused? I am ! So on to the practicalities of why proof read and why it might not be a good idea.
It is interesting to read some of the comments turning up on the Amazon Reviews of my stories. Quite a few refer to the need for proof reading. I accept that my spelling is appalling and my finger (yes a one-digit typist) is often over taken by my imagination and words get missed.
Now here is the rub, if Word fails to point out a mistake, how am I supposed to spot that I have made one?
This is a comment from a review, it is of another authors work but the same person review one of my books.
“I have read many hundreds of books (fiction and non-fiction and mostly not erotic) and the vast majority of them were grammar and punctuation perfect. So I think it’s a pity that erotic book authors don’t take more care because I believe it must have an adverse effect on their sales.”
This is where we, in my opinion – feel free to decry me, hit the big problem.
As far as I am aware none of the authors of naturist fiction (#naturistfiction) are actually making a living out of their naturist fiction. It is a part-time endeavour even a hobby. I think most of us write for our own enjoyment initially then decide to share it. Something that has become possible via Amazon’s KDP, Goodreads and Smashwords.
So, to proof reading. looking for mistakes in an existing piece of writing has to be done by a new set of eyes. Remember Pareto is watching you 20% of your corrections will be extra errors! It takes a lot of effort to carefully read ,, word by word,line by line looking for mistakes rather than enjoying the story. I am lucky I had a volunteer for the Uncovered Policeman Abroad and my wife is a “finisher-completer” and had the time to do the Uncovered Policeman; In and Out of the Blues. Otherwise you pay a specialist. This is great if you have a publisher. They will deduct the cost of proofing, editing or buying you a cup of coffee while arguing about artistic integrity of a phrase, out of your advance on the copies they expect you to sell.
Well, I am planning a party to which you are all invited when the first of my stories sells its 500th unit. (Bring your own bottle, I’ll provide the pork scratchings.) If I had paid for proof reading by a professional I would not be able to afford the pork scratchings until I had sold 700 books and what sort of party would that be? Hey we are having a really big party, after all you are only 47 years old once … nope it doesn’t work.
“OK Ted, do you have a solution?” You ask.
Well, sort of. Most of the #naturistfiction authors (I’m a story teller not an author by the way) seem to be approachable. It is rare not to find an e-mail address in the blurb around the story. Review the story, the writing style and how you felt about the reading experience. Then if you have found specific errors send the writer a nice e-mail pointing out the errors. I am sure most will change the manuscript to correct these mistakes. One of the big joys of these electronic publications is that they can be changed almost daily unlike a printed book.
One word of warning never, never try to correct a plot line! You may discuss why the author chose that path but don’t correct the plot if you want to live long enough to come to the 500th Book Party.
It has been a good week for new naturist fiction again. Having read new books by John David Harding and Wallace Greensage last week … I have read 3 new works of #naturistfiction this week.
First as promised last posting ..
Will Forest, Aglow.
A great piece of writing spoilt, just a little, for the non-Spanish reader by chunks of text in Spanish. Most are translated or pretty obvious in meaning, but having to decide whether to read or to skip over them was inconvenient. on the other hand the story was well written with a strong plot and narrative to keep you engaged. One to read and take a little time over.
D H Jonathan, The Volunteer
A good enough read to keep one entertained for a couple of days by the pool. Dani makes a mistake and plagiarises a paper, gets caught and either faces expulsion from college (USA) or takes part in a social science project that involves being naked 24/7 for 8 weeks. A little light depth about the social encounters it turns into a frothy lightweight romp.. Not that is of itself bad (says the author of lightweight romps – not even I call the Uncovered Policeman ‘literature’). I gave it a 4 star review.
Matthew Black, Screw Firmly From the Rear
The fourth book in a series about Brad and Leanne’s involvement with the Hidden Lake Naturist Resort. It features as ever Brad’s batty mother, Gwen, and his lustful father, George. Things are not good at Hidden Lakes and get worse with the help of the appearance of Brad’s rather attractive ex-colleague from the planning department. Who reveals something Brad has been keeping quiet. Unlike Leanne who is very vocal about another ‘something’ Brad would rather was kept quiet about.
If, unlike Brad, you can cope with George’s smutty tales of his exploits in the far east while in the navy, an entertaining read.
This August there has been a flurry of new naturist fiction publications.
Wallace Greensage set his second New Albion story free. The Naked Truth Will Set You Free is a continuation of the story started in his “Who Is This Naked Lady – And What Have They Done With My Wife?” A Really good read it is too.
John David Harding, has produced a very interesting follow up to the Bare Necessities.
Bare Necessities 2.
A very engaging read, well worth reading.
Will Forest released Aglow his second #naturistfiction story, which is next on my reading list
I hear that P Z Walker has Mirror Earth 2 finished and undergoing editing, so that should be with us soon too. Meanwhile I am slowly moving forward with Uncovered Policeman 4.
Here’s hoping you’ll enjoy your holidays, read something new while you lie (naked?) on the beach or around the pool.
Try one of the books from the Naturist Fiction list … ideally one of mine.
At the moment there is little time for writing or reading here at L’Olivette. I am very busy looking after our guests and making sure that they have a super holiday.
The Uncovered Policeman is in the process of being re-proofed for a rather special development … More to come on that soon!
Meanwhile writing continues, albeit slowly, on the final part of the Uncovered Policeman’s tale, provisionally titled “Goodbye Blues”. No need to panic though,there is good chance that there maybe some other stories featuring other members of the extended Rags to Riches family.
Several other tales are in the process of being developed and some non fiction awaits too.
The Uncovered Policeman: In and Out of the Blues (Rags to Riches Book3) is out on 7th June 2016.
The third standalone story in the series that make up Rags the uncovered policeman’s journey to Riches.
Follow him and his Solicitor girlfriend’s adventures as the join his mothers honeymoon in a French naturist resort.
Walk with him as he cleans up a naturist beach.
Find out why his brother is called Thor .
Then there is the wine and the photography.
Go to Amazon and place your order for The Uncovered Policeman: In and Out of the Blues
I really hope you enjoy this one!
Please remember to write a review, even if it is only to say “I loved it” or “It was OK” or if you really must “I didn’t enjoy it” … just don’t use the third option send me an email instead and tell me what was wrong!
I hope you feel like giving the Uncovered Policeman: In and Out of the Blues a full 5 star rating!!