I published my novel, The Survival of Thomas Ford, as a Kindle ebook in December 2011 (Christmas Day in fact).
It meant a lot to me to finally have a chance to get this book out to readers, because this novel had been locked in under contract with a London literary agent for over a year…nearer 18 months…felt longer…
My agent was certain he could sell the book, and the film consultant at the agency, who had been responsible for discovering Slumdog Millionaire as an unpublished manuscript and getting it developed into a film, thought my book was the best she had read at that agency in the last 4 years.
My agent found several editors who “loved the book”, but the sales depts of the publishing houses did not agree and no sale was made.
So I took the book back into my own hands to sell direct to readers! So far, The Survival of Thomas Ford has been:
*WINNER OF A SPECIAL AWARD IN THE EFESTIVAL OF WORDS BEST OF THE INDEPENDENT EBOOKS AWARDS 2012*
*GOODREADS UK AMAZON KINDLE FORUM BOOK OF THE MONTH*
*ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT AUTHORS BOOK OF THE MONTH*
*AS SEEN IN AMAZON UK VIDEO ADVERT FOR KINDLE PAPERWHITE*
The Survival of Thomas Ford is contemporary fiction, what you might call a literary thriller, or a psychological thriller.
In September 2012, I published my second ebook, Storm Damage, a collection of ten short stories, which The Kindle Book Review described as: “10 magical modern short stories from a master of language”
The Survival of Thomas Ford, and Storm Damage, have now had over 32000 downloads.
Over 2012, I also published one blog per month on the Authors Electric site, “Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?” describing my first year of epublishing:
I’ll be reposting those blogs here, beginning with (The story of) The Survival of Thomas Ford, and also producing new blogs as new subjects arise, and announcing new work when it becomes available (including my next ebook, Agency Woman, due out later in 2013)
All best, and thank-you very much for all the support so far!