After a lot of chopping and changing and a couple of sneaky redrafts from the previous Lulu version of the novel The Gamblers is finally available for sale on Amazon.com Buy it here for $13.99 (£8.50 in English money).
Don’t be shy, Kindle users, here, for free, is the first portion of my debut novel The Gamblers – an ultra-dark slice of British crime fiction.
The link is only up till April 26th so don’t delay. Download now and read at leisure.
If you like it, then please feel free to visit Amazon on buy the full novel for a very reasonable 86p. And, if not, then just delete the file off your Kindle and we’ll say no more about it!
The Gamblers is now available on Kindle (with a nifty new cover illustration by James Greenway) and it will also be available soon as a paperback, both available on Amazon. The paperback will set you back $13.99 (about £8 in British money), the Kindle book a hell of a lot less!
A lot of effort has gone into every aspect from the book. Three years worth of writing; Design and layout in Quark Xpress, eBook creation and formatting in Jutoh. Plus, I’ve been through the bloody thing so often, looking for the dreaded typos, that I’m practically word blind! But if you find a typo I haven’t seen I’m sure you lovely folks will let me know.
Anyway, you can buy it on Kindle right now http://amzn.to/fG0WNC
And those of you who want a paperback version should be able to buy it in about a fortnight.
It might look a tad crappy, but it’s a start. I can’t upload the flash version because I don’t have the upgraded video facility, but, like I’ve said, it’s a start. It’s going on the http://www.thelondondailynews.com/ website, hopefully at some point this week.
To be honest I did it rather quickly, so the design is very generic and Helvetica and my Flash skills have pretty much atrophied after years of zero use, so it has bugger all functionality (it just kind of sits there and links back to Lulu). Still, some presence is better than no presence at all (although I’m sure there are those who’ll beg to differ).
I’ll probably actually sit and design a better one during the week and plan it, rather than improvise (which is not the designer’s way, or not this particular designer anyway).
I could go into the hundreds of minor and not so minor amends that went into the second edition of The Gamblers, but unless you’re academically inclined you’d probably be bored by it all. Some of the amends were purely typographical (correcting small spelling mistakes or grammatical errors that the various spellchecks didn’t pick up first and second time around); some shortened and refined sentences that were in terrible danger of tipping over because of the weight they were carrying; some corrected ambiguities that were kindly pointed out to me by previous readers; and others shortened or deleted paragraphs that either hindered pace or provided pointless repetition.
But the upshot is that the novel is now four pages shorter and a much better read, but considering previous readers have told me that it is already a bloody good crime thriller, I think you’ll find it very enjoyable.
It’s on sale at Lulu now for £10.99 and it should soon be up on Amazon too.
Oh, for those that want to taste before they buy, here’s the first 200 pages as a PDF. Enjoy!