Why did I choose to self-publish?

It’s been three years (on the 28th of March) since I self-published my first novel Endurance.  I remember working on it whilst at university, and I most of all remember having doubts about self-publishing Endurance – mostly because there was a niggling fear of what people would say or think about me for doing it.

I personally love the freedom of self-publishing, even though it does require some more work – who am I kidding, some? A LOT more work.

I believe new writers should try their luck with self-publishing; mainly to engage with readers, create a following and allow people to review your work and help adapt you as a writer. From my experience, encouraging people to read your stories is the key part to self-publishing; even if you give them the book for free

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How time flies – why did I choose to self-publish?

How time flies – why did I choose to self-publish?
Time. It’s a funny thing. We have so much of it, but we still don’t always take advantage of it.
This blog post is just a quick post about why I chose to self-publish and how it’s changed me.

It’s been three years (on the 28th of March) since I self-published my first novel Endurance

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I remember working on it whilst at university, and I most of all remember having doubts about self-publishing Endurance – mostly because there was a niggling fear of what people would say or think about me for doing it. Once I adapted a hardness and carelessness for what people would say about me, my decision was made. The decision though even after that wasn’t simple, because then I needed to consider whether to self-publish Endurance after an edit, or to finish Endurance and then just see if I could get the story published.

However, when I thought about it, I knew that would be a challenge for anyone, let alone a nineteen year old university student. In the end, I thought ‘you know what? fuck it, I’m going to give it a go’ and decided to start my self-publishing career as T. J. Blake.
‘Why?’ I here you ask; because firstly, I could, but secondly, I wanted to see what people thought of my writing. I had a slight idea of what people thought of my work, because of my Creative Writing and English Language studies, but I wanted to know what more people thought; more than my family or my peers. This is exactly what self-publishing has done for me, it’s given me a great amount of experience, a huge boost in confidence and now I’m ready to self-publish more.

So here I am, nearly three years later with three books self-published, and a fourth & fifth in the works, I’m very happy with my writing progress.

Having self-published two out of three books from The Endurance Series (Endurance Endurance: Apocalypse) and standalone novel The Author, I can proudly say that I am looking forward to self-publishing my fourth novel DECEPTION, the finale of The Endurance Series (Endurance 3) and the many more books and book series to follow.

If you want to find out more about my books, then feel free to continue to ‘Books by T. J. Blake‘ or continue to my Amazon author page or even my Goodreads author page.

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Update: Coming Soon!

We’re coming to the New Year now, so I thought I’d update you all on my projects.

As you may know, I haven’t self-published any books during this year – simply because I was too busy with my final year of University and I unexpectedly landed myself a Copywriting role at a Digital Marketing Company. However, I was planning to completely reduce the amount of writing I did during the year of 2015, but that didn’t really happen.

I have been writing – not as regularly as normal, but more than I anticipated. If you’ve been keeping up to date with this blog or my Twitter (@TJBlake93) or Facebook pages, then you’ll know that I have been working on my new thriller Deception, which I am hoping to self-publish some time next year. I have also done some work to Endurance 3, which could also be out next year, more likely 2017 though – but I will push for it to be out 2016, just for you!

Anyhow, thought I’d let you know that I am still alive (because I haven’t posted in a while) and working hard to get Deception written and self-published (or published!?) for you to all enjoy.
I have a good feeling about this, unlike Obi-Wan… That’s right, I’m VERY excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

COMING SOON

Deception (2016) (Thriller)

Endurance 3 (2016/17) (Mystery, Horror, Suspense, Dystopia, Science Fiction)

Back Friday (Sunday) Weekend – Last day for free downloads

As you probably know my three books Endurace, Endurance: Apocalypse and The Author have been free to download onto your Kindle this weekend as part of the Black Friday Weekend. You can still download them just by clicking the book titles above or the links below.
Here’s some information about the books.

Below are universal links to my books and their synopsis.

Download Endurance – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

‘London is silent. Severed bodies lie amongst the rubble. What once was a lively city is a now a murderous grave, enclosed in smoke and ash. The cause of the destruction is unknown. Left haunted and terrified, survivor Tom Williams confronts the brutal, mutilated streets as he fights to uncover the truth. Could he be the last hope to restore normality?’

Download Endurance: Apocalypse – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

‘London is intolerable; the infected dominate the ravaged streets. Miller has gained full control and takes advantage of his authority, experimenting with the virus in an attempt to form a new superhuman army.’

“Danni entered the station, the breeze was the only sound, eerily howling through the underground; the station was deserted. She ran up the escalators and stood at the top of Waterloo station. Staring along the station she saw corpses scattered across the ground. Splattered and smudged blood decorated Waterloo.”

Download The Author – Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

‘Four years after his wife and children disappeared, Ryan Milligan decides it’s time to let go of the past and move to a new home on Mulberry Lane. Ryan hoped his new house and peaceful neighbourhood would help him to cope better with the pain of losing his family and to continue his search. Whilst settling in and writing his new novel, ‘Killing for your love’, he realises things are not what they seem…’

“My new house is only a mile away from the home I used to live in with Tan and the kids, but now I feel like I’m in a different world. I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before and done this before. There’s a presence here, I can feel it. There are things happening in this house that aren’t normal. I’m threatened by the lack of control I have over them.

There’s one room where I feel it most, and as I stare at the door leading down into the basement, it begins to creak open.”

See all my books by heading to my Amazon Author Page

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Black Friday Weekend

Are you enjoying your Black Friday Weekend? 

Everyone loves a good deal and a bargain, so here’s a bargain for you – my three books Endurace, Endurance: Apocalypse and The Author will be free to download this Black Friday Weekend (28th & 29th) on Amazon. 

Below are universal links to my books and their synopsis. The links will take you to their Amazon product page where you can download them onto your kindle without paying a single penny, and begin reading them within seconds. 

Download Endurance – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

‘London is silent. Severed bodies lie amongst the rubble. What once was a lively city is a now a murderous grave, enclosed in smoke and ash. The cause of the destruction is unknown. Left haunted and terrified, survivor Tom Williams confronts the brutal, mutilated streets as he fights to uncover the truth. Could he be the last hope to restore normality?’

Download Endurance: Apocalypse – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

‘London is intolerable; the infected dominate the ravaged streets. Miller has gained full control and takes advantage of his authority, experimenting with the virus in an attempt to form a new superhuman army.’

“Danni entered the station, the breeze was the only sound, eerily howling through the underground; the station was deserted. She ran up the escalators and stood at the top of Waterloo station. Staring along the station she saw corpses scattered across the ground. Splattered and smudged blood decorated Waterloo.”

Download The Author – Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

‘Four years after his wife and children disappeared, Ryan Milligan decides it’s time to let go of the past and move to a new home on Mulberry Lane. Ryan hoped his new house and peaceful neighbourhood would help him to cope better with the pain of losing his family and to continue his search. Whilst settling in and writing his new novel, ‘Killing for your love’, he realises things are not what they seem…’

“My new house is only a mile away from the home I used to live in with Tan and the kids, but now I feel like I’m in a different world. I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before and done this before. There’s a presence here, I can feel it. There are things happening in this house that aren’t normal. I’m threatened by the lack of control I have over them.

There’s one room where I feel it most, and as I stare at the door leading down into the basement, it begins to creak open.”

See all my books by heading to my Amazon Author Page

  

Last day of the Book Promotion – The Endurance Series and The Author free on Kindle

Looking for a free book to read this weekend on your Kindle?

If you’re someone who enjoys reading a thrilling book that is riddled with mystery and splattered in blood, then my three books are more than perfect for you.
The Endurance Series is an apocalyptic horror book series about a severe virus outbreak in London, and The Author is a stand alone suspense, thriller novel about an author called Ryan Milligan.
Below are the blurbs of my three books – have a read and see which ones tickle your fancy. Remember, they’re completely free just for this weekend on Amazon!

Download Endurance – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

London is silent. Severed bodies lie amongst the rubble. What once was a lively city is a now a murderous grave, enclosed in smoke and ash. The cause of the destruction is unknown. Left haunted and terrified, survivor Tom Williams confronts the brutal, mutilated streets as he fights to uncover the truth. Could he be the last hope to restore normality?

Download Endurance: Apocalypse – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

London is intolerable; the infected dominate the ravaged streets. Miller has gained full control and takes advantage of his authority, experimenting with the virus in an attempt to form a new superhuman army.
“Danni entered the station, the breeze was the only sound, eerily howling through the underground; the station was deserted. She ran up the escalators and stood at the top of Waterloo station. Staring along the station she saw corpses scattered across the ground. Splattered and smudged blood decorated Waterloo.”

Download The Author – Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

Four years after his wife and children disappeared, Ryan Milligan decides it’s time to let go of the past and move to a new home on Mulberry Lane. Ryan hoped his new house and peaceful neighbourhood would help him to cope better with the pain of losing his family and to continue his search. Whilst settling in and writing his new novel, ‘Killing for your love’, he realises things are not what they seem…

“My new house is only a mile away from the home I used to live in with Tan and the kids, but now I feel like I’m in a different world. I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before and done this before. There’s a presence here, I can feel it. There are things happening in this house that aren’t normal. I’m threatened by the lack of control I have over them.
There’s one room where I feel it most, and as I stare at the door leading down into the basement, it begins to creak open.”

See all my books by heading to my Amazon Author Page

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The Endurance Series and The Author – free today on Amazon

Free promotion – My three novels are free to download this weekend on Amazon.

My books Endurance, Endurance: Apocalypse and The Author are all free to download today and tomorrow. That’s right, pay absolutely nothing to download them onto you Kindle and begin reading them within seconds!
If you enjoy a thrilling journey that is riddled with mystery and splattered in blood, then these three books are for you.

Head over to Amazon now by clicking the links below – they’re global links so wherever you are in the world, you will be directed to the relevant Amazon page – and begin reading my books for FREE!

Download Endurance – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

London is silent. Severed bodies lie amongst the rubble. What once was a lively city is a now a murderous grave, enclosed in smoke and ash. The cause of the destruction is unknown. Left haunted and terrified, survivor Tom Williams confronts the brutal, mutilated streets as he fights to uncover the truth. Could he be the last hope to restore normality?

Download Endurance: Apocalypse – Horror, Mystery and Suspense

London is intolerable; the infected dominate the ravaged streets. Miller has gained full control and takes advantage of his authority, experimenting with the virus in an attempt to form a new superhuman army.
“Danni entered the station, the breeze was the only sound, eerily howling through the underground; the station was deserted. She ran up the escalators and stood at the top of Waterloo station. Staring along the station she saw corpses scattered across the ground. Splattered and smudged blood decorated Waterloo.”

Download The Author – Thriller, Mystery and Suspense

Four years after his wife and children disappeared, Ryan Milligan decides it’s time to let go of the past and move to a new home on Mulberry Lane. Ryan hoped his new house and peaceful neighbourhood would help him to cope better with the pain of losing his family and to continue his search. Whilst settling in and writing his new novel, ‘Killing for your love’, he realises things are not what they seem…

“My new house is only a mile away from the home I used to live in with Tan and the kids, but now I feel like I’m in a different world. I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before and done this before. There’s a presence here, I can feel it. There are things happening in this house that aren’t normal. I’m threatened by the lack of control I have over them.
There’s one room where I feel it most, and as I stare at the door leading down into the basement, it begins to creak open.”

Find out more about me by heading to my Amazon Author Page

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Download my books to your Kindle for free this weekend! 

For this weekend (21st and 22nd) my books will be available on Amazon for free. You can download my stories onto your Kindle without paying a single penny, and begin reading within seconds.

There is no special reason that my books are free this weekend, I’m just feeling generous!  

Make sure that you head on to Amazon tomorrow and download all 3 of my books Endurance, Endurance: Apocalypse and The Author. 

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The Wishing Shelf Book Awards – Endurance

Endurance was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what the readers thought of it. 
Star Rating: 3 stars

“A very enjoyable, fun read. Exciting, ever scary.” 

“The plot is exciting and I liked the London setting.” 

“Very exciting with lots of twists and turns.” – The Wishing Shelf Awards

Writing Style 6/10

Plot/Story/Contents 7/10

Of the 16 readers…

8 thought the cover was good or excellent.

7 would read another book by T. J. Blake

12 felt the plot was the best part of the book.

Endurance is available on Amazon now! 

  

Three Free Book Weekend!

The Three Free eBook Weekend!

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I am currently feeling very generous, I have made all three of my books completely free to download from Amazon for your Kindle. If you like mystery thrillers and gory horrors, then you can be sure to like my novels!
So be sure to download your copy tomorrow for free. It is free from tomorrow (Sat 13th June) until midnight Sunday (14th).

So to download Endurance, Endurance: Apocalypse and The Author, click the link below.

Download Endurance – getBook.at/B00E8Q9QCU

Download Endurance: Apocalypse – getBook.at/B00Q57MIOI

Download The Author –  getBook.at/B00HYN2QAI

Enjoy!