Is this you? ‘People who highlight minor grammar points are amazing’

We all do it on Facebook… Don’t we? 

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/people-who-highlight-minor-grammar-points-are-amazing-2013082378916

A Great Article For Us Self-Published Authors

I came across this article on Forbes which is about a very successful British Self-Published Author Mark Dawson. Mark makes hundreds of thousands a year from his self-published book series.
He explains that it’s mostly about his marketing tactics, and unsurprisingly Facebook being the most effective.

I’ve used Facebook campaigns in the past to advertise specific posts and my Facebook pages, and it is effective, so I would definitely agree with Mark. Only thing that differs between us is that I don’t make as much money as him!

This is a very useful article to read so go and have a look at what Mark Dawson had to say about his success and how he did it.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaymcgregor/2015/05/12/how-this-self-published-author-made-450000-part-2/

Have funny clips on social media replaced telling jokes?

This is a very random post of mine, but the other day it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard a joke for a long time.

Now of course in the last few years the surge of technology especially mobile phones has been huge and admittedly fantastic. With phones comes social media and with social media comes funny images and videos.
For me I feel that these have replaced telling jokes. I’ve done it myself, I used to love telling jokes but I haven’t for a long time, I instead say ‘Oh I saw this hilarious video the other day.’ and whip it my phone, go onto Facebook or Twitter and the video; I’ve noticed others do this also.

Not that there’s anything wrong with this, admittedly there is some funny stuff daily on the internet, but don’t you miss those sometimes cheesy, witty and hilarious jokes that stay with you and make you chuckle to yourself throughout the day?
Thinking about it, the videos and images do that too!

It’s just a thought of mine. Let me know what you think.

The Author blurb and The Author Facebook page updated

As you all know, I completed writing The Author and now it is undergoing the editing and proof reading stage.

I thought it was about time to let you all know what it is about. So now I can FINALLY tell you! So here you are, here is The Author blurb below,

 

Four years after his wife and children disappeared, Ryan Milligan decided 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 aren’t 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.

 

What do you think? Do you like it?
The Author will be available really soon. Definitely by the end of this year but hopefully November 2013.

To keep updated about The Author or to see what I’m up to or to read about my other book Endurance, you can follow me on Twitter @TJBlake93. You can go on Facebook and visit http://www.facebook.com/TheAuthor2013 or http://www.facebook.com/Endurance2013 .

Horror, Suspense and Mystery novel. Coming soon!
Horror, Suspense and Mystery novel. Coming soon!

Join The Author Facebook page

So my second novel is coming along very nicely. I have nearly written the book after that it will then be edited and proof read.

But right now the front cover has been completed and now I will have to work on the book cover myself and when that’s done then I will put it out there for all of you to read.

To keep up to date with The Author’s progress, go and like its NEW Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/TheAuthor2013
Or just follow me on Twitter @TJBlake93 as I am sure there will be updates there too and if you haven’t followed me yet then follow me anyway please.

The Author front cover

My response to a question constantly asked

Since I have decided to self-publish my first book Endurance, people have instantly asked ‘how much are you making?’ or ‘How much money do you get from selling the book?’
Well I want to just say to the people who have asked those type of questions, I do not care how much money I’m making.

Writing is a hobby, I just love it! Writing to entertain is my dream job. I love the power and freedom it gives you. It can be hard work, but if it does it’s job and entertains my audience then job done, it makes me happy and the audience.

The reason I decided to self-publish Endurance was to get my name out there and to entertain people reading my book. My dream is to write for a living. I would love to be an author full time or/and write for TV and Film. Writing for entertainment is just incredible, whether it is writing a book or TV programme or Film. As the author/writer you create your own world, your characters, your setting, the lives of the characters, literally everything… It is as if you’re god!
The feeling of writing in your own created world is a great feeling, I get it every time I write, even if you’re not an author yourself you still get the same feeling when reading.
That feeling when you are reading your book and the surroundings around you evaporate and you enter the book. You are the character, you imagine other characters and you imagine the surroundings. That feeling is similar if not the same as when I and I’m sure others write.

Anyway, just thought I would explain my reasoning and my motives for writing. I am enjoying myself promoting Endurance and I am currently writing my next book ‘The Author’ which will be out nearer to the end of this year.

And I would just like to finish by saying to YOU out there, not just to the many aspiring authors and writers like me, but to everyone and anyone who has a dream of any kind, don’t let anyone try to change or ruin your dream. You fight for it. Go out there, be noticed, be singled out. You are responsible for making your dream happen. It’s easier to let your dream disappear than for it to actually happen. Prove the doubters wrong, it will make you stronger and hungrier for what you want to achieve. That is what has spurred me on even more, the doubters out there. Make everyone who truly cares about you proud and prove those negative, worthless, bitter people wrong.

Last thing (I promise) don’t forget, Endurance is FREE on Amazon for Kindle download. That ends today though so go get your copy now!

Happy reading 🙂

Endurance FREE on Amazon for Kindle
Endurance FREE on Amazon for Kindle

Goodreads Author, 0 fans :(

So today I became a Goodreads Author. Pretty cool right? If I say so myself. But 0 fans? Not so cool…

Go and check my Goodreads Author page out at :  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7032700.T_J_Blake

Go and see how Endurance began.

Does English exist any more?

How frustrating is it that people these days cannot speak? especially on Facebook… Every time I log onto Facebook or Twitter, I see a status, comment or tweet that is poorly written.

TEXTS! Oh yes, lets not forget texts. I expect you all know someone who writes a text that is ‘quicker’ for them to type, but longer for you to translate and transcribe… Yes they use ‘b4’ and spell words carelessly to ‘save them time’ but in truth, they probably don’t know how to spell the actual word.  Admittedly, I used to do all the abbreviations and ridiculous spelling of words… when I was about 10!

Now, back to Facebook. I have noticed that people cannot speak, mostly through my experience of the internet for the last, I don’t know, ten years+ . Recently, it has irritated me more than ever.
I liked an Arsenal fan page, well actually a few of them, and there are two that stand out to me. They are both constantly filled with news, that is written poorly (and lies might I add). I mean, it’s so bad that people comment on the posts, insulting the page about their written English. Admittedly, (no racism intended) I think that the people who run these fan pages, are foreign because the syntax and sentence structure is always pretty wild.

To be honest, I suppose it is expected within football. It’s a worldwide sport, everyone is allowed their opinion  including foreign Arsenal fans. I’m just more irritated by people who don’t write texts ‘properly’ or write statuses that make them sound incapable of speaking or show that they could feature on The Jeremy Kyle Show and fit right in. Just watch the Jeremy Kyle show if you haven’t already. It’s a  perfect piece of evidence to use with this mini rant of mine.

I should really be a descriptivist about all this right now, that’s what we’re encouraged to do in English essays… Luckily this isn’t an essay.

There is much more to speak about here, but, I simply do not have the time to do so. I am a full time university student, and May is the month of essays and exams for us students and I’m writing my book.

Before any smart ass proofreads my post here and points out any errors, just stop, they would be minor errors and this is a informal post about language. And yes, you may be thinking ‘well Facebook is informal too so you’re contradicting yourself.’ No I am not, least I am making some sense with my language and all the words are spelt correctly and there is some form of punctuation.

That’s all for now. Rant over.

Endurance mentioned on Twitter

Endurance was mentioned on Twitter by Kindie Books.

Endurance tweeted about

 

 

Buy your copy of Endurance on Amazon paperback RRP £3.99/$6.33 or eBook version £1.24/$1.89. Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository and Super Book Deals also sell Endurance on paperback.

Buy Endurance! It’s unpredictable throughout. Full of mystery, suspense, action and gore.