27 Sept 2019

Change is Coming

Hail readers!

Today, I have some more news for you: following the first consultation with my marketing advisor, I’m making some changes to my online platform. To begin with, I have a new Facebook page, named—curiously enough—Alex Stargazer Writes Books. I recommend you check it out! It contains sales links to my existing books, plus the new books when they go on sale. Eventually, it will also contain stuff like videos, photos of the new paperbacks, and so on.

The next part of my online platform is of course Amazon. That’s where I will get most of my sales, and where a significant part of my marketing efforts will be directed—this will involve keyword and category research, and eventually, ads. But as my marketing advisor explains, I need a solid base to begin with, so I have worked to polish my author profile. You can buy my books on there, leave reviews, and get the feed from my blog. The link is easy to remember: https://www.amazon.com/author/alex-stargazer

I have made updates to Goodreads as well, the most significant being that... Fallen Love is now on the Goodreads platform! This means you can add the book to your to-read shelf, and read the ARC reviews as they come in. It also means you can take a peek at the cover ;) I will be doing the cover reveal here on the Magical Realm very shortly. As part of the reveal, I will also explain the design: how it came about—including previous drafts!—and what the cover represents. Here is the link to the book.

Nor is the Magical Realm immune to the new agenda. I have already redesigned the colour scheme and background, but rest assured that more is coming!

Now, I must leave you, dear reader, for I have one more secret up my sleeve. I will leave you to guess at what it is... Oh, but before you do, why not sign up to my blog? Simply enter your email address up in the top right corner. I promise to turn it into a proper mailing list.

25 Sept 2019

Intermezzo: The Stupor of Brexit

Hail readers!

Following on from my previous post—that Fallen Love is coming out in December—I can provide you with a short update. I am due to meet with my marketing consultant tomorrow, for my first hour of consultation. Fingers crossed! As for my designer, he is on a trip and will return to work on Monday.

In the meanwhile, I am writing another post, on the subject of the title: Brexit. I will attempt to keep this brief, on account of two things. Firstly, I do not wish to distract too much from the main content of this blog. Secondly, because I fear that a lengthier entry would be a rant as opposed to a rational précis.

Let’s start with the title, shall we? Why the word “stupor”, which the Oxford dictionary defines as “a state of near unconsciousness or insensibility”? There are a million other words I could have used to similar effect: stupidity, insanity, pandemonium, et cetera ad infinitum. The answer is simple—the word most accurately describes the state of the electorate. Not the media or Parliament, mind you; the aforementioned words are appropriate there.

This is an observation I have made while living in Glasgow for the past month. To put it quite bluntly, I do not believe that the electorate actually understands the precariousness of this country’s position. Even the most devoted Remain campaigners have either gone into shock, or have been distracted by other, far less important issues.

I was particularly amused by the climate protests here in Glasgow, which drew a sizeable crowd; a police helicopter and several ambulances; and filled up a square. Readers should not make the mistake of thinking I’m downplaying climate change. Climate change is one of the biggest global issues of the 21st century; it will require a fundamental change in our industry, economy, and livelihoods—it will be a second Industrial Revolution.

But climate change is a global issue, and it will require decades to make these transformations a reality. This country is about to leave the European Union in one month without a deal. Protesting about climate change is like complaining in a burning house—it’s true that erosion from the seafront will make the property collapse in about 100 years, but the house is on fire, right now.

The government’s own documents for No-Deal planning, named Operation Yellowhammer, spells out the inferno in detail. To take but a few examples: medicine shortages; chaos on the motorways; food shortages; and riots. They should also add, to that list, economic implosion. Trade deals that will evaporate overnight. Exporters will go out of business; multinational companies will move their offices (they are already doing this!); layoffs; and Sterling will be nuked. Inflation will rise to levels not seen since the 1970s.

So why are voters not scared about this? Some are fanatics who will want their Brexit unicorn no matter what, and no amount of expert testimony or evidence will convince them otherwise. But this is a minority. Rather, I have come to believe that the majority of the electorate are simply living in denial. And the reason for this denial has to do with something fundamental in today’s politics.

People do not understand the impact of political decisions. They don’t have the background in economics, law or history to understand. Not until something happens—the moment those political decisions start to affect their lives.

I fear that by the time the majority wakes up, it will already be too late. On a personal level, this has two effects. Firstly, I am looking for opportunities to get out of this country as soon as possible: an internship placement, a master’s degree, or boarding the flight to Romania on October 31st—the last resort. Secondly, my sympathy has run out.

It’s your fault, Brits. Wake up and smell the burning building. I’m not hanging around to see it burn.

23 Sept 2019

Fallen Love is coming out!

Hail reader!

Following on from my previous post (“Publishing Woes and Other News”) I have some good news for you all: Fallen Love is coming out in December. This was not an easy decision to make, but I think it is the right one, and I hope you’re all as excited as I am to read my new book. It’s been a long time in the making.

Self-publishing isn’t cheap, of course—I am trying to get it done on a €1500 budget, which is basically shoestring. This is without considering the money I’ve paid for editing over the past couple of years, which comes out to about €850. The biggest expense (developmental editing, easily costing €2000 on its own) had to go. Even so, I have high hopes for this book, not least because of the awesome cover and my helpful marketing advisor.

Ah yes, the cover. I shall be revealing that very soon—I have one more little detail to finalise with my designer, which is why I am not showing it to you in this post. The new blog design, however, should give you a clue about the colour scheme and thematic elements.

I can, however, reveal the blurb, which you can also read on the page named Fallen Love, up top:

There are many kinds of monster that walk the Earth. Some are ugly. Some speak beautiful words through forked tongues. Some possess the grace of angels, and the hearts of demons...

Upperclassman Conall is rich, impeccably dressed, and set for a prestigious career in the Party hierarchy. He doesn’t lack for anything—except, maybe, love.

When he finds Mark, alone, abandoned and hurt, he doesn’t expect one act of kindness to alter the course of his life forever. For Mark is more than just beautiful; he has the spirit of a warrior, and his heart is divine. He has the power to save Ireland from the tyranny of the Party—or to to condemn it to something far worse.

Fallen Love is packed full of magical action, futuristic technology, and diverse characters. Demons and unscrupulous politicians face off against witches and ordinary, determined humans. If you like romance that’s dark and funny at the same time, this is the story for you!

What readers have said...

★★★★★ “This was an incredible story and I will be waiting for the next book in the series.” —Teresa, aka Fallen Angel.

Stay tuned for more updates! And before I forget to add, the publication date is set for 23 December. But if things go well, I may move it a bit earlier, so hope for the best!