Blog http://andylucasbooks.com//page3.php Go Indie! 5/7/2018 9:33:15 AM
Also, I admit to being one of those doubting readers before I started down this route myself. Discovering KDP on Amazon changed all of that for me. I still read Jack Higgins and Clive Cussler, and eagerly await each new book, yet I have also discovered some superb authors whose books do not currently grace bookstore shelves.

A couple of examples are David Leadbeater and Alan McDermott. They write exciting, action-packed thrillers and I would rate them as highly as any traditionally published author I have read. I discovered them on Amazon, via the indie route, and I am very glad to have been converted to someone who now genuinely believes that there are excellent books being made available by the self-publishing approach. Other names that spring to mind are Terry Tyler, Elise Stokes, Karen Perkins and Mark Dawson. 

I am proud to be an indie author and I am an avid reader of indie books. If you have not tried one yet, I recommend checking out Amazon's Top Free 100 as a starting point or clicking the links to some of the above-mentioned authors at the bottom of my Home Page.

Like me, you may be pleasantly surprised by the quality you discover!


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Finding the time... 5/7/2018 8:41:13 AM
For me, the only way I have ever found to actually write is to use early mornings or holidays. During the summer months, I can get up early and sit in the garden at my laptop for a couple of hours on Saturday amd Sunday, before everyone else is up. Sometimes, I can even cram in an hour before work! During the dark, cold of winter, this is impossible so I default to holidays.

Years ago, I tried writing my stories on an 'as and when' basis, believing that I would find enough windows of writing time over the course of a year, for example. In reality, I found that it meant I was forever re-reading what I had already written and spending more time reviewing/catching up than producing the next few pages. For me, this just did not work.

What works for me is to write in an intense, sustained burst of a couple of weeks; in a holiday period. In these weeks, I get up early and write for at least five hours each day. I build up a head of steam and find it easier to keep all the plots and sub-plots humming along and on track.

More importantly, I also enjoy writing this way and the concentrated creativity ensures that I retain my enthusiasm for the characters and their situation, despite the muscular aches and grumbles of spending long periods of time at the keyboard. I can have a whole new book written (draft version) in a few weeks which then allows me a more leisurely period of editing.

One day, I hope, my holidays will actually become far more relaxing but, until then, they are my writing windows.

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