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The year that was 2017

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
John Steinbeck
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Hard to believe another year has gone. It seems each year flashes by like the speed of light, and before I realise what has happened, a new year has begun. We cram so much in a day, that we forget we need to live. For me that is something I need to work on. At the beginning of 2017, I was looking forward to various challenges the year would bring, plus I was teaching full-time, which I hadn’t done in ten years. Suffice to say, it was a roller-coaster of a year.

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Q & A with Adam Haviaras

On this Hallowed Eve, I am very pleased to introduce you to Adam Haviaras, an archaeologist, who has turned his hand from digging the earth for artefacts to writing stories. Well, he is still a practising archaeologist. Adam has invested his passion for the ancient past and Arthurian lore into writing fiction steeped in history and the supernatural. A perfect subject for the impending Day of the Dead, just watch out for the headless horseman.

Adam and I connected quite a few years back through our shared interest in ancient history, in particular Greece and Rome, and of course mythology. I’ve been following his well written and informative blog Eagles and Dragons Publishing for many years now and if you are interested in Roman history and mythical stories, then I highly recommend you visit Adam’s blog. I reached out to Adam and asked if he wouldn’t mind being interrogated, ahem, I mean interviewed, and was so pleased when he said yes. Here we go…

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VBL Review

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The main aim of the Virtual Book Launch was to interact with my current readers and to reach out to a new potential audience. Having the event over a 24-hour period was important as I wanted to interact with both local and overseas readers. By restricting my accessibility to a particular time-frame, it would have reduced visibility and sales. As I never had done a VBL, I did not know what to expect or how it would turn out, and had nothing to compare the outcome to. I also wanted to include other Historical Fiction/Fantasy writers to show the diversity of the genre.

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Goodbye 2016

I thought it was time to reflect on the year that was 2016. I haven’t written an article as such before, so here we go. 2016 was a roller-coaster and so to close the year out, here are some pivotal events that happened.

The year started very promising, I had started a new job and was working in two schools. It was hectic going from one school to the other, but I made it work. My new line-manager then offered extra days, which meant resigning from the other school. That was fine as I was travelling an hour and half each way to get there.

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Ch… ch… changes

I want to apologise to my wonderful and loyal readers for my absence. It wasn’t by choice, rather circumstances have intervened and as a result, I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like. I will continue the series on the Minoans, as they are fascinating and are the premise for the trilogy I am writing, but first I want to fill you as to what has been happening.

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Courtesy of This is a good sign website
http://thisisagoodsign.com/change/

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Results from Readers’ Survey – Part 2

Here we are, the remainder of the results from the survey.

Question 7: Do you prefer to read:
I gave people the option to choose more than one answer as I know I read both print and eBooks. There was only a 3% difference between paperback (53%) and eBooks (50%) and hardback wasn’t far behind with (45%). This does show people do prefer printed books over digital, which also goes to the statistics given last year with regards to the increase of sales in printed books and a decline in eBooks. The availability of both formats is good as it meets the demands for those who prefer one or the other or both. And really, once the genie is out of the bottle, you can’t put the stopper back on.

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Question 8: When do you usually read?
This had a good spread of answers but no real surprises. Most people like to read at home (82%), and before they go to bed (73%). Some like to read at work (14%), which I am guessing is during their lunch break. 41% like to read in the morning, 18% read at midday, while 32% read in the afternoon. No one read while cooking, except perhaps when you read a recipe.

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Question 9: How much would you pay for an eBook written by an Indie Author?
This also had a fair spread of responses; the ones that didn’t make the cut was $7.99 and $8.99. It was interesting to see what people were willing to pay, with most saying 99c (62%), a tie between $1.99-$2.99 (57%), then 48% for $3.99 and 43% for $4.99. This is most helpful as it gives me a guideline for pricing eBooks.

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The next three questions were more of a personal nature, as I wanted to gauge interest in the books I write. I wasn’t offended by the answers as everyone has different tastes and to be honest, there are genres I don’t read.

Question 10: Would you buy my books?
95% of the responses said they would buy my books and 5% said they would not.

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Question 11: How much would you pay for my eBooks?
The answers to this question was a nice surprise and again helpful when I come to pricing my books. 24% said they’d be happy to pay $4.99, followed by $1.99 (19%), $5.99 and $3.99 (14%), $2.99 and $9.99 (10%) and 5% would pay $6.99/$8.99. The distribution is diverse but gives me a good indication of what people will pay.

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Question 12: Have you read my books?
Of the survey respondents, 73% had read my books, while 27% had not.

Overall, the survey did provide the answers I wanted to know more about. I may revisit the survey sometime later in the year, and hopefully get a larger pool of responses. I also want to thank those who did take the time to complete the survey, I am most grateful. You have given me a lot of good information for me to consider especially when I launch my next book/s.

Thanks for visiting and reading. If you have any questions regarding the survey or would like further clarity, please leave a comment below.