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A lot of things came together at once yesterday, and huge strides forward are being made on everything I’ve got going at the moment. Everything is very good at the moment!
I finished the final post-reader draft of BACCARA BURNING, the paranormal sequal to my 2009 novella, STELLA, and have already sent it out to one of my beta readers. It’ll go out to another kind soul tonight, and possibly another one later. It’s as good as I can make it now without the eyes of other people being cast upon it.
It was late when I finished it, but I kept the fiction ball rolling in true style by pulling out and diving straight into work required for the next book, a novel that means a lot to me since it was first written and published in 2004: HUNTING JACK.
HUNTING JACK isn’t really a crime novel at the moment; it’s more of a mild thriller. Having thought about it for the few weeks since I decided to change my entire approach to writing and publishing, I’ve decided to beef it up, tense it up, and change it around to make it into a top notch thriller.
Many of you will have read it in its original form, but once it’s been through the mincer, I guarantee you won’t recognise the story of Jackie McCann, and you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more.
I’ve decided on a title for my forthcoming Leith poetry book. LIVING LEITH is now firmly in the manuscript preparation phase. I’ve been toying with the idea of submitting it to a local publisher, and I’m still swithering over whether to do so or not. I’ll give myself until the end of the month to make a decision, by which point, I’ll have a full manuscript ready for submission or production.
My driving school client website is taking shape and I did a little work on it last night to keep that particular plate spinning. After Gail and I had dinner at theirs last week (the client and his wife are friends of ours) I left with a good idea of what was needed.
It shouldn’t be too hard to finish up. The initial pages are all ready to go, all I need now are the content from the client and the images that Gail shot with him over the weekend.
For a while now, I’ve been writing all my gig reviews and articles from under the Compass Freelance banner. The same has been the case for any website work I’ve undertaken; they all have a line at the bottom somewhere reading: “Site developed by Compass Freelance.”
But the reality is, the Compass Freelance website at www.compassfreelance.co.uk doesn’t get any hits. Week to week it goes barren and I’ve realised it serves no purpose whatsoever. I don’t actively promote it since I dropped freelancing as a business and turned my focus on fiction and poetry.
And so, with there being no need for the website and all the “freelance” work I get coming through word of mouth or people I know in the form of gig reviews, article requests, and websites, I’ve decided to ditch it. I don’t see any point in paying for the site any longer if it’s just going to sit there and do nothing. Therefore, I’m taking it down. It’s goodbye to the old website, although I’ll probably keep the name as an identifier on websites I work on.
As for the URL, I’m keeping a hold of that. compassfreelance.co.uk is too good a domain name to just give up. You never know, I may find a use for it somewhere else on another day.
That’s all for today except to remind you of all the offers that I currently have running just now…
The 3 Ebook Deal and Free Poetry
Don’t forget to visit my revamped website at www.colingalbraith.co.uk and either sign up to the mailing list or ‘Like’ my Facebook page [www.tinyurl.com/colinonfacebook], as it will mean you’ll be entitled to a free copy of each of my next three novels. Alternatively, just scan the QR code to the right or text 3BOOKS to 88802 or go to the 3 Ebook Deal web page!
You’ll also find some great deals over at my poetry place www.chasstramash.com: all poetry ebooks are available for free download, 86p on the Kindle, and £3 (25% off!) for print copies.
Peace and out!