Sunday, April 13, 2014

5 Things I’ve Learnt About Self-Publishing

1. Use Smashwords to publish and distribute your books. It’s the best distributor I’ve found, and it’s easy to publish with Smashwords, even if you don’t know the first thing about publishing, formatting and/or marketing.

2. If you’re writing a series, make the first book permanently free. There are so many new authors out there now and, as great as self-publishing is for authors, it can be a nightmare for readers with all the badly written, unedited books out there and no quality control. Making your first book free allows readers to see if they enjoy your writing without spending a cent and, if they enjoy the first book, they will likely purchase the rest of the series.

3. Self-publishing is better than traditional publishing, in my opinion. You have more control over your work, and, if you’re prepared to put in the necessary time, you don’t have to wait a year or more after completion to see your book published. Indie authors (independent/self-published authors) also earn more royalties per sale, which means you can lower your prices to make it more affordable to readers and still make more money per book than if you’d gone the traditional route.

4. You need to edit your books properly and then have them professionally edited too. There’s nothing worse than spending money on a book only to discover that it’s badly written and full of typos and other mistakes. It’s bad form, and shows readers that you have no pride in your work.

5.  Don’t be fazed by bad reviews – or, better still, don’t read them. Remember that a review is just one person’s opinion and not everyone will enjoy everything you write. Don’t take it personally and don’t let it affect your writing or make you stop writing.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Broken World trailer

Today I’m pleased to share another book trailer with you, for The Broken World series. Comments welcome!


For those who haven’t read the series yet, you can find all the books at the following distributors:

Book 1 is free, so grab your copy today!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Apple's iBooks Store Does It Again!

I’m delighted to announce that four of my free series-starter books, The Queen's Blade, Children of Another God – The Broken World, Demon Lord, and Queen of Arlin – The Cyber Chronicles, are featured on the 'First in a Series: Free' feature that the Australian/New Zealand iBooks Store launched this morning. I love Apple! The iBooks Store is constantly coming up with new ways to promote indie authors. It’s such a rush for a relatively unknown indie author like me to see my books touted at a huge worldwide retailer like Apple.

It’s the type of publicity all new, unknown and up and coming authors need to gain a foothold in this tough and competitive market, and I encourage new authors to choose Apple as one of their targeted retailers. It’s the best decision you'll make when it comes to marketing your books! Apple gives credit where it’s due, and for readers, that means it’s one of the best places to find exciting books by new and original authors who break the mould with their writing and therefore don’t fit into a niche mainstream publishers are prepared to publish. Here's the link, if you want to check it out:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fantasy Author Showcase: Michael Alexander Beas

Today I’m pleased to showcase the work of fantasy author, Michael Alexander Beas. 

Upon the death of King Aerostat II, two brothers, Princes Gorgan and Alexander, fight for the keys to the throne of their father’s beloved Blue Kingdom. Through a labyrinth of lies and deceit the Shadow Lord uses Gorgan, the oldest of the two brothers, to unite the pieces of a magical game board called Strump. If successful, a shadow uprising would bring death and destruction upon all the inhabitants of the Blue Kingdom.

The search for truth becomes an enchanted adventure where humans and Mermen, pirates and mice, sorcerers and pixies make alliances to defend their kingdom before it falls into… A World of Shadows.

“Original fantasy on an epic scale, Strump, A World of Shadows introduces a unique and compelling voice to the genre in author Michael Alexander Beas. Sure to win him a host of ardent followers, it is highly recommended.”

Purchase links:

Connect with Michael Alexander Beas online:

About the author:

Michael Alexander Beas holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, none of which has anything to do with writing novels. He spent over a dozen years working in banking, telecommunications and commercial insurance. In those industries, he dedicated the bulk of his time selling products and services to customers. He has always enjoyed writing, but busy schedules never gave him the time needed to follow the dream of completing a novel. Then, one day, life gave him the opportunity to fulfill that dream. Beas lives in Waxhaw, N.C. with his family.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Showcase Your Books

If you’re an author of fantasy, science fiction or romance (and all sub-genres), I would like to offer you the opportunity to showcase your books on my blog.

To take advantage of this, all you need to do is send an email to with the following:

- An article of no more than 500 words, telling readers about you and your book, your new release, any giveaways or specials you’re offering, your virtual book tour, or anything else regarding your book or journey as an author. (Note that I will proofread it for typos and grammatical errors.)

- It isn’t compulsory, but I recommend that you include a JPG attachment of your book cover, and/or an extract.

- Your back cover blurb.

- Between one to three purchase links.

- Links to your author website and blog.

Once I receive the above information, I will send you an email with the date I’ve scheduled you in for. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to check that all the information is received, so, if some information isn’t included in your request, I will assume you made the conscious choice to omit it and the post will go live without it.

*** If you have more than one book you would like showcased on my blog, please send a separate email for each book, unless it’s a series.

I look forward to receiving your submissions, and hope the extra exposure will make you more sales.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Demon Lord – new book cover showcase

I wanted to re-do all my book covers to improve them, since I didn’t have much time to do the original covers because I published 30 books in two months. I haven’t had time until recently, and admit that some of the negative comments on Amazon about the Demon Lord covers lighted a fire under me to do it sooner rather than later.

I’ve recently uploaded the new covers to Smashwords, and hope these are more appealing than the original covers.

I’d love to hear what everyone thinks of the new covers.







I still like the original cover for Dark Domain, so haven’t created a new cover for this one.

Don’t forget that the latest book in the series, When Angels Fall, is now available from Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, and you can read a free sample on Smashwords. Enjoy!

Monday, March 10, 2014

TC Southwell Character Showcase

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s trite, but true. No matter how well an author describes a character with words, there’s always room for misinterpretation, but a picture leaves nothing to the imagination. Even if an author describes his or her character to an artist, there’s still a chance it won’t be exactly what the author had in mind. However, when an author is also an artist, the character he or she depicts should be pretty much a perfect rendition, except where the author lacks sufficient skill. Some of my characters were more of a challenge to draw than others, but for the most part, I managed a fairly good resemblance. Some I enjoyed drawing more than others, too – Bane being my favourite and Chanter the one I struggled with the most. Tarke was also a challenge.

I always like to see pictures of a book’s characters, so I have a clear idea of what the characters look like while I’m reading. Good character descriptions are a must, but a picture is even better.

So I decided to share some of the character sketches I’ve created for my characters. I’d love to know how you pictured the ones you haven’t already seen on the covers.

Bane, the demon lord from my Demon Lord series
(Download Book 1 for free)

Mirra, the healer from my Demon Lord series

Sabre, the cyber from my The Cyber Chronicles series


Tassin, the Queen of Arlin, from my The Cyber Chronicles series

Blade, the master assassin, from my The Queen’s Blade series

Chanter, a Mujar, from my The Broken World series

Tarke, aka The Shrike, from the Slave Empire series