Stef Nichols

Stef Nichols

The countdown...

WritingPosted by Stef Nichols Thu, August 31, 2017 08:44PM

My novel is out in a few hours’ time, and I am powerless! I’ve spent all day worrying that it’s not how I wanted it, that the cover is not as it should be, that no one will like it… I’m worried that people won’t like the main character, that she should have been stronger, or weaker, or… All I can do is wait.

Those who have already read the book really enjoyed it. But feedback from friends and family is hardly impartial. The proof reader also liked it, but again, not a completely neutral opinion. All I can say for certain is that, as a writer, I enjoyed writing it, and that it’s the kind of book I would enjoy reading.

In the end, that’s about all you can do. Meanwhile, book 2 is finished, and currently out with beta readers for their feedback. Soon it will be time to turn to the difficult third album book. And the process will start all over again.

In the meantime, HALFWAY THERE is at 99cts for the launch, and you can get it from all the vendors below.

Wish me luck!

words:

Amazon.com (+ International)

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com.au

Google Play

Barnes&Noble / Nook

Apple / iTunes

Smashwords

Kobo

Scribd



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Sisterhood ad number 1

WritingPosted by Stef Nichols Mon, August 28, 2017 02:45PM
Our first ad for HALFWAY THERE! I initially wanted to use the image on the book, but it just didn't work; although it is very evocative, it simply doesn't say enough about the story. However, I think it's perfect for this add.


It's out on Friday. Here's the links for pre-orders:

Stef



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Chocolate cake on the cover

WritingPosted by Stef Nichols Mon, August 21, 2017 07:01PM
After some final tweeks to the cover for HALFWAY THERE, we're done! I'm particularly glad that the designer, having been asked for cakes, chose chocolate cakes. Also, with less than two weeks to go I'm getting a bit antsy, so I'm grasping for any positive signs and/or serendipty. The coffee machine in the image is exactly like the one in the novel, but the designer didnt know. Now THAT'S got to be significant, right? Positive vibes...



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All set (almost…)

WritingPosted by Stef Nichols Thu, August 17, 2017 04:45PM

The pre-order pages for HALFWAY THERE are now all there. Click on the links at the bottom of this post.

I celebrated getting things done by taking a short trip to the Cotswolds, the idyllic rural area of England where the SISTERHOOD OF THE HALFWAYS is set. It really is beautiful:


Full disclosure: not my image! The ones I took were just too pathetic to post.

The most notably beautiful villages in the area, such as the one in the photo above, are often buzzing with tourists, especially during the summer months. Westwick is intended to be a little way off the beaten track, not the kind of place where you get busloads of visitors. There are plenty of villages like that too, and many of them a very similar to the place I imagined for the novels.

I specifically didn’t try to make Westwick too picturesque. I wanted it to be an ‘average’ sort of place, albeit it a very desirable part of the world. Indeed, the demand for housing in the area forms part of the plot of HALFWAY HOME, the second novel in the series. I’ve just got to the very last scene of that novel today, although there’s plenty of revisions to do.

In the meantime, I’m writing the first in a series of short stories set in the village, and that should be ready in a couple of weeks, right around the time that novel number 1 is launched. In the meantime, don’t forget you can download the first ten chapters of HALFWAY THERE for any electronic device by going to this page. It’s called BookFunnel, and it simply asks you whether you prefer an Amazon Kindle (mobi) file, a pdf, or an ePub (for most other devices).

Anyway, as I said, the pre-order for HALFWAY THERE is now available at all these vendors, including Google Play and Smashwords:

Amazon.com (+ International)

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com.au

Google Play

Barnes&Noble / Nook

Apple / iTunes

Smashwords

Kobo

Scribd

Best wishes, Stef



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Time to (pre)jump!

WritingPosted by Stef Nichols Thu, August 03, 2017 04:34PM

The SISTERHOOD OF THE HALFWAYS series is ready for (pre)launch. The plan was always to wait until novel 2 was complete before publishing book 1. Well, I’m so close to having everything done on Halfway Home (#2) that the time has come to press the (pre)GO button on the series.

The initial plan is to write seven novels set in the same place. As you can imagine, I’ve been thinking about the project for quite a long time, so even setting a date for the pre-launch of the series is daunting. Thus far everything has been safely guarded on my laptop, right where I could find it, and away from the eyes of everyone else. Whenever I wanted to make changes, to a name, a storyline, some minor detail of dialogue, I could just do it.

When you’re writing about a whole group of people, a community that evolves and develops over time, it’s inevitable that at some point you will need to go back and tweak things. In my case, some minor characters have been altered, so that their earlier appearances are in keeping with how they will behave in later storylines.

Then there’s the village itself. In the first book, you can invent the whole place according to the needs of the story. However, after that you can’t go back and change things, so the geography of the village, plus the whole look and feel of the setting, needs to be established with a degree of precision. Also, since there are going to be seven novels, I want to make sure that Westwick is the kind of village in which I am happy spending a lot of writing time!

But now comes the time to start the count-down. Halfway There, the first book in the series, will be published on September 1st. It will be available as an ebook, and as a paperback a few weeks later.

Here are some links to the vendors which already have a listing for pre-orders:

Amazon.com (+ International)

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com.au

Barnes&Noble / Nook

Apple / iTunes

Kobo

Scribd

I’ll post others (such as Smashwords and Google Play) when they become available.

After that, I am planning to release a short story set in the same village, followed by novel #2, Halfway Home (October).

In the meantime, if you do want to take a look at Halfway There, you can download and read the first 50 pages here:

https://dl.bookfunnel.com/dni39is3wc

Best wishes!

Stef



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