Tom Kane's Blog

A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world

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There is nothing simple about being an indie author trying to make a living from selling your books on kindle. You have to write your book, edit it, format it, create a cover, publish it and then the hard work begins, you have to market it. If you happen to be an indie author with no no money, like most of us, then marketing your book is going to be tough. If you hope to sell any books then here’s a helpful list of things you need.

  1. You need a blog.
  2. You have to have a social platform to build your audience.
  3. You need time. Be prepared to wait, it takes a long time to achieve any success.
  4. You need to give your books away for FREE.

“What? FREE! Are you crazy?”

I can hear the resounding call for a trip to the asylum from my home in Cyprus. Yes, I mean FREE and no, I don’t mean all your books.

If you haven’t got a ton of money to throw at advertising (some say even that won’t work, me included) then you have to be creative in trying to sell your book. So, what is the one thing you, as an indie author, have in abundance if you have no money for marketing your book?

WORDS

That’s what you should have plenty of, lots and lots of words. Words that make sentences, that make paragraphs, that make chapters that make books. Books that you can give away for free, that carry adverts to your other books you want to sell. Simple! Well, no, that’s only part of the answer. Your writing has to be good in order to make people want to buy your books. So make sure you write well and engage as well as entertain your audience.

Your Blog

Blogging is the life blood for an Indie Author. The work you produce on your blog is a showcase to the world for your talent. All you have to do is build an audience that wants to read what you write and no, that’s not simple either.

Build Your Audience

Here’s the hard part. There are, I’m assured by many comments on my blog and emails I receive, quick easy and simple ways to increase your audience. It’s not true. Nothing about writing is quick and easy. Writing and marketing are kissing cousins and both take time. So you need to investigate what’s good for you. I’ve tried guest blogging, interviews and writing multiple blogs with links to each other and none have worked for me. What does work for me is writing good content (well, I think it’s good, but I’m biased) and then sharing my posts via Twitter and Stumbleupon. I’m also listed on Blogarama which brings in a constant stream of new readers. Once you have the readers coming to your blog or visiting you via social media then you can start telling them about your free books, such as my free books below.

image of a book cover     image of a book cover

These books are free, click on any of the pictures and you will be taken to the Amazon page. Each carries advertising inside for my other books, in much the same way I advertise my books at the end of each posting on my blog. Since I started using this strategy my book sales have more than doubled in a matter of months. Yes, I’m giving away a lot of books, well in excess of 200 a month but I’m also selling a lot more.

It also helps if you have a steady stream of books being published and making sure they are well priced. My Living in Cyprus ebooks are all $0.99 and other titles range from $1.99 to $2.99.

When you think about it, giving someone a free gift puts them in a good frame of mind about you from the get go. Making it easy and inexpensive to buy books from you keeps you in your reader’s good books – forgive the pun. At the end of the day, your job is to entertain your audience, to make them want more from you and to make it easy for them to decide that you are a good author worth investing in.

Good luck.

Tom Kane © 2018

My Books on Kindle & Paperback
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
A Pat on his Back – Lifestyle humour

 

Living in Cyprus: 2013 to 2017 – an English expat’s life in Cyprus

Living in Cyprus: 2013

Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
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An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE

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The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE

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There’s a silent war going on in Cyprus. Nobody talks much about it and certainly nobody says much about the death and destruction being wrought in gardens island wide. War? Destruction? Death? Okay, okay, it’s fine to come out of your bomb shelter. I’m not talking about an invasion by a hostile power, I’m talking about nature and it’s desire, every now and then, to balance things out a little. In this case, nature seems to think we need an excess of snails and slugs. Snails and slugs at war? No,  snails and slugs eating their way through tons of gardener’s hard work. I’ve lost so many seedlings to these pests that it’s getting to be a potential drought of flowers this summer. Of the literal hundreds of African Marigold seeds I’ve planted I have ten plants alive, though one now consists of a flowering bud and stalk, all leaves being eaten.

What’s the answer? Beer! Slugs at least love beer and a side effect of that beer indulgence? Death by drowning or alcoholic poisoning. I’m not sure which but either way, it works.

Snails are another matter, they don’t seem to like beer. So in their case I’m picking them off, one by one, and transporting them to a field out back where they can munch the weeds to their hearts content.

Never before in ten years have I seen so many snails and slugs and never before have I had to work so hard to keep my plants safe.

Life in Cyprus isn’t all about lazy days round the pool sipping cocktails, it’s actually about hard work… someone pass me another beer, please.

Tom Kane © 2018
 

My Books on Kindle & Paperback
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
A Pat on his Back – Lifestyle humour

 

Living in Cyprus: 2013 to 2017 – an English expat’s life in Cyprus

Living in Cyprus: 2013

Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
On Kobo
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE

On Smashwords
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE

Visit my website by clicking here http://tom-kane-author.website

 

 

 

 

image of a budweiser advert

Cyprus has been my home for 10 years come September 2018 and in that time I’ve got to know quite a lot about the island, its indigenous inhabitants and the expats of various nationalities. One of the main social forces on the island is the numerous saint, or name days.

One of the main ones that seems to come up very, very often is St. Pillock’s day. St. Pillock is the patron saint of stupid people and you can always tell when it’s St. Pillock’s day, because that’s the day all the idiots on the island take to the roads and do stupid things.

I came off the highway from Larnaca into our village yesterday and the problem here is most slip roads both off and on to the highway have tight bends. Ours is no exception and so you can’t see round the curve, not until you see a devotee of St. Pillock has stopped in the middle of the off ramp… it seems so that he could light a cigarette.

The most stunning fail I have ever seen from a devotee of St. Pillock is a guy with a pick-up truck parked in a street outside a bank. On the back of his pick-up was a very large metal box, almost as big as the pick-up. He had stopped there and popped into the bank. I was outside waiting to use the ATM. The man with the pick-up came out the bank and lit a cigarette (yes, cigarettes and pillocks do go hand in hand) got into his cab, started the engine, didn’t bother to look behind or indicate, revved the engine and pulled away… quickly. I assume he had forgotten he had a large metal box on the back of his truck and forget that he hadn’t bothered to tie it on. He drove off and the box stayed where it was until it was obvious the now vacant space below the box wasn’t going to support it.

The crash was resounding. St. Pillock strikes again.

A lot of this would seem to stem from the fact that some drivers like a tipple or two and that doesn’t just happen at Christmas. It’s particularly prevalent during the hunting season where hunters shoot their own feet, their pals and even their hunting dogs because they’re either stupid, a pillock or too drunk to care either way.

So far, touch wood, I’ve never had a nasty accident but know of plenty who have and their lives have never been the same, thanks to the curse of St. Pillock.

pillock
noun BRITISH informal
a stupid person.
“a complete pillock!”

 

Tom Kane © 2017

My Books on Kindle & Paperback
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggers
A Pat on his Back – Lifestyle humour

Living in Cyprus: 2013 to 2017 – an English expat’s life in Cyprus

Living in Cyprus: 2013

Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017 – Coming Soon
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
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An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggers
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE

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image of figs growing on a tree

I’ve finally added a a much sought after fruit to my list of fruiting plants in tubs. I’ve got orange, lemon, satsuma, cherry, nectarine, apple, grape and now fig. If you’ve never eaten a fig straight off the tree, then you have never tasted anything quite so sweet and succulent.

The picture above is a stock photo, my fig plant is only a few centimetres tall but it’s taken well to tub life and hopefully should be fruiting in a couple of years.

I first tasted fig straight off the tree when we moved to Cyprus. We rented a property that had it’s own very small vineyard as well as pears, plums and a fig tree. I didn’t realise what the fruit was until I looked it up. It was December and the fruit was large, green and solid. After I discovered what it was using the internet I couldn’t wait to try it once ripened. My only other taste of a fig was at Christmas, as a kid. My parents always bought dried figs and dates during Christmas. Never a fan of dates, I was the only one who seemed to like figs. That’s still true in our household because once the figs were ripened on the tree in Cyprus, turning a very dark blue/black they were ready for tasting. My wife hated the taste and I loved it. The tree was soon empty of figs.

image of a ripe fig cut open

One other thing about figs which seems to be an old wives tale is what they do to your digestive system. It may be true for others, but not for me.

Tom Kane © 2017
 

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A Pat on his Back – Lifestyle humour

Living in Cyprus: 2013 to 2017 – an English expat’s life in Cyprus

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Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017 – Coming Soon
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
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An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggers
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
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image of Busselton Jetty

On my recent trip to Australia I saw many interesting places and met some lovely and kind people. There was no part of the trip that I found uninteresting, but it wasn’t until I came back and started writing up my Travelogue for publication that I’ve found I also missed a few gems as well. One of these was Busselton Jetty.

It wasn’t so much that I missed it, it’s just that it’s such an unassuming place for someone who was brought up on visiting piers at many seaside towns in England. I saw it and noted what it was. It’s a long pier that sticks out into the Indian Ocean at the seaside town of Busselton. That much was obvious. I even noted that it had a transport system on it. But being short of time on the visit, it was the final full day in Busselton, and in need of a good meal I had to forgo a closer look. Big mistake for a wannabe travel blogger.

Looking at my notes and all the leaflets I picked up on my travels I’ve just come across a map of the jetty and I am gobsmacked at all the things you can do and see. It’s the sort of place you would expect see at any seaside town in Britain. Brighton, Blackpool anywhere on the Isle of Wight come to mind. But no, this gem is in Western Australia and is very much worth a return visit.

Apart from a ride on the Jetty Train, you can the Interpretive Centre, Swim platforms, Dive and Snorkeling areas, Underwater Helmet Tour, the Underwater Observatory and Art section at the end of the Jetty plus lots more to see and do. I mean, it’s a big long Jetty and would keep your kids interested for quite a while, so how come I missed it? Slap on the wrist for being in a hurry. So I’m looking forward to my next visit, to feed the ‘big kid interest’ in me.

You can see more details at the official website by clicking here.

Tom Kane © 2018

My Books on Kindle & Paperback
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
A Pat on his Back – Lifestyle humour

 

Living in Cyprus: 2013 to 2017 – an English expat’s life in Cyprus

Living in Cyprus: 2013

Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
On Kobo
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE

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Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
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Members of the Maquis in La Tresorerie – from Wikipedia

If you’ve paid nodding attention to Star Trek over the last few years you will have heard of the Borg. Human Cyborgs most famous for their saying, “Resistance is futile.” Well, I hate to break it to them but history proves otherwise. Resistance to hatred, invading occupiers, political corruption, racial bigotry or just pain old resistance to change, has a long and sometimes noble and heroic history.

The most obvious resistance is where natives of a land have been invaded and they organise and become resistors. Boadicea of the Iceni springs to mind for resisting the Roman Empire in ancient Briton, as does the French Maquis during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II.

But the most important resistance that should have occurred in the early 20th century, yet didn’t in any meaningful and decisive way, was the resistance to fascism in Germany. Hitler came to power riding on the crest of wave against the political establishment and an economy that was in tatters after World War I. Through trickery, deceit, murder, lies and a gullible population Hitler managed to grab power and the slide toward war was inevitable.

There was some resistance and opposition to the Nazi regime ranged from non-compliance with regulations to open attempts at the assassination of Hitler. Perhaps most heroic were the small number of German students who opposed the Nazis. In 1942 in Munich a fledgling resistance movement was formed by university students, the White Rose resistance group. The main leaders, Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie and professor Kurt Huber and others were arrested by the secret police for distributing six anti-Nazi pamphlets they had co-authored.

Within hours of their arrest, Hans and Sophie Scholl and another ringleader, Christopher Probst, were beheaded in Munich’s Stadelheim Prison. Hans Scholl’s last words were “Es lebe die Freiheit!” “Long live freedom!” Not long after other students involved in the movement were also arrested and executed.

Today we have a resistance movement in a land that was once hailed as the shining beacon of democracy but in the last year has gained a more tarnished image. The resistance in the United States of America is to a new would be totalitarian dictator, Donald J. Trump. With respect to dictators, Trump doesn’t have the brains for the job and by surrounding himself with even more incompetent people his rule is about to come to an end and we can all breath a sigh of relief when the Trump Gang are finally jailed… or can we? Those who voted for Trump, those outside forces who helped engineer Trump’s victory, they will still be free to do the same again. You cannot stop people voting but you can do more to educate the population. America and the rest of the free world need to tighten their belts and ensure what happened in pre-war Germany and is currently happening in the USA can never happen again.

I would hate to live in a world with no equality for gender, race, creed, colour or beliefs. A world based on one view would be terrible. Give me diversity and I’ll show you a powerful and vibrant world that’s more than fit for purpose.

Resist! It’s not futile.

Tom Kane © 2018

image of the U2 spy-plane

As I stood in the car park at the British airbase in Cyprus, talking to a customer, one of the loudest aircraft I have ever heard came slowly into view, and with it came a cloak of secrecy that everyone living on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus knows is the worst kept American secret ever. The American spy plane, U2, was coming in to land at RAF Akrotiri.

It’s not a graceful aircraft, nor does it look as mean and powerful as the US Blackbird, but she certainly gets the job done. The U2 flies on regular sorties and if you live in the area or, like me, visit the area on a regular basis, you will have heard the U2 take off. The noise is unmistakeable. I’ve stood in the very same car park as a British RAF Tornado two-man fighter-bomber was taking off and that was loud, so very loud. But the U2 has a noise level all its own.

So what’s the significance of this? Why am I writing this? Syria, that’s why. I live in Cyprus, have done so for 10 years and Syria is only an hours flight from here, by commercial airline, probably a lot less time in a Tornado bomber. And the news this morning, on Saturday, 14th April 2018, that RAF Tornado bombers, along with French aircraft and American missiles, have launched an attack on Syria is a somewhat sobering start to the day.

The American congress are jumping up and down in anger because they weren’t consulted and no doubt so to is the UK Labour leader Corbyn, and probably French President Macron has similar sideshows with his opposition. This is all background noise, what this really shows is that some of the democracies of this world have said enough is enough. This is as much about mad-Assad and his use of chemical weapons against his own people in Syria as it is about Russia and its use of chemical nerve agents against multiple UK citizens, not just the recent attack in Salisbury, Wiltshire. This about the West firmly pushing-back at Russia’s Putin.

I have no doubt there are some war hawks in the US who would have liked to change the target to Russia, but no, that would have escalated immediately into an all out war. This attack is all about sending a not too subtle message to Russia, her allies and Russia’s corrupted agents and lackeys in other countries. The message is plain and simple, stop what you are doing. Stop meddling in other countries affairs.

There is of course a side issue to all this. Donald Trump’s present predicament delegitimises him as the leader of the free world, he’s on his way out and he knows it. He’s being by-passed on the big decisions on a regular basis and this is one of those times where he has had no choice on the matter at hand. Once Trump is removed and Pence for that matter, America may find a figurehead to keep the ship afloat long enough for the mid-terms to shine a small light off sanity on what was once a great democracy.

And let’s hope Putin heeds the message. As Michael Avenatti likes to say, #Basta. Enough is enough.

Tom Kane © 2018
 

My Books on Kindle & Paperback
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
A Pat on his Back – Lifestyle humour

Living in Cyprus: 2013 to 2017 – an English expat’s life in Cyprus

Living in Cyprus: 2013

Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
On Kobo
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE

On Smashwords
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE

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image of a coffee

To many, coffee is a sacred thing. You have your morning coffee in a certain way, maybe the way you want it changes as the day goes on. Me? I’m very much a coffee person (not a tea lover despite being English) and I like Colombian coffee. It has to be ground and made in a cafetiere, that’s my preference, plain and simple with cream and no sugar.

A couple of years ago I was in Rome and coffee drinking there is almost a religious experience. You won’t see any Romans wandering the streets with an expresso in a plastic throw-away cup. Romans savour their coffee.

Many years ago I was in Los Angeles and I made a bee-line for Starbucks, (I was young and naive) that being the place to go to in those days. In fact if memory serves Starbucks was the only place to go to for your coffee. It was not an experience I wanted to repeat anytime soon.

It was a week-day and not too busy as I entered the fabled hallows of Starbucks, close to my hotel. As I attempted to leverage my bum onto a stool I was greeted with, “Hi. How is your day? What can I get you?” I was confused before my bum hit the seat.

“Coffee, please.”

“Hey, you’re Australian.”

“No, I’m English and can I have a coffee, please?”

“No! You’re Australian.” The guy said it with utmost conviction and certainty.

“English,” I muttered.

“Gee, I thought you were an Aussie. Do you want latte, slatty, fatty, patty and any other numerous …atties I can think of and do you want chocolate chip, walnut dip, concrete powder, flakes, lime zest or just vanilla in manilla?”

I half sat and half crouched on my seat and stared at him. The words had come out so fast! Did he say concrete powder? But he hadn’t finished and he went on and on and on with so much variety my head was whirling. I crouched there, over my seat, having to make a split-second choice on what I wanted from an array of options so long it made my toes curl.

“Coffee, please,” I said in an exaggerated and exasperated voice as I finally managed to park my bum on a seat.

“But do you want it…”

I held my hand up. “This is a coffee shop, in the traditional sense of a coffee shop?” I asked, politely.

He nodded.

“Then can I have what we Australians call, coffee? One cup, white, no sugar, please? Thank you.” I said it with a finality and flourish of my newspaper that told the guy our little tete-a-tete was over and that I had made my choice.

A brief few minutes later after much gurgling of machines and harrumphing of the waiter, my coffee arrived. It was dishwater flavoured with spit. Never again did I venture into a coffee shop in America.

Extracted from Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
Tom Kane © 2018
 

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An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
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Living in Cyprus: 2013

Living in Cyprus: 2014

Living in Cyprus: 2015FREE

Living in Cyprus: 2016

Living in Cyprus: 2017
Diary of a Debt Collector – True life humour
Operation Werwolf – WW2 action adventure fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
Ciao Roma – A guide to short stays in Rome
How to Start Your Own Embroidery Business – Home working
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
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An Indie Author Guide to Blogging – Helpful advice, hints and tips for bloggersFREE
The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE

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The Eternal Man – Science Fiction short stories & flash fiction
Hitler’s Secret Atomic Bomb – The evidence for Hitler’s atomic weapon program – FREE
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image of nectarines on a treeI was told that when I attempted to grow oranges from orange pips, here in Cyprus, not only would I get no fruit but no fruiting plants would actually grow well in pots or tubs. What I needed, the wise old men told me, was a small plot of land. Well, I’ve got a small plot of land, which is basically our concreted and tiled back-yard with a swimming pool in the middle. So rather than dig holes in the tiles and concrete, I did what I intended doing in the first place, ignoring all the advice, I used pots and tubs.

What you see above is a whole load of nectarines on a tree, grown in a tub, a large tub, wise old men. It works, because I feed them every now and then. Not only that I have several orange trees, a lemon tree, a cherry tree and an apple tree… all happily growing in tubs.

image of grapes

These grapes are growing in a wall, yes, in a wall. Vines like soil that’s generally too bad to grow anything else in. I’ve got two vines out front which have their first grapes on them after two years – Chinese vines grown from seed in a small pot, transferred into terrible gritty soil.

image of seedlings growing in tubs

And here we have tubs with seedlings in, Australian seeds, Rottnest Island Daisies and Golden Eternals. If I’m lucky, I’ll have a lot of colour in my concrete garden this year and that’s apart from the fruit.

You don’t have to take the word of an expert over an amateur, just go with your gut and if it works, great, if not, you’ve learned a valuable lesson.

Tom Kane © 2018
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“Am I a good writer?” It’s a question all writers ask themselves and I’m sure we all answer with a tentative, “Well, I think so.”

There is actually only one way to test that question. Put your writing out into the public arena and see what sort of reaction you get. The problem there is you could find yourself disheartened with a negative response. Take a tip from me, be brave and develop a thick skin.

My first work of fiction, that I published as an indie, was Operation Werwolf an action adventure World War 2 story based on my father’s experiences during the war. That was back in the early days of the kindle and it sold well. I received some great reviews, some okay reviews and a small number of negative reviews. I took it all on-board and decided that maybe I was an okay writer. I could live with that and I decided to build on it.

Since then I have written for my blog, published seventeen books, part written and still developing a further twenty books, written a screenplay and have edited and published one book for another author… but the less said about the latter the better, it was not a good experience. I’ve written a stinker or two but generally speaking I’ve done pretty well, but there’s still no Jaguar on the drive.

All my book sales and reviews have proven two things to me, that I can write and what I write appeals to the majority be it fiction or non-fiction. My reviews are okay, my sales are okay so I consider myself to be an okay writer. I believe you get better as time goes on, but I still strive to be a better writer. The second thing is that you need to create an audience in order to have your work not only read by as many as possible, but also bought and reviewed by as many as possible. And that is the trick in the tale. Watch out for my next post which will explain my strategy for creating an audience for my books and hopefully more sales.

Tom Kane © 2018

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