Another box ticked? More of that later. First, I want to introduce you to Nicky Blue, the comedy writer who approached me with a view to collaborating on that project I alluded to in my January post. 

Nicky is from Brighton in England. He grew up fascinated by books like Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected and TV shows like The Twilight Zone. For years he played and wrote songs in an alternative rock band before going back to university and studying English Literature and PhilosophyHe has a passion for writing fantasy and dark comedy fiction. Stories that dig beneath the surface of everyday life and play in the shadow worlds that we all have.



In return for an honest review of his book Nicky made his twenty thousand followers aware of my thriller series. Nobody turns down free publicity. It was a no-brainer. 


You can read my review as Father Ted here: –

You know me well enough by now to appreciate that there are always highs and lows. I’ve had to negotiate significant bumps in this Long, Hard Road just like every other writer who’s ever lifted a pen. I’ve relied on Canva for the designs I use to promote my work on all aspects of social media.

In January they switched to Canva 2.0 and it’s so much harder to use. I’ve struggled to find everything I was familiar with and every time I sign in, I get pestered to go Premium. It’s not what I want or need. New pastures might be required, but that brings its own ‘bumps’. Continuity and consistency is everything. Will that mean spending weeks developing new designs because I can’t get an exact match to what I have already?

So, returning to this post’s headline, which box did I tick? I’ve often marveled at authors whose profile highlights the fact they’re #1 Best Selling Authors. When I’ve dug deeper some have achieved that across the board on several occasions, but many have probably only hit that prized #1 spot in a single category. Yesterday I ran a Freebooksy promotion on The Olympus Project. The return was as good as could be expected with a thousand plus copies downloaded.

All the work I did last autumn is starting to bear fruit. The great new covers by The Cover Collection are a significant factor. The refreshed blurbs have an input, plus the increase in keywords on KDP that open fresh categories where my books can feature.

Yesterday evening for the first time in the six and a half years I’ve been writing fiction I hit the #1 spot. I took a screenshot for posterity. It might be my only highlight. (OK, I took the screenshot to be able to back up my revised profile details that might casually mention I’m a #1 Best Selling Author) If anyone doubts the veracity of that claim, you can tell them you’ve seen the evidence. If you love thrillers with assassinations, conspiracies and terrorism I’m your man. 







Another Olympus Project promotion follows two weeks from yesterday. Who knows what the future will bring? Further collaborations inspired by my Instagram posts? More bumps in the road from problems yet to reveal themselves? Whatever it is will be eventful I’m sure.

Why not return in early March for a catch-up? You’ll be most welcome.







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