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 on: February 19, 2019, 03:30:35 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Cuh, was it really December when I last checked-in? Nice to see some posts in here, and people still dropping in from time to time. I miss this place smiley

Hi omega -- I remember you. I hope you had a good Christmas 

Hope you had a good Christmas, too, Elay. Ours was quiet, and I was on call the whole way through, so I was grateful of that. Only had to go out twice. Our hols in Egypt for the first two weeks in January was very welcome, if a bit on the cold side. It's usually around 25C-29C, which is perfect, but this time something changed and we were wearing hoodies on the beach a couple of times. I wonder if the weird weather has something to do with the magnetic poles shifting. Apparently it's moved a lot more than usual and they (forgotten the name of the body responsible) have had to release an interim correction.

Geoff -- still banging away at your keyboard. You've definitely put in the time, and you enjoy it, so I see no reason why you won't get that phone call one day.

Well done for the new publishing credit, Del. I remember you saying things had changed at the publisher's and you were a bit worried about how it might affect their procurement process. I'm glad they are still picking up your work. You write good fiction, and long may it continue afro


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 on: February 01, 2019, 02:56:55 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hi Geoff

Thanks for the kind and flattering words. I'm not sure I'd agree - I think your achievements, and Cathy's and Jon's and Paul's and probably many more all exceed what I've done. Looking back, it's quite a remarkable set of achievements by the class of... whatever year it was.

I'm lucky that the genre I've stumbled upon has given me the chance to learn and improve whilst having a bit of a ready-made market. I think my library lendings exceed 16000 now and the last couple of books have been available as eBooks and there have been a thousand or so sales. So it's nice to know people are reading this stuff. I still harbour ambitions to try a few more ambitious stories, but can't do it whilst working.

PS already had a rejection for the short submitted yesterday...

Cheers
Derek

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 on: February 01, 2019, 03:50:53 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
Congratulations Del, you're probably the most commercially published of the Doomers and it's great. My publishing count is around 80 short stories and 8 novels that will become 10 before 2019 is out. However, almost all the shorts are in non-paying mags, ezines such as The Horror Zine, and anthologies. All my novels are published by tiny indie presses no one's heard of.
Yes, I'm pleased with them and I always hope for an email from one of those publishers saying, hey guess what Geoff? There's been a huge spike in sales for one of your novels and we're auctioning the movie rights!

Haha, we can dream. Meanwhile, we know you Del and are warmed these cold days in the glow of your success. Seriously - dead chuffed for you.
  

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 on: February 01, 2019, 03:14:18 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Latest book is out today: Easy Money - it's western # 8. Number 9 has been accepted, and # 10 has just been submitted to a different publisher (just for a change - eggs and baskets and all that). And I've even submitted a short story yesterday - one that went through the crit group here all those years ago. So all going well. Still can't quite shake the shackles of having to work for a living, though. They keep offering redundancy packages to everyone but our team. So my dream of writing for a living (by that I mean writing to top up the pension by a very small amount) is still eluding me.

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 on: December 21, 2018, 10:38:31 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
Good to see folks still checking in. Merry Christmas everyone.

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 on: December 19, 2018, 02:54:17 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Geoff_N
Just touching base. Partly because I had a dream last night in which I was inside Cafe Doom doing crits and being in angst over a harsh crit of one of mine! haha.

Seasonal felicitations all.

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 on: November 29, 2018, 12:40:33 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by omega1300
Hello Gents! Guess I’m a chicken as well. You barely knew me back when (if at all) from a few flash entries, but I still miss it here. Need to get back to stringing a few sentences together!

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 on: November 13, 2018, 06:01:53 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
That's fantastic news Del -- well done that man!

I'm just slogging away at the daily grind. Looking forward to having some time off at Christmas. Haven't managed a holiday this year, not yet, but I'm thinking I'll get some peace between Christmas and New Year, then I've got two weeks booked off in the sun for the first two weeks in January -- usually the bleakest days of the year, so glad to be outside of the UK for them.

Anybody else around but us chickens? smiley

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 on: October 09, 2018, 10:30:49 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Hi Ed

Yep, I'm in Gloucester.

Some news on the writing front - the latest western (#7 - the final part of the trilogy made up of #5, #6, and now #7) is now out on eBook. It briefly peaked at number seven in one of Amazon's lesser charts. The hardback version is due out on Halloween. Western #8, which isn't part of any series is due out in February. I've now made a start on #9...

Also, the first part of the trilogy (#5, Dead Man's Eyes) has been sold on for reprint to a large print publisher - which is good news because (a) it means more readers, (b) it means someone has decided it's good enough to reprint and pay for that reprint, and (c) it means a few more £s to me. Not a lot, but it's all welcome.

Then, on top of that, the publisher has decided to dip their toe in the world of paperback publishing and have selected 10 back-list westerns to publish - including the aforementioned Dead Man's Eyes. Again, it's good because  it means more readers and it'll be nice to finally be out in paperback, but also it means someone at the publishers thinks it's good enough to be in that initial ten.

So all good, on the writing front  cool

Derek

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 on: October 09, 2018, 09:56:02 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Ah, yeah, aren't you Gloucestershire way, Del? My memory is shot

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