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More Reviews! 10/04/2012 at 21:34

Over the last couple of months, Without A Spark has acquired a couple more reviews on Amazon, which is encouraging, if only slightly.

It’s also picked up a review and a (five-star, wow) rating at GoodReads, a review from a blogger, and just the other day another blogger reviewed it.

On the one hand, it’s definitely a little bit rewarding and encouraging to know that people have enjoyed what I’ve written – doubly so, perhaps, for Without A Spark, which was (forgive me for sounding cynical) a somewhat conscious effort to write a genre novel with popular appeal. (As opposed to most of my fiction, which tends to be very niche, pan-genre stuff…) On the other hand, I can see the sales figures for the book, and I’m as convinced as ever that reviews, however positive, really don’t seem to have any tangible effect.

The intangible results are nothing to sneer at, so feel free to read and review Without A Spark, by all means. Every little bit of encouragement is appreciated, honest.

The First Reviews Are In 05/01/2012 at 19:41

It took slightly longer than I’d hoped, but the first couple of reviews for Without A Spark are in, and people seem to at least like parts of the book, which is all an author can hope for.

You can see the reviews on Amazon here.

I don’t obsess about reviews the way many authors seem to. Considering how few I get, that’s probably a good thing. Mainly this is because I’m unconvinced that reviews are really that beneficial, in the grand scheme of things. Others think that reviews produce sales, but I think they’ve got it backwards.

In any event, I admit it is kind of nice to know that people enjoy what you’ve written, and this is doubly true of Without A Spark, which was not an easy book for me to write. Mendacities was lighthearted and quirky and fun and fast to write; Without A Spark took much longer, and much more effort. It’s not a particularly long book, but a lot happens in it, and keeping track of everything was something of a challenge.

I think I recounted this elsewhere, but I produced about fifty A5 pages of handwritten notes before and during the writing of Without A Spark, plus ten or so A4 pages of outlines and timelines that I worked from. Even for me, that’s quite a bit.

But, you know what? People seem to enjoy the final result, so it was all worth it.

Now Available on the Kindle 14/12/2011 at 02:34

Keeping with my irregular almost-tradition of releasing e-books on the 13th of the month, Without A Spark is now available for the Kindle on Amazon. It’s DRM-free, lending-enabled, and can be “borrowed” for free by qualifying Amazon Prime members.

The paperback has been selling reasonably well, and is (of course) still available for purchase. It makes a great holiday gift, so why not buy a copy for a friend or loved one today?

Now on Barnes and Noble! 19/10/2011 at 18:11

It was bound to happen eventually—Without A Spark can now be purchased at Barnes and Noble. For a limited time, it’s even available at the discounted price of $8.95, saving you a buck.

A heartwarming tale of life, love, and arson, it’d make a great holiday gift for that special college student, avid reader, or eco-terrorist in your life. (What, you don’t know any eco-terrorists? Well, buy a copy for yourself, then. Go on, you’re worth it!)

Now on! 12/10/2011 at 18:24

It took a few days, but folks in the U.S. now have an alternative to the PayPal pre-order promotion—you can get Without A Spark from, in paperback. To go along with that, there’s a nicely-organized page about the book over at Shelfari.

As always, you can read a PDF preview here or download an ePub sample here.

Paperback Copies are Now Available! 05/10/2011 at 22:11

There were no issues with the paperback proof, so the book has been approved, and will become available on Amazon in a week or two.

If you can’t wait that long—or just want a great deal—you can be the first person on your block to get a copy of Without A Spark, and you can get it cheaper than anyone else!

With the kind assistance of my webhost (who are doing all the hard work), people with United States shipping addresses can get a paperback of Without A Spark for $8.55, shipping included, by clicking on the following link:

Books will be drop-shipped from the printer, and should reach you in three to five days—if you order soon, that’ll be before the book even becomes available on Amazon!

Orders are handled by Redpin, who are the people to contact with questions, et cetera, about this promotion. (You can direct questions about the book to me, obviously.) You should get two emails from them – one a confirmation of your order, and one containing a tracking number.

A reminder—you can preview the first three chapters here (PDF file) or right here (ePub file).

(Now that the book is available through Amazon, this offer is no longer valid. Sorry!

Got Proof? I Do! 04/10/2011 at 23:14

A lovely surprise showed up at my door today – the proof copies of Without A Spark!

Paperback proof

I’m pretty sure there won’t be any problems, but I’m still going to take a day or two to go over a proof copy very carefully, just in case I missed anything. I find it vastly easier to proofread printed material than material on a computer screen, so it’s time well spent.

With any luck, there won’t be any problems, and the book will be ready to sell within a few weeks. If nothing else, you can enjoy the first peek at the final paperback cover while you wait.