What Works For Me

It’s been several months since I last posted anything in my What Works For Me series of writing tips/ thoughts. There are several very good reasons for that. Most importantly, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to work out what exactly does work for me.

You’ll probably have seen endless debate online over the last few months about the merits of independent versus traditional publishing, and also about the position/ value of indie authors as highlighted by the ongoing Hachette vs. Amazon debacle.

I started out Indie. I was Indie before most. I’m so old school that I genuinely used to email pdf and Word versions of AUTUMN to interested folks back in the day. I did well from it, and if I hadn’t done what I’d done, I’d probably have never written HATER and it might not have found its way onto the desk of the folks who passed it on to Guillermo del Toro all those years ago… When Thomas Dunne Books of New York made an offer for the publishing rights back in 2007, I didn’t hesitate to accept.

CostofLivingSo now we’re another seven years or so down the line, and the marketplace has changed beyond all recognition. Indie authors are in a better place now: more accepted, and with better tools and technologies at their disposal.

THE COST OF LIVING proved to be a turning point for me. I’ve been stunned by the success of my little ebook – it’s sold remarkably well and has opened my eyes to the full potential of independent publishing again. With the recent relaunch/ rebranding of INFECTED BOOKS, I feel like I’ve regained the control you inevitably lose when you publish traditionally, and I’m ready to take full advantage of that.

So, to stop a long story getting any longer, I’ll just say this: for now, although I’m technically what you’d call a Hybrid author, I feel 100% Indie again. So what does this mean? Well, for a start you should watch for another surprise release later this week (you can pre-order it now – I’ll tell you more tomorrow), and then look out for STRANGERS – my brand new, full-length novel, coming from Infected Books in November this year.

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  • Melissa Turner O’Shea

    Yay! :D

  • Darren Woolf

    Good to hear about the success of The Cost of Living. I’m off to pre-order your next release right now and roll on November.

  • Bill Weaver

    Can’t wait David. .

  • Mark Stalker

    Just pre-ordered Isolation. If it’s as good as The Cost of Living then we’re in for a treat!

  • Heather Lollar

    Your post says available in November, the ordering online says August 20. Only Kindle edition in August, I am assuming?

  • David Moody

    Isolation is out Aug 20, Heather. It’s Strangers that’ll be out in November. Sorry for any confusion!

  • Heather Lollar

    Ah. Reading comprehension error on my part. Thanks for the reply. Two books to look forward to! TWO! Squeeee!!!
    P.S. My library keeps ordering your books for me. It’s nice to see them on the shelves. It’s even better when they aren’t there after they have been checked out. ;)

  • Bryan Hetherington

    Sound, off to pre order now

  • Bobby Cooper

    Youll excell no matter how you do it brother. Youre one of the Ultimate BEST!!

  • Amy Sarfinchan

    Pre-ordered Isolation and got Cost Of Living today. I’ve actually just finished Straight To You, and started Trust yesterday. I’m on a roll!

  • Alicia Mahaffy

    You keep writing em, I’ll keep buying em, k? K! =D

  • Jessica Day

    I’m guessing these are e-books only??

  • Michael Lomas

    This is awesome. You’re wonderful you are sir.

  • Kathy Prest


  • David Moody

    K! (If you could just get a few thousand other folks to do the same, that’d be great!)

  • David Moody

    Isolation will be an ebook only release initially, followed by a combined print edition with The Cost of Living very soon. Strangers will be ebook and paperback.

  • Darren Woolf

    Is Strangers part of The Spaces Between trilogy or something separate all together?

  • David Moody

    Completely separate. It’s a standalone novel, Darren.

  • Darren Woolf

    Excellent! That’s a lot to look forward to. Cheers David

  • Jessica Day

    Awesome :) can’t wait for them

  • Cassandra Kerrigan Redwine

    I discovered you randomly and fell in love. Horror is not my usual genre, but you’re amazing! I’m looking forward to reading EVERYTHING! THANK YOU FOR THE FANTASTIC BOOKS!

  • Stephen Holloway

    As usual David, looking forward to catching up on your new releases. Cheers

  • David Moody

    So nice of you to say so. Thanks, Cassandra! Really pleased you’ve found and enjoyed my work!

  • exogeist

    Great news that you’re keeping busy, Dave. Also thanks for the intro into publishing. I read that Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men, Child of God, The Road) sent his first novel to ‘Random House’ because it was the only publisher he’d heard of. Yeah, I guess times have changed… Cheers!
    Brian (wink)