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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24 comments
exogeist
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)

David Moody
David Moody

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

Stephen Holloway
Stephen Holloway

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

Cassandra Kerrigan Redwine
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!

Darren Woolf
Darren Woolf

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

David Moody
David Moody

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

Darren Woolf
Darren Woolf

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

David Moody
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.

David Moody
David Moody

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

Michael Lomas
Michael Lomas

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

Jessica Day
Jessica Day

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

Alicia Mahaffy
Alicia Mahaffy

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

Amy Sarfinchan
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!

Bobby Cooper
Bobby Cooper

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

Heather Lollar
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. ;)

David Moody
David Moody

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

Heather Lollar
Heather Lollar

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

Mark Stalker
Mark Stalker

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

Darren Woolf
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.