All good things must come to an end

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It’s been a good run but like the string of white male Doctors, it’s time for the Leah King introductory offer to end. I’ll be increasing the price of the collection tomorrow and I’m not planning on discounting so heavily again, so if you’d like to pick up all three books for 99c/99p, now is your last chance.   Click Here to Buy The Leah King Trilogy for 99c/99p [All good things must come to an end by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 16th July 2017]

“I know well that the June rains just fall”

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Not a lot of rain in Vancouver at the moment (bizarrely) but it’s time for my June update anyway. First up, writing. Most of the time was spent working on the latest zombie novel and I had a fantastic month. Total word count was 40,682 which is definitely the most successful month I’ve had so far this year and probably one of the best months since I started tracking (I need to go back and get my monthly data organised to check that). I finished draft zero of the novel a couple of days ago. Still plenty of work to do on it, but I’m very happy with how things are so far. I also outlined a new novella I’ll be writing in August. I’m really excited about this one so I’m keen to get the zombie novel out of the way so that I can start on it. The end of June also marks the fourth year of my writing streak. I’ve written fiction every single day for over 1,460 days. Now, writing every day certainly isn’t essential in order to be a successful writer, but it creating a writing habit can help a lot. My writing productivity has definitely … Read More

Beyond Expectations

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Back on June 14th I launched the box set of all three of my Leah King books (The Girl in the City, The Girl in the Wilderness, and The Girl in the Machine). I had modest expectations for the collection – the books have been around for a while and although they do pick up a few sales it’s not a “hot” genre. Still, I set up a few adverts and let my newsletter know it was coming out. Two and a half weeks later and I’m stunned. The box set has already sold twice as many copies as my previous best selling title (Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet) and far exceeded the sales of the individual volumes. It’s been sitting in the top 20 Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction charts along with titles like The Hunger Games and Divergent. It even made it to the top slot in the dystopian science fiction hot release chart (once James Patterson had got out of the way. In a way it makes sense – I’m selling over 500 pages of dystopian fiction for 99c – but still, there are literally millions of books out there people could be buying and I’m … Read More

Did I Mention I Run Marathons?

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Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [Did I Mention I Run Marathons? by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd June 2017]

Hey, It’s Saturday

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We interrupt my regularly scheduled absence with a quick update. The box set of The Leah King Trilogy launched on Wednesday and its going extremely well. Far better than I hoped. Thanks to everyone who’s bought the book so far. If you haven’t, you can get your copy from Amazon right now by clicking HERE. I’m pushing on with the first draft of Zombie Book 3 (working title). It’s going very well and I’m racing toward the big finale which is always the bit I enjoy most. When I’m not writing or refreshing the Amazon sales dashboard, I’m getting in some reading. At the moment I’m in the middle of Clara Coulson’s Soul Breaker, the first in the City of Crows series. The books center around the Department of Supernatural Investigations and their fight against the various supernatural nasties that have a habit of popping up to cause mayhem. I’m enjoying it so far and there’s a few other books in the series that I’ve already picked up.   I’ve also been gradually getting back to running after a disastrous BMO Half Marathon at the beginning of the month. Everything was going well and I was on track for a … Read More

Out Now – The Leah King Trilogy

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It’s launch day! I’ve created a box set of all three of my Leah King ebooks (The Girl in the City, The Girl in the Wilderness, and The Girl in the Machine). Yes, they don’t really come in a box but you know what I mean. I tried to up the stakes and the action with each successive book, and I’m very pleased with how the trilogy turned out. More importantly, readers seem to agree. Feedback on all three books has been excellent. The normal price for the set will be $5.99 but for a short time I’m offering the complete set for the ridiculous price of 99c/99p. That’s over 500 pages of dystopian cyberpunky science fiction goodness for less than a dollar/pound/whatever the equivalent is in your country. Or to put it another way, about $6 less than the books cost individually. So, if you haven’t read any of these, or you’ve read the first one or two, now is the time to pick it up. You can get your copy from Amazon right now by clicking HERE. With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve out a … Read More

Coming Soon – The Leah King Trilogy

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If you’re on my mailing list you already know about this, but for everyone else, the box set of all three Leah King books (The Girl in the City, The Girl in the Wilderness and The Girl in the Machine) launches on Wednesday June 14th and for a limited time, the complete set will be available for 99c. Preorders have been going very well and you can join the fun by clicking right here and the set will be delivered to your Kindle when it launches on Wednesday. I’ll be sending my short story collection to all of my newsletter subscribers once it’s complete so if you sign up now, you’ll get four free ebooks, plus the new collection later this year. CLICK HERE to get started. [Coming Soon – The Leah King Trilogy by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th June 2017]

The Ides of May

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No, that title doesn’t make sense. So, May wrapped up a few days ago, so it must be time for a quick progress update. First up, writing. The entire month was spent working on the fourth of my zombie books. I wrote 27,411 words and it felt good. I love writing first drafts. The editing process is slow and painful for me and I spent a lot of time editing the previous books in the series this year so it’s been good to just sit down and blast through the story. I haven’t got summaries to compare word count from previous years but May was definitely my most productive month of 2017. So far. June is already shaping up to be even better. It was an urban fantasy sort of month for reading. I read all three Eric Carter books by Stephen Blackmoore and continued my audio re-listen of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series with Grave Peril and Summer Knight. All five books were good, not the best I’ve ever read but still well worth checking out if you like a bit of fantasy in your urban. I’m behind on my Pinterest page on the movies I’ve watched this year (too … Read More

Coming Soon on Audio…

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Yesterday morning, I heard the news that Audible have opened up their ACX service to Canada and Ireland.  Basically, ACX is a service that allows anyone to produce and sell audiobooks through Audible (and elsewhere) – which means I can finally produce audio versions of my books. I think Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet in particular would make a perfect audio book. I’ll be starting with The Girl in the City though because it’s shorter so there’s less risk. I’ve got no idea how long it will take me, even finding the right narrator is going to take a few weeks so it will be a while before I’m announcing anything formally, but I’m a big fan of audiobooks so it’s very exciting to finally be able to produce some of my own. Thanks to Robert Chazz Chute for posting about the Canadian ACX launch. Don’t forget I’ll be sending my short story collection to all of my newsletter subscribers once it’s complete so if you sign up now, you’ll get four free ebooks, plus the new collection later this year. CLICK HERE to get started. [Coming Soon on Audio… by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 3rd June 2017]

Normal Service is Resumed

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That’s more like it – my monthly update is back to being a couple of weeks late. In my defence, I had a race last weekend and a cold has been interfering with my ability to string coherent thoughts together this week. Yes, that leaves a week or so unaccounted for but hey, I’m here and that’s all that matters. April was the month when I finally got back to writing new words – just about. The first twenty eight days were spent revising the second book in my zombie series and the short story collection I’m putting together. It’s an odd feeling, going back over old short stories but I’m happy with how they’ve turned out. The book is now with my editor and I’ve commissioned the cover so it should be good to go out to my newsletter subscribers in a couple of months and on to Amazon shortly after that. But, on April 29th, I kicked off the fourth book in the zombie series. I have a good outline and the joy of getting back to writing new words unleashed a torrent of productivity and I wrote 4,244 words that day. That was the most words I’d written since 27th October … Read More