Nov 01

Start of NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone,

Today is November the first and it is the beginning of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and the aim of the project is for writers to write up to 50,000 words in thirty days. To many non writers that sounds impossible but when you break it down it’s 1666 words a day. If that still sounds intimidating you can break it down again to 555 words three times a day.

The purpose of NaNoWriMo isn’t to write a whole novel. It isn’t even to write a good opening to a novel. The aim is to write as much as you can, as fast as you can. In this case it is quantity over quality.

Yes, I have just finished publishing a novel and no this isn’t sequel to Empty Nights. Empty Nights is a stand alone novel as it my next novel, working title Ghost Train.

The plan is to write the first 50,000 words this November and maybe another 50,000 in July next year as part of Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ll also be taking part in NaNoWriMo 2019  so when I officially start the novel in 2020 I’ll have either 100,000 or 150,000 words to work from.

I’ll be posting an update at the end of the month to report on how I’ve done. I’ll also be posting updates on my Twitter feed. You can find me on Twitter by clicking here.

Best wishes to anyone else participating.

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Oct 28

Spitfire Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

In 2014 I was introduced to the novel Looking for Alaska by John Green. The novel was actually published in 2005 so I was rather late to the party but I read it, loved it and soon read John Green’s other works including Turtles All The Way Down which I reviewed last year. John Green is also a famous vlogger and runs a Youtube Channel  that he shares with his brother, Hank Green. Fans of the brothers call themselves Nerdfighters. Hank was perhaps most famous for his Crash Course series on YouTube but recently has delved into the world on literature. Around the same time I was publishing and advertising my book, Hank was going through the same process for his novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It was interesting to compare our journeys and because I have been a fan of Hank for many years I feel as though his book deserved a review.

WARNING: mild spoilers from this point onwards.

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Oct 14

Camden Fringe review – 2018

Hello everyone,

Throughout the month of August, the area of Camden and several locations beyond it, play host to a variety of shows that form the Camden Fringe Festival. I’ll admit that the timing of  Camden Fringe this year couldn’t be worse for me. August was my promotional month for Empty Nights and as a result there were some performances that I bought tickets for but never attended. It’s also the reason I’m reviewing the shows so long after their performance date.

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Oct 01

Returning from a writing break

Hello everyone,

I’ve spent all of September on a writing break, to recharge after my book was launched on 1st September. Although I did end up writing, so it wasn’t much of a break to be honest, I enjoyed not working to a deadline. The pressure is off. It also gave me time to plan out the rest of my projects up till December.

This website will continue to be updated and will enter early hibernation on 9th December. The content I’ll be posting until then will include reviews of shows or plays I watched earlier in the year but didn’t have time to write about (for example Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)

I’ve returned to the Write Up Our Alley YouTube channel and my videos will continue up to December. This means I’ll have completed one whole year on the channel (minus the two months break I took to publish Empty Nights).

I’ll continue uploading to the Starting as Strangers Youtube channel with my final video of the year being published on 13th December. I’ll return to the channel in 2019 in early January with New Year’s resolutions video.

If you haven’t brought Empty Nights yet (and why not?) you can find the Amazon link under the Empty Night tab at the top of your page. Once you’ve read the book please leave a review. If you would prefer to buy the book from me in person and have it signed, let me know.

Once again, thank you for your support during the launch. It means the world to me.

Take care and I’ll see you all soon.

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Sep 01

My novel Empty Nights is available now

Hello everyone,

I’ve just finished the live video on my Facebook author page in which I dropped the link to my début novel Empty Nights.  I can’t link directly to the video but here is a link to my Facebook author page where you can find it.

https://www.facebook.com/jackdowdswritingblog/

If you enjoy the book please take the time to leave a review on Amazon and thank you for your support. 

You can find my book by clicking here!

I hope you enjoy Empty Nights. This isn’t the end of the promotion. As a friend once said to me, you never stop promoting your book. I’ll be sharing reviews from other websites, upcoming interviews and any other promotional events that are coming up. 

Once again, thank you for your support.

 

 

Aug 28

Guest post on Amanda Fleet’s website

Hello everyone,

I’m delighted to say that that Amanda’s Fleet has kindly published a guest post by me on her website regarding perseverance as a writer and on my upcoming novel launch.

You can read the post by clicking… here!

I’ll like to give a big thank you to Amanda for this opportunity.

 

 

 

Aug 21

Article in my local newspaper

Hello everyone,

I received a phone call today from a reporter at the Newsshopper, my local newspaper. She was responding to a submission I sent them about covering the launch of my novel.

I’m glad to say that they decided to publish the article. You can read it by copying and pasting the link below into your search bar or by clicking here.

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/16589119.author-jack-dowd-tackling-teenage-mental-health-in-debut-novel/

A big thank you to everyone at the Newsshopper for their support.

 

Aug 15

I believe in the Book Fairies

Hey everyone,

On Tuesday 14th August I was walking to work, lost in my own world when I discovered a book left by a group calling themselves The Book Fairies.

The Book Fairies are a worldwide organisation that spread their love of books by leaving them as presents for strangers. They asked me to write a short piece of how I found their present (it was a copy of The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman) which you can find linked below:

A Book Finder Story: Jack in London

I’ve also signed up to be a Book Fairy for the day and leave copies of Empty Nights around London as presents for future readers. That’ll be happening in September, date to be confirmed.

Please check out the fairies website as they do lots of great stuff and keep an eye on this website as I’ll have some more updates on Empty Nights soon.

Take care.

Aug 05

Empty Nights front cover reveal

Hello everyone,

I’ve been sitting on this news for a while and I’m so glad I can finally share it.

I can now reveal the front cover for my upcoming novel Empty Nights.

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This beautiful front cover was created by the talent Hedvig R.Z Sjöström. The links to their social media accounts are below.

I can also announce that Empty Nights will be available for purchase in paperback, hardback and as an ebook from 1st September. I’m spending the month of August promoting and marketing for my novel so please keep an eye on my social media for a whole flurry of updates. On publication day I’ll be launching a live video on Facebook in which the links to Empty Nights will be made available.

If you would like to post a review of Empty Nights (or an interview, maybe?) on your own website, leave me a message and I’ll get back to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s before or after the publication.

I hope you’re as excited as I am and thank you for your support

Jack

 

 

Hedvig’s links

Website: hedvigsjostrom.com
Linkined: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hedvig-sj%C3%B6str%C3%B6m-a388b7165/
Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/hrzsjostrom.art
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RZsjostrom/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6jgU_kEwfuEqiAS3sWbHkg
Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/hrzsjostrom
Prints: https://www.redbubble.com/people/hzsjostrom?asc=u

Jul 08

Preparations for novel launch

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing well.

If you’ve been following me on social media or if you’re a loyal reader of this website you’ll know that I’m nearing completion on my novel, Empty Nights. As such, I’m now making preparations for the marketing and launch, arranging interviews, organising reviews, etc. The plan is to have a countdown to a live Facebook video in which I can publicly release my novel. I’ve decided to pause my contributions to the Write Up Our Alley YouTube Channel I work on and now I’m pausing content on this website for the time being. This is so I can dedicate all of my effort and focus onto the launch. I’ll still be online, I’ll be posting to my personal Facebook account and to my author Facebook page and I’m going to continue uploading to the Starting as Strangers Vlogs but the next post you see should be on here will be novel related. Once my novel is published and I’ve had time to recharge I’ll return to publishing my usual content.

It’s exciting times and I’m glad you’re all here to share it with me.

Many thanks,

Jack.