Writing for the Kindle: A First Time Author’s First 11 1/2 Weeks

Yep, the traditional first 11 1/2 weeks have passed after which, in time-honoured tradition, a first-time author must blog about the progress of his or her novel now that it’s been introduced to the wild. Either that, or I’ve just realised how long it is since I’ve blogged.

The big news is The World Walker is now officially a bestseller on the Kindle! It’s been no.1 in a few of the sci-fi and fantasy categories for a few weeks now – unbelievable! It’s been a hell of a ride. Before hitting that “publish’ button, I had no idea I’d be waking up every morning and feeling the urge to check on book sales. It’s worse than that, though. It’s last thing at night and half a dozen times during the day. I’m trying to wean myself off it so I can devote more time to writing the sequel.

I’ve sold over 1300 copies of The World Walker so far and – through the Kindle Unlimited programme (a library service for paying members) – an additional group of avid readers have got through 358,000 pages during the same period. Can’t tell you how good it feels to know so many people have read it – or are currently reading it.

At the time of writing, I have 13 reviews on amazon.com and 52 on amazon.co.uk. The ratings in the uk average 4.8 out of 5 (4.9 in the US). Reviews have been the most amazing feeling of all – hearing what folk loved about the book. Very occasionally what they didn’t love 😉 But overwhelmingly positive reviews overall. Even one from Ingenious Cat, a fellow author/blogger who reviews Kindle Unlimited Fantasy and Science Fiction books – check it out here

All of this has certainly inspired me to crack on with a sequel and, boy, there are some major developments in the next one! I actually woke up two mornings ago knowing a HUGE secret about one of the main characters which came as a complete shock to me. Genuinely! I spent the rest of the day with a big stupid grin on my face.

Right, time to crack on. If you want to check out the book, or recommend it to the sci-fi loving friend in your life (we’ve all got one), just visit  USA readers or UK readers

And if you’re one of the 1319 readers who’ve bought it already – THANK YOU! Don’t forget, you can sign up for my mailing list at the top of this page. I’ll let everyone on the list know when the new book is ready and I’ll send you the prologue from The World Walker too.


7 thoughts on “Writing for the Kindle: A First Time Author’s First 11 1/2 Weeks

    1. Thank you, Dianne, I’m over 70,000 words into the sequel and working hard (well, it’s not really work…). Thanks for commenting and reviewing, it really makes such a difference to hear from readers who’ve enjoyed the book.


  1. Brilliant book. I’m 75% of the way through and have now had to put myself on a controlled reading schedule so that I don’t finish it so soon. I know I shall, though… I used to be an avid reader, but rarely get half way through a book now, before being bored and giving u, but your writing, characterisation, plot and originality has kept me lost in the story.

    When I’ve finished I shall leave a 5* review on Amazon. So glad you’re writing a sequel.


    1. Thank you! I’m about 30,000 words away from finishing the sequel, and it’s comments and reviews like yours that have inspired me. I’m still amazed to wake up every morning and see people are still buying and reading The World Walker. An author only gets to write their first book once, and knowing it has resonated with so many people is an amazing feeling.


  2. Ian, I really enjoyed your book. Awaiting the next one with relish (that’s an emotion rather than a condiment)

    I’ve subscribed, so I assume you will let me know when the next book is ready (I wish amazon would do that).




    1. Thanks, Alan – I am a fan of the condiment as well as the emotion. I will let you know when the new one is released. I don’t want to over-promise, so won’t name a date, but it shouldn’t be too long…


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