Alexander S. Findlay

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It’s not jumping the gun if I have ‘mostly’ finished the epilogue. In my opinion, the blurb is one of the most important parts of the marketing process and how one pitches one’s work. What do you think of my blurb below? Would it hook you? Bear in mind that these are still the early days and the content is likely to change. Nevertheless, unlike the free stock image of this post… Read More

“A reader should also be prepared not to judge my characters as one would judge people in a modern situation. I feel that the world of our ancestors was so vastly different from our own and I am attempting to portray this!”

Dearest Readers and Potential Readers It has been an interesting foray into self-publishing as of late and the adventure is only beginning! The time has finally arrived for me to release my first self-published (and self-formatted) novel in print format.  “The Redemption of Anaìr” is now available as a print novel through amazon for only $6.99 along with the e-book which is priced at $0.99. Both versions are on sale until the… Read More

The day has finally arrived! My e-book version for “The Redemption of Anaìr” is now available from amazon from this buying link below: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y2KQP7Z/ If you are a reader of fantasy and a supporter of Indie artists, please download it and give it a read and a review on amazon and/or Goodreads. I am sure that you will find it an entertaining story!

I knew that when the time came to put forth my world onto paper, it would need some sort of map to help people develop an idea of the land itself. Solatus is a small island nation, the mainland is barely fifteen thousand square kilometres and the population numbers something like half a million people if one were to include pure blooded Solati, half-blooded Solati and permitted residents. Most of the Mainland… Read More

Oh My! But this cover from the talented Fiona Jayde Media was totally worth the investment! Fiona was prompt and professional when it came to answering questions and adjusting a design to my needs. I am really happy with the results and I encourage any other Indie Author reading this, regardless of the genre, to browse Fiona’s website and portfolio.

Draft 4 is on its way! Let’s have a recap shall we? I drafted the Novella of the Redemption of Anair in a ‘Three Act” structure. My mum – an English Teacher – proofread it for mes by scene. I made a few grammatical changes and worked on my punctuation, thus producing “Draft 1” This was then submitted to Thoth Editing for the “first round edits” wherein the content and quality of… Read More

Much praise can be lauded upon those who take the time to go over your prose and see where things do not quite add up. One of the most dedicated beta readers of TROA (“The Redemption of Anair”) was a tremendous help. He asked me questions about the cultures and the peoples – things which one cannot cram into one novella, but it is a great deal of extra material for future… Read More

The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” seems to be an unheeded one – if one were to ask me. The public do judge books by their covers. When it came to choosing a cover artist I had to consider a few things: Pre-Read Introduction – This allows me to tell a little bit of the story without it being read as well as to set the tone of… Read More

In my humble opinion, beta reading is a highly important phase of the editing process and one which cannot be overlooked. There are numerous benefits by having others read your work for you – provided that they are honest and critical. I have asked my diverse crew to be as brutal as they need to be, but I am also interested in hearing which scenes or characters spoke to them the most… Read More