Cover Reveal and A Free Story

I’ve been extremely quiet on my blog but for good reasons.

I’m excited to announce my novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED is READY FOR PUBLICATION!

All final edits are complete, the cover is complete, reviewers are reviewing and the date has been set for publication. I am extremely excited to share this with you. My writing journey has been not what I expected but I have learnt a lot along the way and hopefully from what I did learn, it shows in the quality of my novella.

If you want to receive an exclusive reveal, or read it for FREE before everyone else, make sure you sign up to my mailing list–before it’s too late!

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In the meantime, I am also happy to announce that on the OMAM Publishing website we have three more fantasy stories available to read here on our website.

We are getting closer and closer to having capacity for a new anthology! I’ve got several more stories in my read pile as well, just need the time to get at them. If you’ve submitted to us recently, thank you. If not, what are you waiting for?

First up is a flash fiction piece by yours truly, Douglas W.T. Smith entitled “Into the Forest.”

Read here on the OMAM website or download it onto your Kindle for free!


After a tragedy at home, Jaeden flees into the forest. He hopes to eke out and live off nature alone, but soon comes to question his decision.

Nine Book Marketing Ideas

WRITING UPDATE: SHADOW OF THE WICKED is done. My mailing list subscribers will be the first to see it, and receive a FREE ADVANCE READING COPY, so make sure you sign up below!

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While book marketing isn’t easy, there are plenty of opportunities to reach new audiences. Finding the right ones starts with broadening your ideas of where to look.

I have just finished my novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED. I’ve sent the release date but I realised, how are people going to read my book? How do I get my novella in the hands of readers?

Then I realised; there’s nothing easy about book promotion. I’ve created my author website, but it’s hardly enough. How will I attract readers to visit my site? How will I entice them to buy mybook?

You can’t just rely on a single digital marketing effort.

Here are NINE BOOK MARKETING IDEAS you should consider when promoting your book online.

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Six Ways to Improve the First Fifteen Percent Of Your Novel

This post will dissect the Zero to Fifteen Percent of the First Act of the Three Act Structure. The first fifteen percent of your novel, I believe, is the most important. It encompasses the Hook and the Setup of the First Act. If you’re wondering what they all are, and how it is going to make your story a best-seller––read below.

The Three Act Structure, defined by Reedsy, is “It digs deep into the popular notion that a story must have a beginning, middle, and end, and goes even further, defining specific plot events that must take place at each stage.”

Reedsy.

I’m going to do a part-series on how you can apply the Three Act Structure to your story but more importantly, focusing in on the specific stages, to help you entice the reader to keep reading past chapter one.

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Pariah’s Lament by Richie Billing.

In my recent posts, I mentioned that I am now working for OMAM Publishing as their Content Developer and with great honour, the second CORE NOVEL for OMAM Publishing (the first being CALL OF THE GUARDIAN by J.M Williams)

Richie Billing’s debut novel, PARIAH’S LAMENT has been through heavy editing to make it the professional standard we thrive to deliver at OMAM Publishing. Keep reading below to see what people are saying about the book and where to buy it!

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Call of the Guardian Countdown Sale!


As the Content Developer for OMAM Publishing, it is with great pleasure that I share this book sale. For the first CORE NOVEL in the OMAM Publishing, I present to you CALL OF THE GUARDIAN .
It is on sale at the US Kindle store for $0.99!

You’ll need to act soon, as the sale will only last for a few more days.


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Seven Perfect Endings for Your Story

WRITING UPDATE: Still working on my novella, Shadow of the Wicked. It’s in the hands of my beta readers and hopefully, by the end of the month, I’ll be looking for cover work and my mailing list subscribers will be the first to see it, and an ADVANCE READING COPY, so make sure you sign up!

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As I promised in the previous post, I had big news concerning my blog and the writing tips I’ve been posting for 2021. The writing tips will slow down. A few will be posted here and there but the majority of my writing tips will be for the people subscribed to my mailing list and on the OMAM Publishing website.
So either join my mailing list above (you’ll also get tons of other stuff) or/ and go to OMAM website.


Here are the Seven Perfect Endings For Your Story

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Of Metal and Magic Core Novella Now Available!


WRITING UPDATE: I’ve been editing extremely hard over school holidays and at the last stages of my novella. I sent out for beta-readers here, if you’re interested (if that doesn’t work comment below). However, I am still a little stuck on the title. I like what I’ve been working on but I think more opinions. Please vote below and let me know what title intrigues you the most!

EDIT: I forgot to add the blurb of my novella to help you with the title.

BLURB

Twins, Jaromir and Talmage, have been held captive. Jaromir is taken prisoner for forming an alliance against the wicked sorcerer Pius, and Talmage is thrown into a dark labyrinth for his final trial; to face the ghosts of his past.

Twin brothers. Different beliefs. Jaromir has pledged his life to the arts of weaponry and promised to rid the world of all magick. Yet Talmage developed an obsessive desire to become the next Sorcerer Monarch, in secret from his brother.

Both brothers are forced to identify their distant relationship, challenge the current status quo and save their loved ones. With arms twisted and anti-magick wards, the brothers have to search within for a courageous instinct to challenge fear before it is too late. Jaromir and Talmage have their secrets with the power to shift the chaos of injustice, but only if they are eager to expose it.

Which brother will surrender their secret first to save everyone?


As I mentioned in a previous post, Of Metal and Magic Publishing has got a whole lineup of new books coming in the next several months. The first of these just released on January 19th on Amazon.
This novella represents the first original content from Of Metal and Magic Publishing.

If you are slightly confused at why I’m advocating OMAM Publishing, it’s because
I am the new Content Developer for OMAM Publishing.
A lot of things will change, especially for my blog, there’ll be more details to come but be prepared.

For now, the first of many releases for OMAM Publishing in 2021, is here. We should have a paperback available soon and a free preview is below.

Stealing a dead old man’s journal should not be so difficult.

Nari Alhara has one task—recover the private journal of Abdul Rahal, the late founder of Telsemar University and infamous treasure hunter. This shouldn’t be hard for the most cunning rogue of a formidable secret order. But things do not go according to plan. Another thief is also seeking the journal, and hidden hands are pulling both of their strings in unexpected directions. Nari cannot afford failure. She must rely on her sharp mind, natural instincts, and an unlikely ally to uncover the true source of Abdul Rahal’s wealth and power.

A Wealth of Knowledge is a tale of conspiracy and discovery in a world where true magic has been all but lost. Follow Nari Alhara as she uncovers a dangerous secret with the potential to change the world. Fast paced and action packed, this story has everything fans of Indiana Jones and other classic tomb raiding tales could want. How can one simple object demand so much attention?


A New Name in Fantasy

I have some very exciting news. For those that have been following my writing journey, you shall remember my deal to publish my first novel, To Wield the Stars with publisher Fiction Vortex, however, in short, it went bust from COV-19.

And just as the Phoenix

rose from the ashes,

she too will rise.

Returning from the flames,

More beautiful than before.

Shannon Heartz

As a member of the story verse with other authors, we were hung out to dry with meaningless contracts until our Head proposed an idea. To become a publisher. Thus, Of Metal and Magic Publishing was born. Keep reading below to find out how to get FREE BOOKS!

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Five Tips for Editing a Manuscript Without an Editor

So you’ve completed a draft of your manuscript! Congratulations!

What’s next?

Before sending your manuscript out, you’ll want to edit it to correct your mistakes. While editing your own manuscript might seem daunting or hard to manage, it’s perfectly possible to edit all by yourself. In this article, we’ll share our five best tips for editing your manuscript… without an editor.

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Four Productivity Hacks To Write Now

For most authors, mastering productivity is a classic sink-or-swim situation. I believe that even if your novel cracks the bestseller list, and you’re able to pursue this career full-time, it’s unlikely you’ll be focused solely on your next book manuscript and then onto promotional efforts, reader-focused events, and a mountain of miscellaneous messages waiting in your inbox.

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