Writing The First Draft

REMEMBER SHADOW OF THE WICKED is available on Amazon. Read the FREE preview below and get your copy today!


Now that Shadow Of The Wicked is complete, I have been working with my editor for my next novel, To Wield The Stars (if you remember me talking about it) to be published by OMAMPublishing. But while I was waiting, I have had the feeling to fall back into the Three Kingdoms (Shadow Of The Wicked) world and do a full featured novel and possibly series to explain a lot of the lore and history.

So on my on Instagram I posted that I have started that series. I’m not sure what the title will be but I have a grand plan for it to be epic and grim. However, writing the first draft has always been the most daunting part of writing a novel for me.

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Shadow Of The Wicked ON SALE!

Hey everyone, I know I’ve been plugging my book for the last few posts, and I promise to get back into the swing of other posts but to celebrate a month of Shadow Of The Wicked being live, the EBOOK is on SALE for only $0.99!!This special is only lasting for 1 more days so get onto it NOW!

SHADOW OF THE WICKED AMAZON EBOOK

Twin brothers–a sorcerer and a warrior–are each tortured for their opposing convictions. Will magick be restored or extinguished?

“Smith’s writing is comparable to Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Mistborn’ Saga.” – Gee Book Reviews

“The characters are rich, complex, and well developed. This novella is completely and utterly engrossing. It is suspenseful, intense, and full of raw emotion. I could not put it down and because of that, it was a very quick read for me.”Nicole Goodreads REVIEWER

“I got hooked on it from the very first page! It’s an amazing page-turner! The characters are solidly written and well developed. Their journeys have been well-crafted and written vividly.”Goodreads Reviewer.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Shadow Of The Wicked

I know I’ve been plugging my novella, but it is now available to purchase! Thank you for following my journey and I hope you finally get a chance to see my writing style in my first book.

Here are some of the reviews for it so far on GoodReads. Check out the rest of them here:
SHADOW OF THE WICKED GOODREADS PAGE.

If you want to read the blurb and PURCHASE A SIGNED COPY (Australian customers only), head over to the page.

SHADOW OF THE WICKED.

Here are the links to purchase them.


“Shadow Of The Wicked was engrossing, the characters were well developed and the plotline (e en though short as it is for a novella) held my interest and kept me turning each page.” 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The characters were very well written. They both had a reason for their choices in life and the backstory really supported this. They felt very detailed and fleshed out and I found myself heavily invested in their decisions. When things got intense, I found myself routing for them and really hoping they survived. I also found myself physically grimacing at some of the torture scenes which made me feel like they were written very well and gave me a clear picture of what was happening.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I saw the cover of this novella, I knew immediately that I wanted to read it. I absolutely loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The characters are rich, complex, and well developed. This novella is completely and utterly engrossing. It is suspenseful, intense and full of raw emotion. I could not put it down and because of that, it was a very quick read for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall it’s a super engrossing read. I got hooked on it from the very first page! It’s an amazing page-turner! The characters are solidly written and well developed. Their journeys have been well-crafted and written vividly.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

GIVEAWAY Time!

For the release of my of my debut novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED, I’m doing a HUGE giveaway!

It’s open for everyone, internationally. There will be 2 winners. 1 for Instagram and 1 for Facebook. The details are below but if you want to be a part of it, you have to go to my social media pages and follow the rules to enter and have a chance to win a $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Winners will be announced via my Youtube channel on the 1st of July, 1800 AEST. Make sure you have subscribed and turned your notifications ON!

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY

YOUTUBE CHANNEL


1st PRIZE will receive:

🎁 $50 Amazon Gift Card; and 

🎁 A signed physical book!*

The next 5 winners will receive a FREE EBOOK copy of SHADOW OF THE WICKED!*

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To enter:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

1️⃣ Follow me at @douglas.w.t.smith or @authordouglaswtsmith

2️⃣ Like this post⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

3️⃣ Comment TWO FRIENDS 

For an extra entry, tag DIFFERENT FRIENDS in a separate comment, or SHARE TO YOUR STORY AND TAG ME (@douglas.w.t.smith or @authordouglaswtsmith).

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Good luck!!

*Must be willing to give out full name, address and email to receive gifts. Not affiliated with Instagram, Facebook, Amazon or any other company.

Final Day Of The Cover Reveal!

It started on the first day of winter (southern hemisphere) and now ready for the last post.

If you haven’t been following, the cover reveal event for Shadow Of The Wicked has been taking place on my social media pages.

This marketing campaign is specifically aiming at my Instagram, although it is working on my Facebook page as well. I’ve screenshot my pages below to show exactly how I’m doing this reveal and the effect I’m trying to achieve.

Look out for the LAST IMAGE OF THE COVER REVEAL at 5pm AEST

After the reveal for the rest of JUNE, there will be GIVEAWAYS, so stay tuned on my social media pages!

Subscribe, follow, and like my pages below to keep up to date with the pre-release dates and
the RELEASE DATE OF SHADOW OF THE WICKED – 1st OF JULY.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Goodreads page.

Youtube.


#DouglasWTSmith #bookrelease

‘Shadow Of The Wicked’ Cover Reveal

I’m so happy to share this with you. It has begun. The cover reveal event for Shadow Of The Wicked has been taking place on my social media pages.

This marketing campaign is specifically aiming at my Instagram, although it is working on my Facebook page as well. I’ve screenshot my pages below to show exactly how I’m doing this reveal and the effect I’m trying to achieve.

It’s over 9 days, 1 photo a day at 5pm AEST. Look out for the next image of my cover reveal.

Subscribe, follow, and like my pages below to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE OF SHADOW OF THE WICKED – 1st OF JULY.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Goodreads page.

Youtube.


#DouglasWTSmith #bookrelease

Pre-Release Event Dates!

It has begun.

1st of June and the first day of my Release Event. Subscribe, follow, and like my pages below to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE – 1st OF JULY.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Goodreads page.


#DouglasWTSmith #bookrelease

How to Choose Your Book Cover

WRITING UPDATE: SHADOW OF THE WICKED is done. The launch date is the 1st of July. I’m doing a 9 day cover reveal on all my social media pages from the 1ST OF JUNE but my mailing list subscribers will see it first, and receive THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS, so make sure you sign up below!

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If you didn’t see my last post, I created a Youtube channel. I’ve been pondering on the idea for a while and thought why not do it to celebrate the launch of my debut novella.

Here is my first video.

Make sure you subscribe, follow, and like my pages to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE – 1st OF JULY. There are going to be a lot of GIVEAWAYS, READINGS and Q & A’s.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this event!


How do you choose a book cover for your debut novel?

Your cover is the first introduction to your book, before the hook and before the first word. It swings readers to your book and entices them to discover more about your book. Your cover can grab or hinder the reader.

From what I’ve learnt from this whole self-publishing process, the book cover is your primary book marketing tool.

As you can see above in the youtube video, I’m using my cover to try attract readers. Although getting the cover wasn’t easy. Choosing a photograph or illustration for your book’s cover can obviously be a daunting task. No matter how imaginative writers can be, visual imagination is not always included. For many authors, the fact that an entire novel requires only one picture to illustrate it is a blessing. The problem is that you still need to come up with that one picture — and it needs to be a good one. Because it’s just one picture. One. I used a company, MiblArt and they were fantastic. Which you shall soon see…

The following are a few book cover design tips to help you formulate and execute a concept for your cover’s imagery.

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SHADOW OF THE WICKED Pre-release Dates!

I created a Youtube channel. I’ve been pondering on the idea for a while and thought why not do it to celebrate the launch of my debut novella.

Here is my first video. Below are the links I mention in the video.

Make sure you subscribe, follow, and like my pages to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE – 1st OF JULY.

Also, subscribe to my channel to see more details of the giveaways, prizes, and Q and A’s.

Thank you! Mailing List: https://mailchi.mp/d6107b64867c/maili…

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/douglas.w.t…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordougla…

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57952756-shadow-of-the-wicked

Six Ways To Manage Instagram And Enhance Your Writing Career

Being at the top of your game with your social media accounts is essential. Being an expert on Instagram management can help lift your career. It offers many benefits for all jobs, including writing.

I’m in the final stages of my novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED, and I’ve been sending out Advanced Reader Copies. I noticed over the years that Instagrams Bookstagram community is growing dramatically. Instead of reaching out to blogs and websites, via emails and fill-out forms I approached the bookstagram community on Instagram. I was overwhelmed at the instant responses, whether they were rejecting or accepting the request. But it made me think. I can use Instagram to grow my writing career.

If you want to hone your Instagram management skills, here are some tips to help you get started.


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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Six Ways to Manage Instagram To Enhance Your Writing Career.

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