Where to get it, what it’s about, some pictures for the imagination…
Where can I find The Fulcrum?
I don’t see it in the book stores? What’s up with that?
I know, it sucks for me too. The Fulcrum is currently self-published and is only available as an e-book on Amazon and Kobo (Apple Books doesn’t send casholas to South Africa yet).
But I don’t have a Kindle or a Kobo!
You don’t need one! Delightfully, e-publications can be read on any device, including your phone, laptop or pad. Once you buy your copy, a little code is downloaded with it to optimise it for your device and voila! You don’t even need the Kindle app.
But I don’t like reading on a device. I prefer a book.
I feel the same way. There’s just something special about the smell and feel of the pages and the containment of it all. However! I am hoping to set up a print on demand option via Amazon for readers in the US. And for South Africans, I’m hoping to do a short print run soon.
If you’re interested to know when a hard copy is available, drop me a message via the contact form here or subscribe for updates on the same page.
Why isn’t there a hard-copy book?
Self-publishing is a giant pain in the ass in South Africa. In the States, it’s a bit easier with the more cost-effective print-on-demand option that Amazon offers. But in SA, the author has to cover the print costs upfront and hope that people buy copies, and although there are great printers that offer small print runs it’s a fairly daunting process. At least for me.
So I’m taking it one step at a time: First the POD with Amazon and then a small print run here. I’ve already got some pre-orders, so if you’d like to add your name to the list click the link below, add your details via the contact form and I’ll be in touch.
If it’s such a blast why are there so few reviews?
Sigh. Reviews are tricky. When you self-publish an e-book it falls out of the established ‘book system’ of the traditional publishing zone that’s created by agents, publishers, reviewers, newspapers, magazines, book stores and literary events. It’s pretty cold outside that bubble, and marketing and PRing to find your readers is difficult for self-published authors who aren’t good at that (read: me).
So reach is difficult and reach means readers and readers mean reviews, for better or worse. In fact, I read somewhere that the read-to-review ratio on Amazon is about 780 to one – assuming you don’t buy your reviews.
Which brings me to Amazon.
To stop fraudulent reviews, the platform now makes it really hard for people to leave comments: you can only review if you’ve spent $50 over the past year and you can’t review if you’re friends or family of the author (how do they know!?).
Anyway. That’s just some background to say two things:
- The reviews I have received are valuable and mean a lot to me. So huge thank you to those who have.
- If you like an author’s book (especially a newbie, traditionally published or not), LEAVE REVIEWS IF YOU CAN. If not on Amazon, then on Goodreads.
End of sermon.
What are these pictures about?
The Fulcrum spans five countries, a few different eras, a few different … well, you’ll have to read the book for the rest.
When I was putting this page together I thought it would be great to include some of the pictures that have been in my head for the past six years. If you’ve read The Fulcrum they might delight you as much as they do me. If you haven’t, maybe they’ll entice you to give it try.
Who is The Fulcrum for?
The Fulcrum is for readers who like some magic with their real life, some supernatural with their Sci-Fi, some retelling with some myth mixing. It’s for readers who like character-driven, plot-based fiction where genres are bent and blended, and protagonists are caught in a story not of their choosing.
How did you keep all that story in your head?
Honestly, I do not know. Working on Scrivener helped and I made a lot of notes and drawings and tables to keep track of who was doing what, who knew about who when and why, and who and what was revealed to the characters and the reader when and why.
Mostly it was difficult not talking about it on social media. I don’t want to give any story lines away, but let’s just say that certain global events from from 2020 onward just ratcheted up my anxiety about, but also validated, the story that came to me in 2016.
Why haven’t I read The Fulcrum yet?
This is a great question! Maybe you were just waiting for the stars to align. Well consider this your sign from the heavens…
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