A word from the author… (Ive always wanted to write that)

Good morning/afternoon/evening, wherever you may be in the world, welcome!

I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who is now following me since my last update. Please continue to spread the word, It really does mean a lot.

So, what’s been happening since the last time we spoke. There have certainly been a few developments in the past few weeks. I am about to start chapter seven of my novel. A chapter that is going to be the pinnacle of my story. I am at the point in the process where I now really feel like I know my characters personally. After spending most days with them, creating their thought process, sharing their expressions, they have now become my friends. Whether or not they are each others friends is a different story. Or my story?

This week in particular has been a big week away from the writing. I have made the decision to start the design of my front cover early. I wanted to bring my creation to life early on giving me that end goal to aim for. Having spoken with a number of designers, all working differently, I now have a graphic designer on the case with the first samples due next week. After trawling through hundreds and hundreds of I stock images with no inspirational results at all, I found the one. It almost jumped through my computer screen and hit me in the face saying “Mark! Look no further. I am that picture. The one.” And boy was it right. I had no need to look any further. It is absolutely perfect and spells out my story perfectly. Exciting times!

The other inspirational moment this week was a reply that I had from probably the most successful thriller author in the UK, Stephen Leather. With thousands and thousands of followers, multiple ‘number one best selling author on amazon’ awards, I was sure my email to him would just fall into the equivalent of a famous persons black hole. It didn’t. He replied with a very short but sweet message addressing me by name making it all the more personal.

So that’s where I am at so far. On to chapter seven. I cannot wait for you to join me on this psychological rollercoaster. I’ll keep you updated as much as I can. Until next time…



  1. Elissaveta · April 14, 2015

    Hi Mark, glad I stumbled upon your blog. Can I ask, are you considering self-publishing it and why? I’m currently working on the last chapter of my first novel and still wondering which publishing route to go for…
    Thanks for sharing your process with the world, I’ll be back 🙂


    • drakes1 · April 14, 2015

      Hi Elissaveta,

      Thanks for stopping by! You are a bit further down the line than me so good luck whichever option you choose. I am choosing to go down the self publishing route to begin with. I want to keep control of my book and where it’s going etc.
      Unfortunately cost has its part to play too. I have heard that there are benefits to both but I am releasing mine as an e book to begin with. I have also heard it can be quite difficult to get a publisher to spend the time to read your book without reason so I am trying to spend time promoting it as much as I can before it’s even finished so it has that launch platform. Thanks for following me! Do keep in touch and good luck again. Mark

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      • Elissaveta · April 14, 2015

        Yes I agree, a launch platform is important if not crucial these days, I’m working on it too.
        Thanks a lot for your response, good luck with chapter 7!!


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