Monday, July 21, 2014

Peter Ainsley... in Triplicate

I hit a milestone this summer. I published my third novel, which also happens to be the third instalment of the Peter Ainsley mystery series.

THE DEAD AMONG US continues the story of Peter & Margaret who face off against a horrendous criminal who is targeting pauper children.

It's been such a wild ride writing these books, and self-publishing them has been just wild. I remember agonizing over what to do with Chorus of the Dead. I wondered at the validity of self-publishing and whether the publishing industry would look favourably at my choice. All three of my books are now ranked in Kindle's Top 100 for mystery/thrillers-historicals. They generate hundreds of downloads each each month, narrowing in on one thousand for July. This translates as a nice income for myself, compensating me nicely for the hours of dedicated work I put in to each title.

But there's still work to be done.

Mystery is a difficult genre to compete in. I still have less than 10 reviews for each of my books and often that muddies the waters regarding my success. I honestly don't know how to generate more reviews. I don't believe in hard core soliciting or creating duplicate accounts (sock-puppeting). I don't believe in spamming my twitter feed or spending hundreds of dollars on internet ads. What I do believe in is a good story and that is where I lay my focus. I want to tell the best story I possibly can.

Recently another indie pointed out to me that I am a slow writer. Each of my books have been published a year a part whereas others aim to have a new title every 3-4 months.  I may not be out-selling other indie-authors  and my sales maybe paltry compared those in erotica or fantasy but I stand by my stories. I stand by my process, slow as it may be.

I do not see self-publishing as a get rich quick scheme. I have been writing and educating myself on writing since I was in high school. I majored in Journalism in college and achieved an advanced diploma in Creative Writing shortly thereafter. The only thing I have ever wanted to be was a writer so I can safely say I am not going anywhere.

I will continue to write compelling stories with layered characters and fabulous covers (cheeky, aren't I?). I have recognized a trend with each of my books, a steady incline in readership and loyalty. This is what I will build my career upon, without chasing trends or including gratuitous sex.

I am a writer.


  1. I have enjoyed your 3 previous books to the point that I look forward to the next story to read about the mysteries adventures of Peter Ainsley. I love your style and the fact that there is always twists and turns that keep me wanting to read more and more. Please keep up your fantastic work!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate your support. :)

  2. I have the first two but haven't acquired the third one yet as life has been interesting the last 10 months. I still mean to buy it though as I really enjoyed the way you develop the characters. Margaret is as much a leading character as Peter and quite the "rebel" for the period the novels are set in :). Keep to your schedule as a good read is worth the wait and anticipation.

    1. Here's a internal debate I have for Ainsley Book 4... it's really turning into Margaret's book. How can I call it A Peter Ainsley Mystery when Margaret's doing all the work. Honestly these books wouldn't be as fun to write if it weren't for Margaret. Thanks for the support. :)