I’ve forgotten how many different homepages I’ve had now. Prior to this one, however, most have been very general, highlighting the wide scope of my, often unfocussed, endeavours. Now that I’m set to start publishing my books with greater determination and regularity, I felt it time my website reflect this changing attitude.
If you’re finding this site from my wordpress.com site Neural Spasms, welcome, it’s great you could make it. This will be my main home. You no longer have to ‘follow’, but you can sign-up for regular updates – as incentive, I’m offering a free short fiction anthology of mine that also includes excerpts to two pieces of longer fiction (Echoes of the Past, and Some Skaarjs Never Heal).
If you come here from some other source such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, and equally hearty welcome and feel free to sign-up.
My writing interests are relatively narrow in regards to genre – primarily science fiction / fantasy – but I enjoy writing for all ages. So, in the not too distant future, you may find children’s books and Young Adult novels in addition to adult science fiction and my superhero saga. Generally, I also do the cover design and artwork for my books (so if you have a project you’d like to discuss, feel free).
I began writing seriously almost exactly ten years ago (NaNoWriMo 2006), with little prior experience in fiction writing. Since then, it’s been an amazing, whirlwind experience of writing communities, publishing projects, and conventions. Through it all is the amazing discovery of just how much there is to learn about the art and science of writing and publishing a book.
I won’t tell you my entire writing life story in this first post, but I would like to give shout-out to some of the people and communities that have been important to me.
Writing.com was a great place to start for a new author. I haven’t been back for many years now, but I have fond memories of the friendly, vibrant environment. If you’re new to the craft and looking for an online community, I highly recommend it.
NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month challenge was where I started my first full-length novel. I finished the draft a few months later and put it in the drawer… for ten years. It’s one of the novels I’ll be working on revising and publishing over the next year or so.
The York Novelists, my writing group, have been amazing. Alan P. Robertshaw, Andrea Russell, Jane Austin, Margaret Evans-Kaufeler, our newest member Gay C Marris, and our honorary member Kaitlyn Kernek who brought us together originally. We’ve been together now for eight years and each of us have grown so much in our craft.
Watch for my newest group Promoting Yorkshire Authors, a marketing group for developing strategies and resources for debut and independent authors. I’ll be presenting more on this group and the ideas around its formation in up-coming posts.
Finally, thank you for reading this far. Although I’ve been at this to some degree or another for the last ten years, there comes a time when everything comes together and stuff starts moving. I feel I’m finally at that time. So, in the immortal words of the great British bard ‘Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more’.
Edwin H Rydberg