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Thirty-One Year Check-Up - Comics, Hobson & Choi III, Life

Today is my thirty-first birthday, and after making a giant messy fuss of my thirtieth, I feel like this might end up being a quiet one. Still, it's been a while since I blogged about what I'm up to in a broader sense, so I figured this was as good a time as any for a check-in.

So, where is the third Hobson & Choi book at? What else am I working on? How am I feeling, y'know, deep down? Some of those questions answered in the following words.

How To Be Number One! (In the Dark Comedy category on Amazon US!)

News that social media followers probably already know! For around a day, dawn to dusk on Thursday 12th March 2015, my self-published crime epic The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf was the most popularest, bestest book in the Dark Comedy category on Amazon US. If you don't believe me, here's a screenshot.


Quite cool, as the bulk of my existing readers are in the United Kingdom, so sales across the Atlantic had been quite modest until now. This is an important step in breaking America. If Doctor Who and Sherlock can do it, then so can Hobson & Choi!

Now, much as I'd love to pretend this was an entirely natural spurt of love for me, I did require some advertising to achieve this. For anyone who wants a tiny wee glimpse into the inner workings of the self-publishing DIY promotion world, harnessing the resources available to reach the very top of a fairly uncompetitive Amazon category, this is your moment.

"No-one else dies tonight!" - Nick Bryan's Ongoing Commitment To Making Fewer Mistakes

It's been a while since I wrote about writing - in fact, it's been a while since I wrote a blog which didn't hinge around the Buy my work! message. So, since it's late on a Sunday and I'm feeling too tired from last night's drinking to do any hard labour, I thought I'd break things up on the blog by talking about my current writing obsession: not fucking up.

A couple of months back, I finished drafting a fantasy novel which ended up having the bulk of its middle act and about half its third erased - not after the first draft (which is kinda acceptable) but after I'd finished a beta-readable draft and thought things were going okay.