Proxy is Finally Published!!!
That’s right, you read that correctly. There are indeed 3 exclamation marks in the header. This is because I have finally published my first novel.
Of course, I say first novel, but I actually mean the first I’m willing to share with other people. I have been writing since I was 16 and there have been a lot of stinkers along the way.
I got into it after reading the Wheel of Time books. The series was enjoyable, but I was frustrated by a lot of elements in it. So, I took snippets and rewrote them how I wanted them to go, rather than how the book portrayed them. That way the next time I read the series I could read it how I felt it should have been written.
Though I eventually finished reading The Wheel of Time books, I’ve never had the inclination to pick up the series and start over again. Those amendments of mine are thankfully lost to some digital graveyard somewhere (thank god).
From there I started writing my own stories. I think over the years I have probably started about thirty or more novels. I took 5 through to a finishing point, and got only 2 to a stage where I thought they were ready for publication. My first of these was a book called The Gravitan. I was proud of this book and shipped it to UK agents looking for representation. No bites though and I put it aside to start writing Proxy. I’d tell you more about The Gravitan, but I will edit and publish it someday. I’ll tell you more about it then.
Finally, we get to Proxy itself. I wrote this book over a couple of months towards the end of 2015. I then sat on it for six months while I got on with other projects. Finally, I came back to it and thought to myself, “Hey, I kind of like this one.”
I took it through a couple of edits and polishing drafts, then tried the traditional publishing route again. However, even at this point I was quite jaded with the traditional route (I might put down more on my thoughts of traditional publishing in another post). When there were no takers after another 6 months, I sat on it again until the latter half of 2017. Once more I read through it and realised that this was definitely going to be my first novel.
So I took it through one huge edit and manged to shave off 30,000 words. Then a couple more polishing rounds before finally, it was done. After that it was a simple case of doing some research on self-publishing, designing a book cover, heading on over to Amazon and… well… the rest is history.
It’s been 16 years since I was arrogant enough to rewrite a fantasy legend and bestselling author, but finally, I have something online and available for people to read.
So why not give it a try? Head on over to the Proxy page on this website (click here) to find out more and for links to where you can buy the book. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.