Deadly January

I’m having a bit of a January low. Not depressed or anything – just low energy. And I’m bored with editing Blue Into The Moon – which means I’m gonna miss my April launch window.

So in the spirit of ‘fuck that’ I’ve instead been writing a short – 10-12k words – about an assassin who goes to work for the galactic government or something.

Not sure where it’s going yet or the title, but, as I like to do things arse over tit, I’ve designed the cover first.

It’s amazing what I can do with a few crayons. Haha.

The title may or may not change.

What dy’all think of the name? I want it to be kinda naff but not too naff.

Is it a keeper or not?

Leave your thoughts here or join my Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mostlykevheritage/

Here it is…

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The Complete Indie Editor now available in print!

It’s finally here, the paperback edition…

The Complete Indie Editor - Paperback Edition

Copy-Editing for the Professional Indie Author

We are living in a new publishing age. The way books are bought, sold and printed has radically changed. The reason? The move towards self-publishing.

Independent authors can now publish their own novels when they want, how they want, and with a cover they are happy with. Indeed, independent publishing provides many new and exciting opportunities for authors.

To become successful independent authors, we must write and publish as professionally as we can. With that in mind, I created this guide. The Indie Editor will not tell you how to self-publish, how to get cool covers, or how to market your publications, but it will explain, in a series of fifty-five edits, how to prepare your manuscript for publication or for submitting to your editor or beta-readers

When you publish as an Indie Author, be it on an electronic devise such as the Kindle or as a printed novel through Createspace or other print-on-demand services, readers are evaluating your writing by using Free First Chapter, etc. With so many novels competing against one another, you need all the tools you can get to convert interest into a buy…

Welcome to the world of copy-editing – the revision, correction and adaptation of a piece of writing for publication. An edit is the singular name given to an individual edit or group of edits in the process of copy-editing. By working through this guide, you will apply each of the fifty-five edits to your novel.

These Copy-edits include:

*Redundant adjectives & overuse of adverbs
*Over thirty overused words & phrases such as that, it, up/down, was/were, had, even, got, etc.
*Overuse of exclamations and the ellipsis
*Proper use of italics, quotations & capitalisation
*Word pairs & homophones
*How to handle numbers & time
…And descriptions of flow, show not tell, writing tenses, dialogue handling and more.

Applying these copy-edits to your fiction will allow reviewers and readers to evaluate your novel purely on the strength of your story and not on clumsy and weak prose, overuse of adverbs, repetition and flabbiness. Your readers may not understand why your fiction is more engaging, but subconsciously they will respond to the improved flow, the more immediate prose and leaner sentences.

The Indie Editor cannot guarantee you marketing success; what it will guarantee is to give your novel the best chance it can get in a tough, competitive and new publishing world. Getting readers past page one, despite your ‘explosive, fast paced hitting-the-ground-running opening’, is what this guide is all about.

Let’s put it in a nutshell:

The Indie Editor is a one-stop copy-editing shop to improve your novel before publication.

Welcome to the world of Copy-editing!

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VATIC is finally here! Get your copy for only $0.99/£0.99

Vatic - a flat out burn of a readIt’s finally here! Vatic has arrived. And I can go and have a long-earned lie down!

For an introductory time only, VATIC is on sale for $0.99/£0.99 (& equivalent for your region.) before it reverts to $4.99/£2.99.

US http://amzn.to/1POUWZM
UK http://amzn.to/1WcaxI5

Yep, a full novel for just a quid! And FREE with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

I’d love you to pop over to Amazon and download a copy. I’m not expecting super-chart success, but I’m keen to give it the best chance it can get in a competitive market. If you could do that today or before the offer ends I would be most grateful.

I would also appreciate if you could give the novel a push on your social media – Twitter, Facebook, etc. Any mention would be fantastic. Can you use my name and @KevHeritage (Facebook and Twitter will then alert me) and I promise to retweet, etc. It’s up to you. Here are a few links to my social stuff:

Website: http://kevheritage.com
Vatic page: http://www.kevheritage.com/vatic/
Twitter: @KevHeritage
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KevHeritageAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KevHeritage
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/KevHeritage/

If you want to interview me to write something for blog or newsletter, just drop me a line. The release offer lasts until close of play Friday 11th Dec.

Finally, if you have been given a review copy (in return for an honest review), it would really help to get the review posted on Amazon in the next few days—if possible. But if it takes longer, no worries.

And that, ladies and germs, is that.

All the very best!

Cheers,

Kev

MORE LINKS

Print (available to buy):
Amazon US http://amzn.to/1POUWZM
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1NumeSP
Signed copies available on request

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VATIC – an action-packed burn of a read –  a science-fiction mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“Gritty, intense, and compelling, Vatic is a something you don’t run into often enough in Sci-Fi–a cerebral thrill ride you don’t want to end.”Vatic - by Kev Heritage -Michael Bunker, US TODAY Bestselling author of Pennsylvania

“Legitimately, one of the best books I’ve read since Ready Player One… Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic!.. Delicious Sci-Fiction!…The best thing since Wool!”
-Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author
 
“Kev Heritage’s uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today’s speculative fiction writers.”
-Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles
 
“Gritty, detailed and unrelenting–Vatic will take you on a wild ride.”
-Peter Cawdron, International Bestselling author of Science Fiction

No memory, half-dead and 100% in your face…

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

He is unceremoniously dumped at the Company’s most prestigious labs, where he meets the ‘best-of-the-best’—scientists at the pinnacle of their profession—and the pompous and annoying facility Director, Anton Frederix.

Vatic is not welcomed with open arms—the over-indulged base experts try to hinder his investigation rather than give him the help he requires. But Vatic is not the type to give up easily, especially when his life depends on it.

And just what is the mystery surrounding the black flowers found in the vast hydroponics domes, the alien mould cultivated by the lab’s Director, and the base-wide system failure threatening everyone’s lives? If Vatic knows one thing, it’s that he’s the guy to solve this, no matter how complicated or messed up it may be.

With time running out, Vatic must use all of his genetically modified wits to survive. And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

 

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Updated Cover – print version


So here it is, the updated cover for the print version of VATIC, complete with some lovely quotes from bestselling authors: Michael Bunker, Kate Danley, Samuel Peralta and Peter Cawdron.

VATIC_FINAL-PULL-Quotes_Flattened2

Amazon Kindle Launch December 6th!!!!!

VATIC is now available on pre-sale at Amazon for only $0.99/£0.99

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

Amazon US
Amazon UK

VATIC - a sci-fi mystery by Kev Heritage http://kevheritage.comVATIC

“Gritty, intense, and compelling, Vatic is a something you don’t run into often enough in Sci-Fi–a cerebral thrill ride you don’t want to end.”
-Michael Bunker, US TODAY Bestselling author of Pennsylvania

“Legitimately, one of the best books I’ve read since Ready Player One… Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic!.. Delicious Sci-Fiction!…The best thing since Wool!”
-Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author
 
“Kev Heritage’s uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today’s speculative fiction writers.”
-Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles
 
“Gritty, detailed and unrelenting–Vatic will take you on a wild ride.”
-Peter Cawdron, International Bestselling author of Science Fiction

No memory, half-dead and 100% in your face…

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

He is unceremoniously dumped at the Company’s most prestigious labs, where he meets the ‘best-of-the-best’—scientists at the pinnacle of their profession—and the pompous and annoying facility Director, Anton Frederix.

Vatic is not welcomed with open arms—the over-indulged base experts try to hinder his investigation rather than give him the help he requires. But Vatic is not the type to give up easily, especially when his life depends on it.

And just what is the mystery surrounding the black flowers found in the vast hydroponics domes, the alien mould cultivated by the lab’s Director, and the base-wide system failure threatening everyone’s lives? If Vatic knows one thing, it’s that he’s the guy to solve this, no matter how complicated or messed up it may be.

With time running out, Vatic must use all of his genetically modified wits to survive. And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

 

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4 days until Vatic is let out of the box!

In just 4 days, Vatic will be let loose on Kindle Unlimited…

Vatic - by Kev Heritage…and I’m asking for your help. Can everyone who received a review copy (in return for an honest review) try and get your Amazon review up (without spoliers please) ready for the launch on Sunday 6th December? I’d love to have 25 advance reviews in place if possible. Presently, as I’m writing this, there are 16! So nine more needed.

Here’s the link for you to post your reviews, with Goodreads if you also have an account (which I suggest you get soon as its a great way to contact readers and authors and share your reviews and thoughts):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vatic-Kev-Heritage/dp/1518679145/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27302333-vatic

Later on this week I will also be contacting all my friends and contacts to ask to help push the launch on their social media etc. If you want to help out, please contact me on this email address: goforit at kevheritage dot com (you should be able to work out what to type).

Until then, it would help me loads if you could start sharing the pre-order links: $0.99/£0.99 & equivalent for your region. Order now before the price goes up.

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon ES
Amazon IS
Amazon JP
Amazon BR
Amazon CA
Amazon MX
Amazon AU
Amazon IN

 

VATIC - a sci-fi mystery by Kev Heritage http://kevheritage.comVATIC

“Gritty, intense, and compelling, Vatic is a something you don’t run into often enough in Sci-Fi–a cerebral thrill ride you don’t want to end.”
-Michael Bunker, US TODAY Bestselling author of Pennsylvania

“Legitimately, one of the best books I’ve read since Ready Player One… Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic!.. Delicious Sci-Fiction!…The best thing since Wool!”
-Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author
 
“Kev Heritage’s uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today’s speculative fiction writers.”
-Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles
 
“Gritty, detailed and unrelenting–Vatic will take you on a wild ride.”
-Peter Cawdron, International Bestselling author of Science Fiction

No memory, half-dead and 100% in your face…

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

He is unceremoniously dumped at the Company’s most prestigious labs, where he meets the ‘best-of-the-best’—scientists at the pinnacle of their profession—and the pompous and annoying facility Director, Anton Frederix.

Vatic is not welcomed with open arms—the over-indulged base experts try to hinder his investigation rather than give him the help he requires. But Vatic is not the type to give up easily, especially when his life depends on it.

And just what is the mystery surrounding the black flowers found in the vast hydroponics domes, the alien mould cultivated by the lab’s Director, and the base-wide system failure threatening everyone’s lives? If Vatic knows one thing, it’s that he’s the guy to solve this, no matter how complicated or messed up it may be.

With time running out, Vatic must use all of his genetically modified wits to survive. And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

 

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Two weeks before VATIC goes live!

TWO WEEKS BEFORE LIFT OFF!

December 6th!!!!!

VATIC is now available on pre-sale at Amazon for only $0.99/£0.99

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

Amazon US
Amazon UK

I’ve never been this excited about a novel release before. Vatic is getting rave reviews across the board… 

VATIC - a sci-fi mystery by Kev Heritage http://kevheritage.comVATIC

“Gritty, intense, and compelling, Vatic is a something you don’t run into often enough in Sci-Fi–a cerebral thrill ride you don’t want to end.”
-Michael Bunker, US TODAY Bestselling author of Pennsylvania

“Legitimately, one of the best books I’ve read since Ready Player One… Prepare to lose sleep reading Vatic!.. Delicious Sci-Fiction!…The best thing since Wool!”
-Kate Danley, US TODAY bestselling author
 
“Kev Heritage’s uncanny sense of pacing and story puts him at the forefront of today’s speculative fiction writers.”
-Samuel Peralta, Amazon bestselling author and creator of The Future Chronicles
 
“Gritty, detailed and unrelenting–Vatic will take you on a wild ride.”
-Peter Cawdron, International Bestselling author of Science Fiction

No memory, half-dead and 100% in your face…

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

He is unceremoniously dumped at the Company’s most prestigious labs, where he meets the ‘best-of-the-best’—scientists at the pinnacle of their profession—and the pompous and annoying facility Director, Anton Frederix.

Vatic is not welcomed with open arms—the over-indulged base experts try to hinder his investigation rather than give him the help he requires. But Vatic is not the type to give up easily, especially when his life depends on it.

And just what is the mystery surrounding the black flowers found in the vast hydroponics domes, the alien mould cultivated by the lab’s Director, and the base-wide system failure threatening everyone’s lives? If Vatic knows one thing, it’s that he’s the guy to solve this, no matter how complicated or messed up it may be.

With time running out, Vatic must use all of his genetically modified wits to survive. And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

 

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VATIC – One final push!

Just a quick post to let you know the Kindle Scout campaign for my sci-fi mystery novel, VATIC, is coming to an end in a few days time.

Apologies to those of you who’ve already nominated me and a big THANK YOU for helping out. I really appreciate it.

To to those that tried and were unable do so because you were not located in the US… Amazon have changed the rules and you can now nominate. Please try again.

For everyone else who didn’t get a chance to nominate the novel, or who were too busy – or couldn’t be bothered…

Simply follow this link: http://amzn.to/1Kto1cO and click on the ‘Nominate’ button.

What is Kindle Scout? Here’s what Amazon say: Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. 

If you nominate VATIC and the book is chosen by Amazon for publishing, you will receive an early, FREE COPY! But only if the book is chosen, which depends on the number of nominations. So if you want an exclusive free copy, get as many of your friends as you can  to nominate me.

Any help will be gratefully received. I’ll appreciate any push you can give me.

All the best,

Kev

Vatic by Kev Heritage
No memory, half-dead
and 100% in your face

Top Company scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Our hero soon discovers he is one of the Skilled, a genetically enhanced human revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

And ‘the Skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

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Top 10 Classic Sci-Fi book covers

Don’t book by its cover… the saying goes. But in truth, a cover is the first and I’d say, most powerful sales pitch of the book. It’s got to be intriguing enough to make the reader pick it up and look inside (or in this day and age – click on it) – it’s not only a billboard for the book, but also the first page of the story.

With that in mind, and having wrestled with designing my own book covers (with varying success), I thought I’d look back to some of the classic covers to some of my favourite novels and stories. Click on the covers to see the images at full size.


The Man in the High Castle - Philip K DickThe Man in the High Castle

Philip K Dick

Artist: unknown

In terms of a dust-jacket acting as a billboard, the cover to this novel is almost perfect. Not only does it sum up the premise of the story (Roosevelt was assassinated during his first term, the Axis powers won the second world war, the US was divided by the victors, and the world – of course – is very different as a result), it’s also impossible to ignore.


ORPHANS-OF-THE-SKYOrphans of the Sky

Robert A. Heinlein

Artist: Unknown

Not one of Heinlein’s masterpieces by a long shot, but I’m sure it was helped along by this stunning cover. I remember seeing this novel as a kid and spending ages just staring at this spaceship and its occupants, wondering what the rest of the craft looked like.  It’s a standalone and fascinating piece of art.

 


The Silver LocustsThe Silver Locusts

Ray Bradbury

Artist: John Richards (1952)

This is actually The Martian Chronicles but the book was renamed to match the famous TV series.  This image beguiled me. The red Martian landscape complete with canal, the weird red spheres and what look like a swarm of inter-continental nuclear weapons.  Bradbury draws a colourful picture of an idyllic Martian existence, until an invasion by Earthmen throws the planet into disarray. Those pesky Earthmen are always causing problems!


The Rings Of SaturnThe Rings of Saturn

Isaac Asimov

Artist: Ray Feibush (1974)

You can’t really go wrong with such a fantastic title as The Rings of Saturn. I know this is a skull ‘looking at us’ from inside the planet Saturn, but my youthful mind saw instead an alien ‘staring forward’. It wasn’t till years later that I realised it was a human skull – which made a lot more sense if you read the novel that is all about humans colonising other worlds! Lucky Starr, the protagonist, is a joy to read about. This is the first in the series complete with a great little twist.


Jurassic parkJurassic Park

Michael Crichton

Artist: Chip Kidd

This idea behind this novel was truly inspired and I think that concept, above anything else, sold this book. The cover could have been overdone, but this is a simple masterpiece. I’m also pretty sure that if I was Michael Crichton, I would’ve tried my damnest to change it. But the iconic nature of the monochrome T-Rex skeleton is interchangeable with the book and also the movies.


Conan-The-BarbarianConan the Barbarian

Robert E Howard

Artist: Unknown

This image of Conan, evil looking, black-haired, carrying a fuck-off sword and standing on a pile of corpses with some half-naked, impossibly curved young lovely hanging onto his leg, says it all. But in the hands of Robert E Howard, Conan is so much more than a muscle-bound thief, murderer and womaniser. Others have tried to write Conan, but only Howard managed to truly pull of such a rich and layered character.


l RobotI, Robot

Isaac Asimov

Artist: Unknown

I remember seeing this novel for the first time in some old bookshop in my home town. Not buying it was unthinkable. It’s such a simple, yet effective design with an almost C-3P0-ish vibe. Maybe that’s where the Star Wars guys got the inspiration from, although the design does somewhat lend itself to the robot from Metropolis. Either way, there’s something about the slightly upturned eyes that gives the machine a hint of real humanity. Classic.


Martian-TimeslipMartian Time-Slip

Philip K Dick

Artist: Unknown

This isn’t a great cover. They’re supposed to be on Mars and it’s not even red! But I chose this one simply because it was one of the first Philip K Dick books I read. It was both fascinating and disturbing to my young mind. Even now I can’t look at it without getting the same frisson of excitement as I did the first time I read it. It’s synonymous with my discovery of this great author so remains one of my favourites.


journey-to-the-center-of-the-earthJourney to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne

Artist: Unknown

The tiny figures bravely navigating the hellish chasm create an incredibly vivid image, setting the scene for Verne’s famous novel perfectly.

I was going to write something myself, but I saw the above and thought ‘yes, that’s better than anything I was going to say’. It’s such a simple scene and evocative. I love it.


stainless steel ratThe Stainless Steel Rat

Harry Harrison

Artist: Unknown

This is another of those books that I saw and bought immediately. I’d never heard of Harry Harrison, but this cover drew me in hook, line and sinker. And I’m glad it did. This novel led me to read all his work, which as a fast-paced adventure writer myself, I’m sure has influenced me along the way. Particularly his Deathworld series.


So there you have it. My top ten covers. It was quite difficult to decide on this list – I even thought that perhaps I should increase it to top twenty, but I restrained myself. I’d also love to hear what are your favourite covers and why.

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VATIC

No memory, half-dead and 100% in your face. 

Scientist, Chen Jelinek, has committed suicide in the Company’s top research labs.

Vatic, a half-alive empath with no memory of who or what he is, will die in six-hours if he can’t find out why—or so the Company tells him—an ‘added incentive to get the job done’.

Vatic discovers he is one of the skilled, a genetic mutant revered and despised in equal measure—a bloodhound with a terrifying past who’ll stop at nothing in his pursuit of truth.

And ‘the skilled always get their guy’… don’t they?

Coming soon…

Vatic by Kev Heritage

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