Welcome to the Darkside...

...join me, Akasha Savage, as I brave the deepest dungeons and scale the misty mountains to achieve my dream: to see my novel Bathory in print. I will take you by the hand and keep you beside me as I cross this uncharted territory...

...let us step into the moonlit darkness together...

Sunday, 14 November 2010


After a much heated debate with myself - I hate anything electronic - I have decided to embrace the 21st century.

As a reader I love 'real' books. I love the smell of them. I love the feel and weight of them in my hands. I love browsing through them in bookshops. I love the way I can flick through their pages. I love the ever-growing pile on the floor beside my bed. I love seeing all my 'friends' standing shoulder to shoulder on my many book shelves. If the day should ever come when books are extinct I will be bereft - probably mourn for the rest of my life.


As a new writer trying to enter the world of publishing I can see that ebooks is the way to go. I have decided to make an anthology of my short stories available to purchase and download electronically, probably through Amazon.

I am still going to try and get my novel published in book from, but while I am working on Bathory I decided I might as well take every opportunity open to me to get my work in print, to get my name 'out there'. Who knows, I might make a bit of money too.

It will mean having to put my wip to one side for a short time while I re-edit my stories, but I think in the long run it will - hopefully - help to establish me as a writer.

Let me know what you think.....


  1. Good luck and let us know how you get on.

  2. I don't think you can ever know whether it's really going to work or not but it's worth a try. I will buy a copy.

  3. Jarmara ~ Thank you. I'll keep you posted. :)

    Charles ~ Thanks Charles, a sale already! I'm quite excited about my little venture. :D

  4. I'll buy one too! Now get back to writing. :)

  5. I am glad you have decided to embrace the 21st Century. It's fun and convenient. In case you are looking for a great selection of ebooks from Business, Relationships, Politics, Ideas, etc. Try visiting http://www.novoink.com

  6. I think there will always be a place for real books - I feel about them just as you do - but while I don't have one (my husband does), I can see myself buying a Kindle for holidays if nothing else. Books are heavy!

    Very good luck with your new venture.

  7. Frances ~ I've been thinking along those lines too. I suppose a Kindle does have its uses!

  8. The problem with e-publishing is that there isn't one set standard. Too much proprietary bullshit. The best format (one that most e-readers refuse to comply with) is PDF. It's a shame that all e-readers aren't capable of using the Adobe Digital Editions platform. It's all about making money for the distributor; forget the writer.

  9. I can't follow all the technical debate - too ignorant! - but I think there's a place for books and ebooks. At a recent talk to a book group the circle of readers were all clutching their copies of Cut Short apart from one guy who had his ereader out! I saw one of my books on an ereader for the first time. It was quite exciting for an old dodo like me to see it.

  10. JR's thrumbprint ~ thanks for your comments...I just think ebooks are another way to get my name 'out there'

    Leigh ~ I'm not too hot on all this new-fangled stuff either! Still...I'll give anything a go once. :D