Ideas and suggestions for the title for book #2


Has anyone got any suggestions for the title for book #2? The theme is Aztec Elements. The second word has to be ‘water’ and the first word needs to be an adjective. The current working title is ‘Bad Water’, but my friend John says it’s not a great idea to have the word ‘bad’ in the title. I’ve got to admit that his suggestion, ‘Dark Water’ works well, especially as one of the scenes takes place in a flooded cavern.


The effect of price points on Kindle sales…

…is not as direct or simple as you might think. I changed the price of ‘New Fire’ from £3.50 down to 95 pence on Kindle thinking that it might boost sales as it brought the book within range of many casual purchasers, those prepared to take punt on an unknown book and author for the loss of a handful of small change.

If anything, the effect has been the reverse. From a post a few weeks back, you can see a chart that shows sales were dropping but since the reduction, I’ve sold just one eBook in four weeks! Although it’s hardly a statistically significant sample, I’m convinved that there’s an important link between price and perceived value, much like two identical but unkown vases; one in a charity shop and the other in an antiques store at 100x the price. Which is the more desirable? How many people will walk past the ‘junk’ in the charity shop without a second glance?

I’ll be raising the price to £2.99 or thereabouts at the end of the month. Or…do you think I should bump it up to £4.99 to continue the experiment? After all, I’ve got nothing to lose.

Bad Water – The Prologue

Hi folks,

This is what I have for the prologue of book two in the series ‘Aztec Elements’. See what you think!

1460 AD was a good year for the Aztec people. The year that they knew as Seven Flint saw continued expansion towards the east coast. The lowland jungles were rich in feathers and the rivers laden with gold that was not naturally abundant on the high plateau where their city lay. Exotic fruits and animals were caught, bought or plundered and taken back to Tenochtitlan, much to the wonder of its inhabitants. The people that lived in the jungles did so in small communities and there were very few that were big enough to offer any real resistance to the might of the Mexica army. This also made possible the acquisition and transportation of that other precious commodity, so vital to appease the gods, that of human souls.

With the success of his armies, Moctezuma’s popularity rose, but so too did his opinion of himself. Others, jealous of his power and less pleased with the developments, conspired to bring about change. Tlacaelel, focused on the enemy without, did not notice the threat to his half-brother that came from within.