Only Raising Dust On The Road – part 4, finished today…

Only Raising Dust On The Road – Part 4, finished today – 3 & 4 published soon…

Just thought I’d share the news that I completed the final re-write of Part 4 of my 4 part series ‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’

Parts 1 and 2 are already available to purchase on Amazon on Kindle and Paperback. Parts 3 & 4 should be ready for publication in a few weeks.

Part 1 – Buckfast, Lager & Fags
Part 2 – Same Same But Different
Part 3 – Swimming Against The Current
Part 4 – Game Over

SCOTLAND
Stuck in a monotonous cycle of scraping by on the dole, Micky – a nomad by nature, is positively purpose, ambition, dream and drive free. He is merely drifting, like a feather with no control over the thermals that whisk it hither and thither. During the day he whittles away whatever cash he has in the bookies, before moving on to spend his evenings with the motley-crew of cut-throats and backstabbers who he reluctantly looks upon as friends. Every day is the same – a perpetual drag, only to be endured under a drink and drug-induced haze.

Enter Slim – his boyhood buddy, resident in Israel. Slim has a proposition for Micky – would he (Micky) like to manage a bar on a tropical island in Thailand?

Micky has a question for Slim: ‘…is the Pope a Catholic?’

With renewed gusto, Micky heads for Thailand, inspired – an opportunity for change on the horizon. But he’s corrupted by Bangkok the minute he sets foot on the tarmac at the airport – the supercharged, Asian atmosphere neutralising his good intentions on impact. Can he really transcend his disposition and re-establish a connection with the world? Here’s hoping …because Thailand is a dangerous place to be out of control.

Only Raising Dust On The Road – Part 1 – Buckfast, Lager & Fags

Author Interview with ‘The Dorset Book Detective’

Author interview with ‘The Dorset Book Detective’ 
A massive part of being a self-published author is marketing. Marketing a self-published book takes a lot of effort, sometimes as much effort as it took to write the book in the first place. After all your hard work writing and marketing, there are still no guarantees that anyone beyond your friends and family will read your book.

Thankfully, with people like Hannah from ‘The Dorset Book Detective’ out there, authors have an opportunity to reach readers that they might not otherwise have reached.

Big thanks to Hannah for the interview and the extra exposure for my writing.

Raymond

Author interview with ‘The Dorset Book Detective’
https://dorsetbookdetective.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/raymond-carroll-interview-i-like-to-write-short-snappy-chapters-that-move-the-story-along-quickly/

 

‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ – Part 1: Buckfast, Lager & Fags
Genre: Adult / Dark Comedy

Synopsis

SCOTLAND
Stuck in a monotonous cycle of scraping by on the dole, Micky – a nomad by nature, is positively purpose, ambition, dream and drive free. He is merely drifting, like a feather with no control over the thermals that whisk it hither and thither. During the day he whittles away whatever cash he has in the bookies, before moving on to spend his evenings with the motley-crew of cut-throats and backstabbers who he reluctantly looks upon as friends. Every day is the same – a perpetual drag, only to be endured under a drink and drug-induced haze.

Enter Slim – his boyhood buddy, resident in Israel. Slim has a proposition for Micky – would he (Micky) like to manage a bar on a tropical island in Thailand?

Micky has a question for Slim: ‘…is the Pope a Catholic?’

With renewed gusto, Micky heads for Thailand, inspired – an opportunity for change on the horizon. But he’s corrupted by Bangkok the minute he sets foot on the tarmac at the airport – the supercharged, Asian atmosphere neutralising his good intentions on impact. Can he really transcend his disposition and re-establish a connection with the world? Here’s hoping …because Thailand is a dangerous place to be out of control.

‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ is NOT for kids – 18+

Genre: Adult / Dark Humour

Unsuitable for prudes and party-poopers.
Download here: http://amzn.to/2Du8rQQ

Author interview with ‘The Dorset Book Detective’ 

My Travelblog: http://thai-nomad.com

FREE Book Promotion – Kindle download, 20th & 21st of January 2018

FREE book promotion this weekend – 20th & 21st of January, where you can download my book for FREE from Amazon on Kindle http://amzn.to/2Du8rQQ

‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ – Part 1: Buckfast, Lager & Fags
Best Seller Status: currently Number 3 on Amazon UK – genre: Dark Comedy

Synopsis

SCOTLAND
Stuck in a monotonous cycle of scraping by on the dole, Micky – a nomad by nature, is positively purpose, ambition, dream and drive free. He is merely drifting, like a feather with no control over the thermals that whisk it hither and thither. During the day he whittles away whatever cash he has in the bookies, before moving on to spend his evenings with the motley-crew of cut-throats and backstabbers who he reluctantly looks upon as friends. Every day is the same – a perpetual drag, only to be endured under a drink and drug-induced haze.

Enter Slim – his boyhood buddy, resident in Israel. Slim has a proposition for Micky – would he (Micky) like to manage a bar on a tropical island in Thailand?

Micky has a question for Slim: ‘…is the Pope a Catholic?’

With renewed gusto, Micky heads for Thailand, inspired – an opportunity for change on the horizon. But he’s corrupted by Bangkok the minute he sets foot on the tarmac at the airport – the supercharged, Asian atmosphere neutralising his good intentions on impact. Can he really transcend his disposition and re-establish a connection with the world? Here’s hoping …because Thailand is a dangerous place to be out of control.

‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ is NOT for kids – 18+

Genre: Adult / Dark Humour

Unsuitable for prudes and party-poopers.
Download here: http://amzn.to/2Du8rQQ

FREE kindle download – book promo – Kindle 20th & 21st of January 2018

FREE Kindle download
I am a self-published author. Today I participated in a tweet pitch. My book genre is adult/humour/fiction. When I first started writing – about 18 years ago – I wasn’t reaching out to a specific audience, and I didn’t set out to write a book in any particular genre. I started writing because I am creative and wanted to create something that I had always wanted to read. I am Scottish and use a lot of slang and colloquialisms (profanity also) in my writing, and wouldn’t exactly describe my style as mainstream, but over the years my writing has evolved into something that I am proud of. Anyway, an agent replied to my tweet pitch ‘intrigued’, looking for more info. She was a YA (Young Adult) agent and when I told her that my book was Adult, she passed on it. Cool for cats. I understand that she’s looking for material in a specific genre.
 
After reading other tweet pitches that got one or more replies from agents or publishers, I remembered why I had self-published back in 2016; it was because I realised back then that if I wanted to get my writing ‘out there’, in the big bad world, then I had to self-publish. Agents and publishers are business people, looking for mainstream manuscripts that they can make money on. My writing isn’t easily defined – genre-wise; it’s too risky, too obscure, and too controversial for most agents or publishers to take a chance on.
 
My advice to fellow writers and authors is: don’t be disheartened when agents or publishers pass on or reject your work. Agents and publishers are in it – mainly, for the money, and they’re looking for well-defined, mainstream material that they can distribute and make money on, hopefully, lots of it. If an agent or publisher isn’t interested in your work, it doesn’t mean it’s no good, oftentimes it merely means it’s not mainstream.
 
Anyway, marketing your own work as a self-published author is an essential part of the self-publishing process. On the 20th and 21st of January 2018, Part 1: Buckfast, Lager & Fags, of my book series – Only Raising Dust On The Road – will be available to download for FREE from Amazon.
 
The story takes place in Thailand and is written from a multiple character first person point of view. The book deals with common social problems, such as alcoholism and drug addiction, and follows the chaotic life of the protagonist – Micky, as he attempts to transcend his disposition and re-establish a connection with the world.
 
‘Only Raising Dust On The Road’ is a work of fiction – a black comedy, inspired by, and based loosely on, true events.
 
If you download the book, then please leave an honest review on Amazon. All the best for 2018… Raymond
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