New site for Tirfo Thuin – a fantasy fiction novel by Andrew Butterworth

Tirfo Thuin coverI’ve just realised that I created a nice shiny new site for my book before Christmas (a site and blog specific to my debut fantasy fiction novel Tirfo Thuin) and didn’t even post about it here.

It might look quite similar from a design point of view but the content is very much focussed on my debut fantasy fiction book and my general thoughts about how I came to get the book published and who I think will enjoy it etc. I wanted a site focussed on me as an author and a separate site all about the book. There is also a bonus materials section that ties in with some content at the end of my book where you can uncover further explanations of items in the novel as well as get information on how to get your free gifts.

Tirfo Thuin is already receiving great reviews with an average of 5* on Amazon. I hope you all give it a try. After all, it’s only 99p/99c. What have you got to lose? If you hate it, follow the instructions, get your free gift and what have you lost. Nothing. However, I’m sure you will like it. I hope you absolutely love it because that would make the time and hard work I put into it all worth it.

You can visit my new site here:

Details on Where to Buy Tirfo Thuin can be found here:



Books or eBook vouchers for Christmas?

I have read many articles over the last year or so on the success of the eBook and the potential fall of the traditional publisher and physical books. Personally, I can never imagine eBooks taking over completely – just as MP3 has not resulted in a complete demise of the CD and music shops. It is even still possible to buy cassette tapes in certain shops.

Personally, I always used to ask for books for Christmas or, at the very least, Waterstones vouchers. I knew I could always spend those vouchers well and build my ever-growing book collection. However, now I think about it I cannot remember the last time I purchased an actual book. I have downloaded thousands of eBooks from both Amazon and iBooks and have asked for iTunes vouchers for the last few years knowing I would be able to buy many eBooks at 99p each in comparison with maybe a couple of hardbacks for the same total cost.

I think we have reached that point we did with MP3’s where people now begin selling their physical copies on eBay and giving away to charity shops in favour of the digital solution as so many did with CD’s.

Whilst I could not see the complete demise of the traditional publisher and printed books I was curious to know how the statistics compared between sales of hardback/paperbacks and the sale of eBooks over the last few years. I read the Association of American Publishers Press Release for 2010 and was surprised to read that the sales of books, once eBooks were subtracted, was pretty even between 2009 and 2010.

I also discovered a few facts that may interest you:

What do people think? Do you still purchase physical books or do you find the ease and cost of buying eBooks just makes it far more enticing?

Self publishing with Amazon

As many know Amazon offer a self publishing service, the end result being a book that is available to purchase through Amazon and read on your Kindle device or similar.

Amazon portray this on their sign up page as a  ‘fast and easy way to self-publish your books for sale in the Kindle Store.’

Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Direct Publishing

They go on to state:

With Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) you can self-publish your books on the Amazon Kindle Store. It’s free, fast, and easy. Books self-published through KDP can participate in the 70% royalty program and are available for purchase on Kindle devices and Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, Blackberry, and Android-based devices. With KDP, you can self-publish books in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian and specify pricing in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling, and Euros. You will also find useful information on our active community forum.

Whilst there is much debate at the moment about Amazon’s grip, and intentions, on the publishing market I feel they offer a good solution for unknown authors to test the water and begin to gain an audience for their work.

As a new author I am currently reviewing several different self publishing services but am focussing on Amazon first. At first glance it appears the only real obstacle (and not a big one at that) is getting your book in the right format for upload. I have found the following to be a very thorough and useful guide as to how to publish with Amazon and what steps  you need to undertake in order to get your book ready.

It is highly recommended that you follow these self publishing guidelines as it will be the end-user who suffers if you book is formatted badly. This will only result in bad reviews and low sales.

Here is a video that walks you through the basic steps to publishing your book once you have formatted your book and are ready to go:

I intend to review the guidelines very thoroughly and begin bearing this in mind whilst I am completing the final edits to my book and preparing it for launch. I will place any useful pitfalls and quick wins I find on this blog.