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Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:36 pm
by nathanscribe
After a lot of ups and downs, finally, my novel Nothing's Oblong is available. Thanks to Scrivener I was able to give this book a darn good going over and self-publish it – after several years of to and fro with a publisher who'd got me into print already but couldn't decide on this one, and subsequent loss of motivation and general giving-up-ness, I decided last year to dust it off and get it out the door myself.

Here's the blurb:

A labyrinth of half-remembered Parisian streets, a jaded artist obsessed with black oblongs, a troubled would-be writer, a book, a painting… Joseph Kenspeckle’s world of paper and ink is thrown into heaps when he finally lands a deal for his magnum opus. But why does his past haunt him, why does everyone seem to be keeping secrets, and what strange power do Oliver Nothing’s abstract shapes hold? As Joseph feels himself becoming a cog in an unstoppable machine, he struggles to hold on to the one thing that has kept him going all along – but something is looming to send him over the edge…

Nothing’s Oblong is a darkly comic look at obsession, fate, and one man’s fight to make sense of it.


Here's the link:

Nothing's Oblong on Amazon (Kindle)

For those who may be interested, it was influenced by reading Kafka, BS Johnson, and probably quite of other decidedly un-literary stuff that I can't recall...

It would warm both my cockles and my wallet (both in need of some warming right now, I can tell you) if some of you would make this small purchase – If you do, please feel free to spread the word and leave a review (it's on Goodreads as well).

Currently NO is my only available novel, but I am working on two more, and have some more short stories due in print in the summer. Things other than writing have taken priority for too long, so now I'm trying to get back on the literary wagon again. I'm sure you know the feeling.


Cheers!

Nathan

Re: Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:55 pm
by vic-k
nathanscribe wrote: would warm both my cockles and my wallet (both in need of some warming right now, I can tell you) if some of you would make this small purchase –

Having read the first four chapters, and been intrigued by them, I have invested the not insubstantial cost of a pint of Guinness, in the rest of the book. If it turns out to be rubbish, I'm sending you the bill. :shock:

Good Luck with Nothing's Oblong :wink:
Vic

Re: Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:14 pm
by nathanscribe
A hearty thanks! Beer's not as cheap as it used to be, that's for sure...

Re: Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:51 am
by Foxtrot
Yes, it looks interesting from a "look inside" so another purchaser here.

Nearly the price of a bottle of wine - well, the sort of wine I drink anyway.

Re: Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:25 pm
by vic-k
Foxtrot wrote:- well, the sort of wine I drink anyway.
Wot's that... Co-Op's Mongolian Red?

Still reading, and still intrigued :D
Vic

Re: Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:56 pm
by Foxtrot
vic-k wrote: Mongolian Red


Luxury! I dream of Mongolian Red.

Re: Nothing's Oblong - and not before time :)

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:05 pm
by nathanscribe
Pricing is actually a bit of a thorny problem. I didn't want to put it out for 99p or something, but thought anything more than say half the price of a paperback would be too much, considering the lack of actual costs... I settled on three quid after looking at what else was out there in a similar kind of vein. I think Amazon base the international pricing on USD though, which may skew things...

Anyway, thank you both 8)