So there we go, the qualifiers have ended and now we know who the final 32 teams will be at the next world cup, held in Russia next summer. The successful teams will be…
- Costa Rica
- Korea Republic
- Saudi Arabia
There are some big guns missing, mainly Italy, USA and the Netherlands, but brilliantly, for me at least, England have made it. As we wait for the World Cup it seems now is a good time to do a promotion, I have not done one for some time. To keep you going while you wait for the World Cup you could read World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition and for this weekend it will be absolutely FREE on Kindle. I would like to do a promotion on the print copy but, unfortunately, that is out of my control (paper costs money you see!). So, you can download World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition from Amazon in the UK here or from Amazon in the US here. It should also be free in all the other countries Amazon operates. The only thing I would really like back is a review, be it good or bad. So here’s to a summer of excellent football and, hopefully, some excellent reading before that!
Euro 2016 starts in less than a week so to celebrate I thought I would do a different type of promotion to those I have usually done. I have made a book free for two days, which is quite easy when they are on Kindle. However, the Extra Time Edition of World Cup Dreams is both on Kindle and in print. So this time I am going to give away two print copies of World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition for FREE. As I have had to purchase the books before sending them on I am going to make you work a little for them. What you need to do is write a poem about football, it could celebrate the Euros coming up or the World Cup. It might be about your favourite club team or a great manager or player. It might even be about grassroots football. The only rules are that it must be original, it must be about football (sometimes called soccer in some countries) and it can be a maximum of 250 words long. To enter you need to fill in the form below. The competition will finish on Friday 3rd June at midnight UK time. I will then pick my two favourite entries (very subjective I know!) and contact them for an address to send the book to. When the competition has ended I will put some of the entries up on this blog (both the winners and other good entries) and will link to the websites/blogs/twitter/facebook of the writers (so you can get a little promotion yourself.). Right then, all there is to say now is good luck and I look forward to seeing the entries.
World Cup Dreams competition entry form
It has been a strange season, particularly as a Leeds United fan! But it all ends this weekend with the FA Cup final. As a treat to celebrate a barren summer of little football (there is the Women’s World Cup though!) I thought people might want to read about what they are missing. I have not done a promotion for a long time but here goes. For this weekend only (30th and 31st May 2015) the Extra Time Edition of World Cup Dreams will be free on Kindle. I will tweet plenty of updates so don’t worry if you forget from now to the weekend. I hope you enjoy it and any reviews, positive or negative, would be much appreciated. Let’s hope you all grab it on Saturday or Sunday and have a look over the long hot (ok, probably not hot as we are in England, well I am!) summer. Enjoy.
I am happy to say that the Extra Time Edition of World Cup Dreams is now available. It was to be print exclusive but it was only one extra click of a button to put it on Kindle so there is an e-book version as well. You can purchase the print edition for £3.60 or the Kindle edition for £1.84. Both are exactly the same. However, if you purchase the print version then you can download the digital version for free. Thank you to anyone who buys the book, I hope you enjoy it. If you do not want to spend the money and do not mind missing out of the six extra short stories then the free version is still available on Smashwords and will continue to be.
You can buy World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition from…
Right I am off to proof read ‘I can hear you pain’ so that it will, hopefully, be up in the next few weeks. It feels good to get some projects completed you know!
Just a quick post from me to let you know that the e-book version of World Cup Dreams is now available for free on Smashwords. There is a foreword about the challenge of writing a short story of between three and five hundred words each day during the World Cup as well as details of results for each day. I am hoping it also makes the premium collection which will mean you will be able to access it on Kobo, Sony Reader, Nook and many other e-readers soon. You can get it by clicking on this lovely link. The original is still up on Wattpad and I would like to once again thank anyone who read even one of the stories. If you want to leave any reviews (both positive and negative) then please do, I like feedback and try to reply to every piece.
Further the this, look out for the print version of the book, World Cup Dreams: Extra Time Edition, which will cost a small amount but will contain six shorts exclusive to this version. I hope it will be out sometime in the next couple of weeks.
The World Cup is over and so too is World Cup Dreams, for the moment that is (I will explain later in this post). Whilst I now have three full weeks to survive without football to keep me going I am proud of my achievements. I set out to write a short story every day of the World Cup and that happen, there was a slight slip when I did not post one till after midnight but all in all I achieved my goal. As with previous posts, here is what has been going on…
Day 22 – A humorous poem about a young man that has married a die-hard Italian supporter
Day 23 – A look at flight technologists, those people that design the ball for the World Cup
Day 24 – A short from a player’s point of view, he gets an injury and cannot compete in the rest of the competition
Day 25 – A poem about the great football players
Day 26 – A look at how football functions in a similar way to religion
Day 27 – Someone is infuriated by the pundits on TV, he is sure they are watching a different game to him
Day 28 – A manager responds to questions using a lot of clichés
Day 29 – A fan is sitting at the top of the stadium and can barely see the action below
Day 30 – A frustrated player feels like his team have been robbed when they lose narrowly after extra time
Day 31 – Is the 3rd/4th place playoff pointless? The person narrating this short thinks so
Day 32 – It is electric tension as players and fans prepare for the World Cup final
I was not all that happy that Germany won the World Cup but fair play to them and at least it is what Klose deserved for being such a great player for so many years. As for World Cup Dreams, that will be staying on Wattpad for as long as I can foresee. You can read it here. As I eluded to earlier in this post, it is not actually the end for World Cup Dreams. As with all the work I finish, I am making it available as an ebook. Because I posted it on Wattpad for free it will go live as a free ebook via Smashwords. This will, hopefully, mean it will be on most major ebook platforms in a few weeks time. Before it can go up I need another proofread and to format it correctly as well as adding scores from the games to give the whole picture of when it was written. I hope to have this done by the end of the coming weekend.
But wait, there is more. I have been looking at using Create Space for some time and have decided to trial it with World Cup Dreams. Obviously as it is a print medium (as well as an Amazon Company!) you cannot put books on their that people can get for free. To alleviate this problem I have, what I hope will be, a fitting solution. I have six titles left, six shorts I did not write as I ran out of days. This print book will therefore have a new section entitled Extra Time where these stories will go. So you may have to pay but you will get six exclusive shorts that do not appear on Wattpad and will not be in the free ebook.
Keep checking this blog for details of the ebook and print book releases. Finally I would like to say thank you to all those that read World Cup Dreams as it was going up, I hope you enjoyed it because I loved writing it, particularly stories that were not from my point of view.
It has been longer than I wanted since I have posted about how World Cup Dreams is going but I have been busy so get off my case! It has been exam and coursework season at work but I have managed to sneak in thirty minutes a day (usually just before the late game) to get a short written so the challenge is still on. To keep you up to date, the stories since the last post are as follows…
Day 12 – A manager needs to make a change to stop his team going out of the World Cup but doesn’t know what to do
Day 13 – A short from the point of view of a referee
Day 14 – An explanation of a fantastic goal scored through teamwork
Day 15 – A nervous fan keeps flicking between two games as he needs the results to go his way for his team to get through
Day 16 – A look at the frustration of having rest days during the World Cup
Day 17 – A player will send his team through if he scores a penalty
Day 18 – A poem about different features of the world cup that come in different colours i.e. shirts, flags and boots
Day 19 – From the point of view of a boyfriend and girlfriend on the boyfriend checking his phone to find out football scores whilst out shopping
Day 20 – A match report about the Germany vs Algeria second round match of the 2014 World Cup
Day 21 – A goalkeeper talks about making an error that could cause his team to lose a game
So there we go, World Cup Dreams is still going strong. I have also got ideas for enough stories till the end of the World Cup (plus a few more!). You can read World Cup Dreams here, and keep checking back each day of the World Cup for a new short story or poem.