Vir die Suid-Arikaners

Ek kry die volgende vraag van ‘n Suid Afrikaner: “Waaroor gaan die boek?” Eers dink ek om net eenvoudig in Engels te antwoord, aangesien die boek in Engels geskryf is, maar toe besin ek en besluit om vir my familie en vriende in Suid Afrika ‘n kort opsomming van die boek te gee.

Eerstens, dit is fiksie! Alhoewel baie van die mense wat my ken kal dink – “is dit regtig waar?” – onthou dis fiksie! Ek het baie van my eie ervaring van koshuis lewe op skool, die grens oorlog, universiteits dae en my eerste werk, in die storie ingevleg.

Natuurlik begin die boek met ‘s swart Mercedez wat ‘n landmyn aftrap en die lug ingeblaas word.

Die verhaal speel af in die VSA waar Charlie O’Neal, as ‘n IT konsultant, agterkom hoe sy werkgewer hom en van sy medewerkers wat ook immigrante is, bedrieg. Sy soeke na antwoorde bring hom by die punt waar hy sy eie verlede met al die geheime wat hy eerder wil vergeet, weer in die gesig moet staar. Die pyn en verlies wat hom uit SA weggedryf het, hou ook die sleutel tot ‘n ontdekking van ‘n vergete bank rekening wat sy lewe kan verander. Is dit regtig syne?

Maar, dan is daar die misteriese Sir Archibald van sy verlede met wie hy moet rekening hou. Wie is dit? Werk hy vir hom? Hoe pas die kat in die storie?

Ek wil nie meer sê nie, want dan gaan ek teveel van die storie weggee. Lees eerder die boek.

Die boek is beskikbaar op Amazon.

Click on this link to order the paperback version from Amazon.

Click on this link for the kindle version on Amazon.

Ek hoor graag jou mening oor die boek.

Christo

It’s real now

After all the years of dreaming and work, the day finally arrived. I have my first “printed” book. It’s the author’s proof copy I order on Amazon, but who cares! It’s real! I can feel it and I can see it.

The hard work paid off.

Enjoy your own copy! Please order a paperback copy on Amazon. You get the kindle version free if you order a printed copy.

Order now!

Paperback version from Amazon.

Kindle version from Amazon.

Finally the time arrived for you to order. I’ll need support to make this work, so please order today and help me spread the word by sharing the links below with you friends

The paperback and e-book versions are both now available on Amazon! Remember, if you order the paperback, you get the e-book for free. Sorry e-book lovers, it doesn’t work the other way.

Amazon paperback version.

Amazon Kindle version.

 

Paper vs e-book

Learning to publish a book, is like drinking from a firehose! I thought writing a book would be the most difficult part, but then I started self publishing! It’s not for the faint hearted.

I had some questions about the paper back version. It will be available on March 23rd for ordering on Amazon. Why only on the 23rd you may ask? Duh!! Its a prime number! And, there are still a few typos the author needs to fix.

For those who order the printed paper back version on Amazon, you will be able to download the Amazon kindle e-book version for free. I am self publishing, and Amazon makes it is possible to do print-on-demand (POD). That way the book is printed at the location closest to you.

Will the book be available in any other formats? Yes, eventually. I am working on a hardcover version and other e-book versions also. This is only a hobby for me and I have a full time “job” in the real world. So, time is limited to learn everything about a new industry. Did I hear you say “Hire a pro?” Good luck with that. If you do not have a “platform” to sell from or are some celebrity, your query letters go to the trash immediately. Agents don’t even bother to respond. “Get off your soap box Christo! he said to himself”

Thank you for your support. If you live in Memphis, or visit, I will gladly sign your book. I cannot wait to get my hands on the first printed version. It’s exciting… at least for me.

What did you do last ‘summer’

What have I been doing for the past 18-20 months you ask? 

At 4:00 am in the morning, most, not all, I got up and made myself a cup of coffee. I walked up the squeaky stairs not to wake the sleeping beauty, and tried to reach my goal of 1000 words for the day before I go to work. I did not make it most of the time, but I kept going.

A personal friend edited my second draft in April 2018, and gave me some valuable tips. I rewrote and reorganized the plot structure and worked on it for the rest of 2018. I realized I knew nothing about writing a book, so, I studied a lot about writing and fixed a gazillion errors. 

Fast forward to 2018-12-31… Done! After 3 first drafts, one edit by a friend, and multiple personal reviews, I was ready for the next step.

I needed a cover for my first fiction novel! I called in another favor from a talented graphics designer. 

I also needed a 2nd editor to review my ‘final’ effort. This is now in process!!

I also needed to get ready for publishing, marketing, and all the other things authors do. I realized how much work it was, so, what did I do, I started my second book while the editor is busy with the first. 
Launch date will be somewhere in March 2019.

And on, Feb 12, 2019, I bought my first ISBN numbers!!