I am an author!

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_My first novel, The Yoga Sutras (written under the pen-name Jackson Radcliffe) is now published and available in Kindle format at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other international flavours of Amazon.

I started writing it in 2008, just for fun. Two years later I sent it to dozens of literary agents and then filed away all my rejection letters and forgot about it.

But in 2014, with self-publishing and e-books transforming the world of publishing from top to bottom, it was time to dust it down, revise the text and release it onto an unsuspecting world! Huge thanks to everyone here who helped me choose a pen-name and a cover image for the book.

If you enjoy my blog, I hope you’ll enjoy my book. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about yoga – I’m really just using yoga as a metaphor. The story is a dark philosophical comedy about Dave, a rational person who has the misfortune of living in an irrational universe. Dave has ‘issues’ and is sent to yoga classes by his wife, the beautiful but unsympathetic Marlene. But is yoga the solution, or just part of the problem? Soon his ordered existence is invaded by angels, demons, gods, goddesses, witches and worse. Can anti-hero Dave make sense of his world, save his marriage, learn to do yoga without falling over, and discover the secret of happiness before everything goes too far?

I have priced the Kindle version at the bottom end of the scale that Amazon permits. If it sells I will raise the price, so I advise you to buy it immediately! Trust me, I totally have your best interests at heart. It should also be available at Kobo from tomorrow, and as a paperback in a week or two, but the paperback version will be more expensive (paper costs money).

Just one warning – like my blog, the book isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste. But if you’re here and you’re reading this, then hopefully you will enjoy it.

One final plea – if you do read it, please take a moment to leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads. Even if you hate it.

22 responses to “I am an author!

  1. Congrats! That’s pretty exciting

  2. Wow! Congrats! And good luck with the sales!

  3. You must be so chuffed! I’ll wait for it to come out in paperback because I love the smell of a new book. Can I get the paperback from the same place?

  4. How exciting … and what a cool topic, Mr. Radcliffe ! I like it.

    • Thanks Mark! You are the expert author, so I am glad you think it sounds cool!

      • I’ll make an attempt to read it …. I don’t have a digital device, so hopefully I can download it to my computer. I think they allow that now.

        You should have finished off two bottles of Nicolas Feullatte champagne by now … it’s my fave.

      • By the way, Steve, you’re absolutely right about self-publishing. If you write good works, then they sell like hotcakes (do you have that expression). Self-publishing has democratized what was an old boy’s club, and reduced the amount of published garbage considerably. Remember browsing bookstores and thinking, “Good gravy, how on earth did he get published?” Living in New York … I know several reasons how he managed.

  5. Congrats, Steve! That’s huge! I’ll be sure to buy one.


  6. Congratulations! Remember, though, publishing does not an author make! You already were one.

    One place self-publishing works less well is where the graphics are key. For quilt books, for example, the look of the book and photos/art in it far outweighs the text, most of the time. For a quilt book author, successfully self-publishing would require graphic arts skills I don’t possess. For me, old-style publishers actually is a better way to go.

    Best of luck! I think it sounds like an intriguing story.

    • Thanks, Melanie! I think that a graphics-heavy book could still work, as people could read it on a tablet or in paperback form. But you would need to get good quality photos or drawings.

  7. Congratulations! I’ve never bought an eBook. I can read it on my iPad? (Duh)

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