Author: Colin F. Barnes

Limiting Social Media – My Policy

Limiting Social Media – My Policy

Some of you may remember that I nuked all of my social media channels a few years ago. I then came back to Facebook and more recently re-joined Twitter.  The results were not good. I won’t bore you all with the minutiae, but suffice to say that being active on Facebook and Twitter is not good for my mental well-being. It also dramatically affects my ability to write, hence my extremely low output over the last few years.

I faced a conundrum: there are some benefits to networking with fellow authors on social media as well as engaging with readers. I was concerned about losing those benefits. But, this is essentially a manifestation of FOMO: Fear of Missing Out—one of the psychological levers the media companies use to manipulate us and hijack our attention.

For me, attention is everything. I cannot write good work when I’m clicking from one site to another, in search of dopamine from notifications and messages. We are not Pavlov’s dogs. It does not facilitate long, unbroken spans of time with a deep thought process that good writing requires. I’m not in the business of writing any old thing just for the sake of publishing and stoaking the algorithms.

The decision, therefore, was made. I have deactivated Twitter and have reduced who I friend/follow on Facebook. I won’t be posting at all on my personal account. The only reason for its existence is so that I can administer an author page as a place to update and engage with readers and fans.

I’ll spend more time there, in chunks, between writing, and will endeavor to maintain a connection between us. I’ll also post more here, too, and send more newsletters. I feel these forms of expression are much more valuable than throwaway posts on social media whose only reason for being is as an attempt to stay relevant or visible.

Ultimately, I’m sure you’d prefer more books from me than Twitter or Facebook posts. As for all the others, I’ve never done been into Instagram, Snapchat, or the billion of other networks. I’ll still hang around and review books on Goodreads, however. 

And to anyone who may feel upset that I’ve unfriended them or unfollowed them, please know that it’s really nothing personal at all and if you ever wish to get in touch, I’m always at the end of an email or my contact page.

That said, I hope everyone has a great holiday season. I’m looking forward to the new year where I can finally share some new books with you all.

Code Breakers Now In Audio

Code Breakers Now In Audio

Earlier in 2016, I created a box set of the four Code Breakers novels. I didn’t think much of it at the time; I thought it would just give readers a more convenient way to own the whole series and save a couple of dollars/pounds in the process.

And then I got featured by BookBub, a large ebook marketing company. Things went a little crazy for a few months, shattering any expectations I might have had. The box set reached No.3 in the entire Amazon US store, sending me to the very top of the Science Fiction author rankings. Surreal times! It hung in the top 100 for what to me seemed like forever.

To date, this has been by far my biggest publishing success. There was a moment before I created the box set where I thought it would be a waste of time, that no one would want it when the individual books are readily available. Suffice to say I’m glad I gave my future self that little gift of ignoring the doubt.

Well, this extra exposure gained the attention of a number of audio production companies. Eventually, I settled with Audible.com. And now, I can proudly point you in the direction of the finished audio books for the complete series, including the prequel.

The narrator, Marc Veitor, has done a marvellous job and really brings the characters to life. He has narrated great books by authors such as: Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Haruki Murakami, Dan Simmons, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Vladimir Nabakov, Jim Butcher, David Weber, Jack Campbell etc…

If you’re an Audible subscriber you’ll know how it works already. If you’re not, when you join up, you’ll get a free credit that you can use for any book, so if you wish to listen to one of mine, it’ll cost you nada.

Here are the links to the Code Breakers audiobooks:

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I hope you enjoy the adventure!