Sunday, 8 February 2015

Saturn and the Sea People

I released the fourth volume of my neolithic fantasy over the weekend. It's called "Saturn and the Sea People" and it should be trickling into the stores over the next few days.

The last one should be out in the next few months. After that I'll be moving on to historical fantasy (To Sail Atlantis) and science fiction (Europa's Crossing), both of which are with beta-readers right now.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

"I Write Like..."

These things always amuse me. I paste in the latest volume of "The Fall of the Sea People" and get:-

I write like
Rudyard Kipling

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

Yet when I paste in my unpublished Victorian historical fantasy I get:-

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

And, just for good measure, if I paste in my contemporary short story, "Essence", I get:-

I write like
Douglas Adams

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

I won't tell you who I get if I paste in my drabble, "Lucy's Omniscope". If you really want to know you will have to try it for yourself.

Now I am sure they are all fun and interesting authors. But perhaps I write like me.

Friday, 3 January 2014

A Jealous Muse

I've been terrible at updating this thing. I discovered that I couldn't simply write the third volume of my five-volume fantasy without also writing the other two, which has taken over all my writing time. This does mean I have built up a bit of a backlog, though, and the remaining three volumes should come out pretty quickly now.

I'll try and update more in 2014 but I'm not going to promise anything. My muse is very demanding and she doesn't really approve of 'blogging. Or social media, or anything, really, that takes time away from her.

Meanwhile, happy new year to all my readers and thank you for your continuing support.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Jove and the Sea People

I know I've been quiet but I have been busy. I have the first draft of Jove and the Sea People complete, and will be sending it to my editor in the next few days.
As you can see from following the link, I also have cover art.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

New Year, New Distributor

So Mark Coker kept his promise: SmashWords started taking ePub submissions in 2012. They had a few hours left of 2012 to celebrate, too -- New Year comes quite late to their offices in California.

Now because of the dark pact an author needs to sign with Amazon to get free giveaways, I didn't upload ePub files on New Year's Eve. Smashwords distribution will start on Sunday, 6th January, as soon as I get online and send them. For other formats (HTML, RTF, and the Smashwords previewer) I'll chance my arm with the MeatGrinder. But people expect those formats to be ugly, so (if I can get it to work) the result should be within customer expectations.

For Kindle distribution, Amazon will still be there. But they won't be doing any more free promotions, so if you want Venus and the Sea People free, you must get it by Saturday. Tell your friends.

I'm hoping that the ePub editions will percolate onto the usual places -- Apple, B&N, Kobo, etc. -- over the first few weeks of January. They should be on my Smashwords page almost immediately.

Then we shall see about the next one.

The first draft of Jove and the Sea People is about 50% done.

Monday, 24 December 2012

One Last One for Kindle Users

If, as Mark Coker promised many places, he finally lets me submit ePub files of the Fall of the Sea People series to Smashwords, that means that in the New Year they will be going off Kindle Prime. They will still be available to download from Amazon, but I won't be able to run offers anymore.

With this in mind, there will be one, count them, one free giveaway of Venus and the Sea People on Amazon. It will start on January 1st and go through to January 5th. It is unlikely ever to be repeated, so if you think you know anyone who would benefit, please tell them.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Here Comes the New Year

I've been thinking about what I want to do in 2013.

I'm working on Jove and the Sea People, of course, and having great fun with it. I should certainly get that out in 2013, and it would be nice to get Saturn and the Sea People out too. Two in one year will be hard work, but I will do my best.

Before I made the decision to start publishing my work, I did a lot of writing. I have two complete first-drafts lying around on my computer, both set in a historical fantasy series. My test-readers suggested that they would prefer that I started with the pre-historical story, but I have started to work with my editor to get the first one ready for publication, probably in the new year of 2014. The working title is "To Sail Atlantis", and it's a Sixteenth-Century adventure of exploration, piracy and revenge, with a background of ancient evil and one or two characters from the Fall of the Sea People.

There will also be short stories, and if Mark Coker comes through with his promise to allow direct ePub submissions, or if one of his rivals makes a serious attempt to eat his lunch, then there will be books on other ereaders too.

Lastly one of my competition winners asked me for a quotation or two that has helped to inspire my writing. Now I quoted Fort and Solomon, both of whom have inspired me, but it occurred to me that many of my inspirations are not writers. So I will attempt to describe some of the things that have inspired me, and try and describe why and what I saw in them. I will start with an artist who lived and worked about three and a half millenia ago.

Thank-you, Amber, for getting me thinking about that.