Announcement


A Deadline that won’t be missed

Astronomicon Deadline Christmas offerIt’s been over a year since I published Astronomicon: Deadline on Amazon. Unlike all the other Astronomicon novels, it has performed embarrassingly poorly. Astronomicon #3 Those Left Behind has routinely sold more copies per week than Deadline has sold in total in over a year.

I’m not too upset though. I understand that my books are not all the same and that not everything will work. It would be great to just call it a learning experience but I’m not too sure what I’ve learned from it. Does humour not work in the Astronomicon universe (I don’t think that’s the case)? Was the story not up-to-scratch? Or was it just not as funny as I thought it was (probably likely)?

My problem is that I got very little feedback and what I did get was not too helpful. I suspect that it was a catastrophic failure on my part to successfully advertise its existence. Anyway, whatever the problem, Deadline is no more and is no longer available on Amazon. At some point in the future, I will probably rework it, create a new cover and re-release it, but it is not on my todo list.


Hiccup with Behemoth

UBehemoth Book Cover version 1.2nfortunately, due to a rule change at RadishFiction, there’s going to be a sizeable delay in posting future chapters of Behemoth. Under their new system, chapters are locked (cannot be edited/corrected/deleted) just seven days after posting. It usually takes around 2-3 months before every error has been found and I am not prepared to e-mail RadishFiction admin with every error or change.

The alternative is to ignore errors on Radish and let it fall out of sync with versions on Wattpad and Amazon, which will continue to be corrected as usual. This is unacceptable to me and unfair to readers as it degrades their experience and if the different versions no longer match it makes it more difficult for readers to transition from one system to another.

I already have a lot of details to manage, without having to explain every little change in an e-mail to RadishFiction and hope that whoever performs the change for me doesn’t get it wrong. By my current calculation, I would be sending RadishFiction somewhere between two and five e-mails per day. I simply don’t have time for that and I doubt they do either.

From now on my new chapters will have to go through my full two-month long proofreading and editing process (using my trusty team of proofreaders) before I post them on Radish. Wattpad will continue to update as usual for a couple of weeks and will then suffer the same delay. I apologise for this and really wish it could be avoided.


New chapter of Behemoth (#scifi novel) out today

Behemoth Cover Art

I’m pleased to announce that everything is still very much on schedule with Astronomicon: Behemoth and I’ve posted another chapter today. It’s hard work writing (editing, proofreading, polishing etc.) a new chapter every week while working a full-time job and raising my three kids. Definitely a new challenge for me, but it’s forcing me to write more regularly and in a slightly different style – both things that are good experience for me.

The only problem I’m running into is that the story may well prove to be too big for a single novel. After reassessing my planning notes, I am strongly considering splitting the story into three novels. I believe that would work better than one VERY large novel.

Don’t miss out! – See Behemoth on Wattpad (Chapters 1-14) or on the RadishFiction app (Chapters 1-20) on your Android or iOS device. 


Just A Minor Malfunction #scifi Magazine Issue #3

I’m very pleased to announce that I succeeded in getting another of my science fiction short stories into Just Another Minor Malfunction magazine, this time the third issue. Woohoo! Having got stories into two out of three issues, I’m going to try again for issue four.

Just a Minor Malfunction Magazine Cover #3The great news for you is that JAMM only costs 99p/99c per issue from your local Amazon website. As Amazon supports almost all devices (including PC, Mac, Kindle, Android, Windows Mobile, iPad, iPhone etc.) you are sure to be able to download and read it.

The magazine contains 13 carefully selected, professionally-edited short stories. One of these is my story “Link”, exploring the unforeseen and potentially terrifying implications of implanting communication devices directly into the skulls of soldiers.

It’s a tough market these days for science fiction magazine, so the fact that this one has survived and even grown in readership for three issues is a big vote of confidence in the quality of the writing within it.

Please support this growing science fiction magazine. Don’t forget you can download a free sample from Amazon to try before you buy. But the whole magazine is justs 99p  – that’s less than 8p per story – so I think you can afford to take a risk on this one. You won’t regret it.

Find out more about JAMM #3 here.