Revealing Exciting New Cover Art!

After four days of intensive work, I now have new cover art for the first Astronomicon novel. The book rewrite has gone well, creating a novel which is substantially different and much improved from the original. A new front cover seemed like a good way to draw a clear distinction between this novel and the original.

That was enough of a reason on its own, but as the novel has a new name (Inception Point) and the design of the Elysian spacecraft featured on the existing cover art has completely changed, the existing artwork is also completely obsolete. I created a 3D model of the Elysian vessel over a year ago but it was only ever supposed to be a diagram to help me write the novel. Several attempts to improve it enough to work for illustrations did not produce good results, so my only other option was to rebuild it from scratch.

This time, with rendering in mind, I built it again with considerably more detail and appropriate lighting. It was a huge amount of work, but I think the results are more than worth it.

3D photorealistic render of Elysian space craft cover art.

Of course, the big advantage of creating a 3D model is that I can produce shots of it from any angle, at any distance and infinitely vary the lighting. For example, producing a rear-view shot like this took less than forty minutes:

3D photorealistic rear view of Elysian spacecraft cover art(Sorry, I forgot to change the background before rendering that one!)

I am so pleased with the results of this exercise, that I will definitely give it a go for more of the Astronomicon novels. Building the ship models at this level of finish, and matching detail, is certainly time-consuming, but just look at the results! It’s the best cover art I’ve ever created myself. I just hope it helps my sales on Amazon.


Clarifying the Situation re: Inception Point

ARead Inception Point for FREE on Wattpadfter the mass of questions and complaints I’ve received over the past couple of weeks, I feel I should clarify the situation with Astronomicon: Inception Point and Astronomicon: The Beginning.

 

I believe the simplest way I can put it is: “Inception Point” is a completely new book, written to directly replace “The Beginning” as the first book in the Astronomicon series. It has not yet replaced it as it is not finished.

 

To make this totally clear, here is a list of things that are NOT the case:

  • You do not have to decide whether to read “The Beginning” or “Inception Point” first. They fill the same slot in the series and “The Beginning” will be retiring completely soon.
  • You cannot read the first 10 chapters of “The Beginning” then jump to chapter 11 of “Inception Point”. They are different books with hugely varying stories. Chapters in them are NOT interchangeable.
  • There’s no point complaining when reading “Inception Point” that things are different from how you remember them in “The Beginning”. They are DIFFERENT books, with different stories.
  • “Inception Point” is NOT an edited/enhanced version of “The Beginning”. It’s a new book.
  • I will NOT keep BOTH novels on Amazon as that would be hugely confusing for readers.
  • If you’ve already purchased “The Beginning” (which was and IS free BTW), then you can’t have Inception Point for free. It’s a different book and it’s NOT free (Although 99p is pretty cheap!).
  • No, I will not rewrite “Inception Point” to include your favourite scene from “The Beginning” – that would not make any sense.
  • No, I am not writing “Behemoth”. That is on hold until I finish “Inception Point”. I will announce when work begins again there.
  • No, the characters in “Inception Point” don’t all have the same names as “The Beginning”, nor are they all the same characters. Some have been removed, some replaced. It’s a different book!

I’m still posting a chapter per day on Wattpad, so it won’t be long before the entire “Inception Point” novel is complete.


Read the new Astronomicon #1 on Wattpad for #FREE!

Inception Point front cover artI’ve already posted the first 27 chapters of Astronomicon: Inception Point on Wattpad and I’m trying to post a new chapter every day! If all goes to plan, I’ll have all fifty chapters posted before this time next month.

I haven’t decided yet if I will leave it up on Wattpad indefinitely but it will be there for at least 30 days after the final chapter is posted. Ultimately, I’ll be publishing it on Amazon. In the meantime, I’m looking for feedback and I’m especially keen to hear what you all like (or don’t like) about each of the chapters. Please don’t feel shy about leaving comments. Feedback can be extremely helpful.

If you like a chapter, please, please vote for it. It helps me target those chapters that need improvement by looking out for those with lower vote ratios.

 

Read Astronomicon: Inception point here for free..

 

All the feedback I’ve received so far has been very positive. Inception Point has the highest vote to read ratio that I’ve ever had on Wattpad and far above the average. I’m hoping that’s a good sign! My own opinion is that this new version of the novel holds together much better, the science is more accurate and the pacing is vastly improved. I’m hoping my readers feel the same way but, if not, please let me know. I’m tough – I can take it!

 

Thank you for reading it and even more if you leave a comment there too!


Astronomicon #1

Astronomicon: The Beginning old cover designIt’s been a lot of work and it’s STILL not finished, but the first batch of chapters have been sent to my trusty proofreaders. The second and third (final) batch will be going that way very soon and I’m now trying to sort out a new front cover too. The layout and font are in place but I’m missing the actual cover art. I did consider going with a pure black cover with just the title of the book across the middle in the classic Astronomicon font, but for that to work, it needs to be embossed or foiled. Less than that tends to look more like a printing issue!

There’s still a round of editing and then a final proofread to go before I publish the initial release version on Wattpad. An Amazon launch will follow within weeks after that but in a break from my previous business model, it will not be free. Being free on Amazon now is a quick way to disappear in a sea of poor quality junk, so Astronomicon #1 will be priced at 99p (99c) instead. It’s a token payment (the lowest Amazon permit) but it means the novel will be competing with paid books rather than all the free stuff out there.

One more thing which hasn’t happened yet is the title reveal. It will no longer be named “Astronomicon: The Beginning” but the new name is a secret for now.