Since publishing my first novel at the end of April, I haven’t had time to do much in the way of writing; at least not in terms of writing a second novel. Leaving aside the personal circumstances that (as usual) have been constraining my time and ability to focus on my fiction writing, the other factor that had been preventing me from starting any meaningful work on a second book was my indecision concerning what story I want to tell next. I began outlining two stories at the same time until I could make a decision about which of the two I wanted to proceed with. Fortunately, that decision has now been made.
I’ve decided to pimp my latest book review that is now live on my book blog Another World. Today the book is the dark fantasy novel, Daughter of the Blood, the first book of The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop; feel free to go and check out my in depth thoughts on what is a very strange tale by clicking THIS LINK. I awarded the book a score of 4 out of 5 which might come as I surprise when I mention that the first time I read it (a little over a decade ago) I didn’t like it at all. Admittedly, this had a lot to do with the fact I had no idea what was going on, principally because I had been led to believe it was an urban fantasy (which it most certainly isn’t) but also because I had never read anything quite so bizarre before.
If you have been keeping abreast of the third running of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off that gets under way in July, you should be aware that my debut fantasy novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is among the pool of thirty novels due to be reviewed by popular BookTuber, Kitty G. If you’re wondering what a BookTuber is, it refers to a book reviewer who uploads filmed book reviews to their YouTube channel.
A little over a week ago, Kitty posted a short video outlining her role as a judge for this years #SPFBO contest, which you can watch below. Yes, Kitty butchers my name; but hey, when you have a non-Anglo sounding name (as I do) you get used to having it mispronounced. 😉
It’s been almost two weeks, now, since I posted about the opening of the #SPFBO 2017 book contest, with author, Mark Lawrence’s call for 300 new submissions to participate in this year’s competition. Though still in its infancy, the contest (only now in its third year) has already made enough of an impact that 300 entries were received in a matter of days; far sooner than the July 1st deadline. I am pleased to say that my debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is one of the lucky entrants, though I am well aware that I have no chance of winning.
Yesterday evening, British fantasy author Mark Lawrence launched the third Self Published Fantasy Blog-Off contest, issuing a call for self published authors to submit their work by 1st July. Only the first 300 hundred entrants will have their work entered so if you are interested, get a move on; at the time of writing 147 submissions have already been received. The SPFBO book contest is a wonderful opportunity for self published authors to greatly increase their visibility, and is not to be missed. Last years winner earned a contract with a major publishing house.
If you are an aspiring fantasy and/or science fiction author without a literary agent, you might be interested to know that Grimlock Press, a small British publisher is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions. You can visit their submissions page HERE for further details and instructions on submitting your manuscript for consideration. Good luck!
My debut fantasy novel The Exercise Of Vital Powers is available now from Amazon, and to mark this momentous occasion I’ve decided to giveaway 25 copies of the ebook edition to you lucky readers. Aren’t I being really nice to you guys today? All you have to do for your chance to win, is fill out the contact form below, telling me why you want (and more importantly, deserve) to receive a copy of my novel. The better your answer, the better your chances of winning.
I have good news people. The release of the Kindle edition of my debut fantasy novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is imminent. In honour of this momentous occasion, I have decided to treat you all to a first look at the cover artwork, and provide you brief synopsis of the story.
The book should be available to purchase from Amazon tomorrow, with the paperback edition planned for publication in June. I will also get around to making my novel available on other distribution platforms. More details to follow shortly, so keep your eyes peeled.
So, I’ve been sitting on the ebook edition of my novel for a couple of weeks, waiting for the completion of a front cover design I was pleased with. Now that the waiting is finally over, I am seriously contemplating having the book published sometime next week. I will probably make up my mind first thing tomorrow as to whether to do so, or hold off for a little while longer.