To mark the release of The Slaves of the Horned God, I am conducting two paperback giveaways at Goodreads.
The first giveaway is a copy of The Slaves of the Horned God and The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 and 2 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.
The second giveaway is a copy of The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.
Enter one of these, or maybe even both, by heading straight to the links provided.
A good few rounds of editing is intended to turn a turd of a first draft into a polished manuscript for publishing. Sometimes, however, you don’t catch everything. Sometimes you don’t find them until you release your work into the wide world.
So here, in no particular order, are some things I’ve learned from my current works after their releases:
Why are you so irritating?
Sometimes a character you hope people will find charming and amusing, they instead will find annoying. Really annoying. Even after you think you’d already ‘fixed’ him. So, best to tone him down for the next instalment. (I’ll protect the fictional character’s identity by leaving him nameless)
Let’s get going already!
First entries in series often suffer from the dreaded pacing disease that is called the slow start. Let’s get moving quicker, next time, sans the infodumping.
Why is everyone shouting at me?!
This one is simple. Too! Many! Exclamation! Marks! In! Dialogue! Hopefully everyone cools off a bit next time.
Um…shouldn’t you be dead?
Sometimes people get injured. Sometimes they get injured badly. Sometimes they don’t get any treatment. Mysteriously, they live anyway. (Just…no)
Happily The Slaves of the Horned God won’t have any of these issues. (Now let’s make sure it doesn’t have a whole bunch of new issues…)
One of our past giveaway winners for The Heirs of Lydin has posted a review of the book. Check it out here.
A new character profile has been posted, for Hebu, the Nemoi scribe in The Heirs of Lydin and The Slaves of the Horned God.
Three characters from The Grey Mage who are important to the backstory of The Ap’Lydin Chronicles have now had pages created for them under the “Characters” menu at the side. You can go there to check them out, or click on any of the below links:
SPFBO 2016 is now over and the winner is… The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.
Phil Tucker‘s Path of Flames was runner-up.
Congratulations to the winner and, indeed all contestants.
Meanwhile. SPFBO 2017 has started. My own work, The Grey Mage is an entrant and the rest can be seen here.
Hop on over to Goodreads.com where I’m offering complementary review copies of The Heirs of Lydin through the Read it and Reap program.
Check it out here.