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In Dark Service – first look at cover art.

The bound proofs will be going out for In Dark Service very early next year (2014) to reviewers in the media, prior to the book’s official March 20th 2014 publication date. There’s a cover shot below – subject to change (these things are always tweaked). This is a new fantasy series set in a distinctly […]

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Jack Cloudie… airship hunting.

My US Publisher – Tor – is bringing out a hardback version of Jack Cloudie, the 5th fantasy novel in the Jackelian series (I call it a series, but they’re stand-alone novels set in the same world with a few shared characters, a la Terry’s Discworld novels or Iain M Bank’s culture books… as opposed […]

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Brazil goes all steampunk for Jackelian novels.

Just had word in that my Portuguese publisher, Emergency Exit (or Saída de Emergência if you are a local) are setting up an office in Brazil to tap into their rapidly growing demand for fantasy and science fiction novels – and The Court of the Air is going to be one of their major Brazilian […]

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E-books… meet thy digital saviour?

This is a brief follow-up post to my last one. Among the comments the previous article received, were, “Has that friend of yours ever considered e-book publishing directly?” The polite comments in this vein are now sitting under the article. The deranged ‘YOU HAVE DISSED ME AND EVERY AUTHOR BY FAILING TO MENTION EBOOKS ONCE […]

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I’m the author. Fly me.

In terms of setting expectations for an authorly career, Patricia Cornwell has a lot to answer for as a celebrated crime novelist, not least the circumstances of her private life which recently came out during a court hearing concerning alleged fraud on the part of her literary agent. Such titbits as the fact she spent […]

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Listen closely T-rex, hear how the dinosaurs howl!

An interesting radio program on the digital future of book publishing from the BBC’s Bottom Line. With the exception of Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn, most of it is the confused howling of Argentinosaurs as they stumble through the nuclear winter following the asteroid’s impact, but a fascinating piece of history, nevertheless. I’ll be doing a longer […]

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A poster rises… for ‘Rise of the Iron Moon’.

It’s always interesting to see my readers’ take on the Jackelian novels when it comes to paintings, art, models and the like. Here’s a fine example… a poster designed for Rise of the Iron Moon (the third novel of six in the series). This was produced by Chris Lewis (@c_j_lewis), who is a writer for […]

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Immortality in 5 points (size).

News floats in that author Dame Daphne du Maurier’s legion of friends have been left fuming by the showing on ITV of ‘The Scapegoat’, a direct adaption of DDdM’s novel of the same name. National newspapers in the UK have focused on her friend of thirty years, Michael Thornton, who summed up the reaction to […]

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George RR Martin swings at the Tower.

Normally when you go to the Tower of London, it’s to lose your head. Fantasy author George RR Martin went there after hours (after all the tourists had cleared out) for a special invite to be shown around the tower, and enjoy an exclusive party, care of his publisher HarperCollins (same bods behind my Jackelian […]

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Steampunk sing-out of the SFX Weekender

Steampunk author Robert Rankin sings out the end of the SFX Weekender with the song, ‘Perfect Day’, and, as you can see, this video captures the moment perfectly too. Yes, I’m just back from the UK’s answer to Comic-con in California, the SFX Weekender, in Wales’ Prestatyn Sands holiday camp. Big thanks to the SFX […]

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