Discounted eBooks!

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Hi everyone,

Sorry, I’m late to put this on the blog, but here we go…

You can pick up Manifold Press eBooks at a fantastic 25% discount on Smashwords until the 11th of March – including Submerge. Head over and find yourself a bargain!

It’s part of Smashwords’ “Read an eBook week”, so there are loads of titles on offer. I definitely recommend checking out what Manifold have to offer!

Here’s a link to the books on sale. Don’t miss out!

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Paperbacks + a change of plan!

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Hi everyone,

Well, I’m sure you’ve noticed that, once again, it is not Friday. I seem to be having trouble remembering to post on a Friday, so I’m going to move my weekly blog to Saturday in the hope that it will be easier to fit in. I apologise if it does jump around a bit, though – life can be a bit hectic at the moment, so I have to try to fit things in where I can.

On to word counts and projects! I have written 5282 words over the last week, most of them on Sprawl, my hopeful Submerge sequel, which I’m about halfway through. On Thursday, I took a break to work on An Englishman’s Home. I wrote a total of 22036 words in January, which is about half of what I’d usually write in a NaNoWriMo month and probably a lot more than I would have written without my 500 word goal. So far this year, I’ve written nearly 24 thousand words (not including the odd bit of fanfiction)!

I’ve also finally finished proofreading the paperback edition of Submerge, which is very exciting. I know several people wanted to read the book but prefer tangible books to the e-versions, so with a lot of help from Manifold Press, I have now got it sorted out. I’ll be releasing the book for sale on the 7th of February, so watch this space for a one-off blog post then!

Talk to you soon!

Oops

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Hi everyone,

Well, I’m backdating this by about an hour because I completely forgot to update today. So much for that resolution! Still, next week I’ll try to remember.

This week I have once again been working on a redraft of Sprawl (working title), which I hope will shape up into a passable sequel to Submerge. I had planned to take Thursday to work on my submission for the Call to Arms anthology being put together by Manifold Press, but I got well and truly stuck. So I started writing a new project I’d begun work on before my old laptop died, and never got back to. It’s called A King’s Ransom (working title), it’s built on the remains of The Perfect Garden (whether that will ever see the light of day, I don’t know) and I’m quite excited about it.

I’ve written at least 500 words each day, and I’ve written 10170 words this year so far. I hope I can keep this up!

I’ve also been waiting, somewhat impatiently, for a proof of the Submerge paperback to arrive. I love having a paperback copy of my work to keep on a shelf, and I’m hoping that a paperback edition will also be easier for some of its target audience to access. I will, of course, let you know when that arrives.

Talk to you next week!

Happy new year!

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Hi everyone,

Well, I’m sure you’re all busy celebrating the end of the year in your own ways, so enjoy it! I just wanted to take a moment to wish you the very best in 2017, and to reflect a little on the good things 2016 has meant for me, in a professional sense.

There have been a lot of things going on this year, not all of them good, but for me as an author, it’s been a landmark year. This, after all, was the year I got my first novel published, and that feels amazing. I’ve wanted to be a published author – to share my stories with the world – since I was very young, and although I’ve had some short stories published (including some this year, too!) it’s always been my dream to have a novel with my name on the cover. This year I was fortunate enough to finish something I felt confident enough to pitch to my dear friends at Manifold Press, and even more fortunate that they saw potential in it. Submerge is one of the proudest achievements of my life so far, and I hope I can build on that experience to write something even better.

This has also been a great year for me in terms of self-esteem and mental health. After years of getting half-measures of treatment for PTSD, depression and anxiety, I finally found the right counsellor and the right course of therapy at the right time to really turn things around. I’m not cured, not entirely – that’s not really how mental illness works – but I do feel a lot better and more capable of dealing with things. It’s part of the reason that I managed to enjoy Queer Company 2 even more than I loved the first Queer Company. And I did have so much fun at that event, made some great new friends and really reassured myself that I can belong in this world of fantastic storysmiths.

I couldn’t do this without the support of my friends at Manifold Press – publishers, proofreaders, editors, and fellow authors – or without the other authors I’ve met along the way. Above all, I couldn’t do this without readers. Those of you reading this blog, those of you who’ve read any of my stories – I owe so much to you, because a story means very little with nobody to tell it to. A story, kept to oneself, is barely more than a daydream.

So thank you, all of you, for your support in 2016, and I hope that 2017 will bring better times for all of us.

Talk to you next year!

Interview links

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Hi everyone,

I promised to share a couple of links with you, since I neglected to share a couple of interviews in the craziness of NaNoWriMo. So, without further ado:

I’m working on restructuring and finishing my NaNo novel, while I’m still on a roll with it, and then I hope to get back to my rewrite of the second Bowler Hat book. Hurrah!

Talk to you soon!

Don’t forget – Twitter Q&A TODAY!

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Hi everyone,

Don’t forget to stop by the #ManifoldPress hashtag on Twitter this evening to join in a very special Q&A with my new book’s publishers, Manifold Press. We’ll be talking about their New Adult imprint, which is launched with Michelle Peart’s To the Left of Your North Star and of course my own debut, Submerge.

I’m really excited to talk to people about all sorts of things to do with the book, and with New Adult fiction in general, and it should be a fun challenge to try to answer in under 140 characters. Come and give me some challenging ones!

The clocks have just gone back in the UK, and time zones are tricky at the best of times, so here’s a handy link to help you work out what time 6pm GMT is for you.

I hope to talk to you then!