A fellow fantasy writer, Phil Tucker of The Chronicles of the Black Gate series, has posted some thoughts for aspiring writers. They’re well worth a read, so I thought I’d link it here. If you’re thoughts ever turn to giving this writing lark a go, particularly the self publishing route, then this is a very good place to start:
Hey everyone, I hope the new year is going well for you!
Things have been pretty busy over here since Christmas, and there’s some news to announce in that regard.
I’ve just agreed to a 3 book deal with Tor. The first book in that trilogy, Dragonslayer, will be out early next year. Those of you who are current with my work will have seen a hint of dragons (indeed, a couple of people have mailed asking about that!). They’ll be appearing centre stage in this trilogy, with some new heroes to meet and locations to explore in my Middle Sea world. I’m really pleased with how the story has developed, and I hope those of you who’ve enjoyed my work to date will think it’s my best yet!
It’s a pretty exciting time, and there’s lots of work to be done, but I’ll do my best to keep my updates as regular as I can. Thanks again for all your interest and support!
This marks the end of the Wolf of the North trilogy, which has been a pretty incredible experience for me to say the least. The support that readers have given me over the past year has been both overwhelming and humbling, and I appreciate that more than I can ever say. I only hope that I’m able to continue producing books that you enjoy reading, but rest assured I’ll be doing my very best!
It’s always a bit of a surprise to wake up to the news that something you’re involved in has made a list or is nominated for an award, but it’s always a nice one. In this instance, I can’t say I’m quite as surprised as usual, as Simon Vance did such a superb job narrating The Wolf of the North, for him to be nominated for Audiobook Narration – Fantasy, Best Voiceover for this book is very well deserved. Fingers crossed that he can take home the top spot!
Wolf of the North 3 – The Blood Debt will be out on Monday 2 October. If everything goes to plan, the paperback will be out on the same day as the kindle version, which is a first for me! I really hope you all enjoy it! The audiobook will follow on a little later, and should be released in January 2018.
The Society of the Sword trilogy is now available in audio. Derek Perkins narrates this trilogy, giving it a slightly different flavour to the Wolf of the North, but does an equally superb job, and makes this setting his own. If you’ve enjoyed any of my books, audio or otherwise, I think you’ll really like this one. It’s all three parts in one volume, so you can binge through the entire trilogy in one go!
I’ve been particularly looking forward to this release, as enough time has passed for me to forget a lot about Society of the Sword (Wolf of the North is still a bit recent for me to revisit it!), so I get to listen to it as close to fresh as it can be when you’re the one who wrote it!
I’ve got some firmer dates for upcoming releases for my various offerings, so I wanted to share them with you.
First up will be the audio of Jorundyr’s Path. It’s slated for a 1 August 2017 release, so less than a month off already – how time flies!
The Society of the Sword trilogy will be released in audio as an omnibus in mid September.
Finally, the final part of the Wolf of the North trilogy will be out in digital and print early this October, with audio to follow not too long after.
As always, you can subscribe to my mailing list here for a notification as to when things are coming out. I try to limit my mails to release announcements, so you don’t need to worry about me filling up your inboxes!
I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far, and for those of you in or from the US, have a great 4th of July!
My second announcement of the day is something I’ve really been looking forward to revealing for some time. My work is finally coming to audio! The Wolf of the North is the first book to be released, but the rest of my back catalogue will be coming out over the course of this year. I’ve teamed up with Podium Publishing for this to make sure it’s the very best it can be.
The Wolf of the North is narrated by Simon Vance. I hope you’ll agree that he was a fantastic choice, and that his voice and narration style are a perfect fit for the book. It’s a strange thing to hear your work read by someone else, but I’m really impressed with the job he did. If you like audiobooks, I think you’ll really enjoy his performance!
Release day is16 May, but you can preorder your copy now at the following links: