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Selling books direct

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I recently set up an account at BookFunnel, originally just to give readers a smoother way of receiving books from me. I have to say I like the service a lot, and the way it makes everything so frictionless for the reader. Not sure why I didn't start using it a long time ago.

Then I noticed that BookFunnel also offer PayPal integration (along with a bunch of other platforms), which made me realise that I could start selling my books directly from my own website. PayPal handle the money and BookFunnel the book delivery and everything is integrated and seamless and I don't have to do anything once it's all set up. And the good news is it works a treat. A bit of copying and pasting of codes and URLs between PayPal and BookFunnel and it's done. My web site is now suddenly an online shop, offering my books at lower prices than they can be bought for on Amazon, Kobo etc.

Want to grab a copy of The Genehunter for instance? You can do so here and save 20% off the book store price.

There's a growing list of works available for direct purchase on the front page of this web site, as well as links on my various book pages. Really pleased with it.

And as a treat for readers of this blog, here's a secret link to download Hedge Witch, Volume 1 of the Cloven Land Trilogy, from BookFunnel for free. It'll only work until March 2nd so grab it while you can and see how easy the service is to use...

GlitterShip to reprint and record Corvus the Mighty

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

GlitterShip - the LGBTQ Science Fiction & Fantasy podcast - is to reprint and record my fantasy short story Corvus the Mighty. It's always a pleasure to hear a story recorded. Really looking forward to hearing this one.

Cover Reveal: Other Worlds

Monday, 12 February 2018

So, I've decided to change the name of my new short story collection slightly: instead of Otherworldly it will be called Other Worlds. The reason for the change is actually pretty prosaic: splitting the title into two words allows me to use bigger, more eye-catching letters on the cover. Something I hadn't thought about until I started to consider what the cover might look like.

Anyway, here it is:

I like it a lot. As this is a collection of science fiction and fantasy stories, I wanted a cover that would suggest both, something that turned out to be quite tricky. Happy with where I got to. The collection will contain 52 short stories, so one for every week of the year.

I hope to have it ready in a month or so...

And the slightly tweaked cover for Life Cycles

Friday, 2 February 2018

The cover for Life Cycles - collected literary short stories 1999-2011 - hasn't changed as much as those of its fantasy and science fiction counterparts (Spell Circles/Ecentric Orbits).

Here it is in all its minimalist glory:

Now I just need to create a new cover image for Perfect Circles, the combined box set, and we're done...

And the new cover for Eccentric Orbits

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Not so different to the original this one - same image, but I've redone the lettering to make it bigger, bolder and more overtly science fictiony...

New cover for Spell Circles

Friday, 19 January 2018

So while I was thinking about my new short story collection, I decided it was probably time I refreshed the covers of my original set (Spell Circles/Eccentric Orbits/Life Cycles/Perfect Circles).

After a bit of playing, here's the new cover for Spell Circles:

Pretty happy with that. I've taken the opportunity to do a bit of light editing and re-encoding on these old stories, without changing too much. It's been good to read them again.

New short story collection coming...

Sunday, 14 January 2018

It's been a while since I published a collection of short stories: the last major ones being the Spell Circles/Eccentric Orbits/Life Cycles set covering the period 1999-2011. I was dimly aware that I'd had a fair few fantasy and science fiction short stories published since then, and the other day it occurred to me it was about time to produce a new volume.

It turns out I have fifty-two stories that have seen the light of day in various magazines or anthologies and which I'd like to see reproduced. That's about 90,000 words of speculative fiction goodness. Blimey.

This time I want to combine the SF and fantasy (and slipstream and dieselpunk and steampunk) stories into a single volume - because, actually, I'm not always sure what sort of story I'm writing as I'm writing it. Some are clearly high fantasy, some are clearly space opera. For others, it's far less obvious. And that's fine: in these gender-fluid days I can be genre-fluid, too.

I did think about pitching the collection to a publisher, but eventually decided against it. Not too many agents or publishers seem that interested in short story collections, and my experiences of trying haven't been great. I pitched a shorter collection to an interested and well-known genre publisher a few years back only to wait a year for an "actually, we're not doing any more short story collections just now."

So, it'll be another Stormcrow book. That's cool. I have a table of contents but no running-order yet. Don't have a cover or a blurb either. But I think I do have a title.

It will be:

52 short stories

Stay tuned for updates...