Thursday, 31 January 2013

Website "redo" Complete

I've finished tinkering with the website and the new version is now uploaded and live.  Unfortunately, my website software doesn't support .prc files, so all the sample files (and complete copies of the free Gifted Apprentice and Gifted Hunter) are only available in .pdf format.

The samples and sales pages for the three larger books (Markan Throne, Markan Empire and Markan Sword) includes links to pretty much everywhere it's available, including the various English-language iBookstores. Apologies to readers from South Africa, where Apple seems to (not yet) be supporting indie authors in that country's iStore.

The book links (to the right somewhere >>>) on this blog have been changed to take you directly to the samples and sales page on my website, but remember that the pages links above (^^^) have been updated for online reading.

I uploaded complete versions of the free novellas to my website because these aren't offered for free in every territory by Amazon, which is a pity. They're meant to be free!!

For those so inclined, you can visit my website here.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Quick Update

Just a quick update - more to let you know I've not let the blog fall completely out of use!

Am updating the ilvenworld.com website this week and hope to have it updated online before the weekend.  The samples and sales page is being updated to include more retailers than just Smashwords and Amazon! I feel that there should be links to Amazon Canada and UK, as well as the various English-language Apple iBookstores around the world.

Once I've done that, I'll link the book pictures (somewhere to the right of here >>>>) on the blog to the relevant page on my website.

I've also uploaded (or will be, once I've finished making changes) complete versions of Gifted Apprentice and Gifted Hunter.  While these novellas are free on retailers partnered with Smashwords (Apple, B&N, Kodo, Diesel, Sony), Amazon Kindle only makes products free on a territory by territory basis. So these novellas are free on Amazon.com (and then only in the USA), and aren't on Amazon Ca or Amazon UK. I want to ensure these are available free to Kindle users everywhere.  These uploads will be available in .pdf and .prc formats, just like the samples.

This does not mean I'm neglecting the writing!  Work is progressing on the third novella, Gifted Avenger, and on the next trilogy of full-length novels (Empire Builders trilogy).

I'll keep you all posted.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Happy New Year & Writing Update

Happy New Year to all the readers of my blog! I hope all New Year resolutions are stuck to, for those of you who make them that is!

The eagle-eyed among you will have already noticed that neither my blog nor my website have been updated as promised over the festive period. This isn't down to laziness, but thanks to me being a little late in bringing Markan Sword out. The release via Smashwords to the various platforms (B&N, Apple, Sony, Kobo, etc) got snarled up in the holidays. Once all the platforms have published MS, then I'll update the sites.

And where is my writing going after Markan Sword?

There is the third volume of Sallis ti Ath's early adventures to come, entitled Gifted Avenger. Don't expect it in the very near future, as I'll be working with an editor, which will add time to the process from first draft to publication.  But GAv's release will complete this trilogy of free novellas.

Work has also started on the next trilogy in the main ilvenworld series.  The first book had been tentatively entitled Empire Builder, but that will change. The title will be used for the trilogy instead (Empire Builders, as there will be more than one) and another title will be used for the book. The main arc in this trilogy will be the expansion of the Markan Empire, by means both fair and foul. Most of the characters from the first trilogy will reprise their roles!

I'm also determined to bring out something about the sylph language this year. I know I've been kicking this one around for a couple of years now, but alas other projects have swallowed almost all my time. Fingers are crossed, with luck something will be out later in the year.

As always, I'll keep you posted as I have more to report!