Monday, 26 September 2016

Wise words about book publishing

We were attracted to this post by Judith Briles, the Book Shepherd, giving you all the best places to look to avoid being scammed, or just ripped-off, when you publish your own book.

There's lots more useful advice on this site, too.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Enter a Goodreads Giveaway for White Water Landings

To celebrate eighty years since the first Empire Flying Boat was launched, we're hosting a Goodreads Giveaway for White Water Landings. Two copies of the paperback are available as prizes in this raffle, and you just have to be a Goodreads member to participate.
  A13062w Centaurus at Alex web

Geoffrey was part of the commissioning team for the second Empire Flying Boat to be launched, Centaurus, G-ADUT (picture courtesy of Mark Postlethwaite).  In White Water Landings he talks about the altitude testing - 10,000 feet with an unpressurised cabin and no oxygen, and the landing when he was sent into the tail section to report on how it felt. He had nothing to hold onto except a few wire struts, and only the airframe skeleton to stand on!

Enter here for a chance to win.  Open until 30th September, for members anywhere in the world.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

White Water Landings by J.M. Pett

White Water Landings

by J.M. Pett

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
You can buy the ebook of White Water Landings at Smashwords, or the paperback at Book Depository, if you can't wait!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Bank Holiday Bonanza #princelings series #MG/crossover #fantasy

This weekend (August Bank Holiday in England and Wales), we are offering the first three Princelings books for a combined total of $2.98.  I think that works out at around £2.50.

Book 1: The Princelings of the East is permafree on Amazon and Smashwords, and other online retailers.

Book 2: The Princelings and the Pirates is on a special promotion of 99c/99p at Amazon using this link.  You can also get it on Smashwords from the previous link, but may not reach places like iPad and Kobo before the special promo ends.  If you see it at that price after the promotion, buy it while it lasts!

Book 3: The Princelings and the Lost City is only available at Smashwords at the special price of $1.99 (about £1.50) using the coupon QV63U.  Coupon ends 31st August, midnight Pacific time.

This is a great chance to get started with the Princelings series before book 7, Willoughby the Narrator comes out this winter!

Special prices not guaranteed after 30th August

Monday, 22 August 2016

White Water Landings at Aviation Book Fair, London 19th September

If you're an aviation fan in the UK, you'll enjoy the RAeS Annual Aerospace and Aviation Book Fair, which takes place at the Society's HQ near Hyde Park Corner, London, on Monday 19th September 2016.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is a professional organisation dedicated to promoting aerospace events, activities and maintaining professional standards, and has branches worldwide.  The Society is celebrating its 150th year this year, as well as lauding the 80th anniversary of the iconic Spitfire.

The annual book fair attracts publishers of all types of books involving aircraft and flying, both fact and fiction, whether historical, topical or futuristic.

We will be promoting White Water Landings at the event this year, which is coincidentally the 80th anniversary of the Short C42 'Empire' Flying Boat.

For more details of the Book Fair, which is free to visit, see this link.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sign up to receive Viridian series Newsletters

If your first reaction was 'I've already done that', then please do so again.

You may have seen Jemima's post about the failure of the newsletter software in April.  This has now been sorted out (it takes a while when she's written three books and edited another since the end of March).  The problem appears to have occurred before the backup she re-installed, which meant we lost the original list of subscribers completely.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but please sign up again at the Viridian Series website, and get ready to receive occasional offers, exclusive news and insights into Pete and the Swede, Dolores, Maggie and Zito as they explore the outer reaches of the galaxy.  And inner bits, too.

We promise we will not use your email address for any other purposes than sending news of the series. Your data will not be shared with any third party, other than the app MailPoet, who host the sign-up admin (subscribe/unsubscribe forms and algorithms), and they do not keep any copies of your details.

At present we plan to re-release The Perihelix in the autumn, with special arrangements for those already in possession of the first editions.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Jemima Pett announces four new Princelings books

Jemima Pett has spent July working on the completion of her Princelings of the East fantasy adventure series for older children.

Jemima says
"I approached July thinking I had book 7 to write, which was already scheduled to be the story of Willoughby, who we met in The Talent Seekers (#5).  I had written about one third of it last winter, but stopped because I couldn't see how to get in everything that needed to happen before the last book.
So the first thing I did was to write out 'A Short History of the Realms', noting the key events from the start of the books (thanking myself for doing part of this for Bravo Victor) to the final denouement.  That made it very clear that I had one more entirely 'new' book to put in, and instead of trying to shoe-horn other short stories where they didn't belong to fill in other gaps, I could revert to an old idea, of collecting those in what will now become book 9."

The first draft of book 7, to be called Willoughby the Narrator, is now finished, and Jemima expects to finish the first draft of book 8 in a few days time.  Intriguingly, that is to be called The Princelings of the North, and stars Dylan and Dougall, who have so far appeared only in short chapter books or short stories, included in the BookElves Anthologies.

Our trusty cover illustrator, Danielle English, already had the brief for book 7 and the newly numbered 10, and has now also been briefed on the other two books.

Our release timetable (subject to editing and everything else involved in a book launch) is now:
  • Willoughby the Narrator (Princelings #7) - winter 2016/17
  • The Princelings of the North (Princelings #8) - autumn 2017
  • The Chronicles of Marsh (Princelings #9) - autumn 2018
  • Princelings Revolution (Princelings #10) - winter 2019/20
All timings subject to change.  Apologies to our antipodean readers for working on northern seasons.

Read more about these books and the latest on their publication on Jemima's blog or by following the Princelings website 

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Reblog from Daily (W)rite - How to Structure a Novel

This excellent post from Michael Dellert on structuring your novel using some very formulaic approaches is very interesting.  You may be a pantser, but it could help sort out your narrative problems when you're editing.  Structure your work better and it may read better, too!

Adapted from the Marshall Plan.  Full details in the link above.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Princelings books in Smashwords Winter/Summer promotion

You can get each of the Princelings series ebooks at half price during July with the Smashwords Summer/Winter promotion (because it’s summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the south).

Although the first ebook is permafree, the rest are either $2.99 or $3.99 at present, and you can get them for $1.50 or $2 with the code SSW50 – which is there right by the ‘Buy’ button.  
The promotion runs to July 31, 11.59 pm Pacific time.
Of course, if you'd rather have the paperbacks, you can find them at and Book Depository.
Happy summer/winter reading!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Bravo Victor Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to John T from Middlesborough, UK, who won the copy of Bravo Victor on the Goodreads Giveaway.

It's all packed up and ready to take to the post office, John!

We'll be waiting to the autumn for another Goodreads Giveaway.  I hope you've enjoyed them.

Watch out for Jemima's next Giveaway Hop next Monday on her blog.