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.

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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.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Perihelix withdrawn pending a second edition

The Read to Review programme from Goodreads' Space Opera group generated further detailed feedback which has resulted in removing The Perihelix from sale with immediate effect.

Jemima intends to revise the book, putting it through all the editing processes as usual, and bring it back out later in the year.

If you bought an ebook version, you should be able to upload the second edition free of change, unless she makes so many changes that a new title and ISBN is the preferred route.  If that happens, we will make vouchers available to our early purchasers via the Viridian Series newsletter.  So sign up to get the latest news.

And at that point - we discover that the Viridian Series website's mailing list is down.  Please use the email follow button and we'll let you know when the newsletter sign up is back online.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May update

We have a lot of action on at present:

Princelings of the East

For the Princelings series, Jemima is returning to the seventh book, which had 'about a third' drafted last year.  She reckons she has to outline the last book in order to complete the seventh, and since she never outlines, she's been putting it off!
The paperbacks continue to be available at the Book Depository and other stores, as well as the ebooks online at Amazon, Apple, B&N, and Smashwords.
Bravo Victor is our May Goodreads Giveaway.  If you're a Goodreads Member, do enter for a chance of winning one paperback copy, sent anywhere in the world.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bravo Victor by Jemima Pett

Bravo Victor

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends May 31, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
We also have a giveaway for Children's Book Week, running until May 8th.

Viridian System

Jemima completed the first draft of Book 2 at Camp NaNoWriMo, and (not unusually) couldn't let go so wrote an opening to Book 3 as well!  She's letting it fester for a but before returning to edit it.  You can read more about this, and her thoughts on the title, on the Viridian System website.

We are offering 10 copies of the ebook to members of the Space Opera Fans group on Goodreads in their Read to Review programme.  If you are not a Space Opera Fan member, then leave a comment below if you're willing to commit to a review on your blog and at least one buying site (including Goodreads) by the end of September 2016.


The BookElves are considering whether to do a third volume this autumn.  The general consensus appears to be that everyone is willing to contribute, but nobody has much time to put it together and promote it.  Since Jemima aims to get one book out this autumn, we think Volume 3 will probably be postponed for one year, but  no firm decision has been made.

White Water Landings

We are considering changing the version that is available in print. At present there is a Createspace paperback, and the Blurb-produced souvenir hardcover with spot colour.  Given the time problems we have in receiving our own copies from Createspace (due to shipping and customs etc, it usually takes two month for a consignment of books to reach us here in the UK) we produced an edition with minor amendments through Blurb - meaning to do the paperback, but a new hardback edition was produced as well.  These are currently only available through the Blurb store.  We may swap those over so the Blurb edition becomes the internationally available  hardcover and paperback, and leave the Createspace paperback and Blurb colour version available in the respective online stores.  You would then be able to order those versions via this site (and the White Water Landings website) if you preferred.  It might affect prices too - probably reducing the cover price to you.

Friday, 22 April 2016

April events and work in progress

As mentioned last month, Jemima attended the 'Flying through the Thirties' symposium at Croydon Airport, where her display of her father's archive was well received. Among things mentioned were the Q code system of communication - and the manual is in the archive.  The book White Water Landings caught people's attention, too.  There are plans to attend a Croydon Airport Museum Open Day in September or October.

Jemima talks through the Q code book with a visitor

Camp NaNoWriMo has given Jemima the impetus to get on with Book 2 of the Viridian System series - it still lacks a title, but it has reached about 82% of the anticipated word count.  Jemima comments: "It's a lot of adventure, with some mystery and plenty of twists, but I need to work on the action element once it gets to the editing stage."  Yes, that's a first draft for you!

Jemima plans to do Camp NaNo again in July to focus on the seventh Princelings book - provisionally called The Chronicles of Willoughby the Narrator.

Watch out for a Goodreads Giveaway next month - Bravo Victor will complete the romp through the Princelings paperbacks.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

A busy month for Jemima

March has been a busy month for Jemima Pett as she has been preparing for next month's A to Z Challenge.  She revealed her theme this week; pop over to her blog to see what she's doing.

On Saturday she attended the Ely Writers' Day, which was fascination for the range of topics covered, and lots of useful tips.  For example, she can become a member of Cambridgeshire libraries even though she doesn't live in Cambridge, and take advantage of their online catalogues for research.  Cambridgeshire and Norfolk use different distribution systems, too, so the ebooks listed may differ.  As a thank you, Jemima donated paperbacks of all six Princelings of the East books and a hardcover copy of White Water Landings to the library.

Jemima was one of the finalists in the Ely Writers Centre short story competition, and was very pleased to come third in this, her first attempt at a competition.

Preparations are in hand for the Airminded Symposium at Croydon Airport Museum on 16th April.  Apart from the new banner we revealed in February, she's preparing displays of her father's photographs, some documents and flying manuals, and some extracts from the books.  Booking is now open for this event, you can get a direct link from the post on White Water Landings website, but we've experienced some difficulty with it even so.  Tickets cost £35, and include a three-course lunch and a tour of the museum.

All this prep work is to leave her time to focus on writing book 2 of the Viridian System series during Camp NaNoWriMo in April.  The focus she gets at Camp to finish 2000 words a day is worth the effort, Jemima says. "It's all about time management, especially with A to Z Challenge people to visit later in the day.  I write first, get some fresh air and exercise, then attend to the blogging in the evening.  I don't know why I don't do that all the time, really."

Well, you know what they say; if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.

Next weekend is Easter, so we wish you a happy Easter, Passover, and any other celebration you make.