Wading Through the Short Stories

I write a lot. It’s left me with too much to share, so today I’m offering an opportunity to get involved with more of my short fiction.

It’s taken maybe half a year to get the sequel to  Under Ordshaw ready for publication (still tentatively titled Blue Angel), but I’ve got some half a dozen other novels waiting. Not ideas, whole stewing novels. The Worst Survive, an action-packed dystopian thriller from the world of A Most Apocalyptic Christmas, is waiting for its polish. A fantasy epic from 6 years ago is screaming for attention, too.

Those novels will all get professional attention from my editor eventually – when I can invest the time and money they deserve. And when they’ve got that attention, they’ll fly out into the world like beautiful butterflies. Or fiendish bats, whatever.

It’s another case for my short stories.

When Tracy Fells, won the short story competition we ran this year, she said her winning story had previously been entered in no less than 16 competitions. It had been revised many more times than that. She spent a lot of time on that short story – and she finally reaped the rewards.

I can sympathise with how much attention a short story needs. Sometimes it feels like as much work as a novel. The problem is, it’s easier to remember which novels I’ve written. I’ve got a whole heap of short stories that I took a few stabs at and then forgot existed.

That’s where I’m at: I have lots of unpublished work waiting to be shared, and the short stories have aren’t getting the love they (maybe) deserve.

Now, if you want to read them, I want to share them.

Hopefully, if you’re reading this then you’ve seen The Wrong Way. If you haven’t you can get it on my mailing list, right here. I also put Wheel, from the Estalia universe, sometime last year. They give a taste of my styles – I’ve got a little contemporary, a little fantasy, a little sci-fi, a little horror. A lucky dip of absurdity.

If you’d like to read more short stories for free, I’ll be sending some directly to the inboxes of those who show an interest. Mailing list members will have received this request already, you just need to click the link in the email. If you’re not signed up, join here and let me know you want more shorts!

SPFBO 2018 Opens Today – with over 100 books on offer

SPFBO 2018

It’s an exciting day for self-published fantasy authors and readers alike, as the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) 2018 kicks off today. Especially exciting for me because Under Ordshaw is in the contest!

If you’re not familiar with the contest, it’s an annual competition hosted by fantasy author Mark Lawrence. It’s been responsible for some massive successes from self-published authors, including Senlin Ascends (one the best books I read in 2017, self-published or otherwise) and the rollicking The Grey Bastards (one I’m reading right now).

How does it work? 300 books enter, 1 leaves.

10 bloggers/blog teams will read 30 books each, deciding upon semi-finalists and then forwarding a single finalist for all the other blogs to read. The 10 finalists will be reviewed 10 times, and one is declared the winner. To great aplomb. You can learn all about it HERE.

To make things extra thrilling for anyone following the contest, from August 1st to 5th only, over 100 of the contending books are available at only $0.99/£0.99. Check out the full list HERE. there’s a great gamut of different fantasy genres – I’ve got my eye on a few.

Under Ordshaw is one of the many on offer, so if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, check it out HERE. Who knows how far it’ll get in what promises to be a strong competition – but it’s been a great experience before it’s even begun, thanks to the community surrounding the contest. And I’ve seen some positive vibes sent the book’s way already, so fingers crossed!