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Derfel Cadarn

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  1. I’m an unknown and two of my books are about vampires (fuck you very much, Twilight). You’ve your own site which wpukd help. A recent novel from my publisher, Million Eyes, seems to have been fairly successful and had a successful event at a Waterstones. That author also has his own website and followers. I believe my publisher’s bestseller has sales in the 5 figures, so it’s not all doom and gloom. JKR’s first Strike book sold about 1200 books before she was outed as author. Imm on my phone so apologies for typos. Will goninto bit more detail tomorrow when on laptop.
  2. An advsntage of ebooks is, if a small press author can promote well, logistics arent a problem. But yes, it’s very hard to get ‘out there’. Getting reviewer interest is difficult; I sent, at no small expense, two of my books to Locus magazine in America, but not yrt had either reviewed. I sent one book to British Fantasy Society and got a good review. I’ve sold between 15-20 (that I know of) books to people on this site, but it helped being a longstanding member. Had i joined just to pimp my books, I suspect I’d hsvr been ignored. A lot of the time, it’s an author no one’s heard of being reviewed by a blogger no one reads; but if they copy the review onto Goodreads/Amazon, it at least make a small differennce. Resurrection Men has sold roughly 150 copies (ebook and paperback). Not sure exactly. Thorns of a Black Rose is maybe about 75/80. Lord of the Hunt is maybe about 50-55 so far, in the 6 months since launch. But covid hasnt helped sales; another small press, Inspired Quill (eho published Roose Bolton’s Pet Leech’s Wise Phuul) reported a drop in sales of 75%. Some reckon the drop in sales (affecting everyone) is due to financial insecirity and people working through tbr piles; my theory is that many people no longer have a 10+ hour commute every week, they no longer need so many books.
  3. ID’d for wine again at supermarket, I’m 41. Legal age is 18 in the UK But they generally ask for ID if you look 25 or under. That’s the third time this year (at least 2 were while masked).
  4. Copy arrives tomorrow... Better not suck, not after the disappointment thst was Peace Talks
  5. I failed to get an agent, however applied direct to a few small presses (independent publishers), which is how I got published.
  6. Wrote 10 pages on Thursday, almost finished the core story of The Blood Hour Introduced a time travel element to link the different ages. Also decided to drop the main flashback stuff and instead expand and write as a novella to either release free or kindle unlimited to try and hook people into getting The Blood Hour if/when published. So I figure about 12 chapters left to write.
  7. I’ve got but still to read the novea and two novels. Will wait until nearer book 3’s release and start a full re-read.
  8. Slowly getting there with the first draft of fantasy novel The Blood Hour, 71k words done. The published 'prelude' novel, Thorns of a Black Rose, is about 75k words, but this story is more ambitious with more characters. The desert crossing scenes were tough to write, so I'm going to condense the jungle scenes. Don't want to bore the reader with too much travelling. After that, I need to do the flashback chapters (about 5 or 6, set in the far north as opposed to the main story being set in what's essentially north to west Africa. Then I need to write some 'flash forward' chapters set about 2000 years in the future with a tech level equivalent to ours. Will be interesting to write gunfights (with arcanists too) in the city of Mask in the same book featuring Conan-esq heists and gladiator fights. One plotline that ties them together will be a temple heist in the main setting (swords & sorcery), with a follow-up break-in in the same temple 2000 years later. Some characters will cross over. I see a few people worrying about their work not being good. Don't worry about the first draft, it's essentially just building the structure of the story. Descriptions and nuanced character interactions can be polished in later drafts, but you can't polish a blank page. It too me about seven years to get Resurrection Men to a publishable state, with the first and final drafts bearing little resemblance. However I wrote sequel Lord of the Hunt in just under two years. The Blood Hour's next draft will definitely need a lot of work to get the character interactions right. Shukara, Tamira and Jassasn return from the previous book, and had POV sections. However, I want to make Shukara a bit more distant in The Blood Hour, so will be reducing her POV time. Tamira's backstory was largely explored in the previous book and her carry-over storyline from that book is resolved quite early on. Jassan doesn;t have a massive story at this point; at this stage he's an accomplished desert ranger, but when they move into the jungle and beyond as the books develop, he'll be much more a fish out of water. More focus will be given to the new characters: Garius is a sellsword, essentially an unwilling D&D Blackguard-type character. Roan is a bit of a Conan homage, a northerner enslaved in battle and transported south to become a gladiator. He just wants to return to his hard-pressed people, but is half a world away. He's completely a fish out of water and relies on his companions to navigate the foreign land he's in. As the books progress and move to 'Europe', the tables will be turned somewhat. An interesting character I've written is Song, a gender-ambiguous 'Asian' monk (i.e healer and martial arts adept) on a quest of their own. Once the second draft is done, I hope to find a sensitivity reader to help me not be offensive where this character is concerned. One thing that is interesting is how the other characters react to Song's gender ambiguity; pan-sexual Garius, while a bit of a cad, respects Song's privacy and choices in this regard. Shukara's known fellow magi who've transitioned to some degree, able to use their magick to alter body chemistry where hormones are concerned. (To use magick, a mage must understand the 'rules' of the universe in order to bend them, i.e physics, biology, chemistry). Some of the other characters are less understanding, some thinking Song is a woman making a bad job of pretending to be a man for self-protection, or perhaps a male eunach who no longer considers himself a man. Coming from different lands and cultures, it's interesting to write the differing perspectives. I'd hoped to have The Blood Hour done and submitted to my publisher by end of the year for (hopeful!) publication next year, but that may be overly optimistic. I thought lockdown would help, but the whole Covid uncertainty has made it difficult to concentrate somewhat. Even if it was finished, the publishing industry is even more precarious now. What I am hoping to do this year is finish Diabolic Immunity, a supernatural police procedural like the Rivers of London books. It's set in contemporary Glasgow and is in the same universe as my 19th century Sooty Feathers books (Resurrection Men and Lord of the Hunt). I've been working on it on and off since 2012 and think I've finally resolved how I want the plot to go and significant amendments I need to make to what was a finished first draft. All going well, I'll have it finished by year's end. Other than that, my other goal is to finish plotting out Lucifer & Son, book 3 in the Sooty Feathers, as well as roughly plot out the last book in the quartet. My plan is to finish Lucifer & Son by the end of next year, and the last book by end of the following year. We'll see.
  9. Real. No vampires or anythibg like that; mostly demon-possession, ghosts etc. Evil book. The detective is kind of aware albeit a bit in denial.
  10. James Oswald’s Inspector Maclean crime novels are quite good. They’re set in Edinburgh and have a supernatural element.
  11. Had to get daughter covid tested dur to cough - negative Back to nursery tomorrow
  12. Yeah. The ewoks were inspired partly by the Vietcong
  13. Maybe the Corpsetaker had to do something specific to keep their power, whereas didn’t do it when movong Luccio’s soul, and so something was lost?
  14. Also, the mantle alters their personality over time; we see that with Harry and the Winter mantle.
  15. I concur with most of the criticismss. Book way too short and unresolved for the price. The peace talks were a big let down. The threesome-stuff was eye-rolling. In fairness, at least Butcher hasn’t gone down the route urban fantasy writers often do and turn it into porn. Battle Ground had better deliver.
  16. Resurrection Men is featuring in a 7-day blog tour from the 27th! https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/resurrection-men Assuming it goes well, I’ll do one for Lord of the Hunt. And maybe Thorns of a Black Rose, which I need to push more.
  17. I did a brief book reading of Resurrection Men for Super Relaxed Fantasy Chat, who are hosting a different author every day on YouTube. Edit: Oh God, that was dreadful! Last time I wing it without notes. Apologies for the crappy oration. :/
  18. Never heard of Jaspar Fforde, but when someone writes a 5* review and tells you they loved your book, you tend not to question their taste :p
  19. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3381533088?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1 A review of Thorns of a Black Rose; the (female) reviewer commented favourably on my depiction of the two main characters (both female).
  20. No (my books are sort-of that :P) . Oswald’s much subtler. There’s definitely a supernatural element (demons, spirits, magic of a sort), but it’s quite lowkey. Maclean mostly believes, but he’s also a bit in denial. There is a ‘community’ of sorts but as of book 5 we only see glimpses of it. Maclean can see elements of the supernatural but has no powers as such.
  21. Yeah I think he’s confused Sapowsky with Tchaikovsky. James Oswald is the Scottish writer who mentioned he gets a bigger advsncr for his crime fiction. I’vr not read his fantasy stiff but enjoy the crime stuff, set in Edinburgh, and has a supernatural element. The Inspector Maclean series. He oroginally self-pubbed thr first couple of crime books, and got a trad publisher when they did well. Which might explain the better deal. Also, Tartan Noir is quite popular
  22. I’m lucky in that my publisher pays an advance (mid 3 figures) per book; it’s not uncommon for small presses to pay no advance. It’ll be some time before (if ever) I earn it out. As interesting to read the comments from fairly known writers like the above and Tchaikovsky. JK Nemsin (sp) had quite a lot to say.
  23. As Ants to the Gods, an alternate history novel by Alex Burcher comes out on kindle tomorrow, and paperback in August. It essentially explores what would have happened if the Moors in 711 CE had defeated the Franks at Tour. https://elsewhen.press/index.php/catalogue/title/as-ants-to-the-gods/ It's published by Elsewhen Press, an independent publisher. The link has links to the usual ebook vendors plus more info. My own 3rd published novel, Lord of the Hunt (Sooty Feathers #2) came out as paperback last week, available direct from the publisher's site (or Amazon UK). Postage is a bit costly, though. As it's through Amazon marketplace, Amazon basically make up an estimated arrival date of approx. 3 weeks or more, but the books always arrive much sooner, usually about a week.
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