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Clash of the Titan!

Posted: December 22, 2015 in Books, News

It’s been a long time coming, but yes, I have finally scored a new book deal with Titan Books. Full details are here. Obviously I am well stoked about this and can’t wait to get to work. The guys at Titan were great and the series couldn’t be in better hands. Also, props to my agent John Jarrold for making this happen. He really is da man!

In other news, my Steelhaven short story, The Halfwyrd’s Burden, has been produced as an audioshort (if that’s even a thing) on the Far Fetched Fables site here. Have a listen… IT’S FREE!!

It’s been a while…

Posted: September 23, 2015 in News

So I haven’t blogged in what seems like an age. Mainly because that’s pretty much how long it’s been. Over 18 months in fact, but who’s counting? I’m back now anyway so feel free to rejoice…

Finished?

Right, let’s get on with it…

Lord of Ashes, book three in the Steelhaven Trilogy, comes out on the 8th October in the UK and Commonwealth. This marks the end of the series but there are a few threads left dangling tentatively at the end. The jury’s still out on whether there’ll be more novels set in the Free States but the trilogy consists of over a thousand pages of gritty, funny, character-driven fantasy for you to get your chops around, so if you haven’t already you should really buy it… and get all your friends to buy it too! If that’s not enough to get you reaching for your pocket money, have a look at the spiffy trailer for Herald of the Storm

And don’t just take my word for it. This week the French version of the series reached the top ten on Amazon.fr’s fantasy list, outselling my old mate George RR Martin*

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We still don’t have a US publisher yet, for all you folks over the pond, but I’m assured there may be distribution news shortly, so you can all look forward to getting your mits on it very soon.

In other news, I recently made my first panel appearance at NineWorlds in London, which was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. I was talking about Death in Genre alongside such literary luminaries as Paul Cornell and Joe Abercrombie (no I hadn’t heard of him either) and a good time was had by all, once I managed to calm down enough to speak. It remains to be seen whether I’m invited to do another one so I can stare like a rabbit in the headlights and give short yet pithy answers to serious questions. I’m thinking probably not!

As for the future… well you’ll know when I do. I currently have two proposals doing the rounds, which amounts to around 50,000 words of fiction (that’s more or less half a novel for those who don’t know). One is a steampunky adventure, the other’s a more traditional epic fantasy, and I’m hoping they’ll both see the light of day at some point in the near future.

That’s all for now, and I promise not to leave it so long next time. Let’s hope the next blog post is ace news about a six-figure deal… or something!

Be excellent to each other!!!

Rich

*Admittedly I’ve never met him, but I’m sure we’d get on great guns!!

That was the year that was.

Posted: December 31, 2013 in News

So, as 2013 draws to a close I’m sitting back to think on a year with some pretty steep highs and lows. Most of the lows are on a personal level, and I’m not going to bore you with them here, but work-wise things have been going pretty bloody well. Herald of the Storm came out in March to some pretty stonking reviews. It’s sold pretty well for a début epic fantasy in a very crowded market and the four foreign translation deals are nothing to be sniffed at. Book two in the Steelhaven series, The Shattered Crown, is now completed, edited and typeset and copies should be winging their way to book shops early in the new year.

The most satisfying news I’ve had recently is to learn I managed to sneak on Fantasy Faction’s Best of 2013 list at number 13 – it’s true, just take a look! Yes that’s me rubbing shoulders next to Daniel Abraham and Brian McClellan. Go me!

This month I also nabbed the opportunity to do my first bit of voice over work! You wouldn’t think that a dopey sounding Yorkshireman would be anyone’s first choice for narration, but it doesn’t seem to do Sean Bean’s career any harm. Consequently, Mark Lawrence chose me from a very talented bunch of individuals to narrate one of his short stories, which will be available for free, right about as soon as I’ve had the chance to record my dulcet tones.

So that was 2013, and 2014 is set to be just as good a ride. See you there. 🙂

World domination begins…

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Books, News

Lovely news in the form of not one, not two, but three new translation rights deals this week. In addition to the Spanish deal already sealed, Herald of the Storm will soon be available in French, Bulgarian and Italian. Full details are on my agent John Jarrold’s website here. So it’s Nasdrave, Santé and Salute from me!

And we’re off…

Posted: April 25, 2013 in News, Reviews

Today Herald of the Storm hits bookshops in the UK, and you should most definitely buy it. But don’t just take my word for it! Gareth Wilson over at Falcata Times thinks it’s definitely a series to watch, while Ani Johnson at the Bookbag was reduced to tears… in a good way!

So go on, snag yourself a copy while the snagging’s good- – you won’t regret it!

Viva España!

Posted: January 9, 2013 in News

Just a quick post to let you know the news: just got word from Headline that they’ve sold foreign language rights for Herald of the Storm and the other two books in the Steelhaven series to a Spanish publisher! More details on my agent’s site here. Let’s hope this is the first of many!!

The shape of things to come…

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Books, Covers, News

Last week Fantasy Faction listed their Top 10 Anticipated Fantasy Books for 2013 and, though I didn’t make the top 10 I did get an honourable mention alongside the legendary Robin Hobb! Some of you with a keen eye may also notice they’ve revealed the cover… and the title… which has been a closely guarded secret for, ooh, about three days!

For those of you who’d like a bit more, here’s the spread for the hardcover, complete with snappy blurb (which I didn’t write). Clicky for a bigger version:

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Advanced reader copies are impending, so I may well have one in my grubby paws very soon. You, however, will have to wait until April. Unless of course you’re very nice to me, or offer hard cash, in which case I’ll see what I can do!

Edit: They’ve also done a Most Anticipated from April-June 2013 list over at A Fantastical Librarian. Guess who’s on it!