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  • GuiltySpark 15 Dec 2012 19:00:15 6,324 posts
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    There seems to be a recurring theme with self published books on Amazon that they are all some part of a "chronicle", is this just a marketing technique or what? Seems to happen a lot.

    Get bent.

  • steve1979 15 Dec 2012 19:48:12 1,988 posts
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    No idea. Mine is a series of books, Chronicle seemed like the best word to use to describe them as they go through the main character's life.
  • steve1979 15 Dec 2012 19:48:16 1,988 posts
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    No idea. Mine is a series of books, Chronicle seemed like the best word to use to describe them as they go through the main character's life.
  • chrisno21 16 Jan 2013 14:22:01 1,470 posts
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    steve1979 wrote:
    My second book, Born of Hatred, was published today. I'm currently excited, nervous and bricking it, all at the same time.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Hatred-Hellequin-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AOLBMO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355593249&sr=8-1
    Just saw this and bought it. Enjoyed the first a lot and looking forward to the read.

    PSN/NNID: chrisno21
    twitter: @NumbersFox

  • Randomlampy 16 Jan 2013 15:03:37 580 posts
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    Nice one matey, I like getting some use of the old kindle and for the price "Crimes.." was an enjoyable read. Happy to grab book 2, well bumped Chrisno :)
  • krisbums 7 Feb 2013 03:11:02 12 posts
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    Do you have plans on publishing it in form of a book??? ;) i appreciate more the story if its in a physical form... hihihihi...
  • steve1979 12 Feb 2013 18:20:30 1,988 posts
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    I'm glad you guys enjoyed the books.

    There are physical copes on amazon, but because they're through createspace they're quite expensive.
  • steve1979 12 Apr 2013 08:16:22 1,988 posts
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    It's been a while since I last posted, so I figured I'd give you an update to book 3.

    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/update-3-1/

    Also, I'm off to London Book Fair this Monday. I've never gone before, so I don't really know what to expect, but I'm looking forward to it.
  • steve1979 3 Jun 2013 17:57:45 1,988 posts
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    Okay, today I've posted a blog about when book 3, With Silent Screams will be released. As I've just signed a 3 book deal with 47North. There's also a chance for someone to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/the-good-the-bad-and-the-awesome/
  • CosmicFuzz 3 Jun 2013 18:31:00 23,337 posts
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    That's awesome steve, that's like my dream! Good on you.

    I'm hoping to get mine ready for publishing by end of the year. Did you try publishers before going for kindle store out of interest?

    Looking for a new gaming podcast to listen to? LOOK NO FURTHER!

  • Metalfish 3 Jun 2013 18:44:38 8,791 posts
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    Well done. I shall smolder with jealousy when I should be inspired. Note which of those things requires more effort.
  • RichieTenenbaum 3 Jun 2013 18:53:06 2,181 posts
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    Steve, that's amazing!

    I'm about half way through a thing. I kinda want to put it on kindle at some point.

    Is it worth it? Anyone got any sales figures they'd like to share? I think I would be crushed if it didn't sell a million.
  • steve1979 3 Jun 2013 18:56:04 1,988 posts
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    @CosmicFuzz I did try publishers first, yeah. I went for an agent and got nowhere apart from a few 'thanks very much', and 'it's good, but not for us at this time', replies.

    It's kinda weird that after all that, it was a publisher who sought me out. And it's happening more and more with people who publish independently.

    End of the year is a good time, a lot of people have big sales then. My only advise (not that you asked for it), is to get a good cover, a good editor and if you can afford it, pay for a blog tour (you can do it yourself, but it's a huge ball ache).

    Thanks very much, it's been a weird few months knowing it's all happening. And good luck on your book. Post a link on Eurogamer when you've done it.
  • Benno 3 Jun 2013 18:57:13 9,797 posts
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    Well done Steve, looks like your books are doing really well!
  • steve1979 3 Jun 2013 18:58:17 1,988 posts
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    @Metalfish :-) I've never made someone smoulder before. It's a bit unsettling.

    if I can prove one thing, it's that anyone can do it.
  • steve1979 3 Jun 2013 19:00:20 1,988 posts
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    @RichieTenenbaum I did a blog post on them back in March.

    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/fun-with-maths/

    Quick answer, I'd sold 22,000 copies of both books combined since I published book 1 last April. 10,000 of those from Jan to March this year.

    I'm at a point where I could write fulltime by the end of the year. Which is a dream come true for me.
  • steve1979 3 Jun 2013 19:00:47 1,988 posts
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    @Benno Thanks very much. They've done better than I'd ever thought they woud. It's amazing.
  • RichieTenenbaum 3 Jun 2013 19:08:57 2,181 posts
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    steve1979 wrote:
    @RichieTenenbaum I did a blog post on them back in March.

    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/fun-with-maths/

    Quick answer, I'd sold 22,000 copies of both books combined since I published book 1 last April. 10,000 of those from Jan to March this year.

    I'm at a point where I could write fulltime by the end of the year. Which is a dream come true for me.
    That's incredible. Well done!
  • steve1979 3 Jun 2013 20:09:29 1,988 posts
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    Thanks very much. It's been a bit surreal, but awesome none-the-less.
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    Eeee. That's awesome. Nicely done!
  • Metalfish 3 Jun 2013 21:00:39 8,791 posts
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    Oi, steve. Pimp your book in the EG author's guild sticky too. That thread's been deader than my sense of self-worth lately.
  • steve1979 30 Aug 2013 10:59:54 1,988 posts
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    Ladies and Gents, in preparation for the book's relaunch by 47North on 17th September, I'm pleased to bring you the new cover for Crimes Against Magic.

    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/crimes-against-magic-new-cover/
  • mrpon 30 Aug 2013 11:02:28 28,487 posts
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    Is that the new inFamous game? ;)

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • TheSaint 30 Aug 2013 11:04:37 14,201 posts
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    Am I the only one who assumes that The Final Countdown would be playing in the background as he waves around those sparklers?
  • steve1979 21 Nov 2013 09:51:34 1,988 posts
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    As it's been a while since I posted anything in here, I thought I'd update the few of you who might be interested in how things are going.

    Well, books 1 and 2 were re-published in Sept and since then they've gone on to be number 1 in 4 genres in several countries. I've broken into the top 100 best selling books in USA and Canada, so the Hellequin Chronicles is now considered a bestselling series, which makes me a bestselling author. Which is, as you might guess, pretty damn great.

    I have a novella coming out in a few weeks, so I've been working on that and getting book 3's launch ready for Feb next year. It's all a bit mad to be honest, especially with having a fulltime job and trying to write books. But then everyone who writes dreams of the day they can do it for a living.

    If you're interested in the Novella, I'll past the link to my blog with info about it. http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/infamous-reign/

    That's pretty much it for me at the moment. I recently tried to get an agent, which is still not exactly an easy proposition, so I may continue trying or just give up for the moment.
  • DaM 21 Nov 2013 09:54:51 12,902 posts
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    Well done, that's really impressive.
  • thrawn 21 Nov 2013 10:57:11 891 posts
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    Good stuff. I've really enjoyed the first two books and can't wait for number three.
  • steve1979 21 Nov 2013 11:00:31 1,988 posts
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    Thanks very much to both of you. It's been a cool few months.

    Glad you're enjoying the books thrawn.
  • steve1979 21 Nov 2013 19:31:12 1,988 posts
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    Also, if anyone is interested, I'm having a competition for someone to win signed copiies of the MP3 audio CD for each of my books.


    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/hellequin-chronicles-competition/
  • steve1979 5 Dec 2013 12:16:45 1,988 posts
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    I've got the prologue to book 3, With Silent Screams, on my blog today.


    http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/with-silent-screams-prologue/
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