Hey, ya pack of ferals! So, 2020 has been a surreal year so far. Trump seems to be on a mission to slowly self-destruct, my own country is falling apart at the seams, and there’s a global pandemic which feels like it escaped out of a Matthew Reilly novel.

However weird lockdown has been, Coronavirus has done one thing for me professionally. It’s given me the time to look over a few things, put a few things in motion, and grab some opportunities, and so I have three things to announce.

Firstly, I’ve had the time to accept that my website was awful! It’s taken a while (and it’s not close to finished yet) but the new, all-singing, all-dancing website is now live.

So what does the new site mean for you? Well, firstly it means a website that doesn’t look like it was drawn in crayon. Beyond that, it means a new blog, and access to my mailing list sign-up page where you can grab a free copy of Reaver, the Riven Wyrde novella.

In a few days, I should have an online store up and running. It’s going to take a bit of doing (which will largely involve me swearing at the screen until I man up and ask for help) but, eventually, you will be able to order signed copies of my books. Not only that, but I’ll be running a huge sale on the first edition copies I have left, in an attempt to reclaim some shelf space!

But wait, there’s more!

After entering SPFBO three times, and being a semi-finalist twice, I’ve joined forces with the ranks of blogger judges and this year I will be working with Esme and Kristin at The Weatherwax Report.

If you’ve never heard of SPFBO, it’s a writing competition created by Mark Lawrence. Essentially the goal of the competition is to shine a light on self-published books, and to chip away at the stigma that independent publishing still has. A lot of this has to do with the conflating of independent (or self) publishing with vanity presses. Some of it has to do with self-published books that have poor covers, and substandard editing. That said, I’ve run across traditionally published stinkers too.

SPFBO has no cash prize. Until fairly recently it had no prize at all. It does nothing more than shine a light on independent authors and I’m fiercely proud to be a part of it.

Now, I did say that I had three things to announce but sadly I can’t talk about the third thing just yet. (Sorry. Not sorry.) I’d like to think that announcement can come this week though.

Until then, try to be good humans and maybe read something.

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