Revised Chronicles paperback now available

chronicles of marsh small version

This was embarrassing. I looked through the paperback edition of Chronicles of Marsh when it arrived in late October last year, and didn’t spot any problems. Imagine my shock and horror when I read through it before finalising Princelings Revolution and found several chapters with many of the paragraphs misformatted.

chronicles of marsh small version

Technical difficulty – seeing the editing box

It was all down to the need to format the paragraphs individually, in my paperback publishing system. If you want indented starts or a line between paragraphs you do it manually. Tedious but simple. Blurb has made many improvements to its BookWright interface over the years, but the font on screen is around 8pt, and you can’t enlarge the box. I’ve tried, including using the accessibility features.

Generally speaking, I can scroll down a mass of text and see where a paragraph ends. Then tab, and scroll on to the next one. I was either tired, or suffering visibility problems, because I missed a lot of them – mostly when the paragraph ended at the end of a line. Equally disturbing were the tabs in the middle of paragraphs. I’d obviously thought the end of a sentence was the end of a paragraph.

These are understandable mistakes. What I can’t understand is first, why I didn’t see this when going through the online proofing tool, and second, why I didn’t see it when I got the paperback in my hand.


The only excuse I can offer is the stress of moving. I uploaded Chronicles on 2nd November. We were trying to complete the legal stuff (I desperately wanted it completed by 25th in order to qualify to vote in my new constituency). Eventually we completed on 13th December. First one hitch with my buyers, who were allowing me three months free tenancy, and then with my solicitors simply seeming slow. I think once Chronicles was out in all formats, I got on with the moving stuff.

But failing to check is no excuse. Unfortunately, Blurb will not adjust the book without issuing a new ISBN, so I’ve been through the pages on here changing the ISBN for ordering. The old version is now not available, but Amazon will probably continue to list it forever – but I did change the book information to say it was withdrawn, so I hope that helps.

Buy the paperback!

The Ingram distribution system is now rolling out the new version (ed 1.1) to all bookstores. It will probably show at Amazon, B&N, etc in a few days although up to six weeks is possible. You can order it by its new ISBN 9781715725402 at your favourite store. Sorry about that.

If you’ve already bought the paperback, it’s readable. But if you want to exchange it, let me know, including an example of an obvious formatting mistake (page number), and I’ll send you the new version via Book Depository.

Our Blog Tour Starts Today

My blog tour featuring the new paperbacks of the Princelings series starts today with four blog visits:

On Wednesday we move on to Padme’s Library and Fire & Ice Book Tours, both of whom are doing interviews. Heather at Padme’s Library asks me about my favourite part of the creative process, and then gets me to say who I’d like to co-author with, which I found very difficult to answer!   Shelly at Fire & Ice got me to admit to my favourite books and movies, and also squeezed out of me how I get inspiration.

Thursday’s two visits start with What Shall We Blog About Today – that’s not a question, it’s the blog title – where Kristy is doing an excerpt – in addition to the giveaway, of course.  I’m also visiting BookSkater where Arnie is doing another excerpt.

Author Sandy Smith is hosting me on Friday or Saturday with a fantastic new interview with Princeling George – or Prince Engineer George as he is now.  Tonya (my wonderful tour host) is featuring me in two places, one on Friday, and on her blog on Saturday.

Don’t forget to visit all of these wonderful people and enter the Giveaway for some great Princelings of the East prizes as well as a gift card.

Come back next Monday to see where we are going then – it’s a busy day, I can tell you!

The Princelings of the East blog tour 2015 is organised by My Family’s Heart

Princelings Paperbacks and my Blog Tour sign-up

With so many things going on, I decided to wait a little before relaunching the Princelings paperbacks.  But there’s always a flurry of new releases in September, so I’m starting now!

Buy the Princelings paperbacks at my page at the Book Depository

They list each of them as currently unavailable, but they’ll order it if you want it.  I expect they get a batch in if they start getting orders for them, but not until.  They ship nearly everywhere free of charge, so why not give it a go.

Amazon also has them all listed, some are linked to the Kindle editions, some aren’t.  I don’t have any control over that, I’m afraid.  Funnily enough, Amazon had all the paperbacks except for Talent Seekers for a while; Barnes & Noble ONLY have Talent Seekers listed.  The vagaries of the book publishing metadata world!

Then, there’s the blog tour, organised by My Family’s Heart, it runs from 22nd September to 5th October.  You can sign up here if you’re interested.

Finally, there’s a complete set to be given away somewhere, somewhen and I haven’t decided how, yet.  Watch this space!


Talent Seekers and Bravo Victor paperbacks

The paperback versions of The Talent Seekers and Bravo Victor are nearly ready.  I’m just waiting to see them in my hand before releasing them to the world 🙂  I was trying to keep the price below £6 / $9 but it looks like they’ll have to go out at £6.25 or £6.50.

I’m now working on Lost City, after which I’ll be finalising the three trilogy paperbacks, which will have a slightly lower retail price (well, at least the first two will).  I’m just waiting for the new cover for Traveler, which has caused Dani and I much angst (well, me angst and Dani frustration, I expect) before setting that up too.  That’s the trouble when you love the original cover so much you don’t want to change it, yet taking the guinea pig off the front seems to be a good idea.

I’ll be releasing them all together, and I think they’ll be available in stores worldwide from late June, but you may have to order them by ISBN.  Watch here for links when they come out.