The Archipelago Has Launched! (Part Two)

Two weeks down the line, and it’s time for the second half of that announcement. And what a two weeks: the ebook edition of ARCHIPELAGO, the historical naval fantasy which I co-wrote with Charlotte Ashley and Kurt Hunt over a year ago, has been quietly selling some copies of itself while I’ve been wrestling with the forces of evil to get a print-on-demand version finalized for publication. And now I have!

At the dawn of the Age of Discovery, three portals break open to a mysterious alien world. Three nations take the first bold voyages through the portals, changing the course of history as we know it. On the other side, thousands of island chains hide ancient ruins, sophisticated artifacts and complex messages from a long-dead civilization, now reclaimed by the land, the sea, and the huge creatures that have come to dominate the ocean planet. This is a world that rewards the brave, the reckless, and the ambitious. Those who cross through the portals and stake their claims on this new world can reach out and claim wealth, fame, and power — if they don’t get killed

Paperback:

USA | UK | Spain | France | Germany | Italy | Japan

Ebook:

USA | UK | Canada | Australia | Mexico | Brazil | Japan

Spain | France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | India

The ebook is priced at more or less your regional equivalent of five American dollars, and the paperback is going for $16.50 — but to make up for that (and help you overcome the torturous wait for delivery) anyone who buys the print edition can immediately pick up a digital copy for free! Unlike our pluky adventurers, you only get the best of both worlds…

We hope you give it a try, and if you do it would be simply wonderful of you to leave us a review where you bought it — and maybe on Goodreads as well. Word of mouth makes all the difference, and in any case we’d love to know what people think.
Now, a brief salute to those who helped us out. A book is nothing without it’s wrapping, and the Archipelago logo (or Archipelogo as it should inevitably be referred to) was designed for us by writer and artist Holly Caelum Heisey, whose beautiful work you can sample here. Our cover illustration is by fantastic/fantasy artist Jorge Jacinto, whose portfolio is well worth a browse – and here’s the complete image that you’re only getting a taste of from our front cover above:

Our thanks to you if you’ve made it this far, double-thanks if you actually pick up a copy of the book! And will there be more from the Archipelago in future, do I hear you ask? Help us to top of the best-seller charts and the chances will only get better… 😉

The Archipelago Has Launched! (Part One)

Look at that! Two posts in less than thirty days! See how nice I treat you now? Real special!

Speaking of all the nice things I do for you, here’s some lovely news: a year after my writerly collaborators Charlotte Ashley and Kurt Hunt and I wrapped up the first season of our alternate history naval fantasy serial, ARCHIPELAGO, we are releasing the epic novel-length version of the same.

Archipelagothe-serial ended up at almost 150,000 words, so it was always going to become a book. But serial magazines and novels are different beasts, so we’ve polished and restructured the original material and added new content from the Kickstarter rewards. The result is a longer, smoother, more richly-flavoured blend that… mmm. Anyone else fancy a coffee all of a sudden?

You can check out our fancy new site at the link above, or skip the middle man and go directly to the ebook from any of the following links, where for a short time it is only 2.99 in your local currency:

USA | UK | Canada | Australia | Mexico | Brazil | Japan

Spain | France | Germany | Italy | Netherlands | India

And expect another post imminently — the glorious paperback version is coming out soon

The Other Side

You know what’s going to be the best thing (well, maybe) about participating in a serial novel/magazine/whateverthisthingwe’redoingis?

Having a reason to stick a blog post up on a regular basis.

The ARCHIPELAGO launch month went great: we raised over £500 via Kickstarter, which is five times what I hoped we’d manage, meaning we’ve got a nice bit of money with which to source cover art for the end-of-year book that’s in our collective future; and we lured in to our Patreon platform over ten times more subscribers than we have writers! (that’s a PR-massaged way of saying “thirty-one readers”, but I stand by it)

Still, that was then, this is now: June is when the project really begins in earnest, with thrice-monthly episodes For Subscriber’s Eyes Only. If you want to join us for the larger journey, it’s only $1pm for inbox and browser reading, only $2pm for the luxury ebook too! You’ll get three new chapters/stories every month, plus the chance to influence the story with the Pearl Polls, through with the readers can throw problems or prizes into the path of the rival factions seeking their fortune amongst the islands.

If you’ve not yet checked us out, allow me to suggest you start with my freebie episode IN EXTREMIS — it’s free to read, now and forever. And, when you get to the mighty cliff-hanger it ends on, you’ll be primed for what follows in my first “real” episode…

THE OTHER SIDE

get your dollar ready!