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WIPJoy Month: The Star-Studded Black

I’ve kind-of announced The Star-Studded Black on Twitter and Facebook, but it’s time to do so officially here, too.

The Star-Studded Black is a full-length novel due for release in 2018, a follow-on set in the same universe as my debut novella We Sail Off To War. It follows the exploits of war correspondent Lloyd Church and gunboat captain Aubrey Harper as they face off against the Exile Navy in a new theater of the Exile War. As my most important current work in progress, it’s currently taking part in WIPJoy, a month-long question-and-answer social media event in which I tell you a little about it.

You can find more information on my Twitter or Facebook pages (see the links in the sidebar). Alternately, starting on Friday, I’ll be reproducing my WIPJoy answers here on a weekly basis, so those of you who avoid social media can see them too.

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Summer Update

Happy summertime, northern hemisphere readers! The days are long, the evenings are warm, and your author is enjoying the annual march of the Pennsylvania jungle. I’ve also been busy with writing tasks, hence this Official News-style update.

Nathaniel Cannon and the Panamanian Idol

The serial running at the website has concluded, so if you were waiting for a full-length story, now’s the time to drop by. Next up, we return to the world of The Long Retreat for some ongoing story.

Summer Project Announcements

Stay tuned for news about two new book releases, as well as some news on OpenTafl. I’m very excited about the former, especially since one of them is a novel-length project, and also something I haven’t otherwise revealed.

The Crossbox Podcast Gets a Guest

On episode 19 of The Crossbox Podcast, John and I hosted Dave Williams of Jellyfish Games for a wonderful discussion about games, development, and the nature of personality.

As usual, serial updates run at the website Tuesdays and Fridays, and our commentary on whatever random stuff seems interesting to us can be found at the Soapbox link thereupon. Thanks for reading—both for reading this update, and for reading our content. We appreciate your patronage.

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Many Words Press news: news is now more convenient

News from Many Words Press, formerly only available by visiting the ‘news only’ RSS feed, is now available in two new places: in the top menu, as befits its importance, and in brand-new direct-to-your-inbox form. You can use the ‘The Newsletter’ signup link to the right, or click here.

Please don’t be shy about signing up. I, too, find mailing lists which send something every day a little annoying. Fortunately, since I don’t have as much to sell as most mailing lists, Many Words won’t have a mailing list like that. We’ll only send you email when we have something to say: a new book is coming, a book has just been released, a book is on sale, your author is hosting an event somewhere. Tops, you can expect maybe twenty emails per year. I think that’s worth it to hear about the latest from your favorite independent author and publisher, right?

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Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu Released!

Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu

The year is 1929. In the aftermath of the Great War, the world rebuilds, and the mighty zeppelin is its instrument. Carrying trade between every nation, airship merchantmen attract an old menace for a new age: the sky pirate. One man stands out above the rest. Ace pilot, intrepid explorer, and gentleman buccaneer Nathaniel Cannon and his gang, the Long Nines, prowl the skies in hot pursuit of wealth and adventure.

Cannon receives word from a sometime friend in Paris about a job in the Dutch East Indies. The contact tells a tale of a mysterious lost city, bursting with treasure, not seen by human eyes for a thousand years. Will his tip pay off? Or will it lead the Long Nines straight to a fight for their lives, lost in the unfriendly depths of the Indonesian jungle?

Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu is available now, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords, for $1.99.

The Skypirates world is my favorite place to set stories. I’m excited to share this one with you. Don’t forget you get two exclusive, never-before-seen short stories with your purchase, which shed some light on how two characters found their way into Nathaniel Cannon’s orbit.

If you enjoy the book, please don’t forget to leave a review or rating at your merchant of choice. Thanks again for your patronage. See you this winter for the e-book release of Nathaniel Cannon and the Secret of the Dutchman’s Cross.

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Preorders Available: Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu

Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu

The year is 1929. In the aftermath of the Great War, the world rebuilds, and the mighty zeppelin is its instrument. Carrying trade between every nation, airship merchantmen attract an old menace for a new age: the sky pirate. One man stands out above the rest. Ace pilot, intrepid explorer, and gentleman buccaneer Nathaniel Cannon and his gang, the Long Nines, prowl the skies in hot pursuit of wealth and adventure.

Cannon receives word from a sometime friend in Paris about a job in the Dutch East Indies. The contact tells a tale of a mysterious lost city, bursting with treasure, not seen by human eyes for a thousand years. Will his tip pay off? Or will it lead the Long Nines straight to a fight for their lives, lost in the unfriendly depths of the Indonesian jungle?

Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu, the first of the Nathaniel Cannon adventures, is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords for $1.99. E-books include two never-before-seen short stories featuring the Long Nines. Reserve your copy now and get it at midnight, March 16.

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Many Words 2016 In Review

Well, it’s January, 2017, and 2016 has proven to be a banner year for us here at Many Words Press. Let’s take a look back.

Moved to manywords.press
The old domain, many-words.com, was clunkier, and the fancy new .press top-level domain describes our purpose here much more accurately.

Brought in some new writing talent
In March, parvusimperator began contributing to the Soapbox on a regular basis. By June, he had taken over day-to-day operations there. Now, barring special, breaking news, I submit posts for the Soapbox and he approves and schedules them, rather than the other way around. Under his direction, the Soapbox has grown immensely, to the point that it is now the most popular Many Words Press property by a significant margin, averaging about a thousand unique visitors per month. (To my sometimes chagrin, the fiction part of the site doesn’t do nearly as well.) 2016 was a huge growth year, and looking at the trend in the stats, 2017 seems likely to be even better.

Here at Many Words Main, I brought Nasa on board to do Old English translations. The Cura Pastoralis preface has been popular so far, and has brought a measure of organic search traffic which the fiction on its own has not. Although Cædmon’s Hymn has not brought in the same numbers, it’s still relatively popular as standalone posts go. I look forward to seeing more Old English in 2017.

Published a story
This is your reminder to hit the Books link, either at the top of the page or in the sidebar to the right. We Sail Off To War released last June, and although it’s hardly been a best-seller, it’s been great actually making some revenue on writing for once.

Finished three stories
The Long Retreat, which wrapped up at the end of summer, is the one you saw, but I also finished two short stories for magazine submissions: Spaghetti Code, which has been rejected from such titans of the industry as F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer, and is currently pending rejection from Asimov’s; and The Sword and the Spear, which is currently cooling off for a few weeks since it failed to get into the anthology I wrote it for. Whether or not they end up in a magazine, they’ll eventually end up in a Many Words anthology e-book.

OpenTafl
In one of my larger achievements of the year, I started and nearly finished a hnefatafl engine. Hnefatafl is an Old Norse board game, but rather than spill ink here, I’ll direct you to the ink I’ve already spilled.

Engines—that is, programs which implement the rules of a board game, along with support for other ancillary features like puzzles, replays, and timing—are common for more popular board games like chess and go, but I’m proud to say that OpenTafl is the first more or less complete solution for the tafl family of games.

In keeping with the theme of firsts, tomorrow, OpenTafl and J.A.R.L, another tafl AI, will play for the title of 2016 OpenTafl Computer Tafl Open champion. To my knowledge, this is the first organized competition between computer tafl players. I had hoped to have more entrants, but it was not to be. Hopefully, 2017 will prove a little more fruitful.

Random Carrier Battles
In other coding project news, I’ve announced Random Carrier Battles, a World War 2 wargame with a robust design system. The end goal is to allow nearly-entirely-random carrier battles, automatically generated, with random enemy fleets facing off against player fleets. Stay tuned for more.

That’s about that. It was a productive 2016, and 2017 is looking to be just the same.

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We Sail Off To War: first royalties sale!

This sale has now ended.

The royalties from my first quarter of e-book sales landed the other day, and in celebration, We Sail Off To War is going on sale for the low, low price of 99 cents! If you want in at that price, you’ll have to act fast. It’ll only be available at the sale price for one week, through the end of Sunday, October 2. After that, it goes back to the long tail price of $1.99. Don’t miss your chance!

If you’re one of my highly-valued early buyers, thanks! You’re free to kick back and relax this time around: you’ve already done your bit. If you want to do more, though, you can do a few things to pitch in:

  1. Vote at TopWebFiction, using the link over to the right
  2. Review Many Words Press at Muses Success and Web Fiction Guide, links in the same place
  3. Review We Sail Off To War at your e-book retailer of choice

Do any one of those, and you’re a cool person. Do all three, and you’re a Many Words Press hero.

Anyway, you can find We Sail Off To War on sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Smashwords, as well as all e-book stores to which Smashwords distributes. (If you’re reading this early on Sunday, September 25, the new price may not have reached all retailers yet. The changes should show up soon. Similarly, if you’re reading this early on Monday, October 3, you may be able to sneak in at the lower price for a little while longer.)

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We Sail Off To War Release Day!

War has broken out in the Confederacy of Allied Worlds, and it falls to the brave men and women of the Naval Arm to defend their country against the Exile fleet. Over the gas giant Argo, they are losing. With few resources and little time to spare, they must find—and bring to battle—an Exile armored cruiser which has terrorized the spacelanes for too long.

We Sail Off To War, a military science fiction novella, is available now in e-book form at your favorite purveyor of fine reading material. Order it now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Smashwords, as well as all e-book stores to which Smashwords distributes.

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