Lords of Midnight Paperback available!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Announcements

With the imminent official launch of “The Lords of Midnight” just a few weeks away at Fantasticon 2018, it gives me great pleasure to let you all know that you can now get your paperback copies of the book from Amazon. It’s quite a different experience from the ebook! The paperback version is 533 pages long, so quite a tome, even for a fantasy novel. You get the same front cover as the ebook, but you also gain the rear and spine covers too. Inside there is a map of Midnight across two pages. There certainly is something very satisfying about holding the finished work in your hands after all this time. If you’ve been holding out for a physical copy, now is your chance. ūüôā I’ll be signing copies of the book at Fantasticon if you planning on attending, there’ll also be another opportunity, in Kent, for a book signing later in September. If neither of those work for you, please reference my ‘Signed Copies‘ page for details of how you can get your copy signed by me.   You can order your copy direct from Amazon UK or from Amazon...

Read More »

Twitch Streaming

Posted by on Jun 16, 2018 in Announcements

I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about a couple of things; fan interaction and giving something back to the community of folks who’ve followed me on and off through the years. I’ve had quite a bit of email and twitter interactions with folks regarding my books, about the stories, the background lore, characters and so on. There have also been quite a few queries on the ‘art’ of writing, or basically ‘how do you go about it?’ It seems there are plenty of folks out there interested in what it takes to write a book. I can’t claim to be an expert, but I have “been there and done that” to an extent. Emails are slow and ponderous, twitter is quick and fun, but rather limiting and it’s also hard to ‘store’ for reference in any meaningful way. Facebook is somewhere in between. Youtube is full of guides of course, but there’s not much opportunity to interact with an offline video. A few people have suggested Twitch. Twitch has, up until recently, been almost 100% about gaming. Streamers will play a game and folks will watch, comment and interact. I’ve avoided this up until now because: a) I’ve never had the time to play games to the degree that some folks can and b) there are so many streamers already talking about the games I do play that I didn’t really think I could add much. However, Twitch themselves are in the process of opening up their environment beyond games. They have a new ‘Creative’ category where people ‘make stuff’. That could be anything from Origami to Welding, as long as you have a webcam, a microphone and a topic of interest, you’re set. So… I’m going to start my own Twitch stream and focus on writing. I’ll be recording the streams and making them available via Twitch, YouTube and, hopefully, a podcast too. So how’s this going to work then? I’m going to try to keep it short and sweet, and hour at a time, once a week on Monday evening (8-9 pm UK time). I’m working on the topics, but here’s an early list of things I’m likely to cover: So you want to be writer? (What does it take? How much time do you need? What tools, equipment?¬† How do I start?) World Building (How do I construct something from scratch? What do I need? How much is enough?) Writing Clich√©s debunked/explained (“Write what you know”, “Show don’t tell”, “Why most of what you were taught at school was wrong”) Fatal flaws (The things everyone does at the start which you need to not do) Characters (How do you make an interesting character, what must you avoid, Points of View (How to ensure you don’t confuse the reader and make a mess of your story) Description (How do you bring the environment to life, how...

Read More »

Dawn breaks!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in Announcements

It gives me enormous pleasure to bring you some great news about the official Lords of Midnight novel, now two years in the making! Whilst paperbacks are still scheduled for September, Fantastic Books Publishing have been able to bring the publication of the ebook version forward. The ebook is going to be available from the¬†21st June. The eagle-eyed amongst will immediately spot the significance of the date. This is the Summer Solstice itself, furthest point from the Witchking’s height of power in the depths of Winter, an auspicious moment upon which to launch the book and also the two year anniversary of the moment when the book was announced. Paperbacks will follow in September as previously mentioned, hopefully with a pre-order option in August. The ebook is now available to pre-order¬†via Amazon, so you can be first in the queue when it is released. With all that happening there is one more thing to reveal. We’ve been working very hard on the cover design for the book in the last month. The artwork is by¬†Jurij Rogelj, the same artist who created the graphics for Chris’ remade version of Mike Singleton’s original 1984 ZX Spectrum game. We’ve worked hard to capture the essential ‘Midnight-ness’ in the design, introducing bits and pieces from the game that should be instantly recognisable to existing fans, but in such a way that newcomers to Midnight will be enticed in as well.¬†The bloody sword of battle hangs poised across the lands of Midnight, night fell and the Foul were abroad. But now, dawn breaks! Here is the cover of the official Lords of Midnight novel, the first of the “Midnight Chronicles” Yes, that’s right – the first of the “Midnight Chronicles.” Chris and I very much hope to continue on to Doomdark’s Revenge, the Citadel and the Eye of the Moon too given a positive reception to how we’ve treated Mike Singleton’s legacy in this first book. Everyone has worked very hard to get this book to this point and we’re confident we’ve done a great job, combining writing, lore, research, editing, typesetting, cover design and promotion. Now it’s heading your way wonderful readers. We all hope you love it! The ice-bound landscape of Midnight is waiting for you to explore it once...

Read More »

As my publisher would say… onwards!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Announcements

A little bit of a milestone today – signed off the official Elite Dangerous forums for an extended leave of absence, after a 5 year stint I’m leaving that universe behind me and moving on to pastures new. I’m not involved with the game content at all any more – so please don’t ask me about the v2.4 narrative or the Thargoids – nothing to do with me! Oddly enough, I played the original Elite for about 5 years (from 1984 to 1989) when I headed off to university, so it feels like a good time to move on after a similar timescale. I’ve uninstalled the game from my PC (along with a few other games too) in order to focus all of my spare time into my own creative endeavours – no distractions – though I’ll obviously be popping along to conventions and community events where I can. In its place comes the space simulator “Space Engine” which provides similar, and often even better looking, space backdrops with the advantage that I can ‘go anywhere instantly’ and programmatically alter the contents with a bit of scripting. I’ve also acquired a commercial license for it, allowing me to export and use videos from it without having to worry about royalties. That gives me huge flexibility and creative control I didn’t have with ED. Alongside this I’m also learning some 3D character animation software – I rather liked the ED character creator, but it was very limited, now I’ve got the opportunity to create animated characters all of my own. With the combination of these two elements, a truly compelling narrative, some music and a lot of work, I’ve got all I need to make my own audio and video stories. These will, naturally, be based on my books – the bread and butter of what I do won’t change – hopefully I’ll be able to crank them out faster. What I have decided to do is expand the Shadeward universe quite dramatically. Shadeward is set in a semi-post apocalyptic setting, but the event that precedes the Shadeward series of books is only alluded to, never detailed. I plan to go back there and write books about that, but also go forward to alternative worlds that are concurrent with Shadeward, and tell other stories. Whereas the folks in the Shadeward series suffered from regression in their technology, other worlds may have advanced in the same time frame, leading to the possibility that worlds not too far away may have very advanced technology. In short this gives me the ability to write a space opera in the same setting, combining the best of what I did in my ED books in a new and more consistent universe where I don’t need to worry about ‘retcons’ or the limitation of gameplay. I can also stick to ‘real’ physics too. What I plan...

Read More »

Book of the Month

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Announcements

Rather pleased to announce that my latest book, the official novel Elite Dangerous: Premonition, won ‘Book of the Month‘ over at KindOfBook.Com. Premonition was selected as a nominee amongst 12 other books that have recently been published and was the only SF novel in the mix. One of the other novels was (and is!) an Amazon bestseller, sitting in the top 100 ebooks sold. Another was by a New York Times bestselling author. Frankly, once I saw that I didn’t think Premonition had a chance, but I was honoured to be included. After a few days Premonition had pushed itself into a credible third place, unsurprisingly behind both of the novels mentioned above. However, with a few posts on social media, the FDev forums, reddit and a mention in the FDev newsletter (Thanks to Ed and Zac!) the word got out and Premonition’s share of the vote began to climb. Soon we were in second place, and a few days before the end of the competition, the combined might of the Elite Dangerous community and the fanbase for my stories pushed Premonition into a commanding lead, 15% ahead of the bestselling Amazon entry. To be frank I was a little gobsmacked by the result, but I shouldn’t have been. Time and again the Elite Dangerous community has proved its worth, it’s ability to mobilise and come together to support things. This was also brought back this week in a different way. The charity I support with 10% of the proceeds of my books suffered from theft compounded by an arson attack. They pretty much lost everything as a result, utterly devastating. They’ve been working for years to support young people who’ve fallen out of school and college and need help getting their lives back together. My family and I set up a JustGiving page to raise a few funds to help them get back on their feet. We set a modest target, and cracked it in a few days, but then the word got out to the Elite Dangerous community once more. In fact, the community got behind the funding before I had a chance to ask them. Lave Radio, Obsidian Ant, NatScrambles, Malic and DJTruthSayer were already on the case. As a result funding has skyrocketed to over ¬£2,000. An amazing, humbling and astonishing result. The page is still live if you’d like to donate >¬†https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andrew-wagar Once more, I can only say a big thankyou. The Elite Dangerous community has supported me far more than I could ever have hoped for. You’re all brilliant. Right on, Commanders....

Read More »

Elite Dangerous : Premonition Audiobook

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Announcements

The top question I’ve received regarding Elite Dangerous: Premonition (well, other than about boy wizards) has been “When is the audiobook version coming out?” A little backstory here, if I may. ūüôā When I was writing my first Elite Dangerous novel, Reclamation, back in 2013, I wasn’t really all that aware of audiobooks. I did recall them from my youth, when I’d listened to¬†Treasure Island¬†and¬†Robinson Crusoe, but at the time it hadn’t occurred to me that you did that sort of thing with science fiction. However, when I undertook a small reading at the original LaveCon back in 2013, the response was hugely positive and it quickly became clear that I had to find a way to provide an audio version of Reclamation. Fortunately my publisher, Fantastic Books, was able, via Kickstarter, to fund the recording of Reclamation and by combining the voice talents of the wonderful Toby Longworth and the recording and edit expertise of Chris Jarvis, Elite Dangerous: Reclamation the audiobook came into existence. You can play a sample here, courtesy of Audible. Audiobooks are extremely popular. They provide some notable conveniences. It’s impossible to read a book when you’re driving, but an audiobook is the perfect accompaniment to a long journey – and that applies whether your commute is on a road, train or in supercruise! Some folks either don’t enjoy reading directly, or don’t have the time, whereas an audiobook can fill in that gap. Additionally, audiobooks bring a different dramatic emphasis to the story. I’ve listened to Reclamation myself and it comes across in a new way in its audio format – not better or worse, but different. The addition of actors, actresses, editors and sound technicians adds new creative ingredients. Fast forward a few years and the sequel, Elite Dangerous: Premonition is out in ebook and paperback… so where is the audio version? The answer to that question is that the decision rests with Frontier Developments themselves. Whereas I Kickstarted my license for Reclamation, and FBP kickstarted the production costs of the audio work for it, this time around Premonition is Frontier’s IP, their book. I was commissioned to write it, but the production of different versions of the book is up to them. Creating an book isn’t cheap, but creating an audiobook is significantly more expensive. You have to pay actors/actresses and their expenses, you have to hire a studio, you have to pay for extensive editing, potentially license music and incorporate sound effects. Ultimately it’s a commercial decision – will sales of the audiobook justify the costs involved in creating it? Can Frontier make a profit? They’re a business at the end of the day. Many folks want an audiobook version of Premonition. For Frontier to be able to gauge that demand, a forum thread has been set up. If you genuinely want a copy of Premonition in audiobook format, please...

Read More »

Buy Drew's books directly from Amazon.

               

All Content Copyright Drew Wagar 2006-2018 unless otherwise stated.