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December 3, 2019: Seasonal Marketing!

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Obligatory seasonal marketing… GAoP is available in hardcover and ebook, and this spring in trade paper. FW is available in trade paper and ebook, SRP in trade paper and ebook (the hardcover has long been out of print), and PH in hardcover and ebook. Not shown are The Buccaneer’s Realm and How History’s Greatest Pirates, the former is available in ebook (hardcover is long out of print, but available used, don’t overpay for it!), the latter as well (trade paper is out of print but you can probably still find it available from various vendors).

November 25, 2019: The Golden Age of Piracy to be Released in Trade Paper!

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Still available in hardcover and ebook, The Golden Age of Piracy will also be released in trade paper late next spring! (As ever, the author is always the last to know…)

November 14, 2019: A South Park Call-out to Blood & Plunder!

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South Park’s November 13, 2019 episode (season 23, episode 7, “Board Girls”) features Firelock Games’ Blood & Plunder tabletop war game (the show’s creators are fans). Full disclosure: I do historical consulting for Blood & Plunder (and Oak & Iron). Great people at Firelock, by the way.

September 19, 2019: Lecture at UAH in Honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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September 16, 2019: Lecture on The History & Practice of Modern Swordplay for LearningQUEST

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At the Huntsville City Library, 1 PM.

July 23, 2019: Special Guest on 200th Podcast!

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I’m the [Spoiler Alert!] special guest on the 200th anniversary Under the Crossbones Pirate Podcast hosted by the excellent interviewer [and comedian!] Phil Johnson. Enjoy.

December 2018: Obligatory Holiday Marketing

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Titles are all in print, some in hardcover, some trade paper, all in ebook. The Buccaneer’s Realm and How History’s Greatest Pirates… are also available. Amazon book links can be found on the main blog page.

December 13, 2018: Disappointing News!

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Disappointing news I’m afraid on the subject of Fortune’s Favorite, the sequel to Fortune’s Whelp. First, after a series of red flags (marketing large via ebook submission to blogs, plus Amazon review swapping by the publisher’s authors, along with suggestions that I pay for Amazon to promote the book), the publisher (Penmore Press, who also published Whelp) wanted me to modernize the language. This is slightly negotiable, even though the language isn’t actually period but neither does it sound like a couple of suburbanites gossiping at an office party, a common affliction in much historical fiction these days, to quote a journalist I know.

But the publisher also tried to tell me falsely, repeatedly, and adamantly that publishers only copy edit, not line edit (creative content, writing style, &c) and therefore, and even more egregiously, I’d now be expected to pay for a line editor. It is patently false that legitimate conventional publishers would ever require this, and it’s frankly beyond bemusing that a publisher would, as another multi-published author put it to me, tell someone with my experience as a published author such a blatant falsehood.

 Absolutely under no circumstances will I pay for an editor, nor should any writer, fiction or non-fiction, in any form of traditional publishing. Until now no publisher (four of them, including Penmore oddly, and six books) has ever asked me to do this. They’ve always provided them because this is what legitimate publishers do. Any writer published by legitimate presses knows this, not to mention its veracity is easily Googled.

I’ve no intention of supporting a cottage industry (editors hired by writers) that has grown significantly with the rise of self-publishing and small ebook/print-on-demand presses. “Publishers” who expect writers to pay for editing are trying to shift much of the financial burden onto the writer while keeping most of the profit to themselves, in which case why shouldn’t the writer just self-publish and keep all of the profit? Or better yet, be patient and find a legitimate publisher.

 So we’ll go from here, we’ll get it in print sooner or later for those of you interested. I’ll keep you advised.

December 5, 2018: Oak & Iron Kickstarter Ended

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$199,592 pledged of $45,000 goal, 1,356 backers! Full disclosure: I’m the historical consultant for both Oak & Iron and Blood & Plunder by Firelock Games.

July, 2017: The Golden Age of Piracy is Available in Polish!

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Polish Title: Zloty Wiek Piratow. Translated by Maciej Studencki, published by Wydawnictwo Astra (Kraków).

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