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


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

Early Pass

At the Huntsville City Library, 1 PM.

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


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

Holiday Marketing

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 on the subject of Fortune’s Favorite, the sequel to Fortune’s Whelp. 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 far more egregiously, 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 astonishingly, I’d be expected to pay for a line editor. That a publisher would attempt to put such nonsense over on an experienced published writer is astounding, and strongly indicates a publisher more interested in taking advantage of writers than in publishing quality works.

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 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

Oak & Iron Kickstarter

$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.

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