Saturday, 17 August 2019

New Novel 2019

Since completing the Roswell trilogy, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/12/roswell-redeemed-is-here.html, I have been making notes for a new novel. I first had the idea for the new novel while I was finishing Roswell Redeemed. As is always the case with my development style, a lot of the preparation has been mental, envisioning the characters, the setting and the plot etc. I have outlined those in note form; I have decided on a starting point for the narrative and have ideas about where the storyline can progress from there. As usual, I have not planned the entire novel from start to finish. No doubt I will hit some "walls" as I did with Roswell, but I made it over them back then and I'm confident I can do so this time. This novel will be similar in some ways to the Roswells in that I intend it to be historical and once more deviate from a given point in the past into an alternate history where something that is different to the real world changes everything for the subsequent future. In Roswell this starting point was July 1947. In this new novel it will be earlier. I've not pinpointed it, but I am currently looking at the end, or close to the end, of the Great War or World War One. The story will be strongly centred on the element of espionage. For research I have been reading and watching a lot of real life spy stories, such as biographies of the Cambridge spies, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e36KMyp-GDE. This area of research began during the writing of the Roswell trilogy because I originally intended the Julian Spencer character to be a spy; but I soon realized he did not have the temperament for such a self-disciplined proclivity. One of my new characters for the new novel most certainly does. I have chosen the working title of The Obscurati Chronicles. This was what I called a series of sketches which eventually formed into an abortive novel a few years ago, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2010/02/obscurati-chronicles-part-1.html. If you read these sketches you will see that I have already incorporated some of their material into Roswell. How much of the remainder I will use for this new novel, I can't be sure. My next step is to write a sample for free publication on Ben's Bookcase, as I did with the Roswells, for example see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/12/roswell-revealed-sample-first-chapter.html. I wasn't sure whether to do this again, but I have decided that I should. A sample chapter both interests potential future readers and morally commits me to completing the work. I am not sure how long this next step will take, but bookmark this page for upcoming developments. It is interesting and encouraging to look back at the post I made when I first came up with the idea for the Roswell trilogy, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2015/05/aurora-new-novel.html. In a couple of years, will I look back at this post with the same hindsight?

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Roswell Rising- Corrected

I am working on an updated version of Roswell Rising- a Novel of Disclosure, the first part of my Roswell Trilogy. The changes I'll be making are not far-reaching enough to justify it being called a "new edition". I will simply be correcting a few spelling mistakes and replacing a few words. I might add or remove a sentence or two. Repeated readers will probably not even notice the difference. I will also be removing the website list in the end matter and replacing it with an advert for the Trilogy and some review quotes, either at the beginning or end. The timeline will remain. The cover will also remain exactly the same. These changes will apply from about the middle of the month, so any copy of Rising purchased new after that will have these changes. Until then the book is still available in its current form.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Rising and Revealed New Covers

I have changed the covers of Roswell Rising and Roswell Revealed, see illustrations above. This is because there are now three books following the publication of Roswell Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/12/roswell-redeemed-is-here.html. This means there is a trilogy so I've made the covers look like constituent thirds of a trilogy. They are still separate books so I have not altered the front covers at all. I have changed the back cover blurbs and added a segment advertising the whole Roswell trilogy. I have redesigned the spines so that they all look more similar and I've added the number 1 to Rising and 2 to Revealed to indicate their order in the trilogy. Redeemed already has the number 3 on it. All three spines also have a coloured strip that matches the colour scheme of the cover illustration. This makes the books easier to identify from the spine alone because I anticipate that readers might want to store them on a shelf together. My next step is to create box sets, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/08/box-set-design.html.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Roswell Redeemed is here!

My new novel Roswell Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure is now available on at least one retail platform, see: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roswell-Redeemed-Humanity-After-Disclosure/dp/0954222997/.
The novel is currently only issued as a paperback book. It will shortly be available from all other outlets. Sincere thanks to everybody who has inspired and supported me in this enterprise.
See here for background. You can also read the first two chapters of the novel on this page as a free sample: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html
See here for the accompanying HPANWO TV video: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2018/12/roswell-redeemed-humanity-after.html.
I will be working on the box set, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/08/box-set-design.html.

The publication of Roswell Redeemed marks the end of the Roswell Trilogy. It is quite a sad feeling for me because it means I have to leave a parallel life that I have been living in for over three years. All fiction authors will know what I'm talking about. The main characters have become like real people, even though they are non-existent and just figments of my imagination. I have had to say goodbye to them. This does not mean I will never again write another story set in the Roswell universe; it is possible that I will. However, there is no doubt the Roswell story has finished for now; all the ends have been tied. There will be no sequel or any other Roswell tale on that scale. I'd like to say thanks to everybody who has bought one or more of the Roswell novels; I really hope you enjoy them. And, of course, I have to say a big thank you to Stephen Bassett, the man who gave me the idea, way back in spring of 2015, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2015/05/aurora-new-novel.html. As for what I will write next, I'm not sure and I have only vague ideas, but be sure that I will post any updates on Ben's Bookcase.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

I've Finished the Book!

I have completed the final draft of my new novel Roswell Redeemed- Humanity After Disclosure. This of course does not mean that the book is now published. There is a lot of work to be done before it becomes available. I have to design the cover. That is something I'm going to enjoy because I can incorporate the superb artwork of Annette Lemaire; in the background link below you can see her image for the illustration. I will have to work on the general book design. I intend that Roswell Redeemed will end up the same trim-size as Roswell Rising and Roswell Revealed, but it will be somewhat thicker because it is slightly longer in extent than both of the others. I will also have to allocate an ISBN and plan the book with the originator and the printers. However, the biggest task of all will be, as always, revision. I'm very pleased with the draft I've written, but it inevitably will not be perfect. I will need to work through it again, correcting mistakes, adding new segments, taking out some segments etc. Even while writing this post I've thought of a major change I want to make to the ending. Based on feedback from Rising readers, I have employed a proof-reader again as I did with Revealed. Bear with me; I will post an immediate notice the moment the book is launched. In the meantime feel free to read the sample first chapter, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2018/02/roswell-redeemed-sample-first-chapter.html.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Evan's Land- SOLD OUT!

Sorry, but my personal stock of Evan's Land has exhausted. The large box of books that I thought were Evan's Land's are actually twenty copies of the Rockall paperback. I can't sell those because of the free second edition, see: http://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2009/02/rockall-chapter-1.html. The original paperback is not as good anyway. So I'm going to give them away to charity shops. If you want to read Evan's Land it is now available at a reasonable price online, see:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evans-Land-Ben-Emlyn-Jones/dp/0954222903. Or you could listen to the poor quality audio book I recorded myself, see: https://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.com/2010/11/evans-land-audio-book.html.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

New Roswell Rising Ad in Nexus

I have changed the design of the ad in Nexus magazine for Roswell Rising. This is because of the five-star review given to it by Phenomena magazine, see: https://hpanwo-bb.blogspot.com/2016/10/roswell-rising-review-in-phenomena.html. It is an important marketing point and I should have included it at the start. This is the third issue I have run the ad and I will know by the end of this cycle whether or not it has worked because it is then that I get my quarterly statement from the POD company.