Monthly Archives: October 2010

Permuted Press taking novel submissions

Now, generally i focus on news from the Black Library or Angry Robot, but i’ve always been interested in other publishers and their news. So occasionally you might see news like the following. 
Permuted Press, prominent publisher of zombie related horror/survival fiction, is expanding their publishing range.  They have opened the door for writers to submit their completed novels for consideration. If you have a science-fiction novel that you have been trying to sell, why not head over and take a look at their requirements.

http://www.permutedpress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=66

CP

Heresy News Network returns with new blog editor and new lineup

Heresy-Online returns to the wargaming news scene with a new editor and new outlook.  Long time Heresy-Online member Bubblematrix has stepped up to the plate and been raised to the level of blog editor! 
Since site owner/administrator and former blog editor/creator Jezlad began his acting career, there has been a lack of content from the HNN scene, and the Blog Network, of which TFF was one of the first sites to join.  However, this doesn’t mean that the HNN was to be counted out. A search was ongoing from those early days to land another editor for the blog, one who would have more time to spend and be able to draw more content for posting.  As stated above, Bubblematrix stepped up and has taken over the reigns.  He’s provided us on staff with a great itinerary as to the content that will be provided on a weekly basis.  Here is a copy, courtesy of the HNN blog:

Monday:
Weekly events, if there is a weekly theme or we are covering event Monday will be the day to read about it, it will also include any weekly challenges or details of upcoming articles which you wouldn’t want to miss.
Tuesday:
Tuesday is modelling day, expect to see peoples best modelling projects showcased for all to see, enter your own works for a chance to have your model on the front page of Heresy.
Wednesday:
For those wanting the latest on modelling techniques, equipment and kits. Tuesday will include tutorials from beginner to expert level and reviews of new releases.
Thursday:
Flufftastic Thursday – expect all your story, fluff and background needs to be met by the army of Heresy original writers and those with encyclopedic knowledge of the 40k universe
Friday:
Friday night is games night, taking the hobby in a broader sense, so expect some non-table top wargames, standalone and classics mixed in with a healthy dose of off topic
Saturday:
For those wanting tactical aids either to beat their oldest enemies or take on new foes Saturday will include articles based around the tactics of GW games
Sunday:
Like all good Sundays HNN’s will be a day of reflection, the week past and bringing to a close any weekly events and just to keep you all reading (or help with sleep) the HNN editorial will bring you the best (or worst) of the weeks events at Heresy.

 Look forward to the Flufftastic Thursday posts, as you will see periodic posts by yours truly, and from other wonderful fluffmeisters/writers from Heresy-Online. You’ll be hardpressed to find a more dedicated crowd than the Heretics at Heresy-Online, save perhaps BL itself. haha.  Why don’t you head on over to HNN and have a look around.

http://www.heresy-online.net/news-network-blog/

CP

AR releases cover for "Embedded" by Dan Abnett

Seems Abnett’s latest misadventures for AR have him writing about journalism. Although, this tale isn’t as jaundice as it seems just from that description. have a look.

CP

EMBEDDED sends a journalist into the frontline of a distant planetary war… chipped inside the head of a combat veteran. When the soldier is killed, the journo must use all his resourcefulness to get safely home again, reporting on a live feed all the way.
 
File Under: Science Fiction [Dead Soldier | Long Way Home | Mind Over Matter | Breaking News]

More Digital Extracts from AR!

Well, looks like i have two for you today.  First is Amortals by Matt Forbeck, and second we have Pretty Little Dead Things by Gary McMahon.  Please enjoy!

CP

"Redmarked" by David Ploss – Sample Extract

Some of you are aware that i have been writing an independent Science-Fiction novel.  Some of you aren’t so aware. Well, since being dropped by my publisher, i’ve taken the self-publishing route.  And to keep everyone’s interest alive, i’ve decided to release periodic sample extracts for everyone’s enjoyment. Here is the first of those extracts.

CP

this is the opening scene of the novel. I hope you all enjoy, and would love to read your comments. crap or otherwise. :-) This is an unedited extract, so i am aware that there are probably some errors/mistakes within.

Author Interview – Sarah Cawkwell

Friend of the site, fellow author, and newest addition to the BL ‘writers of ruin’ took a little time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me for a chat.  Our inaugural Author Interview here on TFF is also Sarah’s first official interview as a published writer. It’s a wonderful chat about life, liberty and the pursuit of… word count?  Have a look!

Interview with author Sarah Cawkwell

Commissar Ploss: I’m pleased to have the opportunity to sit and chat with you Sarah. It’s always nice when we get to chat, and i always love every minute of it.

Sarah CawkwellWhat’s not to love? Seriously though, I love talking about all this. It’s all exciting stuff.

CP: Lets start by talking about writing in general. I’m interested to know, if you’d be so kinds as to elude, how you originally came into writing? Have you always been an auspicious weaver of words? Or has the knack for pushing pencils sparked within recent years?

SC: I’ve always enjoyed writing as a creative outlet. At school, writing stories was always my favourite thing to do and I was actively encouraged by a succession of great English teachers. All of them told me that I should keep at it; that I should read as much as I possibly could and expand my vocabulary. I didn’t find that side of learning to tell stories hard, of course: I grew up in a house where books were all over the place and was encouraged to read from a very early age. My mother was an avid fantasy and science fiction reader and so I came into the genre a long time ago and it’s formed the backbone of my library from as far back as I can remember.

I’ve always enjoyed having the ability to communicate well with the written word. I love to tell stories and more, I love when people enjoy what they’ve read. There’s something eminently satisfying about creating a story that people can lose themselves in, or watching their reaction as they read the thing you’ve formed from nothing. I have a very clear memory from when I was five years old and had just started school. Our teacher challenged us to write a story that made her laugh. Obviously, she laughed at everyone’s (because you know, what sort of malicious teacher would destroy five year olds?) but when she read mine, about a man standing in his garden waiting for a tree to grow, periodically tapping his watch impatiently and laughed, I thought ‘this is what I want to be. The person who makes the reader react’. Only I was five. So I probably thought something like ‘I made her laugh!’ But the desire to do it again was there, certainly.

I dabbled with poetry in my teen years, but that’s a period of my life I think we should gloss over quickly. Did you ever read teen poetry? Cripes. I now keep my lyrical leanings towards Doctor Seuss-style comedy Christmas poems for my work colleagues. It’s safer that way.

I’ve been a tabletop roleplayer for many years and always enjoyed writing up my character backgrounds. More recently, perhaps in the last ten years or so, I started writing stories to go with them. This developed into something more solid. I dabbled for a while in the murky waters of fanfiction (although there’s a lot of that which terrifies me). Then we started playing a game of Dark Heresy and I discovered writing in the 40k world was something that not only I enjoyed, but suited my particular style perfectly.

CP: I can only assume that you’ve been a player/lover of 40k for quite some time now. When did you first discover the hobby?


SC: I’ve been well aware of Games Workshop for many years. In fact, during what we shall refer to as ‘the wasted years’ (what other people call adolescence), I frequented Games Workshop to purchase Citadel miniatures. I harboured this great desire to become a fantastic painter of fantasy figurines. I subscribed regularly to White Dwarf, was laughed at by my peers at school for being the resident ‘nerd’ and discovered a great ability to lose interest in painting after the base coat! It was no fluke, either – this happened model after model until I finally realised that my days as super-painter had come to an end.

I still have some of those figures somewhere. In a box, half-painted. Perhaps I might dig them out someday and finish them. I wouldn’t hold your breath, though.

40k was but a spark in the design eyes of the creative team back then, so my introduction to that world didn’t really come until about five years ago. My husband and I were talking about science fiction books and he mentioned the Horus Heresy. He painted such a vivid picture of this world with primarchs and super-human warriors that all of a sudden, those misshapen figures in the window of Games Workshop took on an entirely new appeal for me. I sat down with his copy of ‘Horus Rising’ and was riveted from the outset. I have no shame in acknowledging a complete crush on Garviel Loken. Since then, I’ve played the Fantasy Flight Games W40K roleplays – indeed, we’re part of the playtest team now and we playtested both Rogue Trader and Deathwatch – both of which I love as much as Dark Heresy.

Since then, we’ve introduced my son to the hobby as well and he’s an avid collector and painter of orks. I’m ashamed to admit that, but yes. Orks. Still – at least he actually gets past the basecoating stage. The painting talent skipped a generation there. So all in, I’ve only really been a part of the 40k-verse for about five years.

CP: I’m sure everyone wants to know, how did you end up landing this spot as an author at BL? Was it by chance, or did you go through the full submission process?

SC: My work was submitted, in the same way as everyone else who wants to be published, with a wing and a prayer. Only on this occasion, it worked. I was contacted by one of the BL editors who said that my stuff was ‘almost there’, with a few hints as to how I could improve on it. I took the hints on board and resubmitted the piece… and the next thing you know, he’s buying it off me and I’ve realised a lifelong dream.

CP: All authors have an influence in their writing, now matter how much they would like to admit to the contrary. Who, if you can recall has been the biggest influence in your writing author wise? Do you find yourself emulating a certain style at all?

SC: Strangely, when I started writing in the 40k-verse, I found myself unconsciously trying to emulate everyone who currently writes for them! Best bit of advice I’ve had so far came from Nik Vincent, who very firmly told me not to live my life doing impressions of other authors and just be happy being myself. I tried applying that to my writing and it flowed a lot better.
 
Of course I’ve been heavily influenced over the years – I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton when I was growing up and although she may be a children’s author and her books are hardly literary classics, I loved her ‘Enchanted Wood’/’Magic Faraway Tree’ books. Latterly, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett were huge influences in the more light-hearted stakes, along with Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb and – in the 40k stable – James Swallow. I’m a particular fan of his work. I’m sure he won’t mind me admitting that publicly. More pretentiously, I love Charles Dickens. I love how quirky he was, particularly with the way he named his characters. And he made his name writing serialisations – something a lot of people forget.

CP: Aside from influences, i’m sure you’ve got a favorite author or authors. Who might they be?

SCLots, actually. I love Jim Butcher’s ‘Dresden Files’ series and was riveted from book one. I also love Mike Carey’s ‘Felix Castor’ books. Robin Hobb is a definite favourite. She gives you such richly detailed worlds and characters – I adored her Liveship trilogy. My bookshelf is a mish-mash of all sorts of things, really. My taste in reading is a little like my taste in music – if I read it and I enjoy it, then I consider it a good book.

If I was forced to pin down my favourite book of all time, one of the hardest questions ever, it’d probably be a kid’s book which I think has long gone out of print called ‘The Land of Green Ginger’ by Noel Langley. It’s the sequel to Aladdin. The villains in it are Prince Rubdub Ben Thud and Prince Tintac Ping Foo. How can you go wrong? Our teacher read that book to us when we were ten years old and I have great affection for it. In terms of ‘grown-up’ books… I love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as much for what it was and what it represents for women in literature as the story itself. I will gladly chew the fat with anybody over that book.

CP: Of the various places to talk about writing online, for example, all the forums, where do you find you spend the most time? Are there multiple forums you enjoy visiting?  Some may not e aware that you actually run your own forum as well!
SC: I frequent a number of the Warhammer forums, although I have a tendency to lurk rather than post. Plus, I never have time to actually read much of what’s there, so it all tends to be a bit ‘hey Sarah, have you read this…’ I practically live on Facebook and Twitter; these are always open, even when I’m working. Writing’s a pretty solitary thing to do, so it’s almost like having people around you, with the added bonus that they aren’t trying to engage you in conversation about ‘Desperate Housewives’. Unless they like ‘Desperate Housewives’ and are talking about it on Facebook. Then I can just ignore them without seeming rude, though.
Yeah – my own little forum – the Black Library Bolthole. My pet project, created when the old BL forums were taken offline, created as a place for all the fanfiction writers to take refuge. It’s been a great little forum; indeed, I’d actually dare to suggest that it’s more of a community than a forum. Everyone there is very keen and enthusiastic about writing and as the site is geared to that rather than the tabletop side of the hobby, conversation tends to be about writing more than anything else. People often post non-WH fiction there too. It’s a pretty cheery place and you can pick up some great tips.
I visit the blogs of all the other BL authors on a regular basis, too – many of them have good suggestions. Gav Thorpe, for instance, has a section where he shows sample story synopses. They came in invaluable when I was planning my stuff.
CP: I’d like to hear more about your future projects if you’d care to talk about them.  Your debut story with BL was a short story called “Primary Instinct”. It was a rather wonderful yarn, i might add. Care to tell us about your future projects at all?
SC: I’ve been thrilled by the initial response to ‘Primary Instinct’ and am very happy to tell you that the Silver Skulls chapter will be unveiled more fully in my next project. I’m working on a Space Marines Battles novel called ‘Gildar Rift’. Beyond that… it’s wait and see, I guess.

The idea for ‘Gildar Rift’ came straight out of the Space Marines codex, where there are about three sentences describing the War in the Gildar Rift, where Red Corsairs raiders tried their luck but got their asses handed to them on a plate by Silver Skulls warriors. I happened to mention to my editor that it was cool that there was something about the Silver Skulls in the codex that could be stretched out to a novel and he told me to have a chapter by chapter breakdown on his desk. He’s like that. Manipulative. That’s completely not fair, of course – the editors at the Black Library have been awesome, frankly. 

I’m still writing a lot of stuff ‘behind the scenes’, largely just ideas that pop into my head and which could be turned into full-blown short stories and/or novels at a later stage and I also have one or two independent projects that have been on the back burner for a long time. Now seems the appropriate time to pull them forward again. Add into that the fact that I’m still holding down a full-time job and life is extraordinary just now.
CP: not a thing you can leak huh? nothing discussed past Gildar Rift yet?
SC: In true Horus Heresy style… I can’t say. More seriously though, I certainly hope to be doing things past Gildar Rift. That does mean writing it, though, and not having some sort of nervous breakdown on the way the sees me live out my days rocking in a corner talking endlessly about Silver Skulls.
Wait… I’m doing that now.
I’m doing well mind – I’ve set myself bite-size chunks as targets. And I’m way ahead of myself. It’s nice that I’ve underestimated my own writing capacity, whilst at the same time a bit of a negative. Because now I’ll set myself bigger targets and get depressed when I don’t hit them. I know all of this and I’ll still do it. This is how I react to targets. You know. Oddly.
CP: Ok, so now that you’ve gotten your exposure with ‘Primary Instinct’, you’ve gotten a chance to know some of the people inside the company. I guess my question is, what are the people like at BL, how are they to work for?
SC: Without exception, every single person I’ve had reason to deal with at the hallowed BL Towers has been utterly fantastic and incredibly supportive. The other writers, who I’ve met at occasions like Black Library Live! and Games Day are brilliant – full of wisdom and advice. I feel a special shout-out has to go to James Swallow who puts up with my fangirl screechings about the Blood Angels whenever we meet and never bats an eyelid.
CP: Now it comes time for a question that i’m going to be doing in all of my Author Interviews. Is there anyone out there right now in the writing scene, be it fan-fiction or otherwise that you recommend we should keep an eye out for? A diamond in the rough so to say. Anyone you want to give “The Founding Fields BUMP”? Something of a shout out?
SCThis is a question that I can’t answer impartially, and I’m diplomatic at heart. What I will say is that there are many writers over at the Black Library Bolthole who are deserving of mention. There’s a lot of real talent over there, and I’m incredibly proud to be hosting it.
CP: And of course, the obligatory: If you could, what advice would you give to new writers/fans who want to aspire to your position?
SC: Several things really, most of which is regurgitated from advice I was given myself. Write. All the time. I have a hard and fast rule that I must produce a minimum number of words per day, whether that be in the story I’m working on, or on my blog (where you can find much brain-dumping). Read everything you can lay your hands on – even if you know you’re going to hate it. Read the classics and try to understand why they are considered classics. One of my favourite books of all time is The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein coming in a close second. Those are the books that made me want to be a writer. Go back to your favourites and remember why it is that you’re putting yourself through the sleepless nights.
Learn to touch type! This sounds stupid, but really is a great skill as a writer. For me, it’s much easier to watch the story appear on the screen as it makes the journey from my imagination to my fingers. Sometimes my brain intervenes, other times it doesn’t. Being able to see that you’ve just typed a sentence of gibberish is much less of a shock than looking up from the keyboard and going ‘what the…?’
If you do find yourself in the position of having something published, though – the best bit of advice is to listen to what your editors tell you. They know their business. They aren’t telling you to rewrite paragraph ninety six out of spite.
CP: Last question: where’s your favorite place to read book reviews, discover fiction news, find author interviews and read about other topics concerning writing?
SC: Wait… what’s this bolt pistol being held against my head? The Founding Fields, of course!
CP: You’re truly a classy chick Sarah Cawkwell. You’ve got my undying love, admiration, adoration, and best wishes as a fellow writer, freak, geek, fan, and friend. I love the times we get to chat, and wish you nothing but the best. Lets do this again some time ok!
SC: Any time. Any reason to procrastinate. xxx
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And that does it folks. Make sure you come back for more Author Interviews! Hope you enjoyed this one. :)
Commissar Ploss

Black Library News – October

welcome back everyone to October’s aggregation of Black Library news.

Black Library News

A Universe of Adventure
Issue 8    Volume 1               
Compiled by your humble servant Brother Czarny
New and Noteworthy

We begin to rev up the BL printing press this month with some more really exciting books.  In addition to the physical books we have exciting news on other publishing matters from the evil lords of Black Library towers.

Firedrake is the second book in the Salamander series, following the book oddly enough entitled Salamander. When Chaplain Elysius of the Salamanders is taken captive by dark eldar, he faces a fight for survival at the hands of these cruel aliens. The Firedrakes of the 1st Company attempt a daring rescue mission, but much more is at stake than the Chapain’s life. He holds the key to secrets buried beneath Mount Deathfire, secrets that could reveal the damnation – or salvation – of their home world.  Nick Kyme is diligently working on his next book – a Space Marine Battles novel entitled, The Fall of Damnos.

The First Heretic continues the bestselling Horus Heresy series with the story of the Word Bearers. During the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship. Distraught at this judgement, Primarch Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while venting their fury on the battlefield. Their search leads them to the edge of the material universe, encountering ancient and powerful forces. Aaron Dembski-Bowden and the Horus Heresy series are also a powerful force – one not to be missed.  Aaron is hoping to continue the string of New York Times bestsellers and if the initial feedback is an indication he should be there.

Warrior Priests are holy crusaders of the Empire, crushing daemons, witches and heretics alike with righteous fury. These bold men wield death and damnation, with warhammers held high and the word of Sigmar on their lips. In the novel, Warrior Priest, Jakob Wolff is one such warrior, and sets out to track down his brother, whose soul has been tainted by the Ruinous Powers. Darius’ next book is a Warhammer Heroes novel entitled Sigvald, featuring the Chaos champion of Slaanesh, Sigvald the Magnificent.
The latest audio drama ties into the Time of Legends series and it is written by the lore master of the high elves – Gav Thorpe. Aenarion seeks the power of the sword of Khaine to protect his homeland of Ulthuan. The journey is fraught with danger, and Aenarion must confront daemons, spirits and the elemental forces of nature itself if he is to succeed. In drawing the blade from its Black Anvil, he will unleash the ancient and malevolent force that will tear the elven race apart.
Island of Blood is a special novella we have produced in conjunction with the release of the new Warhammer box game. For countless millennia the high elves of Ulthuan have kept watch over the Island of Blood. Shrouded in elven magic and impenetrable mists, its cruel, Chaos-warped peaks hide a wealth of dark secrets – including a powerful relic for the dawn of the Old World, known as the Phoenix Stone. Author Darius Hinks takes the reader on a tale of battle and intrigue pitting the elves against the ratmen and all their vile kin.
Double Eagle brings back an old favourite of Dan Abnett and the Black Library in POD format. Set in the Sabbat Worlds crusade, the Phantine fighter group tries to hold off a Chaos invasion and protect a planet. Action-packed warfare featuring armoured columns and the Imperial Navy.
Whispers from the Warp
Last month we talked about the new e-zine, Hammer and Bolter.  Now, Black Library digital is live. Go to the Black Library website to check out free downloads as well as many popular books available for sale later in the fall.  We are starting off with 110 books and specials available every Friday.  Check out Black Library digital at:
The window is now open for submissions for short stories about Chaos Space Marines.  All materials are due October 22nd.  Additional details are available at:
Nathan Long, sage of Gotrek and Felix and author of the recently published Zombieslayer, has provided a public safety announcement on “How not to get eaten by Zombies”, found on the Black Library website at:
Get it.  Read it.  Live it.  Remember, the undead are not playthings (for most people anyway). 
Looking Forward
Dead Men Walking features the Death Korps of Kreig in a battle for the soul of a planet against the soulless.  When the necrons rise, a mining planet descends into a cauldron of war and the remorseless foes decimate the human defenders.  Salvation comes in an unlikely form – the Death Korps of Kreig, a force as unfeeling as the necrons themselves.  When the two powers go to war, casualties are high and the magnitude of the destruction is unimaginable.
Ciaphas Cain returns in his first hardcover novel, The Emperor’s Finest. The search for the source of an alien threat leads Ciaphas Cain to a drifting space hulk.  But when the Reclaimers Space Marines suffer terrible losses, Cain and his trusty aide Jurgen must go it alone.  With the tyranids walking and a group of stowaway orks on the loose, Cain must use all his ingenuity and cunning to escape the space hulk alive.
Wulfrik is the third book in the Warhammer Heroes series and the first chaos “hero” written by C. L. Werner. He is cursed by the Ruinous Powers to roam the Old World to collect prizes to appease the Dark Gods. Within the Chaos powers he finds there is a plot against him and he must now fight against one who would take his soul.
Garro: Legion of One is the second Garro audio drama, telling more of the tale about the loyalist Death Guard. His Emperor-given mission leads him to a ruined warzone, where a secret to change the course of the Horus Heresy will be revealed…
Angelika Fleischer Omnibus – the latest POD book from the vaults of the Black Library.  Features the adventures of Angelika Fleischer, battlefield scavenger, and the star-crossed young knight who is bound to her by his oath to repay her for saving his life.
Last Bits
Games Day UK was a lot of fun.  If you haven’t had a chance to go, try to make it next year.
Here is a list of some of the events The Black Library will be attending in 2011 – complete with authors, exclusives and bad jokes.
BL Live – Nottingham, UK – March 5
Adepticon – Lombard, IL – April 1-3
Book Expo America – New York, NY – May 23-26
Games Day US – Chicago, IL – July 30
UK Games Day – Birmingham, UK – Late September
Australian Games Day – Fall 2011
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cheers everyone!  
CP 

New Page: Interviews

A new page has been added to TFF. Check it out!

We’ve added an Interviews page here on TFF. This is where we will feature all of our various Author interviews as well as some other miscellaneous interviews with different wargaming companies, forums etc.  Be sure to check back often to see if new things have been added.

Interviews Page

cheers!

CP

TFF Support Drive 2010

I’m sure by now you’ve noticed the new progress bar at the top of the page…

Well, It’s time for me to make a humble request to my followers and supporters, so we’re having a Support Drive here at TFF.  It’s a small goal, but one that will help out very much.

So, i’ve done all the math, and the figures don’t look as good as i’d like them.  As a solely out-of-pocket news venture, TFF has been running on my ability to shoulder the fees.  From an outside view there isn’t anything ostensibly wrong with this. However, being here on the inside as i am, it has become painfully clear to me that i may not be able to afford to do this completely on my own.  With the fees associated with a site of this nature, and the desire for me to be right in the middle of the news in order to get the best possible information for everyone, I’ve run out of the surplus funds necessary to keep this venture afloat. The advertising that i’m hosting helps, but i can’t run the website on advertising alone, that would make this place waaaay to cluttered, not to mention it’s a stupid idea.

This is where you, the readers come in.  If you’ve got a few spare dollars, i encourage you to click the donate button under the progress bar.  It’s a secure transaction made through Paypal, so you don’t need to worry about your information leaking out.  The goal for this year, 2010, is a meager $200.  It’s not much, but it is an amount that will greatly help with the expenses of running this site, and bringing you the news, author interviews, book reviews, giveaways, and other topics you’ve come to expect from The Founding Fields.  If you click on the Donate button, you will see when it comes up that it says the word “Blade Maid”, Don’t worry, you aren’t donating to some other site, that is just the name our paypal account is registered under (this question was asked of me via email, thought i would mention it). Rest assured, i will not be making a profit off of any of the money donated. Any and all funds bunged in will go directly back into the site and it’s expenses.

Your humble host,

Commissar Ploss

Black Library Digital kicks off with "Free eBook Fridays"

“To celebrate the launch of Black Library Digital, October 8th and the following four Fridays have been designated Free eBook Fridays.”

“Be sure to point your browser in our direction at noon GMT on each of those days to find out which gem from the BL back catalogue – or digital exclusive – will be yours for the grand sum of zero pounds, dollars or yen.”

At the UKGD this year, Black Library displayed proudly and prominently its intent to provide readers with eBooks of an expanse of it’s range.  Since being launched at the beginning of October, BL has already offered up a classic title as an eBook. First & Only is the first title launched from BL Digital with a wider range to come in November.  Below, you can find some frequently asked questions concerning the Digital range.

When are Black Library eBooks going to be available?
We have free eBooks available now and will have a range of eBooks available for sale next month.

Will all books be available as eBooks?
We would like to think so eventually, however we have a large backlist so this will take time, please bear with us.

Does that mean you will stop printing books at some point?
Absolutely not – we will continue to produce printed paper books alongside eBooks.

Will your eBooks be available for the Kindle?
All of our eBooks and Hammer and Bolter will be available from the Black Library website in a format that is compatible with the Kindle. Black Library eBooks will not be available from the Amazon website though.

In which formats will eBooks be available?
We will most probably produce our eBooks in Mobi (the Kindle format), ePub (most other eReaders such as the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble Nook).

What about artbooks?
We have no plans to produce artbooks in eBook format at the moment.

What about omnibuses?
All eBooks will be produced as the single books and not the omnibus editions.

Will you release eBooks alongside normal novels?
Yes – we hope to have this in place by the end of the year.

Will you do eBooks of print on demand/novellas/hardbacks?
We are focusing on getting our main range novels out as eBooks first. POD and hardbacks will probably be available as eBooks in the future, however we currently have no plans to produce eBooks of any limited edition novellas.

What size are the files?
eBooks are approx 1Mb, audio dramas are around 170Mb, audio books are 800Mb+

Can I download an eBook more than once?
Yes, up to 5 downloads are permitted per file.

Will any products only be available digitally?
Yes! We are launching a new download only magazine called Hammer and Bolter. This will only be available for download. Our unabridged audios will also only be available for download.

Will all Audio be available as downloads?
Yes, we will have all the audio dramas, and audio books available.

Will you be doing unabridged audiobooks?
Yes we will – our first two will be A Thousand Sons and Prospero Burns

What programs will audio downloads work on?
All of our audio downloads are MP3 format and so will work on any modern computer, Windows Media Player or iTunes being the most common programs, or any modern personal media player.

Where will I be able to buy digital products?
On the Black Library website!

Are you selling them through Amazon, Waterstones, iBooks etc
We will initially be selling books through the Black Library website.

How much will an eBook cost?
The prices for eBooks will be £6.50. Audio dramas will be £8.50. Abridged audiobooks £17.00 and unabridged audiobooks £20. Hammer and Bolter £2.50.

How do I find out more?
Keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter feed.

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For more information concerning the digital line, and to get your hands on a free eBook of First & Only head on over to the Black Library Digital webpage here: http://www.blacklibrary.com/Digital 

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