Gavin E Parker – Exclusive Interview

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Who would ever want to interview an unknown author?  Nobody!  With that in mind I thought I’d interview myself, so a couple of weeks back a wrote a script and set about shooting it.  Unfortunately, my delivery was very stilted and the sound was terrible, so (with the exception of the screengrab above) the video will never see the light of day.

I cut a few corners too (that’s how the sound ended up so bad), and the end result didn’t have the same feel as what I’d written.  I thought, ‘Ho-hum,’ and moved on.

Then it occurred to me the other day that the script does capture exactly what I wanted to say, so to that end I’m sharing it with you here:

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The Ephialtes Shorts Collection

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Between writing books one and two of the Ephialtes Trilogy I wrote a series of shorter pieces (most of them quite a bit longer than a standard short story) and have been gradually putting them out over the last eighteen months or so. They’re set in the same fictional universe and sit somewhere between the two books. They feature characters and incidents from both books and expand on them or come at them from new angles.

I’ve compiled them into book called The Ephialtes Shorts Collection which will be released on 16 May. It will be available from Amazon in both paperback and eBook formats. The eBook is available to pre-order now – just click on the link above.

The first book of the trilogy, Ephialtes, remains permanently free so if you haven’t got round to checking it out yet there’s nothing to stop you getting up to speed before The Ephialtes Shorts Collection comes out!

 

Progress Report

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Time for an update, I guess.  I’m working on Ephialtes Part II, and making good progress.  I’ve been trying to beat the manuscript into something readable for the last few months and it’s finally beginning to take shape.  Early drafts are so full of typos, structural problems and placeholders that it’s difficult to appreciate what might be lurking beneath it all.  There is no flow whatsoever when you read through them as you’re constantly stopping to make minor (sometimes major) corrections, jot down notes, search your internal consistency checker and do a thousand and one other necessary things.

There’s still a way to go yet but it feels like I can see an end in sight.  It’s been bent into shape enough and polished to a degree that I can now appreciate what it is that I have written, and I think it’s not too bad.  There’s a few more things left to straighten out and some more very fine polishing to do but, essentially, I think we’re at the home straight.  I should have something for the beta readers within a couple of months.

Downloads for Ephialtes remain good.  Since it went permafree in the spring we’ve had over ten thousand downloads, hopefully clocking over to eleven thousand early in the New Year.  Sales of the Ephialtes Shorts haven’t been as robust, but they will be anthologised next year and as such should be easier to promote.

Ephialtes Short IV: Be All You Can Be (one of my personal favourites) will be released on 21 February 2017.   The longest of the shorts (I’m pretty sure that, technically, it’s a novella), I hope it manages to find an audience.  I came to like the main character so much she got to have a significant role in Part II and will, in all likelihood, be a major player in Part III.

The other thing I’m kicking around just now is the story for Part III.  I have two or three pages of notes and I know what the story is in broad terms but I’ll need to work on it and refine the structure in the coming months, especially since it looks like I’ll be in a position to begin writing the first draft by springtime.

That’s where I’m at, then.  There should be a couple of big releases in 2017 (The Ephialtes Shorts Collection and Ephialtes Part II) and I hope to have at least a draft of Part III in the can before the year is out.

Best wishes to all of you.

 

Gavin E Parker, 31 December 2016.

A Bigger Pile of Paper

 

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I finished the first draft of ****** ****** Ephialtes Part II, yesterday.  There’s a huge amount of work left to do.  Aside from all the editing and proofing there are two sequences missing.  One, because I wasn’t sure how to do it, and the other because I’m not sure where it fits in.  I may end up cutting the first one, but the second concludes a subplot carried over from the first book, so it has to go in somewhere.

I experienced some ground-rush as I got toward the end.  As I got closer to the finish it seemed to be getting closer to me.  I was expecting it to top out at somewhere around the two hundred and fifty thousand word mark, but it’s actually just a little over two hundred thousand (Ephialtes was a hundred and sixty thousand).  It might get bigger or smaller in the editing process.

So that’s that for now.  For the next month I’ll try to forget it exists.  It’ll be nice getting away from those people for a bit.  I mean, they’re nice enough (for the most part) but, oy, always with the drama.

A Pile of Paper

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As of this morning I’m halfway through writing the first draft of ****** ****** Ephialtes Part II, in terms of chapters, at least.  As you can see, I’m being coy about the title.  Not for any well thought out reason, it just feels like I should be.  The above picture is what it currently looks like; a typo-filled incoherent mess.

Sorting the mess out is the fun part for me.  At the moment it’s a bit of a slog, so I’m glad to be heading down the other side of the mountain now.  I hope to have a completed first draft by the end of the year (secretly hoping well before the end of the year) with a release date some time in autumn 2017.

This book is about twice the length of Ephialtes, so I have my work cut out.

Right then, Chapter 26 . . .

 

Free at last

This where we be at.

I did a five day free KDP Select promotion of Ephialtes last week with some additional paid promotion of the promotion over two of the days. Happily, that lead to 1,818 downloads and a good few hours at the number one spot on Amazon’s Free Space Opera Science Fiction and Free Military Science Fiction charts. Up to last week total downloads for the first six months of release were less than 250, so I’m very pleased with how that all worked out.

Today I’ve let Ephialtes’  KDP Select membership lapse. That means no more free days and no more Kindle Unlimited availability, though the book is still available for purchase through Amazon. The upside is that now I’m free of the KDP Select exclusivity agreement I’m able to publish with Smashwords and their distribution partners.

Ephialtes is now available through Smashwords for free. In the next few days it should start popping up on other outlets – Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Overdrive and others. It will be free through these channels, too.

Exciting, huh?

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