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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Self Published Author? EMAIL ME! :-)
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:48:00 PM »
Late to the party!

I've been self-publishing for 8 years and have seen a lot of changes. These days I am focused on traditional publishing and submit 90% of my new material to my agent. If you are still looking for info on expectations and realities, happy to share my experiences.

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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Good freelance editors?
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:36:32 PM »
Betsy Mitchell edited The Codex of Her Scars for me late last year. Showed great sensitivity and made some effective changes to elements of the prose.

http://betsymitchelleditorial.com/#

I've also worked with John Jarrold, who certainly knows a thing or two!

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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Kindle Fire comp.
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:06:50 PM »
There's a chance to win a Kindle Fire loaded with fantasy books here:


http://fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-indie-day-giveaway-iii-win-kindle.html?m=0

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The Nameless Dwarf reached as high as 18 in the epic fantasy ratings on Amazon and as a result has now picked up 10 reviews (9 of which are 5 stars).

I'd be really interested to know what Fantasy Faction members think. If you are a reviewer and would like an e-copy, please message me.

All the best.

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All in the name of duty, sir.

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The Complete Chronicles of The Nameless Dwarf has recently been released as a 5-book bundle in e-book format (mobi, epub) and as a paperback. It has been described as "fantasy book of the year 2012" by Ray Nicholson Reviews, and has garnered some great reviews and a wonderful 1-star review for having a great story but offensive "bathroom" humour!

Here's the blurb:

Red to the elbows with the blood of his people, the Nameless Dwarf’s only desire is to save the ones who got away.


The dwarves have gone!

Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe.

The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.

When Nils Fargin, son of an underworld boss, is hired to find them, he travels with his client to seek the advice of a lowlife mage. With what he learns, he should have asked for more money.

The trail leads them to the domain of the terrifying Ant-Man, who is rumored to eat the flesh of anyone refusing to pay his toll.

And as if that wasn’t enough, it turns out Nils’s client is none other than the Nameless Dwarf, better known to his kind as the Ravine Butcher.


The Nameless Dwarf is an epic tale of remorse and redemption that pits a whiskerless thief, a guilt-driven assassin, a consumptive wizard, and an amnesiac dwarf against the worst imaginings of a craven mind.

But the companions bring troubles of their own, not least of which is an ancient grimoire that leads them inexorably towards a forest of tar and an evil that threatens the existence of an entire race.

The last hope of the dwarves comes from the unlikeliest of sources: a mythical city beneath the waves, an axe from the age of heroes, and the Nameless Dwarf, in whose veins flows the blood of legends.


The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles contains all five books of the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, fully revised and including all the original covers and a stunning map of Aethir.

All the purchase links can be found on my blog:

http://dpprior.blogspot.com/p/the-nameless-dwarf-complete-chronicles.html

http://www.amazon.com/The-Nameless-Dwarf-ebook/dp/B00ANFPHUU/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_5TNS

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The Nameless Dwarf is a compilation of the 5 books of the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf fully revised and including all the original covers. This series has been well received by reviewers and benefits from the stunning artwork of Patrick Stacey, Anton Kokarev, and C.S. Marks. It also features a map by the talented Jared Blando.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Nameless-Dwarf-ebook/dp/B00ANFPHUU/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1


The dwarves have gone!

Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe.

The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.

When Nils Fargin, son of an underworld boss, is hired to find them, he travels with his client to seek the advice of a lowlife mage. With what he learns, he should have asked for more money.

The trail leads them to the domain of the terrifying Ant-Man, who is rumored to eat the flesh of anyone refusing to pay his toll.

And as if that wasn’t enough, it turns out Nils’s client is none other than the Nameless Dwarf, better known to his kind as the Ravine Butcher.



The Nameless Dwarf is an epic tale of remorse and redemption that pits a whiskerless thief, a guilt-driven assassin, a consumptive wizard, and an amnesiac dwarf against the worst imaginings of a craven mind.

But the companions bring troubles of their own, not least of which is an ancient grimoire that leads them inexorably towards a forest of tar and an evil that threatens the existence of an entire race.

The last hope of the dwarves comes from the unlikeliest of sources: a mythical city beneath the waves, an axe from the age of heroes, and the Nameless Dwarf, in whose veins flows the blood of legends.



The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles contains all five books of the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf, fully revised and including all the original covers and a stunning map of Aethir.

Priced individually, these books cost:

The Ant-Man of Malfen - $0.99
The Axe of the Dwarf Lords - $2.99
The Scout and the Serpent - $2.99
The Ebon Staff - $2.99
Bane of the Liche Lord - $3.99

By buying The Nameless Dwarf you get all 5 books for $5.99, which represents a saving of $7.96


Background:


It was against the laws of the dwarves to act in the world beyond their city, to study the old texts, or to enter the underworld—and with good reason. The deceptions of the Demiurgos, Father of the Abyss, are everywhere, and once before they brought betrayal and death on a scale that must never be repeated.

When they are accosted by one of their own with a demonic axe found on the brink of the Abyss, drastic measures are needed. The link between axe and wielder is broken by a helm of scarolite, and the lawbreaker is held in stasis in the bowels of the Ravine City, Arx Gravis. To complete his shame, his name is taken from him, permanently removed from history.

When this Nameless Dwarf is awakened by the voice of the knight, Deacon Shader, he becomes embroiled in the battles against the unweaving of all creation by the technocrat, Sektis Gandaw. He later partakes in a quest to find three artifacts with which to shatter the lingering power of the black axe and free himself from the scarolite helm. Too late, it is revealed as a trap laid by the Demiurgos and his spawn, the homunculi, and the Nameless Dwarf returns to Arx Gravis as a brutal dictator, slaughtering his kin by the thousands.

Finally, his tyrannical rule is brought to an end by his closest friend, the assassin Shadrak the Unseen. With the axe destroyed and the scarolite helm broken, the Nameless Dwarf realizes the magnitude of his atrocities. A mere few hundred dwarves have survived his reign of terror, and they have fled Arx Gravis in fear of what he might do next.

Hearing rumors that they have headed into the nightmare land of Qlippoth, where they will surely face extinction, the Nameless Dwarf hires the son of a New Jerusalem guild boss to help him find them.

 What reviewers are saying:

"... so excellent, so Fafhrd and the Mouser type good - you remember those stories by Fritz Lieber, that you have to read at least three of these Nameless Dwarf stories to appreciate how absolutely fantastic they are." - Pinky Mo

"... it just doesn't get any better that this." - Ray Nicholson

"D.P. has established a fan for life in me" - Scott Poe

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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: The Nameless Dwarf
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:23:38 PM »
Thanks, Neil. Hope you enjoy dwarven banter.

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There are individual links to the stunning cover art of these three fantasy artists on my writing blog at www.dpprior.blogspot.co.uk

Mike Nash is well known for his work for Fantasy Flight games, Wizards of the Coast etc.

Anton Kokarev has produced artwork for Games Workshop.

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Small Press & Self-Published / The Nameless Dwarf
« on: May 21, 2012, 07:24:28 AM »
There's a wealth of information, links, and stunning artwork from the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf over at www.dpprior.blogspot.co.uk

This series has been well received by top 1000 and Vine Voice reviewers and has recently been picked up by agents in the US and UK.

Please pop by and share your views.

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Best Laid Plans is now available from Amazon.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Cadman's Gambit giveaway
« on: August 31, 2011, 02:29:53 AM »
There will be a giveaway of 10 copies of Cadman's Gambit on Goodreads starting tomorrow (1st September).

There will be more giveaways on Back of the Book Reviews and Indie Book Blog during September.

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/13678-cadman-s-gambit

Book 2 of the Shader series, Best Laid Plans, is being prepared for publication in early October.

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Good luck with the launch. This is a great story.

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Small Press & Self-Published / FREE copies of epic fantasy books
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:15:12 PM »
Over the next week I will be giving away FREE Kindle versions of the first two books of the Shader series, Cadman's Gambit & Best Laid Plans. All you need to do is visit the Shader site and make a comment:

http://godsinthedreaming.blogspot.com/

Both books have received impressive reviews from some top reviewers. Check out the Amazon listings to read the reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005FHY1BW/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_g351_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=19KQ7MQC1X1G00VRYMRV&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846




My epic fantasy, Cadman's Gambit, was released two weeks ago. It already had thee 5 star reviews, the latest from an Amazon Vine reviewer. Please check out the online sample at Amazon. The sequel, Best Laid Plans, is in the final stages of being prepared for release in October this year.

Dr Ernst Cadman has led a quiet life, but that’s how he’s wanted it all these hundreds of years. With a secret like his, anonymity and caution are the best friends a man can have. Nothing could tempt him from the safety of his parasitic existence at the heart of the city of Sarum—at least nothing this side of the Abyss.

Cadman stakes everything on obtaining the artefact that once destroyed an entire civilization, but in so doing he draws the gaze of a sinister presence from beyond the stars.

Meanwhile, Deacon Shader, veteran of the war against the undead armies of the Liche Lord, has one last fight in him. This time it’s just a tournament, with the prize a sword steeped in myth. Win or lose, Shader intends to defy his Templum master and retire to the Abbey of Pardes.

When a horror from the past wrecks Shader’s monastic dream and leads him to plague torn Sarum, he finds an ancient power unleashed that imperils more than he could possibly imagine—a power now in the hands of Dr Cadman.

Gods tremble, and worlds will fall unless Shader can conquer his personal demons and accept the fate he’s been prepared for since birth.

http://godsinthedreaming.blogspot.com/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FHY1BW/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=fitninstforst-20&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B005FHY1BW&adid=0HBJDJ7CW0DV4E658MWV&


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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:11:00 PM »
I'd still looking for more reviewers for my latest fantasy novel, Cadman's Gambit. I have 3 reviews already, but would like at least ten before December when I have a big KND promotion.



Name: D.P. Prior
Email: derekprior@yahoo.co.uk
Website URL:http://godsinthedreaming.blogspot.com/
Novel Title:Cadman's Gambit
Genre:Epic Fantasy
Length:366 pages (128,000 words)
Format:Paperback, epub, mobi (Kindle)
Back Cover Blurb:

Dr Ernst Cadman has led a quiet life, but that’s how he’s wanted it all these hundreds of years. With a secret like his, anonymity and caution are the best friends a man can have. Nothing could tempt him from the safety of his parasitic existence at the heart of the city of Sarum—at least nothing this side of the Abyss.

Cadman stakes everything on obtaining the artefact that once destroyed an entire civilization, but in so doing he draws the gaze of a sinister presence from beyond the stars.

Meanwhile, Deacon Shader, veteran of the war against the undead armies of the Liche Lord, has one last fight in him. This time it’s just a tournament, with the prize a sword steeped in myth. Win or lose, Shader intends to defy his Templum master and retire to the Abbey of Pardes.

When a horror from the past wrecks Shader’s monastic dream and leads him to plague torn Sarum, he finds an ancient power unleashed that imperils more than he could possibly imagine—a power now in the hands of Dr Cadman.

Gods tremble, and worlds will fall unless Shader can conquer his personal demons and accept the fate he’s been prepared for since birth.
How Many Copies Available for Reviewers:

Stipulations: Please post everywhere you can! At the moment I can only provide paperbacks to readers in the US.

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