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Offline Matt Knott

The Sane King
« on: August 31, 2015, 03:56:50 AM »
Hey guys,

Really stoked to be sharing with people and proud of the book. Appreciate any and all feedback, and really welcome reviews! It came from a deep love of what fantasy means to me, while also trying to take on the pacing problem I've always seen as the genres worst enemy.

Take a Look Inside or grab a sample to see if it grips you.

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Heroes are not born, but forged.

A lone warrior takes up the cause of a hunted boy. A desperate nation seeks to bolster its fragile army. A malevolent god feasts on the nightmares of men and seeks to bring ruin to all.

The wanderer, Rayle, stands against the preternatural forces lurking on the edges of civilization and sanity. In the bleak lands of the Wrack, he rescues Bray from brutal men. Swearing to help the boy seek vengeance for the death of his brothers, Rayle finds himself locked in a savage contest that tests both his strength of arms and will.


About the Author

Matt Knott believes in momentum. Heroic Fantasy should be a kinetic experience where the tablet drags you on an adventure.

You should be squeezing so hard the screen cracks.

Working in the video game industry for close to a decade, with a background in social science and carousing, Matt Knott's deepest passion is for the epic. With his books he aims to capture that sense of pulse-thumping adventure that comes from making wild decisions, or listening to music that ruptures blood vessels.

He wants you to join him in walking rolling hills with sweat on your brow and the unknown ahead.

He lives in Dublin and shares his apartment with a 2 Foot tall statue of Conan the Barbarian fighting an ape.

« Last Edit: November 11, 2015, 01:40:30 AM by Matt Knott »

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 11:03:49 AM »
Have to say, that's a very nice cover in spite of it being a guy with a hood (the one here is a little pixellated, but the big one on amazon looks great). Really atmospheric.
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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2015, 11:37:21 AM »
I've been trying to download at least Kindle samples of books that folks promote here. I just did for "The Sane King", and it reads really well through the end of chapter 2. Since we do a lot of critiquing on this site, I'm going to put one comment in spoilers below.

But, really, this reads so much better than most of the self-pub stuff I've run into. I'll try to get back to it, but don't hold me to that. The TBR pile is stretching to the moon. In the meantime, any of my Forum friends here looking for a book might give this a try. Quick, interesting, solid prose.

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Spoiler for Hiden:
Matt,

I know you didn't ask for comments, but hey, you can ignore this!  ;D

I have a pet peeve with dark scenes in which we can see some things really clearly and some things not. Maybe I misunderstand in Ch.1, but it seems to me that in one sentence we're told our MC can't see well, and in the next, we see that "Conan" is carrying a rusty iron nail in his hand. Now, whose POV are we in? If our MC, how does he see a nail as the maybe the second thing he notices about Conan? How does he know it's rusty or that it's iron?

This issue with POV extends into Ch.2. If we're in a limited 3rd person, then how does our MC know what it's like in the various villages around, such that he can make a really intelligent statement about the way kids are?

I know the book is fully written and published, but it's really the main thing I'm struggling with in what is otherwise really good prose.


Best of luck with the book, Matt!
Change, when it comes, will step lightly before it kicks like thunder. (GRMatthews)
You are being naive if you think that any sweet and light theme cannot be strangled and force fed it's own flesh. (Nora)

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2015, 01:32:34 PM »
That's actually really great feedback and I love the character switch out. You caught me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I actually thought that was highlighted by moonlight through the trees, a definite stylistic cliche but pretty suitable for the style. Looking at the text, it seems it isn't! Sorry for having that grate on you.

My editor was crazy hardcore and didn't highlight that, so maybe I dropped it out when editing Drussonan's intro ;) I'll see if I can get it tweaked as it's a very small detail I doubt many will notice but a cool one. On the kid side when I was a kid I always assumed everyone was the same. The flashbacks are pretty much lifted from my childhood except there were nettles rather than a big drop off.

That said, I'll give it a look with your eyes on. I thought I'd clocked any POV issues, and I guess you're way more in the zone that most folks as this is the first time it came up. It's all going to help me get better.

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a guy with a hood

My friends ragged on me about this after my ranting about Hoodmen killing fantasy covers. Thing was that without it looked too weird and I was so in love with the rich colours I forgave it. The only moral hooded man is my hooded man.

Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate anyone taking a chance on my work. You're legends.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2015, 01:41:54 PM by Matt Knott »

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2015, 01:41:38 PM »
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a guy with a hood

My friends ragged on me about this after my ranting about Hoodmen killing fantasy covers. Thing was that without it looked too weird and I was so in love with the rich colours I forgave it. The only moral hooded man is my hooded man.
Haha, I'm not surprised. Most hoodman covers are absolute rubbish and make me disinclined to pick the book up, this one does the opposite. The typography is spot on as well, which is another thing that gets on my nerves a lot of the time.  :P
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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2015, 01:47:04 PM »
Haha, I'm not surprised. Most hoodman covers are absolute rubbish and make me disinclined to pick the book up, this one does the opposite. The typography is spot on as well, which is another thing that gets on my nerves a lot of the time.  :P

I originally went for a hand made of people and a silhouetted dude with a sword. It fits very well with the key theme and threat of the book. It was very stylized but just didn't pan out that well.

I hated having to kill it, but I love the end result. James Egan of Bookfly Design was a joy to work with.

Agreed on typography, it drives me mad when I see mistakes, and I went mental trying to format everything over a week or so. The words themselves come first, but how those words look is just being fair to your readers. When you offer any product it should be as clean as possible.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2015, 08:55:18 PM by Matt Knott »

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2015, 06:25:56 PM »
Quick update after checking my mails.

Look Inside is now working properly and I've fixed a couple of phantom errors. Basically during editing I'd left an original line in. Which was weird reading as it doubled up.

Thanks to everyone who dropped me a line pointing it out, thought I'd gone crazy!

I also set it up on Kindle Unlimited which has been really cool to watch over the last week.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2015, 07:07:11 PM by Matt Knott »


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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2015, 10:47:42 AM »
Really like what I've read so far, Matt!

Thanks a lot, Josh. Been traveling and about to head out to Iceland for a week in the mountains so I missed this until now!

Thanks to a lot of great feedback and really chill readers I gave everything a once over polish and I'm really happy to call things done. There was one monster typo in there that didn't show up on spell-check and most people missed. I almost had a heart attack when someone pointed it out.

Cheers for everyone who dropped me a line.


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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2015, 05:12:08 PM »
Just a quick heads up that thanks to getting in the honourable mentions for best eBook cover for August on The Book Designer I've setup a Kindle Countdown deal starting at £0.99 and $1.99 across the next week.

EDIT: SALE OVER

Having just got back from Iceland I've been slow to reply to mails, but thanks if any of them came from here. Really great feedback and glad people have been enjoying it!

« Last Edit: November 11, 2015, 01:29:04 AM by Matt Knott »

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2015, 01:29:37 AM »
Almost finalized version of my animated cover. Figured it's ready to take the place of the cover image on forums despite being a little too large right now!



« Last Edit: November 11, 2015, 01:39:54 AM by Matt Knott »

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2015, 12:02:50 PM »
"raw green eyes spoke of long red years"

Yeah, this ^. Great line.
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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2015, 03:47:47 PM »
"raw green eyes spoke of long red years"

Yeah, this ^. Great line.

wow.  yeah it is.

Re: The Sane King
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2015, 07:20:20 AM »
I'm about 20% of the way through this and I'm enjoying it. The flashbacks read well and the verb usage is punchy.

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Re: The Sane King
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2015, 10:10:06 PM »
I'm about 20% of the way through this and I'm enjoying it. The flashbacks read well and the verb usage is punchy.

Thanks a lot for taking a chance!

Glad you enjoyed what you've read so far. It's been a fantastic learning experience and I'm really enjoying putting what I picked up writing The Sane King to the test with book 2.

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