I really should start entering more competitions: sometimes you win! Haha. I’ve only entered my writing into four competitions this year, and in the last week I’ve received the results for three of them and got the result of the fourth about six weeks ago… Winning awards in three out of four isn’t bad hey?

So whilst each of these could be a blog article in themselves (and for some already have) I’m going to try to pull it all together as concisely as possible so that I can quickly communicate a lot of things at once… Cos I’m kinda firing on a lot of guns at the moment and time’s not exactly in abundance ;)

                 Writer's Digest 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards

Congratulations!  Your book, The Dark Horde, was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the Genre Fiction category of the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

Competition was particularly fierce this year; your accomplishment is truly impressive. All winners have been notified, and will be formally announced in the March/April 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com.

              Freeplay 2012 Independent Game Awards

              2012 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction

                                        Wrestling the Muse Horror Flash Fiction contest

I think it’s fair to say that everything I’ve done has been “outside the norm”; a gamble I’ve pushed to extremes; and of everything I’ve done people tend to have polarised views as a result (some love you for being different, others hate you: it seems to evoke more divergence in opinion than sticking to “safe conventions”). And getting recognition for the quality of your work is hard work (believe me, harder by far than any other aspect of writing), but it feels like my efforts are finally starting to pay off and that I’m starting to earn my title of “writer” and register on the consciousness of others’… And hopefully those others will be inspired enough to throw a couple of dollars my way, spread the word and encourage others to do the same :)

Details on The Dark Horde, including extracts, reviews and how to get it, are all HERE.

Details on Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe, including screenshots, reviews and how to get it, are all HERE.

                                      You Know What ;)

And if you’re lucky enough to be in or near the UK, paperback copies of both The Dark Horde and Evermore: An Introduction are currently on sale for the ridiculously low price of £2.99 and £3.99 respectively. Why so cheap you ask? Because there’s almost a 1000 copies currently collecting dust in a UK warehouse that’ll get pulped soon if I don’t sell them. So consider this a public appeal to help :)

(And then maybe I’ll get closer to clearing my mountain of debt, and even be able to fantasise about breaking even one day haha)