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Names for the Chance Zapman book (vote).

June 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
Names for the Chance Zapman book (vote).

OK, here are a selection of your suggested names for the female lead in Chance Zapman and the Planet of Deadly Doom Your suggestions are followed by the voting form to vote for which name makes the final cut … Alexandria ‘Alex’ Hartsthorne Brooklyn ‘Brook’ Heights Celeste Adlen Charlotte Banaszak Charlotte Cox Crystal Morgan Delilah Angel Emma Arrowood Evelyn Eberstark Florence (Flora) Blake Isla Woods Katherine Falconer Katrina Adylenne Linnaea Castleona Lydia Harrow Maeve Payne Margo Sandy Mireia Rothschild Molly Bear Motsy Pine Natalie Quintin Riley Sallow Samantha Hornby Samantha Lawthorpe Stephanie Merigold Vic Donnteenie (Covid – nineteen rearranged!) Quite a few suggestions had to be removed because they feature […]

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New book to check out: The Pashtun Boy’s Paradise.

June 2, 2020 | By | Reply More
New book to check out: The Pashtun Boy’s Paradise.

Here are a few chapters up of another science fiction book I’m writing this year. This isn’t a comedy, but follows the odyssey of an Afghan refugee fleeing to the Europe of the future – you can download the start of the ‘The Pashtun Boy’s Paradise‘ over at https://dl.bookfunnel.com/qrtkx9w0k3 If you spot any mistakes in the working manuscript, please send them to my attention using the form at http://home.theauthorsapprentice.co.uk/report-mistakes-in-the-book/

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Author’s Apprentice 2020 calendar.

February 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
Author’s Apprentice 2020 calendar.

Here’s the calendar for the Author’s Apprentice 2020. It’s subject to all the usual unforseen events with writing and publishing a book – writer’s block, printers on strike, copy-editor sick etc . . . just like the real world. To make sure you get the e-mail reminders prompting you for actions around each of these dates (votes, downloading the most recent chapters etc), do make sure you are signed up the main e-mail list for the program. Open across the period Student registration. February 2020 Planning of concept/opening chapters. March/November 2020 Writing of novel. December 2020 Editing of novel. January 2021 Production and publication of novel.

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Chance Zapman and the Planet of Deadly Doom (The 2020 novel).

February 12, 2020 | By | Reply More
Chance Zapman and the Planet of Deadly Doom (The 2020 novel).

Here’s the first chapter for the comedy science fiction novel, Chance Zapman and the Planet of Deadly Doom. This is a working title and might change before the end of the year (ditto the cover art). You can download the book in a variety of digital formats at https://dl.bookfunnel.com/8bxyfsf4d9 If you spot any mistakes, please send them to my attention using the form at http://home.theauthorsapprentice.co.uk/report-mistakes-in-the-book/

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Bug hunt.

March 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Bug hunt.

Okay, Apprentices, the raw manuscript for the 2017 novel, Mission to Mightadore, is now ready for your reading pleasure. You chose not to use the more cartoon-ish cover design with Commodore Black waving a sword, but plumped for the airbrushed steampunk submarine exploring the moon’s oceans, so that’s the design we’re going with. All the typos and mistakes you’ve spotted and submitted to date should be incorporated in the latest edition of the book, but there are undoubtedly a few more errors and bugs to be flushed out and zapped. You can download the book from http://dl.bookfunnel.com/mchuer8h4g If you find any fresh typos, please send them to my attention using […]

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You’ve got it covered: pick the novel’s cover art.

February 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
You’ve got it covered: pick the novel’s cover art.

Here’s your opportunity to vote on the final cover style for the novel. There are two styles to choose from – cartoon comic-book or airbrush. You can click the two thumbnails below to be taken to a higher resolution picture. The cartoon style is currently a pencil sketch – the final cover would, of course, be inked and coloured in by the illustrator if that’s what you want to vote for. This particular sketch illustrates the start of the novel when Jared Black is discovered in the ruins of the crashed space-ship. The second cover is more the classic airbrushed fantasy/scifi style you’ll see gracing a lot of genre books. […]

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Character Conundrum: Time to die, or time to live?

October 6, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Character Conundrum: Time to die, or time to live?

It’s voting time again, apprentices. This time there’s a shocking character conundrum for you … the choice to be made is whether one of the characters in the Mission to Mightadore book is to die, or should an already deceased character be brought back from the dead, instead? Or, if you’re feeling particularly brave, should one of our courageous party of adventurers be killed off AND one of the already dead characters be brought back from the fiery pits of Hades, too? This vote is author’s choice as to which of the characters will die and/or be resurrected. Hey, you need some surprises left in the plot for you, right?

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Summer Poll fun: Winter is coming. But are ebooks?

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Summer Poll fun: Winter is coming. But are ebooks?

Double poll amusement this time, for twice the fun … Winter is Coming? How many of you have seen Game of Thrones the TV series versus how many of you have also read the accompanying novels? E-books are Coming? How many of you read e-books (either on your phone/tablet or on a dedicated reader)?

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Freaks & geeks – who should Cassie get romantically involved with?

May 10, 2017 | By | 28 Replies More
Freaks & geeks – who should Cassie get romantically involved with?

Who should Cassie get romantically involved with? Bad-boy Martin Rawstone (Team Freak) or nice guy Magnus (Team Geek). Yes, this time your new vote will literally mend – or break – hearts!

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Who will Magnus save from the Time Angels?

March 20, 2017 | By | 24 Replies More
Who will Magnus save from the Time Angels?

Magnus is in a bind. The Time Angels are attacking the sphere the expedition are using to travel back to the ancient past. The angels have breached the hull and seized both Sophie Fox and Cassie Templar. Magnus only has enough time to try to save one of his friends before they are pulled into the alien universe. So, who’s he to attempt to save . . . ? Sophie? Or Cassie?

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