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The Road to Publication: Part II

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In my previous post, I described the journey that had led to my decision to self-publish my second novel, If Pigs Could Fly. In this post, I’m going to talk a little about the nuts and bolts details that the process involved, mainly in the hope that it might prove useful for anyone following a similar path.

I’ve going to break it up into the following sections:

  • The Product
  • Formats / Dissemination
  • Platforms
  • Pricing
  • Pre-launch Publicity

I’ve presented those in a rough chronological order, but in reality it’s much more fluid than that, with considerable overlap.

The Product

My advice really starts at the point where you’ve got the text of your manuscript to as good a point as you can get it. I’m assuming that you’ve done multiple drafts, and perhaps shown it to some beta readers (friends whose opinions you trust) to get additional feedback.

One point of advice I will give on the actual writing of your manuscript is to use the specialist writers’ word processor, Scrivener. It’s just brilliant in the way it helps you organise and shape your story.

Once I reached this point, where I’d taken the manuscript as far as I could go, I employed three people to help me turn that manuscript into a novel:

Firstly, I hired Amanda Rutter as an editor. I blogged a little while ago about how Amanda helped me, but basically, I would strongly recommend that you hire an editor. You yourself are simply too close to the woods to see the trees.

The process here was that I gave Amanda the novel in Word format (it was still in traditional double-spaced, typewritten manuscript format at this point), and she then edited with the track changes feature turned on. This allows you to see the edits (both text added and text deleted) that the editor has made directly to the document, and then either approve or reject them. Also the editor can put in comments. For those of you who haven’t used this feature, this is what it looks like in Word for the Mac:

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Once I’d gone through the manuscript, reviewing Amanda’s changes, and then rewriting various sections to address issues that Amanda had highlighted, I then reformatted the Word document in the actual format of the final paperback version of my novel (more about that format later). I think the technical term for this is the slightly anachronistic “typesetting”.

I then gave that “typeset” version of the novel (still a Word document) to the second person I hired, Ro Smith, to do a copy edit / proof read (they are actually slightly separate things, but that’s probably something beyond the scope of this post).

Ro was doing three things for me:

  • A second editing pass, at a more sentence-based level, and in addition, looking more specifically to catch typos.
  • Checking that I hadn’t introduced any new screw-ups in the new sections I’d written in response to Amanda’s observations.
  • Checking that I hadn’t screwed up any of the layout / formatting when creating the typeset version of the document.

In parallel to the work on the text, I was working with my cover artist Jon Hodgson, who’d been the cover artist on Game Night some seven years before. This involved me giving him some initial ideas and thoughts, then the two of us batting various ideas around, and going through several versions. I was probably quite an annoying client, but I’m thrilled with the final result.

I’d recommend all three of them.

The obvious questions for endeavours such as these are how long did it take and how much will it cost. Well it probably took around six months to go from a basic manuscript to a “typeset” Word document and a JPEG of the cover. You can do it faster if all the ducks line up, but it’s probably best not to rush it. For cost, it would be unprofessional of me to mention the actual prices changed, but between the three of them it was more than several hundred but less than several thousand, if that makes sense.

Formats / Dissemination

If you’re an independent, self-publishing author, I think you basically have two choices when it comes to the format of your book:

  • E-book only.
  • E-book plus paperback.

Paperback on its own simply isn’t an option. And there are many who argue that you should go E-book only, which isn’t as mad as it sounds. Realistically, your book isn’t going to get into bookshops and will only be available online. And even there, while people might be willing to make a punt on a self-published e-book by an author they’ve not previously heard of, they’re unlikely to spend several times that amount to purchase a paperback.

Let me illustrate this with an anecdote. Game Night is currently only really ticking over sales-wise, something that will hopefully change a bit when If Pigs Could Fly comes out. Since May/June, when I put the new version of it up in both e-book and paperback format, I’ve probably sold something like 120 copies of the e-book version. Meanwhile, I’ve only sold one copy in paperback, and that was a test purchase I made myself from my personal Amazon account, to check that it was working.

There are four reasons why I decided I wanted to do a paperback version of If Pigs Could Fly:

  1. So that I could sent out physical review copies ahead of publication (more on this later).
  2. So that I could sell the book at conventions (I’ve just come back from doing this very thing at the Irish Discworld Convention).
  3. Because it makes the Kindle version of your book look more professional and credible. This is because: a) the paperback will be shown as an alternate format on the Kindle version’s page, which puts it psychologically ahead of the mass of self-published e-books that have no paperback version; b) the Kindle version’s price will be shown as a discount against the paperback price; c) the Kindle version’s page will display a page count, that being the page count of the paperback.
  4. I wanted to be able to hold a real book in my hands. It wouldn’t feel real otherwise.

There is one big disadvantage in doing a paperback, which is that your cover design becomes more complicated. Instead of merely needing a matchbook sized front cover, you need both front and back covers and a spine, in a much larger size.

Platforms

For the paperback version, I went with Amazon’s own CreateSpace service. CreateSpace offers print-on-demand publishing of your book. Once you’ve uploaded and configured your book, this basically works in two ways:

  • Your book appears on the various Amazons around the world, at a price that you’ve set. When a customer orders the book, CreateSpace/Amazon prints it and ships it to them. You don’t need to do anything, and no up front cash investment is required from you. (Theoretically, it should be available / orderable from other channels, but I have no idea how well that works).
  • You can order copies of the books yourself direct from CreateSpace. (In whatever quantity you want. If you only want 10, then you only order 10.)

I’m sure there are other, better, print-on-demand companies out there, but CreateSpace does what I need it to do, and being an Amazon service it should work well with them.

Creating a CreateSpace version of your book is relatively simple. You have to upload the interior of your book in PDF format, and the cover in JPEG format. You can download dynamically created templates for both of these items from the CreateSpace website: you enter in the dimensions of your book, and it generates an appropriately sized template.

For the e-book, I went with two separate routes. To get If Pigs Could Fly onto Kindle I went with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. (You can actually publish a Kindle version from the CreateSpace version, but I wanted the greater control you get when you do it directly).

For the Kindle version I had to create a separate version of the If Pigs Could Fly Word document, which I formatted differently, according to the guidelines on the KDP site. And I also needed to cut just the front cover portion of my cover JPEG into a separate JPEG.

As with CreateSpace, creating a KDP account and uploading your book is free.

Now I could have left it at that, with the e-book available for the Kindle only – and in fact Amazon do offer various inducements to do just that. In reality, Kindle is probably about 95% of the e-book market, but I didn’t take the exclusive deal, basically because: a) I don’t want to be the man that helps Amazon have a monopoly; and b) if one of my readers has bought a non-Amazon e-reader, I still very much want them to be able to read my book. (In fact, I find the idea of telling someone that they can’t read your book because they’ve bought the “wrong” e-reader objectionable on several levels).

So in addition to Kindle Direct Publishing, I created myself a Smashwords account, and uploaded a third version of the Word document there. Smashwords offers me three basic things:

  1. People can purchase the book directly from Smashwords, DRM free, in a variety of formats including PDF, .mobi, and .epub. The point being that no matter what type of reading device you have, you can purchase a copy of my book.
  2. Smashwords distributes your book to a variety of other disseminators, including the other three of the “big four”: iBooks, Kobo, and Nook.
  3. Smashwords offers authors the ability to generate voucher codes allowing readers to download free copies of your book. I’m going to use these in two ways. a) As prizes for “win a free copy of the book” type competitions; b) to allow me to offer a free e-book copy with each physical copy of the book sold at conventions.

Pricing

An interesting pricing inversion often becomes apparent when you compare the prices of self-published and conventionally published books.

In paperback, the conventionally published books are usually cheaper (at least, once they’ve reached the mass-market paperback phase of their life-cycle). This is because they’re printed on conventional printing presses with runs of several thousand, which is always going to be cheaper than a book produced singly using print-on-demand technology.

By contrast, when it comes to e-books, it’s usually the self-published version that’s cheaper. This is because while the conventionally published product has to firstly cover all the costs of producing the product that aren’t related to printing (which is most of them – writing, editing, design, publicity etc), and secondly, because they don’t want to too badly undercut the paperback version. Whereas the self-published author doing it for a hobby can basically afford to sell it for 99p / 99c (the minimum price that Amazon allows).

I wanted to fight this inversion.

I’ve priced the paperback as cheaply as I can, at £6.99 / $9.99, so that its price is comparable with a conventionally published paperback. This means that I make very little on it, but I figure the reader doesn’t care about what kind of printer was used – they’re paying for the end product.

But I’ve priced the e-book at £1.99 / $2.99, because I happen to think that this is a reasonable price to pay for a full-length 90,000 word novel, and I think I should have enough pride in my work to ask for that.

There is also another factor, which is that those prices are the minimum Amazon will allow you to charge if you want 70% royalties, rather than 35%. In other words, an author receives six times as much money for a $2.99 book as for a 99c one. (Think on that, next time you refuse to buy any books priced at more than 99c!)

Pre-launch Publicity

I made sure to have everything product-wise ready at least three months ahead of my set launch date.

(One minor point. With both KDP and Smashwords you can upload your book and set in a pre-order date, which allows readers to pre-order it. You can’t do that with CreateSpace. You can upload it, and then order copies for yourself, but the only way to handle the “future launch date” thing is to keep all distribution channels turned off – so it doesn’t appear on Amazon – and then turn them on a few days ahead of launch.)

ManyBooks-MedI’d spent the previous few months assembling a list of people I could send review copies to (a.k.a. Advance Reader Copies, or ARCs). This was friends, contacts, bloggers, reviewers and so on. Once the book was up on CreateSpace, albeit not visible to the outside world, I then ordered myself a bunch of copies and sent them off to all my ARC recipients. I think I sent out about fifty in total. (After the editorial and cover costs, the purchasing and posting of the ARCs was the other big cost). As part of this, I’d ordered some nice book boxes off Amazon, and also had some stickers made up (red text on a clear background) saying “Advance Reader Copy, Not For Resale” that I stuck on each book.

Finally, I got an entry for the book up on Goodreads. For those who haven’t come across it, Goodreads is sort of a Facebook for people who like reading books. They can talk about what books they’re reading, what books they have read, what books they would like to read, and recommend books to their friends. Unlike Amazon, Goodreads allows people to post reviews of books that haven’t yet been released. But they also have a very cool feature: Goodreads Giveaways.

This feature allows an author to give away a set number of their books, one or more, for free, to Goodreads members. To the members, it’s like a free-to-enter lottery, with the prize being free books. They go to the link I just posted above, and click on any of the offered books that take their fancy. The author is responsible for shipping the books to the winners (you can limit the giveaway to specific countries to avoid punitive shipping costs).

Why do it? Well basically, in the hope that some of those who receive the books will write review of your book and / or recommend it to their friends.

Does it work? Yeah, I think so.

Between the ARCs that I sent out myself, and the Giveaways, If Pigs Could Fly now has 14 reviews on Goodreads and 17 ratings. In addition, 193 Goodreads members have added it to their “to read” list. I think that’s pretty good for a self-published book that isn’t being published until tomorrow.

I hope all the above makes sense. How successful my endeavours will be is yet to be determined. And if you want to talk about any of the above, and get more details (there’s more I could have said, but then this post would have been ridiculously long), please drop me a line (see the contact page on this site).

And finally, if you’ve found these two posts at all useful or entertaining, perhaps you might consider purchasing a copy of If Pigs Could Fly at one of the links below. I really would be hugely grateful. Thank you.

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IfPIgsCouldFlyCover-FrontOnly-MediumIf Pigs Could Fly is available in both paperback and e-book format, from all leading outlets.

E-Book

Amazon UK (£1.99): [link]

Amazon US ($2.99): [link]

Smashwords (£1.99 | $2.99): [link]

Paperback

Amazon UK (£6.99): [link]

Amazon US ($9.99): [link]

If Pigs Could Fly should also be available on iBooks, Nook, and Kobo within a few days of its publication.

“West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency. Doctor Ravinder Shah speaking. No case too weird, no problem too bizarre. Strangeness a speciality. How can I help you?”

London Social Worker Rav Shah moonlights as a paranormal detective, aided by one of his clients and a Border Collie he rents by the hour. It was supposed to be a bit of fun: a search for truths out there; a quest for a life more interesting than the one that fate, destiny, and personal apathy had granted him.

But then a case involving a Yorkshire farmer and a herd of flying pigs leads him into a world darker and more dangerous than he’d ever dreamed.

The truth is indeed out there.

And it’s got Rav square in its sights.

The Road to Publication: Part I

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6th October 2015, sees the publication of my second novel If Pigs Could Fly (Buy on Amazon UKBuy on Amazon US), by my own imprint Wild Jester Press. It’s been a long journey and I thought now might be a good moment to share some of what I’ve experienced along that journey, and what I’ve learned.

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JonnyOnStandNearly eight years ago, my first novel, Game Night, was published, under a sort of hybrid small/self publishing model. My very good friend James Wallis published the book via his gaming company Magnum Opus Press, but the product (editing, cover, typesetting etc) and the marketing (publicity, posters, sales at conventions etc) were both down to me. Game Night was moderately successful, achieving something like 1700 sales in paperback in the couple of years following its launch, but in many ways, I think it was just a bit ahead of its time.

Back in 2007,  e-books were just getting started, and Game Night was printed in paperback format only. (I literally recall any conversations in which anyone suggested me printing an electronic version). Social media was also in its infancy; I didn’t join Twitter until well over a year after Game Night’s publication. Game Night achieved some initial success, with an ENnie nomination and some stunning reviews, but then essentially… stalled.  I did do a Kindle release some years later, but by then the momentum had gone.

Meanwhile, I was working on my second novel, and had hit the quoted-to-the-point of cliché but nonetheless true problem of “second album syndrome”. When I wrote Game Night I’d been riffing on the gaming humour I’d employed in my gaming webzine Critical Miss. I won’t say that writing the novel was easy, but I was in my comfort zone, in a niche with which I was familiar. For the second novel, I wanted, and felt I needed, to break out of that niche in order to reach a wider audience, and frankly, I struggled.

I started an offbeat fantasy, grew discouraged in that after 60,000 words, wrote a 100,000 word time travel novel that failed to attract any agent interest, and then eventually around 2010 or 20011, started work on the novel that would become If Pigs Could Fly. During all of this, my dream was still to be a conventionally published author. I’d had enough of trying to sell my own book. I don’t think Game Night was a failure by any means, but emotionally, it felt like one.

Along the way, I’d gone from a gaming background, where “indie publishing” was the norm, to a literary one, in which self-publishing was regarded with pity at best, and scorn at worse. I wanted to go to conventions like Eastercon wearing the reassuring status of a “published author”. I’d had enough of feeling like a pathetic wannabe, trying to be something he wasn’t, fearful of the heads being secretly shaken behind him. (I’m sure this never happened, and I’m sure no-one ever felt that way towards me. But it was how I felt, and once feelings like that get a hold of your insecurities it’s hard to banish them.)

Incidents like the one I described in a blog post from 2009, didn’t help of course:

The Big Name SF Author

I was in the audience for a panel supposedly about writing courses. For the first ten minutes or so, the four panelists managed to largely contain themselves to merely being mildly smug and self-congratulatory about the courses they’d run or attended, but then for no particularly compelling reason the big name SF author segued sideways into a long, sustained, mean-spirited and frankly vicious attack on the self-publishing industry and self-published authors, with the former being described as “evil” and the latter being described as angry, socially dysfunctional individuals with an inability to take criticism, a burning belief that they were right and that everyone else in the world was wrong, and a fanatical desire to prove the rightness of that latter conviction through the successful self-publishing of their novel.

(Midway through this, he did backtrack slightly, and concede that self-publishing firms weren’t actually evil…)

As you can no-doubt guess from the way in which I’ve described it, I was somewhat enraged both by what he said, and by the cold viciousness in which he chose to say it. I’m not saying that he’ll remain at the bottom of my “writers, personal opinion of” chart for ever, but I’d advise anyone wishing to seize that bottom place from him to begin their interaction with me by punching me hard in the face if they wish to have a fighting chance, such is the degree to which I’m still outraged by what he said.

And finally, now that he’s made me aware of just how much prejudice there is against self-published books in the publishing industry, I now always feel compelled to point out that my own novel ended up being small-press published rather than self-published. This is of course the same moral cowardice that leads people to begin attacks on homophobia with the line, “I’m not gay myself, but…”, and yes, it does leave me feeling similarly disappointed in myself.

In pursuit of this dream, I was attending various “How to get an agent / how to get published” type panels at this point. Now Game Night used to get many quotes and reviews of the following sort (emphasis mine, now, and please feel free to skim over them):

“Game Night, the debut novel by Jonny Nexus, is a work of absolute genius, and is definitely ranked as one of the most fun and enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time, and in my opinion is at least as witty as the likes of Terry Pratchett. ”

“Reviews of this book have claimed that it has an air of Discworld about it. I’d agree with that, especially Pratchett’s early work; its plot is similarly chaotic and the comedic style is similar.”

“A Pratchet-esque debut novel of gods, roleplaying, and game-night kerfuffles … Buy Game Night. It’s a fun, fresh, irreverent read that’ll ring true to any gamer even if, unlike the protagonists, you happen not to be a god.”

“Game Night is on my top 5 books of all time, and that list includes such celebs as Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Jonny Nexus is hilarious!”

“I issued more laughs from reading Game Night than I do from an average Pratchett novel… Clash of The Titans meets Discworld, neatly blended with a little Red Dwarfism.”

“Start with a generous helping of Terry Prachett, add a dash of Douglas Adams, a pinch of Christopher Moore and season heavily with Dead Gentlemen’s Gamers. This is one of those few books that I actually laughed out loud when I read it. All in all, it’s a fun look at life around the gaming table through the eyes of a group of slightly dysfunctional gods.”

“Most humour books try to be novels-with-jokes, if you will. As such, aren’t as funny as say, sketch comedies which are simply a series of great jokes run together. The last novel I read that was devoted to just being a string of comedy sketches was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (taken of course, from a radio show that was a series of sketches run together). Hitchhikers was, as a result, the funniest novel I’ve ever read, and the only one that has ever made laugh out-loud. Until, that is, Game Night came along.”

All those people comparing my writing to my heroes Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett: good thing? Nope. Bad thing. Bad, bad thing. As I described in a blog post written in 2011:

…an agent who, in a very thoughtful, constructive and helpful email… turned me down. Mainly this was due to my writing not setting him on fire. That’s fine. Writing is, as he himself said, very subjective, and I think humour is doubly so. But he also said something else, that I’ve previously heard from other people, which (paraphrasing his words) is this:

As far as the mainstream book world is concerned there isn’t really such a thing as a market for, or genre of, humorous SF/Fantasy. There’s just a Terry Pratchett market, and that’s that.

Basically, the thing I’ve learned over several years is that humorous SF/F of the sort written by Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett is a genre that is regarded as, if not stone-cold dead, barely luke-warm at best. At one “How to get published” type panel, I asked a question in which I said my work typically got compared to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett and asked what the panel would advise me to do.

The reply I got from the agent on the panel, paraphrasing slightly for humour, but not by as much as you might think, was basically, “Oh you poor bastard. I’m so, so sorry.”

(I should stress, he was a very nice man. He actually sought me out later at the convention when I was doing a Game Night signing to essentially give me a personal, one-to-one apology for having to break such bad news to me. He clearly felt quite bad about it.)

Basically, it was looking like if I wanted to get published I needed to cut out the funny. And I did try, but it’s not me. (In the roleplaying field, I once observed that any straight Star Trek RPG in which I am invited to participate will inevitably turn into Galaxy Quest).

Why is humour SF/F regarded so negatively? Well to a certain extent, the why is irrelevant to me now. I accept it as a truth and will waste no further time howling and wailing at a metaphorical moon of unfairness. But if you want a theory, I think that in the 1990s, following Terry Pratchett’s breakthrough with the Discworld series, so much rip-off, derivative, copy-cat crap was published that it essentially did to the humour SF/F genre what two generations of Oklahoman farmers did to the Oklahoma soil.

Basically, the bastards dustbowled the entire sodding genre.

At one point, while trying to research what humour SF/F there was out there, I asked for recommendations from my blog/Twitter/Facebook followers and got one reply saying: “Avoid like the plague any book that compares itself to either Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett”.

Which pretty much proves the point.

Eventually, by the summer of last year – after four drafts, and two minor drafts, including a pretty radical “third act” plot transplant – If Pigs Could Fly was finished, and I started down the long, depressing, and soul-destroying path of submitting it to the handful of agents in the UK who handle SF/F (science fiction and fantasy). Alongside all of this, my situation had been changing. Work, life, family: all had cranked up over the previous two years. Responsibilities and distractions had increased exponentially. The time I had to write had shrunk.

I long known that were I to get the publishing contract of which I’d dreamed of for so many years, I’d be required to write one book a year, every year, on top of a day job, for the foreseeable future. Hell, If Pigs Could Fly had been explicitly designed to be suitable for just such a schedule. I had, and have, rough plot ideas for the first six novels.

But somewhere after the way, after a four-month work schedule in which I’d made three separate trips to Singapore, interspersed with a trip to Stockholm and a trip to Istanbul, with all those agents I’d thus far contacted coming back with rejections, something snapped.

I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to do it.

So I put my spreadsheet of agents away, with its names of agents still uncontacted, and decided that from now on I was going to please myself, big shot author be damned. I was going to publish the stuff I enjoyed writing, when I wanted to write it. I was going to self-publish.

In Part II of this series I’ll describe the nuts and bolts of how I went about getting If Pigs Could Fly into the hands of readers.

Next Post: The Road to Publication: Part II >>

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IfPIgsCouldFlyCover-FrontOnly-MediumIf Pigs Could Fly is available in both paperback and e-book format, from all leading outlets.

E-Book

Amazon UK (£1.99): [link]

Amazon US ($2.99): [link]

Smashwords (£1.99 | $2.99): [link]

Paperback

Amazon UK (£6.99): [link]

Amazon US ($9.99): [link]

If Pigs Could Fly should also be available on iBooks, Nook, and Kobo within a few days of its publication.

“West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency. Doctor Ravinder Shah speaking. No case too weird, no problem too bizarre. Strangeness a speciality. How can I help you?”

London Social Worker Rav Shah moonlights as a paranormal detective, aided by one of his clients and a Border Collie he rents by the hour. It was supposed to be a bit of fun: a search for truths out there; a quest for a life more interesting than the one that fate, destiny, and personal apathy had granted him.

But then a case involving a Yorkshire farmer and a herd of flying pigs leads him into a world darker and more dangerous than he’d ever dreamed.

The truth is indeed out there.

And it’s got Rav square in its sights.

Goodreads Giveaway

If Pigs could fly won’t be released until this coming October, but you can get your hands on an advance reading copy (ARC) right now, through a Goodreads Giveaway I’m running. There’s no catch. Go to Goodreads’s Giveaway page (or click on the link below) and click on the “Enter Giveaway” button. You then get entered into a free draw, with five lucky winners getting a copy of the book sent to them by me. I’ll even throw in a bookmark.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

If Pigs Could Fly by Jonny Nexus

If Pigs Could Fly

by Jonny Nexus

Giveaway ends July 14, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Jonnycon I: The Launch Party For Wild Jester Press and “If Pigs Could Fly”

IfPIgsCouldFlyCover-FrontOnly-MediumLater this year, after a difficult gestation of more than seven years, I’m finally publishing my “difficult” second novel, If Pigs Could Fly, and creating my own publishing imprint (Wild Jester Press) to do it. To celebrate both of these events, Jules and I are holding a party, and we’d love you all to come.

The party is basically a book launch, with all the things you’d expect from a book launch (including a reading from the author, me, and the chance to get an advance copy of the book and have it signed). In addition, we’ll have a bit of food, some dancing as we work our way into the early hours, plus chat, and even a few board games.

Additional note: The official launch of the book is in October (we will be selling copies at the Irish Discworld convention in Cork from 2nd to 5th October, with the book then becoming available on Amazon on 6th October). So Jonnycon gives you a chance to get your hands on a copy of the book two months early!

Letting us Know

No invites are required. This is a public event, and it’s fine to just turn up on the night. But if you are coming, it would be good if you could let us know, either by commenting here or sending an email to jonny (at) jonnynexus dot com, just so that I have some idea of numbers.

Note: due to licensing restrictions at the venue, under-18s are not allowed after 8pm. I don’t think this would affect anyone who might be coming, but I thought I ought to mention it just in case.

When and Where

Jonnycon 1 is being held on Saturday 1st August from 7:00pm onwards at The Iron Duke pub, 3 Waterloo Street, Hove BN3 1AQ.

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An Announcement

For those of you who’ve been wondering when I’d next have something out…

Wild Jester Press is pleased to announce that it will be publishing the next novel by English humour SF/F writer, Jonny Nexus. If Pigs Could Fly is the first book in the West Kensington Paranormal Detective Agency series, featuring offbeat paranormal investigator Ravinder “Rav” Shah.

It will be published this summer, in both trade paperback and e-book (Kindle, iBooks, Nook and Kobo) formats.

Wild Jester Press will also be publishing a new edition of Jonny’s previous, ENnie-nominated novel, Game Night.

About Jonny Nexus

Jonny Nexus began his writing career in the table-top roleplaying field, with his cult gaming webzine Critical Miss. This led to monthly columns in the roleplaying magazines Valkyrie and Signs & Portents, and the publication by Mongoose Publishing of his parody gaming guide, The Slayer’s Guide to Games Masters.

His debut novel Game Night, the tale of a dysfunctional group of roleplaying gods, was nominated/shortlisted for an ENnie award.

Further information can be found at Jonny’s website: http://www.jonnynexus.com.

About Wild Jester Press

Wild Jester Press is a new small-press publishing house based in Brighton. Its target market is genre works (science-fiction and fantasy) with a generally humorous slant.

Further information can be found at the Wild Jester Press website: http://www.wildjesterpress.com.

http://wildjesterpress.com/announcement/jonny-nexus-if-pigs-could-fly/

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