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Tiny steps….

This weekend we have made a little but significant bit of progress on Wolf series book 1. See?


Okay, so it’s one step at a time and there’s a long way to go, but this is always a nice moment in the process of any new book; the bit where I print and bind it for the first time.

This means I’ve finished the initial draft, done a couple of passes for typos and obvious mistakes. I’ve probably left in a couple of notes to self (not usually as bad as the one in Song of the Ice Lord which just said “insert battle here”!!) but usually plot stuff which s more easily checked when you can leaf between page 3 and the end of the book and  just check what you have matches up. Also, notes that suggest I check bits that might need rewriting or expanding on.

But basically, once I print it, the main shape is likely there, and the rest is just sculpting and polishing; usually two print passes and it’s time to start sending it to the editors (dun dun DUUUUUUNNNNNN!).

In this case, because it is part of Operation Write The Whole Series First, I plan to indulge in one pass through this, and then go onto the soft-copy edits and corrections for Book 2. Then more new writing when I get back onto Book 3, hurrah! I am starting to think that this may well be a fresh kind of madness but if nothing else, it will be an interesting exercise… Now taking bets as to what the readers think (which is, after all, the acid test).

And when I burn out a bit on this series, there’s always the last few edits on The Holly & The Ivy, which was slightly impeded by my cover artist’s computer dying horribly. It lost the Christmas slot so I’ve told him as and when – Christmas will be right along again next year and if other authors have definite release dates to hit, he’d be better off sorting them out first, and coming back to it when he’s not under such time pressure.

I haven’t stopped work on the On Dark Shores series, but Flight has come back from the editor with a list of research that needs doing, so short-term it makes more sense to sort out the stuff I can do. Let’s face it, Flight has been suitably delayed that another couple of months is not going to make any difference at all!

Anyhow, just wanted to share the small pleasingness of seeing Wolf in the Shadows in physical form for the first time…

Take care, and have a great week!

JAC

Free ebook anyone?

While I remember:

Free copy of The Scarred Artisan if anyone wants one?
You sign up to the mailing list to get it but can always unsubscribe later- there’s a link at the bottom of any email that gets sent out.

Please note, this is one of the shorts from Song of the Ice Lord so if you’ve read that, you’ve probably already got this!

in which case try The Black-Eyed Susan free here:

Happy Easter all!

and to celebrate I’ll let you in on a secret – I have a bit of light reading for the train:

 

Then some pretty heavy edits and rewriting I think but even so, progress is progress, no?

Still need to work out whether to repackage and renumber as ODS -1 or just release as one of Parallels but then book 3 is also reaching a point where I have solved the knotty bit and should be able to get on with the next bit. 

I figure, get the text all sorted on this one for the moment, & see what proportion of bk 3’s current total of 120k words needs to be rewritten, and take it from there.

Anyone has thoughts on this, I’m listening…

Anyhow. Enjoy Easter, do some quality chilling on the Bank Holidays, and if you haven’t already signed up for the mailing list, the link is on the top right of my blog…

Have a great one, peeps!

JAC

Loncon space holder….

Hey all;
Loncon. Fabulous. Blog will follow but not till I have cleared all the detritus from my desk/chair/office and can get to my computer.
Also, now back at work and that 0455 alarm? Ouch.

More eloquence and indeed detail later – fool that I am, I took NO pics so will hopefully persuade tweeps to let me link to theirs.

And I have some stonking links to send you to as well!

So much fun!
Watch this space….
JAC.

SONG OF THE ICE LORD – Last chance at $0.99

Hi all:

Quickly- as warned, the price of Song goes up to $2.99 later on today. If you haven’t got it already, get in quick before they process the change!

Now gearing up towards LonCon so updates may be sporadic for the moment. If you’re going, let me know!
Otherwise, updates will be on the blog (possibly during but more likely afterwards )

Back to it!
JAC

Dear all:

Due to a mild disagreement between myself and my computer, the splendidly celebratory blog announcing that Song of the Ice Lord had now gone live…well, it remained in my computer. Unhelpful. I will be giving it a stern speaking to later. But Song is now indeed live, and at the introductory low price of $0.99 / £0.77 until Monday 14th July only.

SO

to celebrate (in retrospect) the release of Song of the Ice Lord, I am going to give away;

One signed paperback

One bracelet, handmade by a local glass artist

And one solar-powered hummingbird, would you believe?!

And (subject to availability) the pendant of the house of your choice from Game of Thrones).

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So – how do you win all this booty??

 

To enter, all you have to do is come up with songs for (dah dah dah…..)

“Game of Thrones – The Musical”.

 I want to know what the song is, who the artist is, and what character should sing it.

 

As an example, if this was Lord if the Rings you might enter

“Ring of fire” by Johnny Cash (as sung by Sauron)

or envisage a scene between Frodo and Sauron to the melodic strains of “Can’t Get you Out of my Head” by Kylie

or even

“You ain’t nothin’ but a Balrog” by Elvis, as covered by Gandalf.(Yeah, it’s cheating but it made me laugh)

 

 

So –

Same idea, but Game of Thrones-related please! The prizes will be shared amongst the ones that make me laugh the most (there may be ebooks or bookmarks for ones deserving of special mentions).

 

So that’s how to enter. And if you absolutely can’t wait till 13th July when I decide on the winner,  Song of the Ice Lord is now available for your viewing pleasure (rah!) at the following purveyors at the knockdown price of $0.99 / £0.77 until Monday 14th July at which point it will go up to $2.99: you have been warned.

 

Amazon UK:

Song of the Ice Lord (Parallels)

US:

http://www.amazon.com/Song-Ice-Lord-Parallels-Clement-ebook/dp/B00L72RTY0/

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/448648

B&N:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/song-of-the-ice-lord-ja-clement/1119745072?ean=2940046014785

Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/song-of-the-ice-lord/id890151274?mt=11

 

It’s also in all the other stores Smashwords export to, so if not listed here, Google should find it.

 

but back to the giveaway! Game of Thrones – the musical, remember?.

Comment away peeps! there are prizes to be won, and if the entries are good enough, I might add more swag to the bag, esp if you send other entries my way.

I’ll start you off, shall I?

with an intro to the musical by the author himself.

George RR Martin, it’s time for your solo number! Roll the intro to: Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”….

after which the curtains lift on… what? Your turn – comment away, peeps!

JAC

 

 

Guest blog!

If you want to know a little more about me & my writing, hop on over to Ira’s blog where I answer a few questions in the latest of her series of author interviews.

Then check out a few of the preceding ones -there are some interesting writers out there!

Read Ira’s blog here!

And it’s back to Book 3 for me!
JAC.

Spaceholder encore…

Hey all;

Yet another spaceholder I’m afraid but this time news of some progress.

Remember the 80k chunk I had to cut from what was going to be the next Part of the On Dark Shores series? Well, that particular bit of text was cut, not because of any particular flaw but because going back to the events of previous weeks in another country would have completely derailed Nereia’s story. Readers want to know what happened next, not what happened before!

So I cut it; but it has been pointed out that that’s what my Parallels series is for – side stories and back stories and other stories not relevant to the plot of ODS but which the reader may enjoy.

This seeming like good sense to me, I’ve just sent it off to my editor for a brutal scalpelling and hopefully later in the year it should hit the shelves. In the meantime, a little more on another short and it’s back to Bk 3 and on with the Mother’s tale!

Watch this space, peeps- we’re a step nearer!
JAC

Interview on Mel Comley’s blog!

Hey all!

I have an interview up on Mel Comley’s blog here:

http://melcomley.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/interview-with-j-clement.html

Drop along and heckle, do!

JAC

Hi all:

In memory of indie author L.C.Evans who recently passed away, we’re trying to raise awareness of her books to help offset the medical bills with which her family have been left.

To that end, the Indie View is running a giveaway – if you buy one of L.C’s books, you can have a free copy of one of the books listed, and be entered in the draw to win all 40.

It’s running today, the 24th, and if anyone would like to take part, the link is here:
http://www.theindieview.com/2012/01/20/a-tribute-to-indie-author-l-c-evans/

And if you click on the bit in bold halfway down it should take you to the page where the freebies are listed,

And if you could tweet, FB, blog or otherwise spread the word, you’d be helping to try and ameliorate the circumstances of the loved ones LC left behind. I know she’d appreciate it.

Please have a look – she was an award-winning author so amongst her various books there may well be one you’d be interested in.

Thanks, all:
JAC