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More art! Digital art rewards 3/3!

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Hi everyone! Good news, I’ve finished recording the audiobook Monday! I estimate it will take me a week to edit it, and then it will be in your hands. Thank you for your patience. 

I’ve been seeing lovely photos on social media of books arriving across the UK and in the US too, so if you are still waiting for your book it should be with you in the next few days. Thank you again for believing in…

Bonus Digital Art: Part 2 of 3!

Monday, 25 May 2020

Hey everyone! This past week has been wild; I launched a graphic novel project with a friend and it became wildly successful (mostly because he’s really well known and we have amazing artists) but it sort of ate my week. I also got the final poster art for The Scottish Boy from Nick Robles and my god, it’s so gorgeous. I’ll share it once we have the logos on it — hopefully later this week!


Digital art part 1 of 3! Bookplates! Books IN THE MAIL!

Monday, 18 May 2020

HI EVERYONE IT IS ALL HAPPENING! Your books are IN THE MAIL! Here’s a pic of the bookplates while I was mid-signing:

You will all be getting your books very soon. We’ll send a link to the audio version (for those backers that wanted one) in about 10 days (I’m still recording it.) I hope you enjoy them! If you want to recommend it to your friends, here is a link for the UK and here is a link…

Just finished making the history ‘zine...

Sunday, 3 May 2020

...and I feel this is vindication for all of you who were like “we want it to be digital” because... after having put in a ton of colour images and maps and manuscript illustrations, I’ve realized that yes, you were right, it works best as digital because then you can see all those lovely images clearly and easily.

It also turned into a 65-page A5 book, because; lots of images, and I used a fairly…

Delivery plans!

Monday, 27 April 2020

Hello all! Sorry to have been quiet for a bit, *gestures at apocalypse*, but also I’ve had a weirdly incredibly busy 2020 with three huge graphic novel projects due at the end of May and then revisions on my second prose novel (Heartbreak Incorporated, out next year from Rebellion / Solaris) to begin straight after that. Plus a new, side financial editing gig that I am extremely grateful for as it…

One week left until the subscriber list closes! (And what that means)

Friday, 22 November 2019

Hey everyone! The Scottish Boy is all ready for print — I spent October correcting the laid-out prooffs and we finalised the subscriber-only cover with Joey Hi-Fi — and the backer list closes on December 6th!

What does that mean? Well, your ability to buy the subscriber-only hardback with its special cover ENDS on December 6th. So does your ability to have your name (or alias) listed in the back…

Final Designs!!!!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Hey everyone -- sorry for the slow updates. I was away on a remote island most of the summer, doing an adaptation that I didn't technically have time for, but I really really enjoyed. Since we last spoke, the Scottish Boy MS went through final edits and copyedits. I have to say how wonderful the whole Unbound editorial team has been. Both my main editor (Scott) and my copyeditor (Tamsin) have made…

Revising! Drawing!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Hi everyone — just a quick note to say I’m in the middle of the (thankfully fairly light) revisions to The Scottish Boy’s MS that my editor has suggested! I even have help. Look at all the help she gives.

I’ve also got a new drawing for Chapter 2 from Trung (who’s at ECCC this weekend; if you’re in Seattle, say hi!). Here’s Iain in his cage:

This morning, as well as playing the Russian…


Saturday, 9 February 2019

Hi everyone! Sorry for the radio silence, I've been busy catching up on other deadlines and also doing the second revisions on the manuscript -- just finished going through my own paper MS like "ugh can I even English" and next week I start incorporating Editor Scott's notes. (Scroll down to bottom to see what a 500-page paper MS looks like.)

Here's a funny story about that, before I get to the…


Friday, 11 January 2019

We did it!!!! Thank you all SO MUCH!!!

(you’ll have to imagine all the party-horn emojis because Unbound is too classy to let me post them)


What happens from here? Well, the funding page says “Writing in progress” but actually the book is completely written. I just sent the latest, tweaked copy of the MS to my editor and we’ll be making it clean(er) and nice(er…

90% funded! And a new excerpt!

Thursday, 3 January 2019

I can't believe it, we've only 10% to go and we're funded! Keep sharing, 

In celebration, I'm posting an excerpt from Chapter 2... in which Iain is very much Iain.

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The next morning, Montagu, Ufford and the rest of the Galloway Dozen break south, direct to Carlyle, leaving Harry at a small crossroads with Montagu's man-at-arms, a hired local guide, and a boy in a cage. They're to take…

HOME STRETCH! 75% there! New update! New writing masterclass / editing offer!

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Hello everyone! As of this morning we are 75% funded -- 3/4 of the way to The Scottish Boy being *snif* a real book that you can hold in your hands and others can buy in actual bookstores! Before we get to this update's new excerpt, a couple things. As you know, the book is already completely written. The reason it's got such a big funding target is it's LONG: 135,000 words is approximately 530 pages…

Excerpt: The Black Knight

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hello all! Now that I've posted the lovely art of the Black Knight from Trungles in the last update, I thought I'd give you an excerpt (spoiler-free) from a later chapter where the Black Knight features. I think one of the benefits of coming back to prose writing after a lengthy sojourn in comics is it's made me quite good at blocking out action scenes and keeping them dramatic and suspenseful…

New art! Over the hump! So much squee!

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Hey everyone! Trungles has sent in his second illustration for the book -- here it is! We're hard at work designing the third. 

SO PRETTY, yeah? This is the Chevalier de la Mort, the Black Knight, whose group of soldiers bedevils the English army as it sits on the borders of France, waiting for Philip of Valois to engage. He comes near the end of the book, but he's one of my favourite characters…

New excerpt (Harry's first tournament) & a special upgrade offer!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Hey everyone! We are SO CLOSE to 50%, aaugh. As such, I wanted to extend to you an offer I'd made over the weekend to new backers: if you are in the USA, and upgrade your pledge to the physical book ($35) level or higher before December 1, I will mail you a small collection of comic books I've written! You'll get a trade paperback or graphic novel, and a couple single issues, all signed. If you've…

Crossbows, siege warfare and regifted handbags: the tumultuous 14th century

Thursday, 8 November 2018

One of the most fun things about The Scottish Boy for me was making it as historically accurate as possible. Those who know my other work probably know that I'm a complete research hog -- nothing makes me happier than burying myself in a pile of nonfiction books. So you're not getting some weird, sanitized, make-believe 14th Century in The Scottish Boy -- you're getting real historical characters…

1/3 of the way there! WOW! Thank you. Have another excerpt, and some history

Friday, 2 November 2018

Hey everyone! Wow, the end of our first week and we're already 1/3 of the way there. Thank you. THANK YOU. My anxiety thanks you, too. I've got some really cool updates coming up in the next week or two (a map! more Trungles art! mmmaybe a bookplate design!) but for the moment I thought you'd like another excerpt... plus a note on life in 1333 and a note on my very non-English inspiration for the…

Publication date: May 2020
131% funded
892 backers