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Close to the Edit

Friday, 27 September 2019

Just a quick update on where things are with The Sterling Directive.

I had my first call a few weeks ago with my editor, Craig. He was really good to work with and has the gift of being constructively and helpfully critical in a way that is encouraging - both overall and when it comes to specific aspects of the manuscript. He also has a very wry and deadpan sense of humour. 

I was quite…

Why are there airships in Sterling's Victorian London?

Sunday, 23 June 2019

When I was writing The Sterling Directive I had a small, dedicated group of readers who read each chapter as it was written and gave me very helpful feedback. While most of these early readers spotted right away that I was writing a counterfactual Victorian novel - some even calling it 'steampunk' - one or two of them asked me the same question: why are there airships in Victorian London?


Half a century, half a century, half a century onward...

Friday, 31 May 2019

Hi everyone! Just getting in touch with some great news on the Sterling Directive front – the campaign has passed the halfway mark – we’re at 54% to be precise. So a big thank you to all of you for supporting the book.

I also wanted to share some more details about the ‘Victorian Verse’ reward. As with the Limited Edition Print, and ever mindful of my artistic limitations I will be calling on the…

Pledges, prints and tweets!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

So just a quick update with news of progress on a few fronts. Firstly, and excitingly, after six weeks The Sterling Directive is just over a third of the way to being funded! A huge thank you to all of you who have pledged so far.

Secondly, Andrew Park has finished the design for the Limited Edition Print and it looks amazing! 


I think he has done a great job of capturing the feel of an…

A limited-edition print, by Jove!

Saturday, 13 April 2019

A big thanks to everyone who has pledged so far. It looks like the Super Patron Paperback is the most popular choice, and a very fine one too, combining paperback and digital editions and a mention at the front of the book.

For those who like a little illustration alongside their historical-sci-fi-thrills I thought I would share a little more about the Limited Edition Print that is on offer for…

The game's afoot!

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Wow! Well the project is off to a great start with 27% of the target raised in the first ten days, which is really heartening for a first-time novelist, first-time Unbounder and even a first-time crowdsourcer.

I didn’t know what to expect and, to be honest, I was pretty surprised when Unbound agreed to take me on as an author. I mean, I think the Sterling Directive is good (but I would say that…

Publication date: August 2020
105% funded
78 backers