Voyage for the Sundered Crown Audiobook out now!

I am delighted to announce that Voyage for the Sundered Crown is now available to get in audio format and as per usual the excellent Joseph Tweedale has smashed it out of the park!

This is the definitive way to experience the Sundered Crown Saga and Joseph does an amazing job at bringing all of the characters to life in a way that only audio can.

You can get your copy on Audible, Itunes and ACX.

Win an Audiobook Code!

To celebrate the books release I’m giving away 10 codes. All you have to do to be win one is post a review of any of my books on Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo or Barnes and Noble take a screenshot and send it to

All qualifying entrants will then be added into a draw with the winners announced via the <a href=”http://&lt;!– wp:paragraph –> <p>All qualifying entrants will then be <a href=”″>added into a draw with the winners announced via the </a>Sundered Crown Facebook Group.</p> Sundered Crown Facebook Group.

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War for the Sundered Crown Audiobook out now!

It’s here! The War for the Sundered Crown Audiobook has been released by Audible. Click the link below to buy your copy.

I have some promo codes available to give away so to be in with a chance of getting one just post a review of any of my books on Amazon and email a screenshot of it to to get your code. I have 50 USA and 50 UK codes up for grabs!

Also, to celebrate its release I’ve put the rest of the books in the Saga on sale too, so check out the links below to get the boxset for just 0.99.

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The First Fear Audiobook and an appeal

Hi folks I hope you’re well this balmy October. Just a quick update, I have some news to share regarding the audiobook edition of The First Fear and there’s some sad news coming from the SFF writing community.

Audiobook in the works

First off, after a few months of searching I’ve finally discovered a narrator I really like to do the audiobook version of The First Fear. I’ll be revealing more next month but I’m hoping for a late January, early February release date.

In other news I’m still waiting for The First Fear to be reviewed for the SPFBO competition so technically I’m still in the running! As for the writing side of things I’ve not made as much progress as I’d like and after several read throughs I’ve decided to rework what I’ve done so far for Sundered Crown Book 4. Getting the first draft right first go is a rare thing so I’m not too concerned.

The SFF Community Coming Together

Lastly, there is sad news in the SFF author community. A fellow SPFBO author Brandon Barr is in the final stages of terminal leukaemia, and sadly does not have much time left.

The community is rallying behind him and his family and is using its influence and reach to try and ensure that Brandon’s wife and children are looked after following his passing. To that end a GoFundMe campaign has been set up for him so if you can, please donate anything you can spare.

The GoFundMe campaign can be found at –

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Big Announcement

Hi folks,

Today I am announcing that Heir to the Sundered Crown is getting the audio book treatment. I’m working with the very talented Joseph Tweedale to bring the Sundered Crown Saga to Audible. Listen to a sample below –

Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements via my social media channels over the coming weeks. The release date is scheduled for October.

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Audio Books – Obvious next step, or a bridge too far?

My fellow Firebound Books author and the creator of the bestselling Eastern Kingdom Chronicles and the Whistler Novels, T.J Garrett discusses audio books and whether they are the right choice for every writer.

Since commissioning the audio narrative for my book DEAD AGAIN, I have had two predominant thoughts. Firstly: “Oh my god, I can’t wait to get my first audio book published.” Secondly: “Bloody hell this is expensive; I hope it isn’t a waste of money!”
Audio books are great, and they are getting very popular. With the success of Audible, a lot of indie authors are choosing to go down this route. But is producing an audio book a necessary step, or even practical, for everyone?

Is It Necessary?

If you’re not selling eBooks, I doubt producing an audio version will do you any favours. At the end of the day, audio books are just another format, and much of the same marketing rules and trending concepts apply to their sales. It is possible, I suppose, to have a successful audiobook career and not sell eBooks, but if you’ve tried selling eBooks, and haven’t been successful, then what makes you think audio will be any different? I think the point I’m trying to make is, audio books will not boost a flagging career just because they are a different format; you still need to market the product, and you better be good at that before you spend the huge amounts of money required to produce a good quality audio book.

Is It Practical?

Audio books take a long time to produce. Unless you have a narrator in your pocket, waiting on your manuscript, the lead time for an audio book is at least twelve weeks. For most of us indie writers, getting the books on the shelf is the most important stage of our business, so waiting another three months for an audiobook may not be practical. Yes, you can release the audio book later on, but you’ll miss out on all your initial marketing. Also, where do you advertise your audio book? To my knowledge, there are no Bookbub-type services for the audio book industry. The best form of advertising appears to be within the Audible App, and that is bloody expensive!
Note: If you know of any advertising funnels for audio books, let me know!

The End Game
Why are you making an audio book?

Yes, it’s a great ego boost to have someone read out your manuscript and have it “aired” on sites like audible – it’s kinda like the poor man’s version of having Hollywood knocking at your door. You’re making a multimedia version of your work, but is it going to make you any money? Don’t forget, if you have a series, you are going to have to have all your other books recorded, too. If you have three or four books, you’re looking at least a five-grand production budget – and that’s based on the cheap end of the spectrum. You need to think seriously before undertaking this endeavour.

What are the Advantages?

To be honest, I don’t know. I haven’t released my book yet. All I have at the moment are a lot of what-ifs. What if I’m wasting my money? What if I can’t find a way to advertise? What if nobody wants it? This process has taken me right back to the initial decision I made when deciding to become a full-time indie writer. I hope it will work. I hope people will like the recordings and buy lots of the audio books. I hope I’ll at least make my money back. But at the moment, it’s all just questions and doubts.
I’ll let you know what happens after I’ve released the book (June 2017)

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