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Two and a half years of indie publishing

Posted by DJ Chamberlain on Saturday, January 7, 2017, In : Update 

It’s been a couple of years since I last posted here but I haven’t been idle. Most of my efforts have been dedicated to getting new books out and to developing the BSB site. At present, I have four books for sale on Amazon. There are a number of others on my hard drive awaiting edits. There was a fifth book available, The Cult, which has been unpublished. Read on to find out why.

It has been an amazing couple of years. So much has happened. So much has changed. In 2014 I was desperate for ...


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New Book Sale!

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 19, 2014, In : Books 

I've got a new book out from Black Stump Books The Cult – the Kindle version is on sale on Amazon from Monday 19th October.



Ritual murder, aerial combat, torture, chases, magic, and mystical trials – The Cult has got it all. This fast-paced steampunk thriller takes you across the deserts of North Africa and back as Joseph tracks a renegade priest determined to overthrow the Empire and bring about the final apocalypse. 


Joseph d'Bethel, Diviner of Great Ma'at, is a man with a troubled ...


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Publishing

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, In : Update 
So, this has been an exciting couple of days. My book came out on August 15 and then I started looking at other ways to make it more accessible. I went to Createspace and am in the process of getting a print version done (the proof is in the mail). And, just recently, I discovered a way in which I might be able to get an audio version up on Amazon too.

All of that is just to make the ebook more visible though, and to make it more appealing as a buy. I don't expect print or audio sales (if I ma...

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Going Indie

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, In : Publishing 

There's a perceived stigma associated with indie publishing amongst those not actively involved in it, a conception that it isn't 'real' publishing. This conception extends to ebooks too; if your book isn't in the corner store, it's not really a book, it's just a file on the computer and we all know they aren't 'real', after all, who of us hasn't lost a file to a computer crash? If self-publishing isn't 'real' publishing, and ebooks aren't 'real' books, then a person who self-publishes an ebo...


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BREAKING NEWS

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, In : Books 

I have just started an Indie Publisher called Black Stump Books in order to get my books out. 

The first book I am releasing is titled, Reaper Hawk: Battle Pits of D’nur. It is a Sword & Sorcery fantasy novella in which a young barbarian warrior leaves his home in search of a name and on a quest for his vanished friends and clan mates. His search for the truth takes him into the Battle-Pits of D'nur where he is forced to fight humans and beasts. His quest leads him into conflict with some o...


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2012 Writer’s Market: Disappointments and Discoveries

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Book Review 

Any of you who are regular readers should already be aware of this, but, in the name of full disclosure, I will state here that I am, for the most part, a genre writer. That is, my fiction usually falls into one of the genres commonly called Speculative – science fiction, fantasy, horror – or one of their sub-genres. Also, disclosure again, I live in Japan and my non-fiction is usually articles about Japan, its culture, history, or technological innovations; all written for the local expa...


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SpecFic Writer's Research Library

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Books 
A (relatively) short list of books that provide information about magic, weapons, culture, and clothing, amongst other things, along with a couple that provide hints of how best to weave all of this together to craft a 'realistic' fictional milieu. 

 
Inspiration 
 
Alberto Manguel & Gianni Guadalupi, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, Harcourt Brace, 2000
— a traveller's guide to the imaginary places on Earth, taken from the literature of the world. A great book to inspire the imagination.



Book...
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Review

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, October 9, 2011, In : Book Review 
The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon, 2nd Edition, Writer's Digest Books, 2005


This book is, basically, just a series of lists of names. Kenyon has broken the lists down into national groupings, and within the national groupings into surnames, female names, and male names. Each name is matched by a short definition.


There is also a list of the Top Ten U.S. Names By Year for the years 1880-2003. She does not include top-ten lists for the other countries.


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2012 Writer's Market

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Friday, September 2, 2011, In : Books 
My 2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition turned up in the post today. It is, yet again, a massive brick of a book. On first glance through, I see several interesting articles and probably about 700 pages worth of markets. On first browse I also see that the vast majority of those markets are North American. That's only to be expected, I suppose, from an American publisher, but you'd think they'd put something on the cover to indicate that, a tag saying 'North American Edition' would be good. Th...
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I'm a writer, editor, indie publisher, and dedicated Magic Spreadsheet user. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I've been living in Japan since 1995. I've had a life-long interest in writing and in speculative fiction. My first book was published in mid-2014.
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