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Posted by Chris on March 31, 2015 at 18:26
Posted in: Book News, General

About a month ago, I made a decision.

For sometime now, my feelings for publishing have been on the slide; I had always assumed that by the time I hit 40 it would be my ‘job’ – although it has enabled me to at least drop a shift from my “day-job” so it’s not all doom and gloom.

Despite my building crisis in confidence, I enjoy this ‘hobby’ of mine – bizarre as it may sound – and although my stock cupboard was (and still is) at crisis point, I continued to siphon my own money to keep it going.

I published novels, novellas, collections, anthologies; hardback and paperback. The stock grew, and the sales trickled in, but it was becoming pretty apparent that one particular form of book was more popular than the others:

The paperback novella.

Last year, I published two novellas after two years or so of closed doors too new work. The relative success of DRIVE and THE DERELICT gave me back some faith, and after deliberation I made that decision:

Paperback and electronic novellas-only.

So, on 1st April 2015 the door will be open for #pendragonfoolsday: new, original and unpublished novella manuscripts for paperback and Kindle publication, and along similar lines, the new Pendragon imprint Uther Books will be looking for unpublished chapbooks.

Publishing has changed so much over the last fifteen years, and I have too admit to not capitalising on new ideas and technology; there are outfits out there who have been operating for a fraction of the time, and yet are leaps and bounds ahead of me – which allows a certain degree of professional jealousy too surface – but on the whole this is good, for it gives a benchmark for all indie publishers to aim for.

Whether I’ll have this new-found enthusiasm in twelve months or so I cannot say, but I’ll continue to enjoy the journey for as long as I can.

Anyway, enough nattering…  look forward to reading your submission. And, remember:


Spotlight on Usher

Posted by Chris on February 19, 2015 at 20:57
Posted in: Book News, General

In a bid to boost the Pendragon coffers, have you checked out Gary McMahon’s To Usher, the Dead yet?

Slightly less than half price now.

Reflections on Novellas

Posted by Chris on February 19, 2015 at 20:52
Posted in: Book News, General

After some thought on where I think Pendragon is going after fifteen years – this included calling it a day once and for all and doing something else – I’ve decided to keep the Press going and concentrate solely on paperback and ebook novellas.

Part of my reasoning was this, the schedule for Tor’s new novella imprint; perhaps, with the resources that Tor has, readers can now re-discover the humble novella – and seek out other publishers and their output.

Like I stated, Pendragon will be solely novella only. Don’t assume though that I don’t like short stories, but I have to start thinking about business practicalities now and frankly novellas have been more successful for me than collections and anthologies. This is why Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye will be the last collection for the foreseeable future – and awaiting the proof copy from the printer.

I don’t have a strict policy on what I want to publish – just check out the backlist and if you believe your manuscript ‘fits’ what Pendragon has already published, then send it in.

So, mark 1st April this year in your diary and I’m hoping to start a four-book schedule from 1st January 2016.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the catalogue and buy a book. :)

Something for Nothing

Posted by Chris on January 12, 2015 at 16:11
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

I’m like you – I like a free book. So, for today and tomorrow only you can download Neil Williams’ debut novella THE DERELICT for free, and discover just how good it is. :)

Of course, you could easily get yourself a signed paperback copy – but the choice is, as they say, yours.

And I don’t mind what you decide, as long as you read it. And enjoy it, and if you feel so included, give some feedback.

Amazon US

Amazon UK 

What you could do when you’ve downloaded a copy, is check out Mark West’s own novella DRIVE – a book praised by many.

Nadolig Llawen

Posted by Chris on December 23, 2014 at 11:22
Posted in: Book News, General, Uncategorized

Well, I’ve been neglectful of late with Pendragon – thankfully, Mark West and Neil Williams have been keeping the fires burning with their own respective novellas Drive and The Derelict. In fact, you may not know this but from 1st January 2015 the e-editions of these two books will be increasing in price due to the new and ludicrous ruling made by the European Union on the sale of digital products within Europe.

2015 will herald the eventual release of Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye (was hoping for the finished book to be ready this month, but the printer informed me that January was the very earliest) with Paul Kane’s new Dalton Quayle double-novella collection to follow and another double-novella collection from Mark West and Stephen Bacon.

In light of these pending publications and to further help the Pendragon coffers, I’ve reduced all hardcovers to half price and will remain so until the New Year.

Pendragon towers will be closed between 24th and 26th December – spending the time with the family, and as a consequence I’ve signed up to enter the 50th annual Porthcawl Christmas Day swim. In all honesty, I’m not doing it for charity per se – although I do have a JustGiving page set up – but it’s just something that is different to the usual Christmas morning.

So, without further ado, take care of yourselves and your families and hope that whatever your denomination, I wish you and your families all the best.


Posted by Chris on October 11, 2014 at 17:05
Posted in: Book News, General

As usual I’m slow on the tech uptake (which is ironic since I’m a self-confessed geek) but then when it comes to books I’m most definitely a dead-trees kind of bloke: you just can’t beat a couple of bookcases full to bursting of paperbacks and hardbacks, and a bedside cabinet overflowing with a TBR pile.

But… I joined the digital bandwagon a couple of months ago with Mark West’s DRIVE and it is a steady seller (and very thankful I am too) and now the second Pendragon e-title is now available pre-order: Neil Williams’ THE DERELICT. This edition isn’t available until 31st October but pre-order and it will be downloaded to your device automatically on that date:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

In other news: the next title about to be made ready for print is Stuart Young’s collection REFLECTIONS IN THE MIND’S EYE. Again, paperback first with an ebook in the New Year.

And then? Well, check this space.

I’ll buy that for a dollar… ish!

Posted by Chris on September 23, 2014 at 12:05
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

Calling all fans of Mark West outside the UK – or even fans of gritty, crime novellas: you can now download the DRIVE ebook for $1.25 here. Can you afford not to check out this most gripping of tales?

If you don’t believe me, Mark has collated a list of much love for it.

In fact, UK fans of Mark or gritty, crime novellas can download the book for a meagre 77p here.

Posted by Chris on September 10, 2014 at 17:22
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

Well, returned from another excellent weekend at FantasyCon in York. I don’t write reports any more since I invariably spend most of my time in the dealer’s room so take a gander at Mark West and Jim Mcleod‘s musings on the weekend for a full-rundown which echoes my own thoughts.

Sadly though (and very similar to what happened last year at World Fantasy in Brighton when Joel Lane died a couple of days later) it was reported that Graham Joyce, one of the nicest people you could possibly meet, died from cancer. It has dampened the general positivity that is post-Convention smiles but the outpouring of love and memories on social media just cements how well liked Graham was by fans, writers and publishers alike. He will be missed, but next year we will all drink to his memory for Graham rarely if ever missed a Fantasycon.

Time though does march on…

Back from FCon with signed bookplates for Neil Williams’ The Derelict and pre-ordered copies packed up and en route to their respective destinations. The ebook will go into production at the end of the month for a publication later in October.

See you soon!

Posted by Chris on September 4, 2014 at 8:38
Posted in: Conventions, General

If you’re in York, see you this weekend otherwise Pendragon re-opens on Monday 8th September – although to be on the safe side, probably 9th.

Drive Review

Posted by Chris on August 18, 2014 at 19:55
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

The first post-publication review is in, and it is a cracker:

“[O]nce I started to read, I found it difficult to stop… a great tale, atmospheric and exciting.”

Have you still not read it?

Of course, if you prefer your book physical then signed copies are also still available. :)

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