Friday, 5 September 2014

Writing - Competitions and access

I received an email this morning about a competition - The Guardian Legend self-published book of the month. Now a truly self-interested writer would hide all such competitions from his competitors but as the books are judged then winners publicised I believe it was only fair to pass the information on.

The competition is open to UK residents.

To enter the Competition you must submit an original work of fiction, written by you, in English (we will accept works that were originally written in another language but which have been translated into English), containing at least 40,000 words, as well as a synopsis of the work, to the email address with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Your work must have been self-published after 31 December 2011 and before the date of your entry, and cannot have been published (or agreed to be published) by a third party traditional publisher. Your work must be submitted in Word or PDF format. Your email must contain your name, address and telephone number. No purchase is necessary. If you have any questions about how to enter or otherwise in connection with the Competition, please email us at with “Guardian Legend Self-Published Book of the Month Query” in the subject line.

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

On VG today.

God Bless