It's been over six years since I began writing the book, but it's finished! The final edit has been done and I've ordered a proof copy. If the formatting has survived the change from a Word document to a PDF, then I'll be able to publish the thing.
I've been wondering what to do about publishing the book. I've used Lulu before to print my collections of cover recreations, and they've been pretty good, for the most part. I'm only planning to print the book in paperback, no E-books for now. The reason behind this is that it's taken me a long time to develop and write this thing and I know that, if I do put it out as an E-book, it'll be slapped on a pirate site. That irks me. I know writers think that they lose a lot of sales through illegal downloads, but I've no way of knowing that for certain. Basically, I just don't want people to nick the book after I've put so much time and effort into creating it. I suppose if someone takes the time to scan each page (278, I've used 11pt text to use less pages and keep the costs down) and then whack it online for free, then okay, that at least shows dedication and commitment. Well played. But it'll be print only, for now.
It will be available to buy on Amazon, although I'd prefer it if people bought it from Lulu, anywhere else, or from me directly. Yes, that might be a little more hassle than using Amazon's one click, free postage set-up, but the fact is, I make almost five times the money if someone buys the book from Lulu as opposed to Amazon. And I pay tax too. But, by all means, leave a review on Amazon!
The book will cost £11.99, or less than the price of 3 comic books.
Here are the different characters who receive their own first person chapters in the book. I thought having an image at the start of each chapter would be a good way to differentiate between the characters and who was talking/sharing their thoughts, for the reader.
First, we have Matthew Talbot, an intelligencer working under William Cecil.
Here's Matthew's brother, Will Talbot. A soldier courtier in King Edward VI's court.
Next we have William Cecil, who one day will become Queen Elizabeth's chief advisor. He's not yet risen to his full power when this tale takes place, but is still a man to be feared.
Finally, we have Henry Williams, a 14 year old boy from Blackpool.