I can’t really blame the transport company because the supply of drivers has hit them so hard but it’s frustrating to discover that my Aussie print run has been sitting in a wharehouse for five days. Hopefully there will be some movement when the weekend is over. So close!!
Finally Widderkin is available POD on Amazon (USA and UK) as a paperback. The Kindle edition will follow in several weeks when my book designer/facilitator returns from his seasonal break.
I have the proof copy from my Aussie printer in hand and the print run is imminent (Yay!)
I plan to try IngramSpark as an alternate source for Print On Demand, to provide better access, and I’ll post a notice here as soon as that happens.
My book designer describes the book as a ‘doorstopper’ and with over 700 pages at 6 by 9 format it’s an apt description.
There is a link on the ‘Purchases’ page which will take you to Amazon for more details and the option to purchase.
Luke, from Working Type, has finished the design for the front cover. Check it out on the Widderkin page and see what you think.. For my part, I’m more than impressed.
The copy editing for Widderkin is now complete and the proofreading, currently two thirds done, is proceeding steadily. Cover layout and typesetting is next and then this rather large opus will be presented to the world. Yay!
The train of action for publishing has taken to the tracks. The professional editor who so impressed me with her work on Mparntwe is taking on the job of copy editing the Widderkin manuscript and will be able to start in the new year.
The current manuscript will be presented as a series of three novels and I’m busy working on a follow on manuscript for a fourth.
Widderkin, currently undergoing preparation for publishing, is the title of my first novel in a fantasy series. It is set in Australia and the Realms of Faerie and tells the story of a young elf banished to the Human World. The sequel is progressing, slowly, and an occasional snippet will be presented in the Widderkin page. Happy Reading!
Newspaper article about the second Diaspora novel. Dated – Tues 6 March 2018
Mparntwe, the new book from Healesville Author Peter Wood.
Story of sci-fi adventures
By Derek Schlennstedt
Healesville resident and freelance Author Peter Wood has followed up his book Attunga with a prequel called Mparntwe.
The book predates Attunga by 100 years and Peter said that while there are small references to his previous book anyone is able to read and understand it.
The aptly called Mparntwe, aboriginal for Alice Springs is set in Central Australia and follows two protagonists, Jarra and Mirrigan, both who have disabilities that complement one another.
“It’s a mainstream sci-fi adventure story … The basic story behind it is how the very first independent AI comes into being,” said Peter.
“There is a disability theme which is very different to the first book. It’s very positive and gentle, because Jarra has a brilliant mind but his body is very limited, but Mirrigan is exactly the opposite to him.”
Mparntwe describes how these two young friends change the world for the better with their involvement in the development of the first benevolent Artificial Intelligence.
In the book there is a gentle treatment of disability involving both the characters, Jarra and Mirrigan, and as per his last book Peter draws on his vast experience of travelling Australia.
Many of the boys adventures are based in distinctly Australian settings – the outback near Alice Springs, and the Grampians range in Western Victoria.
The heart-warming tale follows the two boy’s adventures as they face hostile forces of power and greed who want to control the first artificial intelligence, who both of the boys befriend.
Together said Peter they will influence events which will ‘change the world’. To find out more about the book visit https://diasporatales.net/
Check it out.
Nikki, my proofer for Mparntwe, kindly offered to post an Author Interview on her website and if you’re interested, a click on the link above will take you there.
Along with her professional work as as editor and proofer, Nikki is also an author so she has a double edged understanding of the writing world and her site:
is full of all sorts of advice, interviews, reviews and vlogs and generally interesting information.
A lovely little bookshop has opened in the town of Healesville, east of Melbourne, and I’m delighted to inform the world that both Attunga and Mparntwe are available there – along with an eclectic range of other books.
The glitch with the digital edition of Mparntwe has finally been resolved and the story is now available worldwide for Kindle readers.
More details on the purchase page.