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Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway: Modesty Blaise – The Gabriel Set-Up – for your reading pleasure

I’ve always been a big Modesty Blaise fan, coming to the novels first (in my teens) long before I realised that the character originated from the serialised graphic strip which first appeared in The Evening Standard (one of the Beaverbrook … Continue reading

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Write What Someone Knows by Ben Jeapes

Source: Write What Someone Knows by Ben Jeapes

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Bloggage or not…

Guys, I’m just finishing off the last little bit of the first draft of Nimbus , the third psi-tech novel. (Due October 2017.) I’m up to my ears in words, living on coffee and chocolate and writing until three in … Continue reading

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My Reading Year 2016

As this is my last blog post before 2017, it seems appropriate to round up my year’s reading. I did well this year – almost a hundred books read from cover to cover. I’m not counting books I bought and … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Gail Z Martin in Praise of Halloween

Please welcome Gail Z Martin back to guest on my blog on her Days of the Dead blog tour. Gail writes… I’ve been informed that the candy-fueled, commercially-costumed, liquor-infused, over-the-top-decorated celebration of October 31 is a primarily American oddity. We … Continue reading

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Fantasycon-By-The-Sea, 2016

Grand Hotel, Scarborough, 23rd – 25th September , 2016 Fantasycon was… interesting. It remains the most writerly of cons with most panels aimed at writers and peopled by writers and industry professionals. Its progamme is hard to fault and there … Continue reading

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Humour in Fantasy and SF

Joe Monti’s piece on the Tor.com website In Praise of Humour in Fantasy and Science Fiction prompted the following thoughts. I’d love to be able to write humour. Joss Whedon is my hero for his snappy one-liners. Buffy the Vampire … Continue reading

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Science for Fiction Writers 2016

Last week I attended Science for Fiction Writers, an event organised by Dave Clements (or that should be Dr David Clements), a senior lecturer in astrophysics at Imperial College, London and also a writer of science fiction. Science for Fiction … Continue reading

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Details Details

I’ve just spent four days in Bath researching Georgian buildings and costume and generally soaking up the atmosphere of one of England’s finest Georgian cities. I don’t actually use Bath as a setting in my work in progress (Silverwolf, the … Continue reading

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Looking forward to Eastercon / Mancunicon

Eastercon – held over the Easter weekend – this year in Manchester, hence the name, Mancunicon – marks the start of my convention year in the UK. It’s one of the most literary of the British cons, though it has … Continue reading

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About Literary Agents and How to Get One #2

In the first part of this exploration of literary agents https://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/about-literary-agents-and-how-to-get-one-1/ I gave you a rundown on the three different ways I acquired each of my three literary agents – a very different process for me each time and I’m … Continue reading

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About Literary Agents and How to Get One #1

I may have a slightly weird perspective on agents because I am one–not a literary agent, but a music booking agent. In my day job I run a music agency arranging tours and getting gigs for folk musicians, home grown … Continue reading

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Winterwood Cover

Winterwood has barely hit the shops, but  I’ve just seen the potential cover for Silverwolf, the sequel which I’ve been writing since last September. Everything works so far ahead in the publishing industry that you always feel as though you … Continue reading

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More Post-Winterwood News, Interviews and Reviews

19th February I was invited to write a piece on alternate history for SF Signal’s Mind-Meld, but due to being accidentally missed off the ‘meld’ article I’ve ended up with a piece of my own. Thanks, Andrea. 19th February Another … Continue reading

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Winterwood Interviews and Reviews

Winterwood (and Crossways) recent interviews and reviews 13th February Thanks to Sherwood Smith for the nice mention for Crossways in her article on Book View Cafe entitled ‘My Genre is Growing Up.’ 10th February Interview here at Civilian Reader. 8th … Continue reading

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Happy Book Day To Me: Winterwood Published Today

Yay! Tuesday 2nd February 2016 and my third novel, Winterwood, is published today by DAW in the USA and Canada. It’s available in the UK as an import from that well known company named after a South American river. Winterwood … Continue reading

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Fan mail

I just received this from Hugh, a friend in Canada, who is currently in the middle of reading Crossways. I think it may constitute genuine fan mail even though we do know each other personally. Hugh McMillan is a very … Continue reading

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My Reading Year 2015

It’s that time of year again. My fiction reading is always severely restricted when I’m writing, particularly when i’m at the first draft stage. I’ve done a lot of writing this year. I finished off Crossways, which came out in … Continue reading

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My Writing Year – 2015

It’s been a pretty good year in the word-mines with my second book, Crossways released in August to some decent reviews – though not many of them, which I understand is pretty normal for a second book in a series. … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Toby Venables Answers Five Questions

Q1: Tell us your biography and background in three sentences or fewer.  I was born with one hand up by the side of my head, like I was raising it to ask something – so, questioning from the start, but … Continue reading

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What did I say about good reviews?

So there you have it. The RT review, and a Top Pick at that! The second encouraging review for Winterwood and it’s not even out until 2nd February! Whoo-hoo! Widen the doors I need to get my head through! But … Continue reading

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You never get Blasé About… a Good Review

From Publishers Weekly Winterwood Jacey Bedford, Author Swashbuckling adventure collides with mystical mayhem on land and at sea in this rousing historical fantasy series launch set in a magic-infused England in 1800. Rossalinde Tremayne has done well for herself as … Continue reading

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So Many Books, So Little Time.

A TARDIS or a Time-Turner would be a great help. My bookshelves groan under the weight of unread books and my Kindles are bursting at the seams. Yes I have more than one Kindle – three to be precise, a … Continue reading

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Christmas is Coming

I refer you to other posts that I’ve made on great books for Christmas presents–and, of course, you can always buy mine–but I wanted to go through some of the books I’ve read this year and bring them to your … Continue reading

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Winterwood Cover Reveal

I am so lucky to be published by DAW. My editor commissioned the very talented Larry Rostant to do the cover for Winterwood.  I’ll talk about how the cover developed in a future blog post, but in the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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Gail Z Martin – Five Questions – Guest Post

I’d like to welcome Gail Z Martin to the guest spot on Tales from the Typeface. She’s an American author who writes epic and urban fantasy as well as science fiction. She’s also been kind enough to offer some downloadable … Continue reading

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Winterwood Cover Revealed at Fantasy Book Cafe

I’ll be putting the cover of Winterwood up here in a few days but in the meantime there’s an exclusive cover reveal at Fantasy Book Cafe.

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What has NaNoWriMo Ever Done for Us?

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is an annual write-a-thon-fest which takes place in November. You sign up to the site and commit to writing 50,000 words in a month. There are various incentives. For starters, just having someone acknowledge … Continue reading

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Fantasycon 2015

I’ve just returned from Fantasycon, this year held in Nottingham at the Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel in the University grounds. It was a good location: comfortable hotel, plenty of parking and the added bonus of being slightly less that … Continue reading

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Agents and Publishing

My writer friend, Dave Gullen, just posted this about agents and the writing and publishing process. He’s a fine writer and has just signed up with a good agent. I wish him all the best for his future career. I’ve … Continue reading

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Winterwood Page Proofs

I’ve been concentrating on the first draft of Silverwolf, the second novel in the Rowankind sequence, which will follow on from Winterwood, due to be published in February 2016. Now I have to break off because my final obligation to … Continue reading

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Publishing progress

DAW is a lovely publishing house to be a part of, even a small part. My first three-book deal is coming to an end and I have a two-book deal just beginning. I am now under contract to write Nimbus … Continue reading

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Another Successful Milford

September is the time of year when fifteen science fiction and fantasy writers put down their pens for the week and journey to the wilds of Wales to take part in Milford, or to give it its Sunday Best title: … Continue reading

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Guest Blog:Tony Ballantyne tells us about his writing.

Tell us your biography in three sentences or fewer. Tony Ballantyne is the author of the Dream World, Penrose and Recursion series of novels as well as many acclaimed short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies around the … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Ian Creasey answers five questions about his writing

1. Tell us your biography in three sentences or fewer. I was born in Lancashire, but I’ve lived in Yorkshire ever since I came to Leeds as a student.  I work in financial services, which is about as exciting as … Continue reading

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New Series of Guest Posts

I’m going to be starting a new series of guest blog posts in September, so I thought I should have a go as answering the questions I’m going to be asking my speculative fiction-writer victims. Tell us your biography and … Continue reading

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Winterwood Edits

With Crossways only just on bookstore shelves it seems slightly odd that instead of rushing round doing lots of promotional blog posts, I’m already editing the next book which is a historical fantasy – a million miles away from my … Continue reading

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CROSSWAYS is OUT TODAY!

It’s BOOK DAY! Crossways, my second novel, is out today.  What starts out as a search for survivors turns into a battle for survival. Space stations, corrupt corporations, telepathy, relationships and something moving in the depths of foldspace. Not read … Continue reading

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New Two-Book Deal

With Crossways less than 2 weeks away from publication I just got the go-ahead from my lovely agent (Amy Boggs of Donald Maass Literary) to announce this. I have a new contract with DAW for another two books to follow … Continue reading

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Book Cover: Crossways

Crossways, my follow up to Empire of Dust, is due out on 4th August, so with only a few weeks to go I thought I’d delve a little deeper into the cover art by Stephan Martiniere. Stephan did the gorgeous … Continue reading

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Science for Fiction Writers

Last week, in the hottest July on record I trudged to London to take part in ‘Science for Fiction Writers’ at Imperial College, a series of guest lectures given by the top scientists in their field on cutting edge science … Continue reading

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SFSF Social – June Report

Originally posted on Sheffield Fantasy & Science Fiction Social Club:
The third SFSF Social went off with a bang last night – if you weren’t there, here’s a taster of what you missed (and some advance details of the next…

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Sheffield SF Social

It was lovely to be invited to do a reading at the third Sheffield SF Social which took place on Saturday 28th June (which is still ‘today’ as I write, butr yesterday as you read).  Paul Kane was the other … Continue reading

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Another Country

Our kids think we were born in the stone age because so much changed in the quarter century between my childhood and theirs. Less has changed in the gap between their childhood and our grandson’s. Computers and space flight were … Continue reading

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View From a Hotel Window, 5/26/15 + Thoughts on the Deal Money

John Scalzi’s recent $3.4 million book deal for Tor for 13 books over a period of ten years is brilliant news. Concratulations to him (and to Tor). Now the dust is beginning to settle he has some thoughts, which are … Continue reading

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My First Writing Rewards

A recent exchange of emails with Terry Jackman and John Moran outlined their first rewards for writing; in both their cases it was chocolate (always good for a writer). That prompted me to recall mine… My first writing ‘income’ was … Continue reading

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Re-reading my own book: Winterwood.

Having delivered Crossways, due for publication in August, I’ve stepped sideways straight into the edits for Winterwood, my third book – and a very different one from the first two space operas. Set in an alternate 1800 with magic, Winterwood … Continue reading

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Two Worlds Collide: Guest Bloggage from Terry Jackman

I’d like to welcome my friend Terry Jackman to the blog today to talk about her new novel, Ashamet Jacey and I met at Milford several years ago. In fact the opening of my debut novel, Ashamet, got an airing … Continue reading

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Book Blog and Pinterest

My original blog, which includes my book blogs is over at Live Journal. I just wrote about Judith Tarr’s Forgotten Suns (which I loved) in some detail here: http://birdsedge.livejournal.com/302299.html Mildly spoilery but doesn’t give the game away. I try to … Continue reading

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More Short Stories Available Online

Here are a few more of my short stories published recently: Time and Tideless is now up at Theme of Absence, and there’s an interview as well A Taste of Oranges is up at Perihelion. Strange gates between worlds and … Continue reading

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