Happy Hogmanay

Happy Hogmanay

That’s me set for the Bells this Hogmanay!
2012 was the worst year of my life, but 2013 has been one of the best, thanks to the birth of my son, Riley, and the stunning success of “Wolf’s Head”.
Thank you, sincerely, to every one of you who bought the book, reviewed it (nicely!) on Amazon or Goodreads, liked the Facebook Wolf’s Head page, and sent me messages telling me how much you enjoyed my writing. It’s been incredible and I’ll never forget this year.
I hope you all have a great night tonight (or whenever the New Year comes around in your part of the world) and 2014 brings you whatever you hope for.
The Wolf and the Raven will be ready to go soon, so stay tuned for updates. I might possibly have some more big news in January, but I’ll keep it quiet in case nothing comes of it…

Happy New Year from Robin, Matilda, Little John and the boys.
Up The Irons! 🙂

“Refill the cup and drink it up. Say goodnight and wish good luck.” – Ian Anderson

Merry Xmas Extract from Wolf’s Head

It’s almost Christmas day here in Scotland – no snow, just a lot of wind unfortunately. But Santa’s on his way and I hope you’re all getting into the festive spirit. Here’s a little extract from Wolf’s Head to help out. Have fun tomorrow, and don’t forget to LIKE the Facebook page and enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback! https://www.facebook.com/RobinHoodNovel?ref=hl

Happy holidays everyone 🙂

“On Christmas day, the outlaws who had family or friends in nearby villages went to visit them. It had snowed sporadically for the past few days, and the roads were treacherous for unwary travellers. The law would not be out hunting for wolf’s heads in such harsh weather, so the men made the most of it.

Little John went off smiling and whistling to Holderness to see his wife and son. Gareth went to see his poorly ma in Wrangbrook, and Arthur visited his parents in Bichill. Some of the outlaws, like Friar Tuck and Allan-a-Dale, were happy to stay at the camp, feasting, carolling, and playing drunken games like blind man’s buff with each other. They had even gathered some ivy and holly, with many bright red berries, and decorated the cave with them.”

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Want to win a signed copy of Wolf’s Head?

As a Christmas thank you to everyone who’s “liked” my Facebook page I’m giving away a signed copy of Wolf’s Head.  All you have to do is like the page and send me a message to let me know you’d like to enter the draw (which will be on Christmas day).

So, if you haven’t already, pop over and enter! https://www.facebook.com/RobinHoodNovel

 

My editor

Bernard Cornwell. Ben Kane. Jilly Cooper!

I don’t really know why, but I haven’t made much of the fact I hired an editor to work on Wolf’s Head who had previously worked on best-selling books by the above authors. Ben Kane helped me find her and I was overjoyed to find out she had worked on some of Cornwell’s King Arthur novels, not to mention so many other huge sellers by the likes of Jilly Cooper.

My original first draft of Wolf’s Head was quite different to how it ended up. There was a mystical old wise-woman (a nod to David Gemmell there) and it was only 80,000 words in length. That first draft ended up changing a lot after my editor, who I hired at my own expense, read it through. I added a LOT more historical detail (the sections with Sir Richard and the Earl of Lancaster were all new) and the word count went up by 17,000 to hit almost 100,000.

I paid a fair amount for her services, as you’d expect, but I was more than happy with the results. MORE than happy, as my reviews and sales have shown – Wolf’s Head is now a good read.

Lots of self-published books never see an editor, they’re just put out there. Like my cover designers, I wanted to hire an editor that would make the most of my manuscript. Hopefully I did that.

Bernard Cornwell? Ben Kane? Jilly Cooper!

I must note though, my editor only went over the original, first draft. The changes made afterwards were all my own so if there are mistakes or whatever in the finished book, they are all mine. Self-publishing has its limits.

Now, as we enter the festive season, and I haul out the Jethro Tull “Christmas Album” for another few weeks, Wolf’s Head has been available for five months and has sold almost 10,000 copies worldwide. I’m sure much of that success is down to my editor.
I hope she’ll look over The Wolf and the Raven once it’s finished in the next month or so.