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Excerpt from The Book of Swords
« Reply #240 on: September 20, 2017, 12:02:36 pm »
With the Gardner Dozois-edited anthology, The Book of Swords, due out in less than three weeks, Gardner has picked my story, "The Sword of Destiny," to use in a promotional excerpt.

You can check it out here: http://www.unboundworlds.com/2017/09/exclusive-excerpt-gardner-dozoiss-book-swords/?ref=PRH96C06AE639&aid=randohouseinc26226-20&linkid=PRH96C06AE639

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I've created a Patreon account
« Reply #241 on: October 05, 2017, 04:21:27 pm »
Well, I've done it.

I've created a Patreon account so that people who like my work and want me to keep on producing can support the effort with a dollar or a few each month.

In return for which they will not only get my sincere gratitude, but all kinds of rewards.

If you're interested, here's where to go:  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4687520

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Patreon so far
« Reply #242 on: October 07, 2017, 03:05:57 pm »
It's a little less than 48 hours since I announced my Patreon page on Facebook, Twitter, and other venues, and I've attracted 21 patrons who have pledged $130 (less the fees Patreon and Paypal charge).

That's a very heartening beginning.

My thanks to all the Heroes of the Archonate (and one Friend of Filidor) who have pledged.

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4687520

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Book of Swords "Ask Me Anything" on reddit.com/r/fantasy
« Reply #243 on: October 10, 2017, 03:15:58 pm »
On Thursday, this week, Iím going to be participating in an Ask Me Anything event on the reddit.com/r/fantasy discussion group to promote The Book of Swords.

In case youíve missed my several mentions of it, The Book of Swords, is a new anthology edited by Gardner Dozois that was officially published today and is already ranked number nine in fantasy anthologies on Amazon.  The consensus of critics is that itís going to be one of the top sff anthos of the year.

The AMA launches late morning, Central Time.  Iím right now on UK time (about six hours later) so Iíll probably connect about then and be available for a few hours, if anyone wants to ask me anything.  If youíre not already a member of reddit.com/r/fantasy, it takes only seconds to join the group.

In other news, my Patreon page has attracted more than two dozen Heroes of the Archonate since I launched it five days ago.  If youíd like to join the ranks of heroes, hereís where to go: 

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Gerge R.R. Martin rates me "criminally underrated"
« Reply #244 on: October 11, 2017, 11:30:49 am »
Came across this on George R.R. Martin's Not a Blog.

"Today is. . . publication day for THE BOOK OF SWORDS  . . . There's an impressive table of contents, including brand new stories by giants of the genre like Robin Hobb, Ken Liu, the criminally underrated Matthew Hughes, Scott Lynch, Daniel Abraham, Cecelia Holland, Lavie Tidhar, and many more."

So I'm one of the "giants of the genre," and "criminally underrated," according to George.  From his lips to the readers' ears.

Patreon says I should keep reminding people that I now have a Patreon account.  So consider yourself reminded.  Here's a link:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4687520

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Another Instafreeebie giveaway
« Reply #245 on: October 21, 2017, 03:52:04 pm »
I'm starting another Instafreebie giveaway, this time giving away up to a thousand copies of my thriller, PAROXYSM.  Here's the blurb:

Mad as Hell Ė and Loving It!

Ruthless mercenaries, hired by an ex-Pentagon chemical-weapons designer turned rogue, take over a small town in Oregon. The plan: use the citizenry as guinea pigs in a test-run of a bootlegged bio-agent for an Islamist terror organization.

But something goes wrong and the mercs and their clients find themselves surrounded by townsfolk who have turned into hyper-coordinated killing machines.

PAROXYSM is an action-packed tale about the seductive power of righteous violence, about how ordinary people can explode when fate gives them the power to hit back.


For a free ebook in epub, mobi, or pdf format, go here:  https://www.instafreebie.com/free/H72tD

The catch:  you'll be automatically signed up for my monthly newsletter, but you can always cancel and keep the book.

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Another sale to F&SF
« Reply #246 on: November 01, 2017, 02:44:33 pm »
Iíve sold another Dying Earthish Archonate tale to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Itís called ďThe PrevaricatorĒ and should run sometime next year. It wonít be part of a series, as will be apparent to anyone who reads it all the way to the end.  It's my thirty-third sale to F&SF.

In the next few days, Iíll prepare my emailed newsletter for November and send it out. If youíre not on the mailing list and would like to be, you can sign up via Instafreebie and also receive a free ebook version of Paroxysm, a thriller written by my crime writing alter ego, Matt Hughes. Hereís a link: https://www.instafreebie.com/book/24407

A reminder: Iíve now got a Patreon account and am grateful to the 32 people who have signed up to support my work by making a monthly contribution. If youíd like to join the crowd, hereís where to go: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4687520

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The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
« Reply #247 on: January 03, 2018, 06:07:08 pm »
The January/February issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction is now available.  It contains my Baldemar novella, "Jewel of the Heart."

Editor Charlie Finlay has asked me to spread the word as to where you can get a copy.

F&SF is now available worldwide electronically via Weightless Books. That means, for example, Canadian readers can buy electronic copies for the first time. Here are the Buy Links for the issue:

Paper copies and subscriptions, plus the other three links below: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/toc1801.htm

Weightless Books: https://weightlessbooks.com/category/publisher/spilogale-inc/

Amazon US (Kindle edition): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZFZ4O8/

Amazon UK (Kindle edition): http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004ZFZ4O8/




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I'm invited again
« Reply #248 on: January 15, 2018, 12:35:31 pm »
I've had an email from editor-extraordinaire Gardner Dozois, inviting me to submit a novelette to another one of his signature anthologies, this one to be called The Book of Legends, due out next year.  I look forward to writing something in the next couple of months.

This will be the seventh Dozois antho I've been asked into.  It puts me in with the cream of the science fiction and fantasy writing community.  Makes me feel as if I'm getting somewhere.  I appreciate the encouragement.

Meanwhile, last year's The Book of Swords seems to be selling well, and my story "The Sword of Destiny," which introduced Baldemar the wizard's henchman, is getting good reviews -- and earning me new readers.  In a few months, The Book of Magic, which includes my story "The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable," will be published.

So on we go.

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One More Kill ready for pre-order
« Reply #249 on: January 19, 2018, 03:34:00 pm »
This is non-sff news, but what the hey.

My suspense novel, One More Kill, is now available for pre-order from PS Publishing as a £20 hardcover. There is also a signed, limited (100 copies) edition for £35. An ebook will follow in the next few weeks.

The novel is an extrapolation of a short story by the same title that won me the Arthur Ellis Award (the "Canadian Edgar) from the Crime Writers of Canada several years ago. At the beginning of next month, I will put up the original story as a free read for those on the mailing list for my monthly newsletter. If you're not on the list and would like to read it, you can sign up from my web page.

I don't usually blow my own horn, but I think the novel is some pretty spiffy storytelling.

http://www.pspublishing.co.uk/one-more-kill-hardcover-matt-hughes-4491-p.asp

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Re: Matt Hughes
« Reply #250 on: February 05, 2018, 11:05:56 am »
In December, John Joseph Adams invited me to send him a story for the 100th issue of Lightspeed in April.  I remembered that it was John, then slush reader for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, who would have been the first person in the world to read a Henghis Hapthorn story.  He passed ďMastermindlessĒ on to Gordon Van Gelder, who made it my first sale to F&SF.

So it seems appropriate to bring old Henghis back onto the stage.  Iíve just sent John a 10,000-word novelette, ďHapthornís Last Case,Ē which picks up his story a couple of weeks after the end of the third Hapthorn novel Hespira.  The long-dreaded change from science to magic now looms in the offing.

I hope John likes it.

As I was finishing the draft, it occurred to me that those 10,000 words could make the opening of a fourth Hapthorn novel.  Thatís one of the projects Patreon may make possible if I draw enough patrons.

Iíve arbitrarily set a total of $1,000 in monthly pledges as the level at which I could afford to stop writing so many short stories for mags and anthologies and go back to mostly writing novels.  But I may lower that bar as time goes by.  Iím still feeling my way into this new kind of relationship with my readers.

If youíd like to be my patron, hereís a link:  https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4687520

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Free read
« Reply #251 on: August 05, 2018, 11:34:47 pm »
For the past 18 months, I've been putting up a previously published story on my web page and giving a link to recipients of my monthly newsletter.  This month, having received an invitation from an outfit called Curious Fictions, I'm putting up the story on their site.

The story is "The Meaning of Luff," and features my corpulent master criminal of Old Earth, Luff Imbry (modeled on Sydney Greenstreet's character in The Maltese Falcon).

Here's a link:  https://curiousfictions.com/stories/670-matthew-hughes-the-meaning-of-luff