Yes, I know, I’ve already published ten books, but this is different. For the first time in my life, I have sold an ORIGINAL novel! Not a tie-in. Not work for hire. Not getting paid to expand someone else’s idea. All mine!

My manuscript, JANE CARVER OF WAAR, has been sold to Night Shade Books – plus a sequel! Yup, a two book deal, with Jane to be published in March of next year, and the sequel soon after. Woo-Hoo!

And if it wasn’t for Howard Andrew Jones, none of it would have happened. I had been planning to e-publish Jane, which I wrote ten years ago (in fact, it’s the first novel I ever wrote!) and asked Howard to read through it to make sure it was fit for human consumption. When he finished it, he said that I shouldn’t e-publish it. It was too good for that. I should find a real publisher. In fact, he liked it so much he agreed to show it to his agent, Bob Mecoy.

Wonder of wonders, Bob liked Jane too, and sent her around to a few publishers, and Night Shade snapped it up. Yay! Thank you, Howard! Thank you, Bob! Thank you, Night Shade! I am forever in debt to all of you.

So, what is Jane Carver of Waar, you ask? As you might guess from the title, it is a rather bald-faced rip-off of John Carter of Mars – a big, swashbuckling, sword-and-ray-gun romp – but it’s also a little bit more than that… at least I hope it is. If something can be both loving tribute and scathing parody, that’s what Jane is.

John Carter was a stiff-necked confederate soldier, with old-fashioned notions of love, sex, and a woman’s place in the world. Jane Carver is a tough southern biker chick with a modern woman’s notions about the same things. John Carter fit right in when he arrived on his alien world and met its population of naked Victorians. He was completely in tune with their rigid codes of chivalry and feminine virtue. Jane… not so much.

When Jane rubs up against the staid society of Waar, sparks fly – and they just might set the whole planet on fire. Edgar Rice Burroughs will be spinning in his grave.

I can’t tell you how exciting this is. As much as I love writing the Warhammer novels, selling an original novel is a threshold I have been waiting to cross all my life.

It feels glorious.

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Date: Saturday, 8. October 2011 18:02
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  1. 1

    Make sure you remind us when it comes out Nathan, I know I want a copy.

  2. 2

    Sorry to all that your comments didn’t appear sooner. WordPress is supposed to send me an e-mail when someone comments, and they didn’t. Weird.

  3. 3

    Congrats Nathan. And myself being a John Carter fan of olde will certainly be interested in Jane Carver. Awesome. Congrats again.

  4. 4

    Nathan, I am so very, very happy for you! Next time I see you, I’m buying you champagne!

    Big congrats!


  5. 5

    Nancy, will you be at WFC?

  6. 6

    Congratulations from the old world. (Germany, not the Empire. Still close enough.) Really looking forward to read some completely independent Long-work.

    But hey, without the Warhammer novels, we presumably wouldn’t have stumbled upon your superb writing style, wouldn’t buy all your books and wouldn’t make Jane a sure success for Night Shade. ;-)

  7. 7

    Congrats Nathan! That certainly is a milestone. Let us know when it comes out–I’m looking forward to picking up a copy!

  8. 8

    Looking forward to reading it. :)

  9. 9

    That’s absolutely wonderful mate. :) I’m sooooo happy for you! now if only i could move my arse and get the same thing accomplished! I’ll be hitting the various outlets with this news straight away!


  10. 10

    Excellent work. I love Night Shade Books.

  11. 11

    Any french sea captains make an appearance?

  12. 12

    Sadly, no. It takes place mostly on another world, so no Frenchmen of any variety.

  13. 13

    No more Warhammer then? Even from time to time ;)?

  14. 14

    JJ, I’m still working for Warhammer. This new project is in addition to my BL stuff.

  15. 15

    Very good news indeed. Then fingers crossed that all goes well with ALL of your projects in the future!

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