Hi, I'm Jim!
That's the hello sorted. Now for a confession:
I came here initially
, looking for a way to (politely), plug my own debut novel. But, I won't do that unless given a specific invitation to do so. The title of my novel will not pass from my fingertips without invitation.
Dirty self-plugger wannabe! But here's the redeeming revelation:
I've never really read any steampunk before, and certainly haven't read Stephen Hunt. Whilst researching Mr Hunt, to see if I could work my way up to a plug, I got really interested in the idea of his books. Guess what I'm off to the shops to buy at lunch time!? The Court of The Air. (I actually read the Amazon blurb for book 6, which thanfully doesn't really give anything away, even for the earlier novels, so i can start with a clean slate).
For my next sci-fi read I was considering something completely different to Stephen's work, but I find myself hooked. That's clever that, some sort of ingenious reverse-psychology plugging he's managed to pull off on people like me. We come here to peddle our wares, and instead pedal away laden down with his!
So, I hope you lot can forgive me my (at first) ulterior motives. I'm actually posting now as a potential, and let's face it, probable, fan.
Self-publishing - A genuine, but also vested interest of mine. Do you lot read much self-published science fiction? On the Kindle? I gave a free book a go, by Stephen Sweeney (called The Honour Of The Knights), which was...not bad, if you like fairly formulaic space operas. Do you lot think self-publishing has a dirty rep? Is it deserved?
(It's taking a mighty effort, but I'm not even going to litter the post with so much as my Twitter or Facebook links)