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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Novel #2 Publishing Deal

I signed contracts last week for novel #2.

It's a good feeling: a catherine wheel spinning around in the pit of my stomach - I may spontaneously combust before I get to the end of this post.

I'll be quick.

It's with Elsewhen Press ...


a UK based independent publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction.

Look here I am here!

 And Elsewhen released a press release today here.  Here's a snippet ...

Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that is almost an inverse of
the classic dystopian nightmare of 1984, Mike’s latest novel follows in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift.

The novel is called Blue Friday and is set in a dystopian society in the future where working hours are strictly controlled by the government: if you're married and work outside the hours of 9 to 5 you're punished: if you're lucky by Enforcment agents if not by the Family Protection Agency (FPA)- who will probably kill you.  There is enforced viewing of family television, monitored family meals times and a coming of age where people reaching the age of twenty-five are married by the state computer if they have failed to marry.  The novel follows Leviticus, the leader of the Underground Overtime Network who fights for the right for people to choose when they can work.

It's a whole different fish from The Ascent of Isaac Steward - with a clipped more cut down style. O and it has characters with great names like Mr Brittle and Mr Stone - you'll like them - not that you should mess with them mind: they are a little touchy at not being the protagonists.  You've been warned.

I'm off to drink a lot of water: still the fire within.

Blue Friday will be published in a digital edition on 1 September 2012 and launched in paperback on the 10 November 2012 at the Novacon science fiction convention.

Picture above: scene from the book.


  1. Congratulations Mike! You must be very pleased :)

  2. Yes, it's wonderful - we broke open the champagne last night!

  3. Congratulations, Mike. I look forward to reading the ebook when it's out. I've known a few people who would fit in well into the dystopian world you describe. Dyspepsian is another good descriptive word. :o)

    All the best to you.

  4. Excellent news, Mike. Looking forward to reading this one too. Hope you enjoyed the champagne. :-)

    1. Yes and I've put the cork with the one I kept from novel 1 !

  5. Yes, Mike. I will buy both the hardcover and the Kindle! It will be very much worth the cost -- Just like Isaac Steward is too. Well done, my friend! Congratulations!