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Dilemma – Help needed!


I’m going to be working on a couple of proposals for http://www.abaddonbooks.com/ @abbadonbooks. They have an open window from Midnight 31st August through to September.

My dilemma is – do I propose the world of Blaise Maximillian – or use one that has been in the back of my head for a while? The reason I’m asking is that if I get accepted, the universe becomes ‘theirs’ and other authors can also write about it (but Blaise remains mine). Similarly that’s why I wouldn’t use Spring Heeled Jack, as he’s set in my Shattered Lands: Torquemaster Rising andShattered Lands – A Steampunk Universe world.

So, do I keep Blaise to myself, or use the Volcanic Pirate-infested world of Sherrapu, set in the distant future in a blend of steam punk, pirate punk and high jinks?

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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