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New Year, new start


arlogoWhich is really quite a pretentious title, but for a certain aspect of my life is most certainly true.

A couple of years ago, I decided to singlehandedly launch a publishing business. Unfortunately I didn’t get the interest I needed and I was then ill from October 2015 through to still (only much, much less so).

However, whilst doing all the preparation, and editing jobs for other independent publishers, I was fortunate enough to meet Stewart Hotston, who has jumped on board with me to make 2016 the year that Alternative Realities is given a new start.

We’ve had numerous facebook chats, tweets, emails, and pigged out at Bodean’s BBQ and the result is that we have agreed on the two anthologies we want to publish this year, a list of ‘would be nice to have authors’ and a calm and considered approach that won’t see us overstretching ourselves and burning out faster than a moth in napalm.

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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