First time for everything

I have some news to share, The Blackstar Gambit, book 7 in the Col Sec series has been nominated for the Summer Indie Book Awards. This is the first time any of my work as a writer, either under my own name or my pen name of Jack Dillon has been nominated for any award so this is pretty big for me. The organisers have produced a blog post to advertise this award which they graciously allow all nominees to use, so I will add it below. If you think the book is worthy then please nominate me for the award, to paraphrase one of my favourite comedians, Billy Connolly,  you’ll make a happy writer very old.


2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!


The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th each year.

“What’s the big deal,” you ask? “There are all kinds of contests out there.” And you’re right, there are hundreds, probably thousands of book awards. But many of them are only for unpublished authors, or authors who only write in certain narrow genres, or for authors who have never published before in a particular genre. Plus, there are plenty of them that charge an entry fee, some of which are prohibitive to authors who publish independently, without the backing of a large and powerful publishing house.

So, we’re hoping to do something different with the Summer Indie Book Awards! Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in. We are accepting donations of print or e-books, author swag or novelty items (bookmarks, pens, keychains, etc.), but donation is not required for nomination. We’re taking nominations from authors as well as from readers, and authors can nominate their own books; we only ask that authors who do so also nominate a fellow indie author. Nominations can be made using this form:, while donations can be made at:

Feel free to join up with the event on Facebook at:, and like the official Facebook page of the Summer Indie Book Awards at You can also sign up for the newsletter at: so you can stay up to date with all the latest news! In the pinned post of the Facebook event, you’ll find these links, along with links to a Google Drive folder where you can look and see who’s already been nominated! And any author who is nominated will have access to an official contest nominee badge, that they can use on their book covers or any promotional media, if they so desire.

Winners in each genre will receive a prize (hopefully we’ll get enough donations for this), beginning with the 1st place winners. If we get enough prizes donated, we’ll go next to 2nd place winners, and then to 3rd place. Regardless of the prizes, winners will get a high-quality winner badge, stating their place and the genre of the book. These will be of high enough resolution for authors to use on their print books, if they want to!

But it’s not only the winners that will benefit from the Summer Indie Book Awards! All nominated authors will have the potential to reach hundreds, if not more, of new readers (readers often have a preferred genre, and while they’re voting for their favorite author, will come across others they may not have tried yet), and reach a huge new audience through the social media forums! And best of all, it’s meant to have fun, to reach out and network with other authors, potentially forming long-lasting relationships. And readers will benefit from having a wealth of new books in front of them, as well as a vast amount of new stories to immerse themselves in.

Though we’re using Facebook and other social media as a platform to reach more authors and readers, none of these social media outlets are affiliated with the awards. They are hosted strictly by Metamorph Publishing.

For more information, please visit Metamorph Publishing at newest

Every cloud…

For the past few weeks I’ve been busy writing and editing, nothing new there, as any writer knows, it’s what we do. The stress of keeping this going along with a day job that has seen an unpredictable market take a turn for the worst due to Britain’s exit of the Euro Zone has begun to take its toll on me. I have been unable to concentrate fully on any project which is unusual for me. One of my main attributes as a writer is focus. Once I set my sights on a target I focus my full attention on it. Recently though I have started at least four projects which are coming along nicely but I find myself flipping from one to the other almost every day. Therefore I think it’s time to take a short break to recharge my batteries. I have a two week annual break coming up in which I have a couple things planned. I intend to take this time to resolve any issues I have over this and come back stronger than ever, hopefully with some good news that’s been bubbling beneath the radar for some time now. It’s something I’ve been itching to reveal but until it is definitely confirmed it would be wrong to say anything. The need for any writer to take a break is vital and I intend to take full advantage of this and return refreshed and fully able to take up the challenge that lies ahead. Until then, watch this space.