News room: Alan Baker's Martian Ambassador Published by Snowbooks!

Alan Baker's Martian Ambassador Published by Snowbooks! by Anna Lewis

We are so pleased for Alan Baker who, after being a firm friend and active community member of CompletelyNovel since our beginnings, now sees his book ‘The Martian Ambassador’ published by independent publisher Snowbooks and available to buy. Alan is no stranger to success with writing, having penned over 10 books since 1997 (fast work!), but we were thrilled to hear how much Alan felt that the CN community helped him break through with his latest sci-fi-fantasy-thriller. Here’s what he said:

“I’ve constantly been amazed at how friendly, helpful and professional the CompletelyNovel team are. No question is too small (or too stupid!) to go unanswered, and the services the site provides are immensely helpful to the aspiring writer. Although writing is a solitary pursuit, few books are written in isolation; all writers (whether published or not) need feedback, and the comments, reviews and words of encouragement I’ve received on CN have helped me to maintain the positive attitude which is essential to anyone who is serious about getting their work accepted by a publisher. When my novel The Martian Ambassador was accepted by Snowbooks, I realised (after I had peeled myself off the ceiling) that it was the feedback I received from the generous readers and writers in the CN community as much as anything else which had helped me to keep going through the dark days when I wondered whether I was wasting my time…suffice to say that anyone who is serious about the craft of writing would be well advised to join this delightful online community.”

Thanks Alan! You can find out more about Alan and some of his earlier work on his CompletelyNovel Profile.

If you think you could benefit from a bit of moral support form the CN community, get in touch with other writers on the site by having a read of their books in the Readers’ Cafe, clicking on their names and dropping them a message via their profile. Or you can start a discussion any time.

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    Oliver Brooks

    Oliver

    02 Mar 19:08
    Keep up the good work Alan!
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    02 Mar 20:27
    Many thanks for this post, Anna, and for your kind words. It’s true that the readers and writers on CN are fantastic (as are you and Oli for starting it all off in the first place!), and it’s amazing how a nice review, or even a few words of encouragement, can be a huge boost to morale. All the best to you. Alan
    Mark Kilner

    Mark

    02 Mar 21:21
    Congratulations Alan. Great news!
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    02 Mar 21:27

    Mark said: Congratulations Alan. Great news!

    Cheers, Mark!
    Bryony Allen

    Bryony

    03 Mar 10:00
    Alan, excellent news! Even though you mentioned it was coming, it ‘s still great to actually see it in it’s official guise. Really loved reading the work here on CN, did they (Snowbooks) change much other than the cover? Hope it does well, I’ll look to buy a copy as my husband likes the sound of the story (up his street so to speak) All the best, Bryony
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    03 Mar 10:40

    Bryony said: Alan, excellent news! Even though you mentioned it was coming, it 's still great to actually se...

    Hi Bryony. Many thanks for your message. Actually, Snowbooks changed very little, apart from spotting a couple of silly mistakes I had made (phew!), and fine-tuning the text to their house style. Thanks very much for your intention to buy a copy. It’s available on Amazon (minus the cover image, annoyingly, which the publisher is looking into). There has been a slight delay in getting the book out to retailers. At present, Amazon are quoting a delivery date of 15th March, and it should be in the shops in the next week or so. Best, Alan
    Bryony Allen

    Bryony

    03 Mar 12:55
    Excellent. That is also looking to be the case with OTOLI and Pneuma Springs. The cover art has been changed but I think most of the text will be intact. Will know soon enough when the type set proof arrives in the near future. Congrats again and I think I’ll go the Amazon route to get a copy of Martian Ambassador very soon. Hope you achieve many sales for the book. Bryony
    Howard Davis

    Howard

    03 Mar 15:59
    Well done Alan, I look forward to buying a copy. Have you been asked to do any promotional work for the book launch? Howard
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    03 Mar 16:28

    Bryony said: Excellent. That is also looking to be the case with OTOLI and Pneuma Springs. The cover art has b...

    Thanks Bryony. I’ll keep a look out for OTOLI as well, and buy a copy from Amazon. I hope they get your cover image up in good time! :)
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    03 Mar 16:30

    Howard said: Well done Alan, I look forward to buying a copy. Have you been asked to do any promotional work f...

    Thanks Howard (and as with Bryony, many thanks for your support). I haven’t been asked to do any promotional work as yet. (Still waiting for the interview requests to start rolling in!!!)
    Harry Sivertsen

    Harry

    03 Mar 21:47
    Hi Alan, Good news at last. Proves that patience is a virtue…with the right material of course! Best Harry
    lawrence estrey

    lawrence - Most popular response

    04 Mar 00:14
    Congratulations!
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    04 Mar 08:26

    Harry said: Hi Alan, Good news at last. Proves that patience is a virtue...with the right material of cou...

    Thanks Harry. Patience certainly has a lot to do with it. But it’s also a question of submitting to the right publisher at the right time (which is, of course, largely a metter of luck!). I also think the fact that steampunk is a hot genre at the moment had a lot to do with it.
    Bryony Allen

    Bryony

    05 Mar 12:44
    Hi Alan, had a look at the Amazon page for the book. Will purchase my copy once the cover image is visible. One thing caught my eye. Who put in the tag ‘disappointing’ 3 times? Surely not your publisher or yourself. If one thing about the book can be said it certainly wouldn’t be ‘disappointing’. Maybe there are few envious authors/people out there. I’ll be sure to put my review from CN there for you. The book introduced me to a new genre and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found with The Martian Ambassador. My husband is already looking forward to reading it! Bryony
    Ruth Benjamin

    Ruth

    07 Apr 21:40
    Congratulations! I am sure this is going to happen again and again. You write really well. I can’t put your books down. Ruth
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    07 Apr 22:00
    Thanks Ruth. Just got the proofs back from the publisher for the sequel: The Feaster From the Stars! Aaarrgh!
    Bryony Allen

    Bryony

    11 Apr 11:23

    Alan said: Thanks Ruth. Just got the proofs back from the publisher for the sequel: The Feaster From the Sta...

    Brilliant Alan. Great to see they are running with the sequel too. They would be mad not to! Bryony
    Wendy Spenceley

    Wendy

    24 Jun 16:35
    Hi Alan – I’m fairly new to CN and congratulations on your book. I just read up on it and it looks an ideal candidate for screen adaptation…. Have you thought of this? I don’t have any connections it’s just that that’s what came into my head. Jurgan Wolff (check spelling) has a good website and I think Guildford Book Festival has a screen writer going to their event this year. Just a random thought…. Loads of luck with it Wendy :o)
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    24 Jun 19:08
    Hi Wendy, and welcome to CN. Yes, I must admit I’ve often thought of Ambassador on the big screen! Maybe one day, eh?
    Julia Atkinson

    Julia

    04 Aug 09:05
    Alan, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Martian Ambassador” and would love to see it on the big screen. However, there were quite a few times when I was thrown out of the story by Snowbooks’ sloppy editing. For example, missing the use of “seraglio” for “intaglio” once was bad enough – but it happened three times! I hope this problem can be addressed in the next edition.
    Alan Baker

    Alan

    04 Aug 11:21
    Ouch! You’re quite right, that was a really stupid mistake, Julia, for which I must take full responsibility. That’s what comes of writing scenes so quickly that you’re not paying enough attention to the words you’re using!
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