My new Robin Hood novel

Some of you know this, some don’t – but I’ll tell you anyway. I’m writing a new addition to The Outlaw Chronicles called Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold. It is set in the Mediterranean in the years 1191-92 when our heroes are travelling back from the slaughter of Third Crusade (see Holy Warrior).

Holy Warrior - Angus Donald

I’m about 60,000 words into the story – and really enjoying writing it, tbh. And I’m aiming to write about 90,000 in total – a short-ish but still respectable novel length. (For the sake of comparison, Holy Warrior, above, was 100,000 words long.) So, Inshallah, I should be able to finish the first draft this month and, after tweaks, editing and proofreading, be able to self-publish it in October sometime. You will be able to buy the ebook from Amazon, and get a print-on-demand paperback there too. No hardbacks, sorry. I tried to raise the money to do that with my recent Kickstarter wheeze and it didn’t work.

I’m looking for a designer to do me an Amazon-suitable cover: it should be someone who understands this kind of action-driven historical fiction, and the kind of cover these books require, and who is familiar with my other Robin Hood novels (not hard to take a peek at them on Amazon). Also, I haven’t got a lot of money, so it also needs to be someone not too expensive. If anyone can recommend someone, let me know. Better yet ask them to get in touch with me, by leaving a comment below or on FaceBook or Twitter.

The action in this story takes place in Byzantine Crete and Almohad Tunisia and in the seas off Norman Sicily and in Muslim Spain, too, and much of the time our Sherwood boys (and a couple of girls, too) are aboard a ship very much like this one, below, a large traditional Arab dhow.

Anyway, I hope you will buy the book when it comes out (you can’t pre-order it yet, sorry) and if this project goes well, and I actually make some money for the months of effort I’ve put in, I have another three or four Robin Hood books that I would like to self-publish in due course.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at and what I’m up to. So, make a mental note to get this when it comes out and, in the meantime, have a great weekend! Now I’m going to get on with finishing Robin Hood and the Caliph’s Gold.

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