OCTOBER 2021

MONTHLY BLOG/NEWSLETTER
This is UK author Tim Walker’s monthly book blog. It can include any of the following: author news, book launches, guest author profiles, book reviews, flash fiction and poetry.
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AUTHOR NEWS

In my news, Guardians at the Wall has sold moderately well on Kindle and in paperback since its June launch, also attracting a good number of page reads on Kindle Unlimited. So far, it has attracted some very positive reviews (and one stinker!).

I’ve held the Kindle price at the launch level to encourage more browsers to click on it – £1.99/$2.99/e2.69.
Paperback £7.99/$8.99 or read on Kindle Unlimited:
AMAZON BOOK LINK

Guardians at the Wall now has a book trailer! 
A friend put me onto his mate who does short trailers for music or books, and he came up with this:

BOOK TRAILER
Please give it a like on YouTube!

Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Festival Short Story Competition
Earlier this year I became aware that there are plans for a festival to mark the 1900th anniversary of the start of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall by the Emperor Hadrian. I most likely heard about it on the Hadrian’s Wall Country website that I’d often visited when doing research for my novel, Guardians at the Wall.

I attended a zoom briefing and found myself volunteering an idea for an activity. I would organise a national short story writing competition on the theme, ‘Life at Hadrian’s Wall in the Roman era’. Do I have any experience of organising and running a short story competition? No. But I was willing to have a go. What I’m hoping for is that the competition will yield a collection of stories set at Hadrian’s Wall in the Roman era that together form a pastiche that evokes a sense of life in Roman Britain. It’s in the back of my mind to getting the permission of those involved to self-publish an anthology of Roman period short stories set at Hadrian’s Wall as a promotion for the festival.

I started by visiting the sites of competitions I had entered in the past and reading their guidelines and conditions. Then I put together my competition rules and guidelines and set about recruiting helpers for the admin and judging. My idea was to approach Roman historical fiction authors for donations of signed copies of their books as prizes. This is going well as so far I have had pledges from Ben Kane, Adrian Goldsworthy and Harry Sidebottom. So, if you want one of these fabulous books signed by the author, then start writing!

I also want to try and find a sponsoring partner for book or gift tokens as additional prizes and to help cover the costs of a prize-giving and reading event, slated for late May 2022. Any suggestions, please get in touch. I’m also convening a judging panel from amongst my indie author contacts and so far have three offers. If you’d like to get involved then contact me. In addition, Sam Taw, the Editor of Historical Times magazine, has agreed to devote the centre spread in the June 2022 issue of the magazine to the festival overview and the winning stories.

But the best way you could help out is by writing a short story and entering it. In the first instance, please send an email to: hadrianswallshortstorycomp@gmail.com to request the rules and guidelines.

I’m still speaking to the organisers to see what help they can give me, particularly in the area of finding a suitable venue near Hadrian’s Wall. It’s still at the planning stage so fingers crossed it will fly!

Historical Times online magazine
If you haven’t already, why not sign up for FREE to the monthly Historical Times magazine. Issue 3 on The Vikings is out now. You’ll find two articles from me in issue 1 – The Romans.