|THE ATTRIBUTE OF THE STRONG (bottom right-hand corner) as one of iBookstore's breakout books|
This is absolutely incredible news, and I'm so humbled and flattered to have been selected for this! Today is a great day to be an indie author, and it's fantastic that iBookstore has chosen to celebrate great and popular works in this manner. Many, many thanks to the Apple iBookstore team for their support and cheering of indie authors!
I also want to thank all the fans for buying, reading, recommending, and reviewing the BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM trilogy. THE ATTRIBUTE OF THE STRONG has had an incredible reception, many, many readers contacting me and telling me that it was their favourite part of the trilogy. What a wonderful way to end!
I first started writing the trilogy back in 2007, but, despite contacting many agents and publishers, and attending various social events, conventions and signings, I found it difficult to find anyone interested in working with me; a space opera centred around five starfighter pilots wasn't something the market wanted, was the general consensus. Seeing the rise in popularity of ebooks, I saw an opportunity with Smashwords to get my story in front of the readers themselves, and released THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS to iTunes, via Smashwords.
|THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS remained in the top 10 science fiction and fantasy novels for weeks|
|And there were many more glowing reviews to follow|
The response was incredible, HOTK becoming one of the most popular science fiction novels on the iBookstore for months on end, and receiving many glowing reviews from readers (as of now, it has close to 300 reviews on the UK iBookstore alone).
When THE THIRD SIDE, the second part of the trilogy, was released, it went straight to the top spot in science fiction, selling hundreds of copies and receiving an equally wonderful reception. The rewrite of THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS (known as the Second Edition) was also very well received by readers. Both books remained in the Apple iBookstore top 10 science fiction novels for many, many weeks.
|Both books enjoyed a spell as the #1 science fiction novel on iTunes UK|
THE ATTRIBUTE OF THE STRONG was released on 1st December 2012, and also became one of the most popular science fiction novels on iBookstore. And as a result of being a part of the Apple iBookstore Breakout Books, an omnibus of all three novels (entitled THE BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM) is currently surpassing even the free edition of HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS in terms of downloads and purchases.
|It wasn't until this morning that I realised why the complete edition of TBFTSS was ahead of HOTK:FE.|
Again, I would like to thank all those involved - Smashwords, Apple iBookstore, and most of all the readers! I'm so glad that you have enjoyed reading the story. I very much enjoyed writing it.
You can learn more about the BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM trilogy by visiting the dedicated website:
where you can read about the characters, the world, the technology, the setting, and a whole lot more.
I am planning to release at least three new titles this year: H1NZ, an end of the world horror; FIRMWARE, a techno thriller; and PROJECT STARFIGHTER, a space opera and novelisation of the 2001 video game of the same name. All the books will be available on Smashwords and iTunes, priced between £0.99 and £1.99.
Links to the BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM on Apple iBookstore:
THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS (First Edition)
THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS (Second Edition)
THE THIRD SIDE
THE ATTRIBUTE OF THE STRONG
THE BATTLE FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM (Complete)
Stephen J Sweeney