The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for fantasy, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I also write media tie-ins as Hugh Matthews.
As I posted here recently, I’m using Amazon’s CreateSpace subsidiary to offer some of my self-published ebooks as print-on-demand paperbacks. The first two titles are the short story collections 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn and The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories.
They’re now available from Amazon and directly from CreateSpace’s estore. Through the wizardry of my excellent webmaster, Bradley W. Schenck, if you click on the bookstore tab above and select “paperbacks,” the listed titles will appear. If you then click “add to cart,” you’ll be taken directly to CreateSpace’s estore (they pay me a higher royalty than does Amazon).
Most amazing to me, though, is that recent changes in the book distribution industry mean that you could also walk into any brick-and-mortar bookstore in North America or Europe, order the titles, and they’ll come in just like any other published book. Plus your bookseller will make a little.
I like booksellers. Anything that keeps them in business is all right with me.
The Entropy Pump blog has posted a review of my first Archonate novel, Fools Errant: ” It’s a sly and witty travelogue that sports a fool as the main character (thought not a foolish one) who, instead of seeing the wonders around him, looks at the world as something that is out to get or least annoy him.”
A fair summary of Filidor Vesh, at least at the start of the novel. Here’s the first chapter.
As part of my new venture into self-publishing my backlist, I’m taking advantage of the CreateSpace/Amazon connection to turn some of my ebooks into Print-On-Demand paperbacks. Amazing to me, these POD titles will not only be available from online bookstores, but can be ordered by actual brick-and-mortar bookstores in North America and Europe.
The first titles out will be the short story collections 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn and The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories, which have been selling pretty well as ebooks. They should be through the production process before the end of May.
Doing the paperbacks has slowed down bringing out the Guth Bandar story collection and one of my trunk books. But I’ll probably get to that after I’ve relocated to Athens at the end of the month.
A while back, I said here that I would be helpful if satisfied readers expressed themselves in the form of Amazon customer reviews. The response has been very gratifying: reviews of Template, Hespira, and the short story collections 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn and The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories have been very supportive.
Those of us who do not sit high enough up the ladder in this business of fiction writing don’t get to meet all that many of our readers. We don’t merit book tours or collect invitations to be Guest of Honor at a big con. So when you care enough to send an email or to post a review somewhere, it helps.
As I usually respond to readers who email me: I appreciate the encouragement.
It helps keep me productive, too. I’ve sent another Raffalon story off to F&SF, and I’m working on another involving Erm Kaslo, the confidential op who first appeared in “And Then Some” in a recent Asimov’s. I think Kaslo is going to be the first of my characters who actually goes through the universe’s wrenching transition from rationality to sympathetic association — or to use the vulgar term, magic.
My intent, as with the Guth Bandar stories that eventually became The Commons, is to write a Raffalon and a Kaslo novel in episodes, then string the elements together to make two ebooks.
I had an email from Gardner Dozois today to say that ROGUES, the latest cross-genre anthology he has co-edited with George R.R. Martin, has been turned in to the publisher, Bantam Spectra. A publication date will be announced soon.
I have a story in it called “The Inn of the Seven Blessings” about a thief named Raffalon, who made his first appearance in “Wearaway and Flambeau” in last year’s July/August issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.