About All The King's Men

Published on 2018-10-18

Every month, higher tier backers will receive books from my back  catalogue and exclusive bonus content related to them. The title for November 2018 is probably my most ambitious book to date (and certainly  the longest): All The King's Men, a 710 page anthology of short stories  and comics published in 2016.  

Sometimes it's impossible to mend what has been broken...

Each of them is fleeing something different, but they've all come to the same place. When their ship is attacked and marooned in deep space, three dozen refugees pass the time by sharing stories. Things that have happened to them, events they've witnessed, and rumours they've heard.

As time passes and despair sets in, they must rely upon each other to survive. But when the chips are down, will they all be pulling in the same direction?

Featuring stories from twenty-four brilliant writers from around the world, the All The King’s Men anthology takes a look at the lives of those on the periphery, ordinary people struggling to make sense of their lives and dreams in a galaxy torn apart by civil war.

Fun facts about All The King's Men:

  • All The King's Men first hit the public eye in 2014 with a Kickstarter campaign where I made every mistake it's possible to make. We failed to fund the book, despite attracting pitches from some real comics rock stars (including Tini Howard). As happy as I am with the final product and as fantastic as the writers who put the book together are, not also getting to work with the original creative team is my biggest regret where this project is concerned. 
  • I committed to responding to every story pitch individually. We received nearly 250 pitches in the end, and I provided paragraphs of feedback for each one. This took several hours a day over the course of months, and it was a fantastic trial by fire for managing the workload of an editor. I learned that I don't think it's something I'd want to do full-time. 
  • One of the most frequent phrases found in unsuccessful pitches was "strong female character"... and always from male writers. As much as I appreciated that these writers were acknowledging a very real representation problem, this phrase almost became a kind of red flag. I think the phrase was originally coined to mean "compellingly written" - and I'm all for as much of that as can exist - but it became clear from reading through the pitches that most writers weren't seeing it that way. To them, "strong" means strength, being able to fight back and compete with men in a battlefield context. "Strong" is by no means sufficient to describe how women should be represented in fiction. I'd like to see more strong women in fiction; I'd also like to see more weak ones, more funny ones, and more despicable ones. Female characters deserve to be just as compelling, just as flawed, and just as myriad as male characters. Writers who understood that were more likely to be hired for the anthology. 

Backers at the $3 tier or higher will be receiving a huge amount of behind-the-scenes goodies for All The King's Men, including some draft work from the original book that never got made, a number of scripts, and a whole slew of concept art.   

Backers at the $7 tier will also receive the book itself.    

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