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Paperback Update


I’ve received an update from Canelo about launching Son of Zeus in paperback. As mentioned in previous posts, Canelo specialise in publishing e-books and have not yet ventured into the world of producing hard copies. To do this, they have to partner with a company that can produce print copies. They also have to set up ways of selling the books to retailers (i.e. bookshops) and then distributing them (getting them from the point of production to the shops).

This now looks to be falling into place, but in the meantime Canelo are planning for copies to be produced using Print on Demand, as early as Autumn this year. POD is a recent advance in printing technology that allows books to be printed to order, one at a time and to a high quality, rather than being produced in runs of several hundred or several thousand. There’s less of a profit margin in POD, but it’s a good stop-gap until everything else is set up. A full print run and launch into shops should take place early next year, if all goes to plan. So, heartfelt apologies to those among you who have been patiently awaiting a hard copy of Son of Zeus, but the good news is that it won’t be far off now.

Another piece of good news is that Canelo are also intending to offer the whole of my Odysseus series in paperback, using POD. This is more than I’d been expecting. Hard copies of King of Ithaca, The Gates of Troy, The Armour of Achilles and The Oracles of Troy sold out years ago, so it’s an excellent chance to bring these books to new readers who don’t have Kindles.

Talking of King of Ithaca, this should soon be out as an audio book. I was recently asked to choose from a selection of professional readers, so I guess the next stage is for them to start recording. Exciting!

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  1. Stewart cresswell
    July 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi Glyn,
    Thanks for the update they always says good things come to those who wait,☺ so I reckon it must be damn good and it’ll be a great new year, (or mid year), present???? Thanks again Stew.

    • Glyn Iliffe
      July 6, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

      You might only have a couple of months to wait for book two, which is now with the editor.

  2. Angus Evans
    August 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    This is great news, and any updates will be greatly appreciated.
    I love the Odysseus series, its one that I keep on going back to
    Unfortunately I’m not allowed a kindle in my cab so I have to stick to paperback
    Can’t wait to read your new series

    • Glyn Iliffe
      August 24, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

      Hi Angus. Thanks for the feedback. Several readers have told me they like to re-read the Odysseus series, which is one of the greatest compliments a writer can receive. I’ll post on the website as soon as I know when the paperback of Son of Zeus is available. Best wishes, Glyn

  3. Rob Upton
    August 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    Hi Glyn,I have just finished reading Son of Zeusand again you haven’t all of your books I have read it’s been great.
    When is the second book in the trilogy available ? And have you anything else coming up or in the pipeline.
    Once again,a great read ,keep up the good work.

    • Glyn Iliffe
      August 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Rob
      Sorry for the late reply – I’ve been on my hols. I’m so pleased you enjoyed Son of Zeus. The second part (Wrath of the Gods) is written and about to go through the editing process. It should be available later in the year. As for future projects, probably a trilogy on Jason and the Argonauts. I’d also like to write a novel about the First World War, which I’m currently researching.
      Best wishes,

      • Rob Upton
        December 17, 2018 at 8:45 am #

        Hi Glyn
        I have just finished Wrath of the Gods and really enjoyed it,is the third part of the trilogy available ? .
        I see that you are thinking of writing about Jason and the Argonauts and maybe a piece on the First World War,that sounds great on both parts.
        Keep up the great work.
        Best wishes,

        • Glyn Iliffe
          December 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

          Hi Rob

          Glad you enjoyed Wrath of the Gods. I’ve just finished the third and final installment, which will go off to my publisher at the end of December. After editing, it should be available in April 2019. No title as yet – I can’t quite settle on one.

          Regarding Jason and the Argonauts, I’ve already finished the detailed planning for this new trilogy. I enjoyed figuring out what approach to take to the events and the characters, and I think it’s going to be an excellent series. I’ll start writing the first book in January, and it will take me six months to finish the initial draft. If Canelo like it and agree to publish, it should be out in October/November.

          As for my First World War novel, this is currently moving through the planning stage. If I finish the first Jason book early, I will make a start on writing it then. Novels and films about the Great War focus on the suffering and “futility”, but rarely show it as the soldiers at the time saw it. I’d like to give them some credit for overcoming the obstacles before them and actually winning the war. Hopefully, my current readership will enjoy the book as much as they have my Greek mythology novels.

          Happy Christmas!


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