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Book/Kickstarter Announcement

More news on the book front!

First, the updated version of Race for the Iron Throne Volume I is now up on Amazon, so if you have already have your copy of the e-book, make sure to update it either on your app or through Amazon’s website.

Second, we are in the process of finalizing the print manuscript for both Volume I and Volume II for submission to Amazon. According to my editor, “the plan right now is to submit the finalized manuscript for Vol. II by next Friday, and to do the same for Vol. I by the following Friday.” Once the manuscripts are approved by Amazon, we’ll get to work shipping them out to the Kickstarter backers, and sometime after that making them available to the general public.

I cannot wait to have these things in my (and your) hands!


Book/Kickstarter Announcement!

Big news on the book front!

If you’re a Kickstarter backer you probably already heard this, but Race for the Iron Throne Volume I has been re-edited and updated, complete with a brand new cover. This also means that now that both Volume I and Volume II have been edited and updated as e-books, we can now begin the process of turning them into physical books.

The plan currently is to have the publishing process finished by the end of September, with a shipping date for the Kickstarter backers’ copies immediately thereafter. And hopefully soon after that, people who don’t like e-books but weren’t able to pick up a copy through the Kickstarter will be able buy physical copies of their own through the usual Amazon pages.

This is a huge step forward for Race for the Iron Throne. I’ve always wanted to publish a physical book about A Song of Ice and Fire and, thanks to your support, I finally have. So thanks to all my backers for making that dream come true!

Also, now that I have something to sell and sign, I have an extra reason to show up for the Con of Ice and Fire and Con of Thrones, since I missed them this year for the Reasons…

Race for the Iron Throne Featured on Vassals of Kingsgrave

The good people over at the Vassals of Kingsgrave podcast have a new episode out covering Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring and analyzing some of the essays within. My own essay, “Machiavellianism for a Purpose” is one of the essays discussed, starting at 4:57.

Have a listen!

Race for the Iron Throne Volume 2 is Here!


Apologies for my recent silence – I took a plane to California and my laptop didn’t make it and I’ve spent the last six days trapped in a Kafkaesque situation where FedEx’s delivery times slipping and inflexible IT systems meant that I flew from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and couldn’t re-route the package so had to resend it from SF to SB – but now that I have my laptop back I can once again communicate!

And the first thing that I have to communicate is that, after a long and arduous journey, Race for the Iron Throne: Volume 2 is done! Kickstarter backers should have already received their copies (let Marc know if you haven’t), but for anyone who’s looking for a belated holiday present or wasn’t able to contribute to the Kickstarter, the e-book will be submitted to Amazon tonight and should be available for purchase shortly.

EDIT: It’s now available on Amazon! So if you didn’t get a copy before, you can now. And either way, if you could leave a review, that would be greatly appreciated.

RFTIT Basement Tapes: Revolt From Below

A while back, my editor Marc Kleinhenz asked me to write a bonus essay in case some of the Hymn for Spring essays didn’t come in on time and we needed to bulk out the book. I decided to write an essay elaborating on some of my ideas about smallfolk agency in Westerosi history, and wrote about 3/4ths of it when the late-breaking essays came in and we didn’t need it.

And then I forgot I had written it for about two years…

So here’s a bonus essay!

Revolt From Below – The Impact of the Smallfolk on the Game of Thrones


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Kickstarter Fulfillment Update!

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Hey folks! As you probably have already seen by now if you’re checking your email, Kickstarter backers just got sent two bonus essays – including the now-complete Politics of the North essay, which weighs in at a whopping 15,000 words. But that’s not all: I’m very happy to announce that my editor’s been making sterling progress on the Race for the Iron Throne Volume 2 e-book, and it should be ready to send out to backers by the end of next week.

If you weren’t able to participate in the Kickstarter, don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to check this stuff out in a bit – the Politics of the North essay will find it’s way to Tower of the Hand after an interval, and the Volume 2 e-book will be going up on as soon as we can get it up.

Guest Post at Tower of the Hand: Politics of the Seven Kingdoms, Part I

The Doom of Valyria

by HotbrownDoubleDouble

During the Kickstarter, I unveiled a number of bonus essay series that would unlock at different levels of support, and since the crowdfunding was concluded, I’ve been hard at work on those bonus essays, so that I can have them ready for the forthcoming publication of Race for the Iron Throne: Volume 2.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the first of those essays is up on Tower of the Hand. (The second one, covering the internal politics of the North, is currently 12,00 words long and I can’t wait to get that out to you, but it’s not done yet…) In this initial foray into the series, I set forth how I’m going to tackle the internal politics of the different kingdoms of Westeros and the different factors that I think have shaped them.


Hands, Kings, & City-States is Live on Amazon!

Hey folks! My second book, Kings, Hands & City-States, is now live on Amazon!

If you didn’t have the chance to pick up a copy during the Kickstarter, you can do so here.

If you already bought a copy as part of the Kickstarter, PLEASE leave a review on Amazon. Reviews are a huge part of how people find books on Amazon and a positive review from you will help to make this book even more of a success, which will help me keep writing more of them!

Kickstarter Update!

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Hey folks! So, as you might have guessed, we didn’t get quite to the original goal of $15,000, but we got pretty damn close at $9,729. And given that we got that close, it would be a shame to have the project fail and no one get the rewards they wanted.

So I’ve started up a second Kickstarter with a more modest goal of $9,500 that will run for two weeks to make sure that people have enough time to redo their donations. If people who have already supported the Kickstarter can just re-donate what they were going to donate before, the project will be successfully funded, everyone gets the rewards they originally ordered, and everyone gets the bonus essays that got unlocked.

I want to be very, very clear: NO ONE WILL BE DOUBLE-CHARGED.

Obviously, if we only raise 2/3 the original goal, I can’t hit my original target of starting A Storm of Swords in 2015. However, every bonus essay that did unlock during the first Kickstarter will get written, although with less paid time to write them in, it’s going to be a little bit slower than I had originally hoped for. My overriding priority here is to make sure that everyone gets the rewards they wanted and that these books get published. Please help me do that.

Yours Sincerely,

Steven Attewell


Hymn for Spring is Live!

And you can now buy it and read my essays, which I have been waiting for people to read a long time now, plus some excellent work by Jeff Hartline, Stefan Sasse, Aziz and Ashaya, Amin Javadi, and so many more!

Hymn Cover

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