Francisco Albo’s noon astrolabe sighting today revealed that the Armada has crossed the equator. The equatorial doldrums are finally behind the fleet. Magellan believes a current is carrying the armada westward and that Brazil is only a week or two away, although without a way to accurately fix their longitude they can’t be certain.
The crew’s spirit has risen, but nothing has been done to heal the rift between Magellan and the Spanish captains.
The 1000th copy of Magellan’s Navigator sold today, which is a good number for an unknown author in the nautical historical fiction genre. Furthermore, sales are accelerating! Thank you readers.
Even more than the sales, I appreciate the feedback from readers, like the gentleman who wrote me last week saying that he thoroughly enjoyed Magellan’s Navigator and The King’s Galley, and that he was looking forward to the third book in the series. This book is outlined and writing has begun. I am shooting to publish it in late 2020.
Thanks again. Kenneth D. Schultz
The first reviews and ratings of The King’s Galley are out on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s gotten two five star and two four star ratings plus two very thoughtful and well written reviews. Thank you readers.
I always think that I’ve written a great book, but there’s no way that I can be objective about my creation after having spent a year or more conceiving, writing, and editing it. The ratings and reviews are the final validation of my effort.
More good news is that October was the best sales month ever for Magellan’s Navigator despite its first being published in December 2016. This was due in part to a significant rise in sales in the United Kingdom and Germany.
I’ve begun work on the sequel to The King’s Galley. It’s about Albo’s adventures as a galley captain in 1524 fighting against the Ottomans. Unlike after Magellan’s Navigator, I have no other writing projects or other distractions, like moving to a new city. I reasonably expect to finish the book within a year.
Again, thank you readers.
Jimmy Webb, the legendary Grammy winning songwriter, enjoys historical fiction. The other night I gave him a copy of Magellan’s Navigator after listening to an evening of his songs and stories at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.
Canny Greek Albo becomes master and pilot of a Spanish galley sailing against the infamous Barbary pirate Barbarossa. Death or enslavement will be his likely fate unless he can whip his raw crew into shape and curb the worst tendencies of his vengeful captain.
Think Master and Commander on a galley powered by sail and oar.
Two years of plotting, writing, researching, and editing are over.
I hope you enjoy it!
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