Open Submission For Limited Period

Ever fancied writing for the Lethbridge-Stewart range? Well, now’s your chance.

For a limited period, Candy Jar Books are opening their short story range to everybody (as long as you’ve never written for the series before). All you have to do is send a one line idea, and a short story you’ve written (any short story, as long as it’s a finished piece), so the editors can gauge your writing ability.

To submit visit Candy Jar Books. The open submissions close on April 29th.

All pitches will be answered, regardless of acceptance.

Please continue reading below…

What we are not looking for:

  • The inclusion of UNIT.
  • The inclusion of any Doctor Who monsters/companions/characters not already part of the Lethbridge-Stewart range. (This includes Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, Group Captain Ian Gilmore, the Rutan Host, and Adrienne Kramer.)
  • Nation-wide alien invasions in front of the general public/news media.
  • Time travel stories featuring the Brig, pre-Mawdryn Undead.
  • Alien planet stories featuring the Brig, pre-The Three Doctors.
  • The Dominators and/or Quarks.
  • The Great Intelligence and/or Yeti.

What we are looking for:

  • At least one of our four main characters must take lead (with notable exceptions below). These four are: Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, Miss/Doctor Anne Travers, 2nd Lieutenant Bill Bishop, RSM Samson Ware.
  • Harold Chorley, Gwynfor Evans, Professor Travers may take lead if the story is right.
  • Our popular semi-regulars may make an appearance. These are: Larry Greene, Charlie Redfern, Lance Corporal Sally Wright, Lieutenant Colonel Walter Douglas, Owain Vine.
  • If set in England or Wales, 2 Battalion will be sent out. They are stationed at Imber, Salisbury. Under the command of Captain Younghusband, with Evans as a key NCO. A list of available Corps members will be provided.
  • Time travel stories centred around our leads, excluding the Brig. (Will favour stories featuring Anne and Bishop in this regard.)
  • Alien worlds. As long as the Brig doesn’t visit them. (Will favour stories featuring Anne, Bishop, Evans, Younghusband, Professor Travers.)
  • The Brig’s entire timeline is open, even the UNIT era, as long as he’s not working with UNIT in your story.
  • Stories featuring our leads’ families. (The Brig has a big family [on both his mother and father’s sides], not just Kate and her two children. [If your initial idea involves his family, Andy will discuss with you their use before outline is submitted.])
  • Character-led stories, not plot-led. Plots serve the characters, not the other way around.
  • Stories that look at the pre-Web of Fear lives of our leads (such stories will require a decent working knowledge of our series).
  • Stories that take a look at what the Fifth Operational Corps, under the command of Brigadier Walter Douglas, was up to during the UNIT era. (Continuity details will be discussed if storyline is approved.)
  • First person perspective, ala Doctor Who and an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, showing an outsider walking in to the mad world of the Corps.

Candy Jar is also looking for submissions for their forthcoming book that celebrate fifty years of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. What they’re looking for are articles covering any aspect of the Brigadier’s fifty-year history; a look at his UNIT days, a look at his appearances in other media, etc. If you have an idea, then visit Candy Jar Books to find out how to send it to them. There is no closing date currently, but one will be announced in due course.

All submissions will be answered, regardless of whether they are accepted.

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The Life of Evans – Cover Art!

Candy Jar Books is pleased to release the cover art for the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off novella, The Life of Evans, with artwork by Richard Young.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says: “We had great feedback from Richard’s Blood of Atlantis cover. His style harks back to the classic era of Doctor Who, and we wanted to showcase this talent across a number of books. As a result we have commissioned him for all three novellas.”

Richard says: “One of my favourite artists is Drew Struzan, the man responsible for some the most iconic poster designs of the 20th century, including Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Star Wars. I would never compare myself to him, but I do try to follow his traditional design philosophy. Shaun, who is also a fan of his work, wanted the novellas to embrace this hand-drawn style.”

Shaun, and Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen, decided that they wanted the novellas to have their own distinct look. Andy says: “The main range evolved into a circular motif, so for the novellas we thought we could do something slightly different. Diamond shapes are a standard element of classic Doctor Who, notably the logo used from 1974 to 1979, and it seemed an obvious thing to echo here. Shaun worked with Richard to develop the overall concept, while I continued my focus on the stories.”

Richard adds: “Once we’d fixed on the idea, I started work on the individual elements for the composition. Candy Jar prefers the artwork for the covers to be submitted as separate elements, rather than a single completed piece of artwork. I’m sure Drew Struzan has never done this, but it does allow for a greater flexibility when I am creating elements individually, or as a whole. So this cover is actually made up of several illustrations; Evans, the train and explosion, the standing stones, the sunset, the old man, and finally his hand.”

New blurb: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart never could work out what to do with Private Gwynfor Evans. He never got on with the troops, was always shirking responsibility. So a reassignment to Imber was in order, and a whole new training programme under the watchful eye of Captain Younghusband.

Things seemed to be working out, Evans even made a new friend in the shape of Private Tommy Godber, but things soon take a sinister turn when Evans finds himself the prisoner of a strange alien intelligence. The spearhead of a new invasion. But before it continues in its plan, the alien seems oddly curious about the life of Evans…

These novellas will be released throughout 2017, strictly limited to 400 copies each (Candy Jar has already sold 200 of the 400). The Life of Evans will be followed by Day of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, and The Flaming Soldier by Christopher Bryant. Each can be pre-ordered separately, or as part of a discounted bundle.

The Life of Evans tells the untold story of Private Evans, everybody’s favourite Welsh slacker. John Peel, the author, says: “Part of the fun of writing this kind of story is inventing new menaces. This time I got to create two – only one of which was alien. Another part of the fun is doing terrible things to our favourite characters, and I certainly put poor old Evans through the wringer. I think he’ll survive it.”

Also included in this book is a bonus short story by Robert Mammone, called Time and Again. The story serves as a sequel to the 1985 Doctor Who television serial Timelash, and is a prequel to the forthcoming spin-off series, Travers & Wells, revealing more of the mystery that was first seen at the end of the novel, Times Squared. Travers & Wells will be a new novella series, echoing the novellas of HG Wells, such as The War of the Worlds.

The Life of Evans is available for pre-order now, for £12.99 (+ p&p), and will be which published in hardback, with a strict print-run of only 400 copies. You can pre-order individually or as part of the discounted novella UK bundle for only £38.40, saving £9.57, or an international bundle for only £55.59, saving £7.40. Order early to avoid disappointment. Only available directly from Candy Jar Books at: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thelifeofevans.html

Series Four Available for Pre-order

night-of-the-intelligence-cover-smallCandy Jar Books is pleased to announce the latest titles in its Lethbridge-Stewart range of novels are now available for pre-order!

Series four features Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, released in May; The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, released in June; and The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Buford-Jones released in July.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says: “We’re very excited about our latest series of novels, which not only begins our 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Great Intelligence, but also brings two new authors to the novel range.”

Night of the Intelligence is released the same month as the novella, Day of the Intelligence, both delving into different aspects of the Intelligence’s origin story.

Range Editor/Author Andy Frankham-Allen says: “Day began as a series of interludes set within the framework of Night, but when we considered the eventual word count of Night (which is deliberately set out to be the longest novel in the range thus far) we decided to make Day a novella in its own right. Although both books are connected, in so much as they both explore the origins of the Intelligence, they are still written in such a way that you don’t necessarily need to read one to understand the other. Although, of course, if you have both, then you will get a fuller and more enriching experience.”

The cover art is another masterpiece by Colin Howard. Colin says: “I was thrilled to find out my next cover was to feature Professor Travers, in a tribute to Chris Achilleos’ original Three Doctors Target novelisation. I decided to put Jack Watling as the professor on the cover in his ‘possessed by the Intelligence’ state from The Web of Fear. I screen-grabbed a  reference from the platform scene with Victoria, and painted his portrait on my WACOM Intuos Pro at around 2-300 x magnification, colouring as I went, with the shading from the screen-shot as reference. The visualisation of the Intelligence was a greater challenge, with the brief stating an ‘ethereal old man-like figure’ in the Omega pose. So, to give the impression of the burning Intelligence within, I opted for a glow from the eyes and mouth, stopping short at having the energy crack the parchment-like figure’s skin. With Owen, there was a modern reference picture of Ryan Jaymes (a friend of Andy’s, who ‘modelled’ for us) from which to base the character on. It was just a matter of late-‘60s/early-’70s hair needing to be applied, as well as clothing based on Adrian Salmon’s character guide art. I thought it would also be nice to add some sympathetic lighting, picked from colours in the background and reflected on the face/hair (including a Shaggy from Scooby Doo style Beard!). Thonmi was slightly more challenging, as it had to be the same actor who portrayed him in The Abominable Snowmen, David Spenser, but aged somewhat. So the relevant robes and head-dress were required. Luckily with the assistance of Andy, I managed to find a reference online of the actor in later days so was able to incorporate this into the visualisation of Thonmi you see now on the cover.”

With Owain taking a more prominent role in Night of the Intelligence, the second novel, The Daughters of Earth, sees Lethbridge-Stewart’s fiancee, Sally, take a more central role in the story, in what will prove to be something of a game-changer for the series as a whole.

Andy Frankham-Allen says: “The relationship between Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally has been simmering away in the background of the series so far, ten novels in total. The Daughters of Earth has been set up very deliberately to put Sally in a position that makes her look at her engagement in a very different way.”

The third book, The Dreamer’s Lament, sees the welcome return of Chorely, who was last seen in the novel, The Grandfather Infestation.

Shaun Russell says: “Readers adored the team-up of Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley in 2015’s Mutually Assured Domination, so it was only a matter of time before we paired them together once again, removing them from all familiar surroundings, leaving them with no choice but to work together. With, no doubt, hilarious results.”

Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.

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