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Free Rucksack Universe Fiction: Brewing School Launches in London

Brewschool - BS Trotter - Rucksack Universe

From The Lost & Found Travels of BS Trotter

Originally published in London Rising

BrewSchool has opened in London, England. Focused on “brewing brewers,” the teaching operation will train prospective professional brewers in all aspects of the beer industry. Areas of training include developing recipes; the brewing process; equipment selection, ordering, installation, and maintenance; finances and regulation; scaling business; packaging (kegs, bottles, and cans); marketing; and serving beer.

Founded by longtime homebrewer Zara Porter, BrewSchool is an interesting new initiative in the industry. “BrewSchool gives women and men the opportunity to understand every aspect of this ancient and complex process,” says Porter. “By the time students graduate BrewSchool, they will be ready to bring value to any of the world’s breweries, or start their own.”

Porter’s younger sister, Branwen, is the newly appointed second-in-command at First Call Brewing, which recently regained its independence from Deep, Inc., and left London to return to its roots in New Galway, Ireland. First Call is among over a dozen breweries that have already pledged support for BrewSchool and its first class of graduates.

In addition to setting up shop in London, Porter has also negotiated certifications and special offers for BrewSchool graduates. Students will be eligible for business planning services, apprenticeships at small breweries and large operations such as First Call, and will also be eligible for special financing offers for new business startups.

BrewSchool offers a new way to get into the esoteric industry. “Brewing will always rely in part on the apprentice model and being a self-starter,” says Porter. “However, all brewers benefit from an understanding of the full process, and they can then build on this strong foundation of knowledge and training depending on where their professional journey takes them.”

Porter is embarking on a two-month world tour to promote the school, develop and further relationships with breweries abroad, and recruit students. The first formal training sessions, each lasting six months, are expected to begin early next year.

The Rucksack Universe is Anthony St. Clair’s ongoing beery travel fantasy series of myth, intrigue, and adventure.




Birthday Sale! 99¢ Martinis & Win a Book

Happy Birthday to The Martini of Destiny!

The Martini of Destiny

Two years ago this month, The Martini of Destiny came into the world. Since then the original e-book has been joined by a paperback edition, two more books, and a new cover.

Sometimes I can still hardly believe that after so many years of hand-wringing and paralysis by analysis, I published my first book.

$0.99 Martini E-books thru June 30

To celebrate Martini’s second birthday, through June 30 the e-book is only US$0.99 (usually US$2.99) at all your favorite stores, including:

My Selz author store:
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Get it on iBooks

Buy now from the Amazon Kindle Store

Buy now from Kobo

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

And more. Full list here.

Win a Signed Paperback

You could also win one of 3 signed paperbacks. Enter the Goodreads Giveaway:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Martini of Destiny by Anthony St. Clair

The Martini of Destiny

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends June 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Spread the word

I cannot say enough how much your support and enthusiasm means to me and how much it always will mean to me.

Please spread the word about the Rucksack Universe—tell your friends, share it on social media, review one of my books—and thank you for all your support and for reading.




New Interview! Two Ends of the Pen

Two Ends of the Pen interview with author Anthony St. Clair

The wonderful folks at Two Ends of the Pen just posted their interview with me. We talk about Forever the Road, my writing and editing process, Home Sweet Road, why I’m an indie author, life, hobbies, and a lot more:

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Egads, yes. I’m just as avid a reader as an author, so I know how important it is for a book to be high-quality, error-free, and more polished than the finest diamond.

After intense planning and writing, I have a chief reader and a team of beta readers who read the manuscript first, then I go through multiple revisions until I’ve fixed everything I can possibly fix. From there the manuscript goes to my copy editor, who won my business over half a dozen others. (I will work with him as long as he’ll have me.) Once he’s done, I do a read-out-loud-with-red-pen-and-paper edit, then a final read-through on my Kindle.

On the copyright page of my books I’ve also started including an email address where readers can send corrections. Quality is everything to me.

Check out the interview »




Tomorrow is Forever – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 100

Travel. Destiny. Beer.

One last deep breath before the book release plunge. See you tomorrow, everyone.

From the Book

“You are just an ordinary person but one who loves the world and its roads and ways with all his heart. Love and power usually do best with those who don’t seek them out but instead accept them as the brilliance and burden that they are.”
Forever the Road

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100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



T-Minus: Monday is LAUNCH DAY – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 99: Forever is almost here

My son just learned that 2 signed copies of Forever the Road are all his. He put them on his own bookshelf.

My son just learned that 2 signed copies of Forever the Road are all his. He put them on his own bookshelf.

So here we are. 99 days ago, we started our countdown to forever. And now, forever is almost here. On Monday, Sept. 8, Forever the Road is available everywhere.

Behind the scenes, I’m taking care of final details, talking with folks, and fist-pumping with every email. It’s been an amazing journey—and the best part is, it’s all an amazing journey. This is just a particularly big part of the trip.

Thank you for sharing the road with me. See you Monday, space cowboy.

From the Book

“Who the hell are you calling a damsel?”
Forever the Road

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100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



As long as we live, we are not helpless – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 96: 5 Days Till FOREVER THE ROAD

As long as we live... Anthony St. Clair, Forever the Road

Here’s that bit written out:

“As long as we live, we are not helpless. Overpowered and outmatched, completely. Likely to fail, without a doubt. But against all odds, we are also alive. Life is opportunity. As long as we’re alive, we have a chance.”
Forever the Road

Add to Goodreads

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



The Fundamental Question – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 95: Let’s Keep It Simple

Are you a traveler... or a tourist?

It may not be the oldest question in the universe, but as fundamental questions go, it’ll do for that eternal query of all those who globetrot, wanderlust, and roadhit.

So what are you: a traveler or a tourist?

Tune in Next for…

  • Wed., Sept. 3, Day 96: 5 Days Till Forever the Road
  • Sat., Sept. 6, Day 99: T-Minus-1

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



Signed Paperbacks – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 91: 10 Days Till Forever the Road

Ready for autographing.

Ready for autographing.

Friday Word of the day: PAPERBACKS!

You can now get signed and numbered copies of Forever the Road directly from me, $15.99 + shipping. The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road also available, $8.99 each.

Paperback orders also come with a code for free copies of the e-book edition (both Kindle and ePub).

To order, email writer@anthonystclair.com

From the Book

“I think I told him he had chickens on his ears.”
Forever the Road

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Tune in Next for…

  • Tues., Sept. 2, Day 95: Let’s Keep It Simple
  • Wed., Sept. 3, Day 96: 5 Days Till Forever the Road

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



Forever So Far, a Recap – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 90: 11 Days till FOREVER THE ROAD

Namaste la vista, baby. Forever the Road

11 is a good number.

Rufus Wainwight has a great song about it: “Woke up this morning, at 11:11. Wasn’t in Portland, and I wasn’t in Heaven.” (Easy to get those confused.)

2011 is the year my son was born.

11 is the number of my fave Doctor.

And from where we started back in May, with 100 days till forever, now there are only 11 days to go until Forever the Road comes out.

Need to catch up on everything we’ve talked about so far? Here you go:

From the Book

“What is the world but a place full of friends you haven’t met yet?”
Forever the Road

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Tune in Next for…

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



Pre-Launch! – 100 Days to Forever

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Day 87: And Now the Plunge

Forever the Road - Paperback, Kindle, E-book - Anthony St. Clair

Paperback and e-book siblings.

Pssssst. Hey! Come a little closer. Gotta tell ya something. Excuse me while I scope this place out, you know, to make sure this is a private conversation. Okay. Good. Since it’s only you and me here, I wanted to let you in on a little something something.

Forever the Road’s worldwide release is Sept. 8. You know that. I know that. But. Getting books published is a bit of a process. You want to make sure stuff is working right—and that usually means that some of those “available” switches have to be flipped on for a wee while before you’re actually saying much about it.

So right now, here’s the lowdown on where you can pre-order the Forever the Road e-book… and where you can get the e-book and paperback—ssshhhh—now.

Pre-Order the E-book

When you pre-order a book, you’ll receive the book and be charged for it on the day it comes out. So you can order Forever the Road now, and you’ll get it on the release day, Sept. 8. (That’s also the day your card will be charged). You can pre-order Forever the Road’s e-book edition for $4.99 from these fine online stores:

Buy now from the Amazon Kindle Store

Get it on iBooks

Buy now from Kobo

Buy from Smashwords

Buy now from Barnes and Noble

Get the E-book and the Paperback… Now (Sssshhhhhh!)

Forever the Road - Box of Paperbacks - AnthonySt. Clair

August is author Christmas! This box o’ books arrived while I was finishing this post.

Grin grin wink wink nudge:

We are still in pre-launch mode, but you can Forever the Road from a couple of places right now.

Including directly from the author! Email me (writer@anthonystclair.com) for details on how to order autographed paperbacks (the first 100 copies will also be numbered).

E-book

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Paperback ($15.99)

Buy now from Amazon.com

Buy now from CreateSpace

Two Weeks to Go!

Sept. 8 is almost here. Thank you for all your support, kind words, and excitement!

From the Book

“When given a choice, sometimes the best thing to do is take both.”
Forever the Road

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Tune in Next for…

  • Thurs., Aug. 28, Day 90: Forever So Far, a Recap
  • Fri., Aug. 29, Day 91: 10 Days Till Forever the Road

100 Days to Forever

On Sept. 8, 2014, Forever the Road, the third Rucksack Universe book, will be released as an e-book and trade paperback worldwide.

During our 100 Days to Forever lead-up, you can follow all the adventure on the blog via the 100 Days to Forever category, on my email list, and at the #100DaysToForever hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

#100DaysToForever



Hi.

Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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