July 2010 Update

by Author | July 22nd, 2010

It’s been a busy month on many fronts but found some time to catch up slightly this week. Firstly, I was quite chuffed the other week when I saw that the book had passed the 500 copies sold mark. The book is now becoming well established, especially here in the UK and over in the USA, and the sales are moving steadily higher day by day which is great to see. Even better though is the regular feedback from readers that I receive, all of which is most welcome. I press on steadily with the prequel to my first novel, although the title is not set in concrete yet. I have decided to go with the idea of a reader survey in order that I can steer the prequel according to my readers appetites. The survey will appear on this site in the near future and those who have read Seelowe Nord will be able to complete it by entering a password contained  in the book. My technical wizard is helping me to put it all together at the moment.

In response to some more questions I have received, one of my major pieces of research for Seelowe Nord was the British Order of Battle in September 1940. Trying to track down an accessible copy on-line proved difficult, and only a trip to the National Archives  will get you the fine detail. During my research however, I did have a completely coincidental stroke of luck. Whilst flicking through a 1965 copy of a Readers Digest Atlas of Great Britain, I came across a map of the UK showing British Army dispositions in September 1940 in anticipation of a German invasion, complete with Command boundries, Corps, Divisonal and Brigade locations, and various other refernces to British defensive preparations. Good old Readers Digest. The atlas was a gift from my old Grandad many years ago before his death and I had no idea at the time how useful it would be to me 25 years on; thankyou Grandad!!!

I am also in the process at the moment of sourcing an artist who will be able to produce  a suitable map for me to include in the prequel. I still regret not including one in Seelowe Nord and will not make the same omission again. If I ever publish a second edition of Seelowe Nord, I will ensure that it also includes a map. In the meantime, I will continue to upload my home-made battle maps every now and then for those who want to get a visual idea of Seelowe Nord’s battlefields. That’s all for now, back to the drawing board. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple more battlefield photos due for uploading soon, and if you have read Seelowe Nord, please have a crack at the survey when it goes live…

AJ

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.