While I've been out of formal school for a good many years now, I still get excited about September. It's the time of new beginnings, of change and transition. Now that we're back home and the school year is about to start, it's time for me to get cracking on the new novel-in-progress. But that's not the only new thing coming.
Even as we speak, my lovely agent, Nephele Tempest, is shopping around "The House of Many Doors," a YA haunted house story. We both have high hopes that it will find a home with a publisher who will fall in love with it. But that doesn't mean I get to sit back and wait for the publishing gods to pour their blessings on me. That's so not how things work in the brave new world of the writer. (Though, to be honest, I'm not sure it *ever* worked like that, not for the vast majority of writers, anyway.)
So what am I doing that has gotten me all charged up?
I am getting ready to release "The Between" as a free ebook.
I have an artist working on cover art and am in process to have the book copy edited, now that it's been revised and polished with the input of my agent as well as critique buddies and beta readers. It's a story I'm really proud of and believe it deserves an audience of passionate readers.
Unfortunately, it's in a genre (a YA changeling/Fae story) that the publishers don't want to take a chance on with an unknown writer. (me). So publishing's loss is your gain. :) With the blessing of Nephele and of The Knight Agency, I will be self-publishing "The Between." I can't give you a release date until I've had a chance to check in with my lovely cover artist. If all goes well, I'm planning for a late fall kick off.
If you are interested in being one of the first readers, please sign up for my mailing list (also conveniently located at the top of the sidebar).
While "The Between" tells a complete story (no terrible cliff hangers, I promise!), it has a companion sequel I would love to write. The truth is, however, it makes little sense to write a sequel to a book that doesn't sell or have readers. So the really exciting new endeavor is that in addition to releasing an ebook version of "The Between," I am also going to open a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to support the writing and publication of the sequel.
If you aren't familiar with the kickstarter model, it's a crowdsourced funding mechanism for creative projects. There is no risk to potential backers because money pledged is not released unless the entire amount is raised within the project's timeframe. And each backer is offered rewards depending on the level pledged.
I'll be updating this blog and my website about the release of "The Between," as well as when the kickstarter campaign goes live. Please stay tuned, sign up for my mailing list (you'll also get free original short fiction for your reading enjoyment!), and feel free to ask questions.
For all you early-birds, there may even be sneak peaks of the opening chapters. . .