Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wrist Slap Well Deserved

I'm holding out my figurative hand and waiting for you to go ahead and let me have it. Go ahead, smack my wrist as hard as I deserve for NOT updating you on how my conference went a good week and a half ago now.

If it's any consolation, it went so well I haven't had a moment to breathe, let alone type much more than status updates about the whole thing. But for those of you who are wondering, I'll try to give the brief version of what went on back in Philly.

I was shocked to go "4 for 4" in my appointments. (Before I explain, let me say, I love the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference for the fact that they give you FOUR appointments with agents, editors, mentors, and the like.) My appointments were with 3 editors and an agent, and lo and behold, all of them asked for my full manuscript. I was flying high.

When my last class ended on Saturday, I had to head home without attending the last general session due to other obligations on my calendar. So what a surprise to learn the next morning, via facebook no less, that one of the editors from my appointments announced she wanted to offer me a contract on the spot, right there at the conference. Shame on me for not being there, but thankfully, this editor must be an understanding soul, because she still contacted me a little later to share her intentions with me, personally and specifically.

And now that puts me in the position to consider my first contract for a novel-length work. Hard to believe, but awesome and true. As if it wasn't exciting enough to have my Windrider saga hitting the world of ebook and print with Diminished Media Group this fall. To add to it a possible deal for Sword of the Patron is just staggering. Talk about a flood of payoff for nearly four years of hard work.

The story of Sword of the Patron's journey is just beginning to unfold. I'm still in the process right now of reviewing details and seeking the advice of those more experienced. But things are in motion in so many ways. I'm holding on for dear life sometimes, but as things careen onward, I'll be sure to fill you in on how they pan out. I hope you'll join me on the adventure.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Conference time again

I'm a conference junkie...I know I've said that before, but it bears repeating because it's still true. (And may I note, it is a bad addiction to have for someone who is not yet actually earning any royalties from my writing. All outgo, no income...)

But anyway, despite the wisdom of spending more money on writing education, here I am at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, and I'm confident it will be a great weekend. The conference, while on the small side (150 attendees or something like that) is full of great enthusiasm from all directions and spiritual vibrancy.

Of course, it's tricky, as I'm pitching a book that isn't overtly Christian in nature. I mean, it's fantasy after all, and enough folks still think that is synonymous with Satanism 101. But honestly, I have more prospects here of agents and editors to meet with than I would at a bigger, more expensive conference. So I'll practice my pitch and peddle my wares and see if I can't get a nibble. A full-on bite would be great, but I'm not going to set the bar too high here.

It's exciting, nerve wracking, exhausting, but sure to be filled with more information than my poor little brain can hold onto over three days. But I wouldn't miss it.

I'll try to keep you posted on how the adventure goes. I'm starting a screenwriting class for my Continuing Education track here today, and I know that's going to awesome.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Let the Herald Trumpets Resound

OK, so maybe that's a little melodramatic, in a RenFaire kind of way.

But seriously, there have been some big developments in my writing life over the past few weeks, developments it's been killing me to keep my lip buttoned about. You may have seen this announcement in some of my other haunts, but if not, I'll post it here for your information.

Attention fantasy readers! I am pleased to officially announce that I have signed a publishing contract with Diminished Media Group, a new small press run by the fine folks who already bring speculative fiction audiences Digital Dragon magazine and A Flame in the Dark.

Through this contract, Diminished Media intends to publish my serial fiction The Windrider. Some of you may have read the first season of this tale, which ran in Digital Dragon from July of 2009 to August of 2010. Diminished Media’s publications will include an ebook version of not only this first set of thirteen stories, revised for publication, but a second ebook of the serial’s continuation, part of which ran at my blog at the end of 2010. For those want to have all the stories on paper, a print compilation of both seasons will also release from DMG.

When will all these stories be available? The release schedule is set for this fall—roughly mid October for the first book, late November for the second, and the release date for the print compilation is TBD.

So break out you Kindles (and other ereaders) and keep an eye out for further announcements about when you can get your compiled editions of The Windrider. Better yet, if you’d like to be on a mailing list where I specifically alert you to exact release dates, email me at beckyminor123[at]comcast[dot]net.

Each ebook will be novella length (somewhere between 100-150 pages, as I can best guess right now) so I believe you'll feel you got your money's worth if you purchase them for your ereader. People keep asking me if I will be doing cover or interior art for the books, and at this juncture, I have no answer to that. I think it would be awfully cool to have a few illustrations on the pages of these stories, but graphics do create a whole 'nuther level of headache, so we shall see what the verdict is on that. And of course, I'll let you know when I know.

Thanks for your continued support, faithful readers. It's only because of you these stories are getting a chance at reaching a wider audience.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Update on Risen Fiction's Unpublished Author Contest

Well, voters, ya done good.

Sword of the Patron has advanced from the voting round into the second round of competition at Risen Fiction's contest, where the winner gets a publishing contract for his or her novel! Scary as it is, it's out of our hands now.

From this point, authors already affiliated with Risen Fiction will judge synopses and first chapters from the twenty contestants who have moved on to whittle the field down to five. From there, those five will invite the scrutiny of Risen's editorial team, and voila! Number one gets a contract. (Number two gets a kindle, which wouldn't be too shabby seeing as I have some personal interest in a few ebook titles coming out this fall...but more on that when the powers that be loosen my lips on the subject. And number three gets books. What writer doesn't love free books?)

Anyway, I wanted to personally thank those of you who voted. I wish I knew who you were! But alas, the contest doesn't let me know who or how many. So if you clicked stars and sent me forward, please accept this as my heartfelt thanks.

I'm sort of in a manic mode here, because a lot of stuff is in motion in my life right now. But as we all know, moving fast puts us at risk also for a high-speed crash, so pray the things I see on the horizon are great milestones on the journey, not roadblocks. It's hard to tell from here.

I'll keep you, faithful visitors, updated when there's more to say!