Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday, September 25th, 2011-More Details

About a week ago, when I gave you the lay of the land on my publishing exploits, I promised I would give you more details as I have them, so I'm now making good on that promise.

Windrider News:
The Windrider, book 1, Divine Summons, is set to release on October 25th from Diminished Media Group, the folks who bring you Digital Dragon Magazine and A Flame in the Dark. A cover I know is going to be incredible is in process right now, and we are working out the details for bi-weekly podcasts of an audio version of the story as well. The next four weeks are going to careen by faster than I can even imagine, but I'm looking forward to having a great launch.

On November 22, book 2 of the series, A Greater Strength, will also be available in eformats, so if you read book one and have a hankering for more Vinyanel, Veranna, and even some new faces, that set of stories will be available to you right on the heels of book one.

If you know folks who are fans of clean fantasy fiction, please be sure to tell them about these novellas that will be available very soon. I will post links to where they are available to purchase the minute they go live.

Sword of the Patron progess...

I would like to formally announce that the publisher that has taken on Danae and her adventures is Other Sheep, the speculative fiction imprint of Written World Communications. In true small world fashion, I learned this week  that my editor will be someone who, not very long ago, I worked with in an ACFW critique group, author and editor Andrea Graham. Andrea is already very well acquainted with Sword of the Patron, and is now combing through the book in order to get it tidy and tight for publication.

As is often the case with manuscripts, there is a very good chance we will be seeking out a new title for the story, so if you later see discussions of Sword of the Patron vanish in favor of talk about a novel of another name, not to worry. The story behind the final title will remain.

The book currently known as Sword of the Patron will release in the first quarter of 2012, although an exact date is yet to be determined. All we know is what better time of year to curl up with a good epic tale than when you can stoke a roaring fire in the fireplace and sip a hot cocoa while you journey to another world with alchemist's daughter Danae, the enigmatic knight Praesidio, the healer elf Culduin, and a cast of other friends and foils.

Now for the fun part. I'm hoping to put together a very cool launch party to go along with the release of this book, and if I have my 'druthers, it will be at the lovely Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA. I want this to be an awesome night attended by everyone who can possibly make it out to support the book, so I'll be sure to get you hard dates for such an event as soon as we have locked down the final location and date.

Keep coming back here, to my facebook page, and to the New Authors Fellowship to gather details on the coming releases.

Speaking of NAF, if you haven't dropped by over there for my Sunday post and would like to, here's a link to that little ditty. I promise, it's shorter than this post.

The New Authors Sunday 9-25 post

Thanks for your continued readership, and I look forward to having published products to share with you and your friends.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Publishing Updates...a Lot Going on 'Round These Parts

New Authors Fellowship post for Sunday, September 18th

Hello Fantasy fans. Once again, I'm just calling your attention to my activity over on New Authors Fellowship in the time I still remain on the "unpublished" side of the fence over there. Amazingly, it's not going to be long before I no longer wear that mantle.

While I'm here, I'll give you the update on where things stand with my work that's inching toward release.

Diminished Media Group has had the first compilation of Windrider stories in their hands for a about a month now, making final tweaks to make then clean and shiny for release during October in ebook formats. We're also in the process of securing a top-notch illustrator for the cover, and I couldn't be more excited about her potential work for this set of stories. When that's all finalized, I'll let you know who this amazing artist is, and maybe even give you a sneak peak at what the concept behind the cover is, if she'll let me. The tentative subtitle for that season is Divine Summons.

The Sword of the Patron contract has been returned to the publisher in question there, and once I've got a green light, I'll spill on who the great folks are who are going to put that book through the rigors of editing so it's ready for market. No release date is yet generated for that one, but you can bet I'll let you know what I find out that information.

I'm nearly done editing the second season of The Windrider, provided I don't pull a classic "me" and decide to entirely rewrite episodes 10 and 11 of that book. There's something slightly off in that section, and I'm hoping one of my patented bathtub strokes of genius will tidy that little issue up very soon. Then that one will be off to Diminished Media. I'm calling that book The Windrider, book II, A Greater Strength. We'll see if the folks over at Diminished let me keep that title, or if we cook up something more awesome.

So that's the publishing update from over here. And just for a little head's up, I will probably use my full name, Rebecca Minor, or even Rebecca P Minor on these books, so I'll be dual branding my names onto internet stuff regarding my work from here. Thanks for following!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Come here, go there

For those of you who follow my blog both here and over at The New Authors Fellowship, your time of dual destinations will soon be coming to a close. When I joined into the group of fine bloggers over at NAF, the agreed upon length of posting was to be six months, after which my status as an unpublished author would be reevaluated, and then we would decide if I'd stay on as a featured author. Well, as I've mentioned in earlier post, I won't be an unpublished author anymore, come mid October. And thus, my regular contributions to NAF will come to a close.

Enter the resumed use of this blog, which has been admittedly cobwebby for the past six months. As much as I thought I might be able to maintain posting in two places at once, life has taught me otherwise. My sincere hope is that I will be able to maintain regular posting here, as well as do the needed edits on my work that's headed toward publication.

As I forge onward here, I'd love to know what you as readers would love to see more commentary upon? Are there topics you'd like to see me research, interview others on, or simply ruminate upon? Would you like to see fiction here? Now's your chance to tell me what brings you back to a blog, and I'll do my best to deliver.

For now, however, most of my thoughts will be cropping up at NAF. This week's post discusses my use of my commute for the sake of beefing up my prayer life. I hope you'll drop by and be blessed.

New Authors Fellowship=Captive Audience

And later this fall, keep an eye trained here at CotC, so you can hear the latest news, release dates, and discussion of The Windrider, volumes one and two, as well as Sword of the Patron, whose release date is TBA.