I was starting to feel it had been a while since I posted here, but I see it’s only been 5 days. That’s not terrible, is it? I mean, you guys don’t miss me that much when I’m gone, right? You’re allowed to, I guess. I suppose it would be flattering. But it was also be, like, responsibility, or something … urgh. OK, don’t miss me. But do come visit. Let’s make it like we’re old friends – we don’t have to talk everyday, and when we do chat, it’s like we’ve never missed a beat. Yeah … I like that.
Righty. So, you guys know I have been writing a story, now titled “Healer’s Touch”, for several years now. It’s taken that long because over the course of shaping the story itself, I was also learning the craft of writing, through my involvement with ‘sites like WDC, or through reading and trying out the advice offered by Larry Brooks (I honestly believe that applying his story-structure to my story has been close to the single most significant thing I’ve done for it) and Janice Hardy.
So, this is a wee “this is where I’m at” post …
In a recent post I mentioned that I had struck up some back-and-forth with a small publisher. Well, right now I am sitting on a contractual offer … it’s up to me to sign. Nice, eh? They’re a small publisher, a new publisher, but I’ve always been a keen “first wave” kind of person, so I’m in on the first wave …
Thing is, I’ve read all the stuff that says the big guys don’t help us new authors with our promoting. I know I will need to promote my story if I want people to learn about its existence, but I also know I need to get on and write the next one, especially since against much advice, my story isn’t really very stand-alone-y. There is obviously more to come …
So, I want time to write, in amongst being a mum, working part-time and doing everything else that life throws out there (friends, family, pets, a little down-time (what? where did that come from?)).
Several months ago, I started to ponder the solution … go with a small press. But who? Who?
It’s a tough question. So many of those that I looked at I didn’t particularly like the covers of their books. Yeah … I didn’t delve deeper, because I didn’t want my book to look like the rest of their catalogue. Fair enough? I think so.
And then, about a month ago, I learned of Kristell-Ink (the Fantasy/SciFi imprint of Holland House). The first thing that struck me was the website design – the main image “spoke to me” you could say … It had a feeling close to what I want to achieve with my book cover. The next part was their mission statement of “Quality not quantity” … Yes, quantity might be the more safe way to go as a publisher (financially – give the readers choice), but, if you can build a name for yourself as a backer of quality, you’re going to do yourself and your authors (not to mention the readers!) a wonderful service. Readers will know what they’re getting.
Sure, I know readers don’t really care who publishes a book, writes it, sure … But in the case of a small press, I can see the potential for discerning readers to discover an imprint and become a fan of that imprint. Who knows? The world of publishing is a bit up in the air at the moment.
The one thing I do know is that I don’t want to publish crap. If I’d chosen to Indie publish, I was going to take the time and find the money to edit and all that … get the manuscript up to scratch. But, there would always be a fear that my own judgement was wrong when it finally came time to putting the work out there. Having someone in the publishing game interested in what my story is (and even more interested in what it will be, no doubt) is highly beneficial to me.
So, right now, I am doing some story edits – tightening up the actual structure, deepening some of the character experiences, etc. I’ll see how those go down, and then it will be on to line-edits and proof-reads and the like … And all the while, a cover will be designed, and some promotions will be planned. I envision this phase of the journey to take 3-4 months.
And then it will be the true acid test … Will reviewers like my story? Will it sell? Hmmm … well, guess we just have to wait and see!
In the mean time, I am going to be getting on with Book 2 of the series. The ideas are flowing … I might even be able to fully outline this one, after all (I was having my doubts).
And in the short-term … I’ll be sharing my blog with some fellow New Zealand-based Speculative Fiction writers this week.
Sometime this week, I shall be interviewing Richard Barnes - go visit. I expect about Wednesday/Thursday, NZ time.
And on Saturday (NZ Time) I’ll be posting up a piece of story being written by Simon Petrie – Part One of which can be found HERE.
Well, that’s the state of play …
If you don’t hear from me, I’ll be writing, or something … I do Tweet, so if you really want to be in the know, check out my Twitter, or Facebook page, even (both are up the right side somewhere).
Wish me luck … (and then buy my book when it’s out, ‘cos, you know, luck doesn’t just happen …)