So today is the official launch day of my first kids' book, Fantasticademy. I am excited to share it with the world, but somewhat nervous, given that this is my first attempt in the kids' fantasy genre. I am eager to hear what readers think who do not know me personally (e.g. those who call me "Dad" or expect me to take out the garbage). My hope was to have written a funny, exciting fantasy-adventure with moments of genuine emotional depth, so time will tell if it was successful. If you've read it, your review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other site would be exceedingly appreciated, not only to tell me what you thought of it, but other readers as well. Thanks in advance!
A wonderful plot twist during this time was that I was able to achieve my most important goal in this process: to have the book accepted into my daughters' elementary school library before the eldest graduated into middle school. The official pub date was two weeks after the graduation, but by donating one of my author copies, I succeeded by ONE DAY. No matter what happens in the future, I already count the book a success.
Thanks to you all! Now on to Book Two...
Being my first time releasing a book that wasn't self-published, the experience seems more nerve-wracking. More real, somehow. I don't know why. but it does. The last two weeks began with the inclusion on my website of the Fun-tastico Fan Club, an area where readers can get maps and background information on the books. This was followed by the release of the book cover from the publisher, which I adore. The design team at Black Rose Writing did a fabulous job, not only welcoming my input but making the presentation better than I imagined.
Also this week, the book became available for pre-order from the publisher (15% discount with promo code PREORDER2019). My responsibilities now include both writing a book AND selling it. Also strange. (The timing of my prior, self-published book coincided with a return to college and a new career, which sadly resulted in a minimal amount of marketing experience. Hopefully, this will change.) I still feel that the best marketing a writer can do is to write his or her next book, so I'll be returning to Book 2 soon. And maybe then, my grammar software will stop pestering me with reminders of my word-goal failures.
See you on the marketing trail!
Success! The first book in my upper middle grade kids' series has been picked up by indie publisher Black Rose Writing and will be released in the summer of 2019! Besides finalizing the manuscript, I'm currently delving into pre-publication marketing ideas and other things I haven't had the pleasure to experience. For now, I'm starting small, with a worldwide book tour of 4,298 cities, an internationally-televised book reading with a backup jazz band, and a diplomatic mission to Mars. After that, I'm getting really serious. Stay tuned!
So I'm currently submitting a kids' book series to publishers and agents. While waiting on responses, I'm doing what most writing-advice places recommend against: continuing to write an entire series when the first book hasn't been picked up yet. But the way I see it, to tell the entire story correctly requires several books, and to stop after the first one would feel incomplete. So I'm forging ahead and am now exactly halfway through the five-book series. Whether it's published or not, I still need to tell it, and it's been a lot of fun. If no publishers pick it up, I'll consider releasing it indie. But this might explain the delay since my last book release. Aside from returning to school and beginning a new career (day job, I mean), I've been working on several books at once. All while playing the waiting game. The life of a writer. It's a glorious thing.
Well, life threw a curve ball since the release of Edentown in the form of wanting to switch day jobs, so I've gone back to school to pursue a degree in medical imaging. This should wrap up in June of 2016. Writing-wise, this translates to a dramatic loss of time and a delay in published novels. In the meantime, though, I'm switching genres a bit, into middle grade fiction. I'll release more details as the plan comes along. It's different than any project I've been involved with, but I have to admit, it's a great book for kids (and grown-ups too). On the personal side, it also makes me feel like I'm still involved in writing despite being covered up with homework. Everybody wins! More details soon. Cheers.