In a bit of an unexpected twist that just happens to coincide with the upcoming holidays, I’ve secured the rights to use the illustrations originally intended for use in the Chinese version of First Contact for a special illustrated English edition of the book (note: this will be in addition to the existing text-only edition).
Now, there’s a bit of bad news to go along with the good. The Chinese publisher had planned to publish the book with one illustration per chapter, which unfortunately proved to be an overwhelming task for the illustrator, so we don’t have as many illustrations as we’d hoped. Also, some of them were in a draft phase when the illustration idea was dropped from the project, but I plan to include those in the English version. Even though they’re not complete, they still convey a great “feel” for the scenes and I hate to see them go to waste.
The book will be available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Books, and will be flagged with “special illustrated version” in the title. I don’t have any immediate plans to publish a print version unless I can get higher resolution copies of the images. I’m going to work on getting the ebook version formatted today, so it should be available for purchase within the next week.
Before you ask if there will be illustrated versions of the others books (especially those featuring Reza and Esah-Zhurah!), the honest answer is that I don’t know. I would love to have illustrated editions of all the books, including the Harvest series, but that’s a huge undertaking under the best of circumstances. So, we’ll see.
In the meantime, for those who want to get a little bit of eye candy of the In Her Name universe, keep your eyes out for the new edition of First Contact!
I posted this same question on my Facebook page, but since I know not everyone digs Facebook, I wanted to ask it here, too: what, as a reader, would you most like to see me work on next?
I know that I’ve been leading people to expect the next book of the First Empress saga, Mistress Of The Ages. Unfortunately, in reviewing the sales figures, it turns out that the sales of From Chaos Born (which is now free as an ebook) and Forged In Flame are the lowest of the pack, half of what I’m seeing for the other In Her Name books.
Now, I’m not solely driven by money; few, if any, authors are. But since my book royalties are my family’s sole source of income, sales are a factor that I have to take into account. Like it or not, this is a business, after all.
So, just for the sake of argument and to see what you think, what would you like most?
A) Mistress of the Ages (yes, I may still go ahead and do it next, but even if I didn’t, at some point in the next year I’d likely finish off Keel-Tath’s story);
B) More in or before the timeline of the Redemption Trilogy with Reza and Esah-Zhurah, or perhaps what happens leading up to their story;
C) Something completely different. I’ve got a lot of other project ideas queued up that I’d like to inflict on you!
So, comment away and let me know your thoughts. I haven’t decided anything at this point – I’m dithering and need serious help! LOL!
After eight months, the time has finally come: REAPING THE HARVEST is heading out the door in ebook format! I just pulled the trigger on the versions for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes/iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play. I’ll be publishing the Smashwords ebook edition tomorrow, then will be getting to work on formatting the print version, which should be available in a few weeks.
So, search your fave ebook retailer, keep hitting the refresh button (in about 12 hours or so), and tell all your friends! Oh, and most of all, I hope you enjoy the book!
While the beta readers are busy going through REAPING THE HARVEST, I’m trying to get the audiobook version of BITTER HARVEST ready for release. I was hoping keen readers like yourself might be able to help me out a bit with this: I need one or more passages from the book to use in the demo sample.
The sample can be a maximum of five minutes long, which works out to around seven hundred words (for my books, that’s typically about a quarter or fifth of a chapter). It doesn’t have to be exactly that long, of course, that’s just the maximum.
Soooo, I’m looking for suggestions for passages (one longer one or several shorter ones) that you think would make a great hook for new listeners. Just cut and paste it/them in a comment on this post.
Looking forward to hearing your ideas!
Okay, here it is: the official call for folks interested in being beta readers for REAPING THE HARVEST!
Update: I’ve chosen seven victims to do beta reading for this little tome! So check your email to see if you got one of the golden tickets! – MRH
It’s finally time! I’m wrapping up the last revisions (it’s too-darn-early on Sunday, 20 October), and it’s time to line up the victims, er, candidates for beta reading REAPING THE HARVEST.
Now, I know a lot of folks are excited about this and want to jump in so they can snag a copy of the book before anyone else does and find out what the heck happens. But please, ease up on the caffeine and consider that the beta reader phase really is an important part of my publication process, so don’t toss your hat in the ring unless you’re willing and able to take a critical look at the draft.
The main things I need the beta readers to do are:
- Anything that jars you out of the story (other than your cat, dog, teenager, etc. leaping on you). If you’re reading along and you get to a part where you’re thinking, “Huh? That makes no sense!” – those are the kinds of things I’m talking about here. Continuity errors, like a guy is wearing a red shirt at the beginning of a scene and a blue one at the end, but he didn’t change shirts, are a big one, or things that strike you as an action by a character that’s out of keeping with their personality, etc.
- Did you enjoy it? Or, if you didn’t, what about it detracted from your enjoyment? This is more to do with how the book is written than the plot. It’s sort of like someone handing you a sample of some sort of food (hopefully not GMO) at Costco. You pop it in your mouth, and you either like it, it’s so-so, or it’s yucky.
- I do NOT ask the beta readers to provide any editing feedback, but if you spot any typos or bloopers and would like to send them on to me (via email, please), I would certainly appreciate it, and the readers coming after you will, too. Picky readers help me improve my writing.
Now for the bad news, such as it is: I‘d like to have your feedback in no later than this coming Friday, the 25th, so I can make any necessary revisions over the weekend and upload the book for release on the 28th. If you can’t make that deadline, please hang onto your hat, as there will be more opportunities for beta readers in the future!
So, if you’d like to be considered as a beta reader, please just add a comment to this post and give me a little blurb on why you think you’d make a good beta reader (that makes the selection process a lot more interesting for me!). I’ll pick around half a dozen folks and send them copies of the manuscript in whatever ebook format (sorry, folks, I don’t send advance copies in print) they like.
Okay, that’s it! Get to it!