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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Received Copy of Co-Signed Contract from Sunburypress
I received a copy of the co-signed contract from Sunbury Press (www.sunburypress.com) and a welcoming letter explaining the next steps in the process of publishing my historical, The Sign of the Eagle. 
Alarm Clock

Contact-Within two months one of their editors will contact me.

Editing process - this can take 2 to 6 weeks depending on the length of book and how publication-ready they consider my novel to be. They urge me to work with the editor because he or she is there to help me. I will be permitted to accept or reject any changes.

Cover design - during the editing process, I will be presented with a potential cover design (they may take in consideration the picture I sent of Macha).

Proof - I will receive a printed proof (galleys) of the book prior to publication. I will review it thoroughly for any errors, note corrections by page and paragraph and send them back to the publisher.

Marketing - I will be contacted by the publisher's marketing and publicity lead (person) prior to release. She will discuss plans for how the book will be marketed.

Release - My book will be released in both print and digital forms (ebook: Kindle & Nook).

Promotion-The publication letter stated that it is very difficult to predict which books will sell well. The whims of the market can be very unpredictable. However, they have found that their most successful authors have one thing in common--they are good at promoting themselves.

The degree to which I self-promote is entirely up to me. That is why I have already contacted so many book stores (25 so far) for future signing considerations.
As you can see, a lot is involved in the publishing process, and that is why it takes from six to twelve months to publish a novel. Nonetheless, I look forward to the process and will keep all of you informed as each step goes by.

Rewrites and Upcoming Novel Updates

Saturday, October, 22nd, I read another chapter from my historical, The Broken Lance, to the Spokane Novelist Group. The reading dealt with the main protagonist, Marcellus, a Spanish Cavalry officer in the Roman Army, rescuing the daughter of a British Chieftain and ally from a river into which she had fallen and swept down-stream. They found several minor flaws that in themselves weren't so bad, but the accumulative effect was so great that I wound up re-writing a major part of the chapter. This is a tough group but they do keep me honest.

Rewrites continue on The Wolf of Britannia. Currently I am working on a new chapter (27). The work is slow, but steady. I will have my mentor, Patricia DeMars Pfeiffer, author of eight historical novels’, review it once I have it in decent shape. I know I will have to revise it, but right now I need an outsider to find the flaws.

Prospective Book Signing Update

I have contacted twenty-five stores in California (Bay area), Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington for possible future book signings. Two stores, one in the Bay area, and another in Walla Walla, WA are very enthused and want to know ASAP once I have a release date so they can set up signing dates.  

That's all for now, Valete! Farewell!


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