19th I was the featured author on the on-line book publicity site, Substance Books,
where my historical novel, The Sign of the Eagle, was introduced and described. They
do not sell my book directly, they refer it to Amazon where it can be purchased in print and on Kindle. They said my novel
is great addition to our Historical and Military Fiction collections. See the enclosed link for a further description. Substance Books-Fiction and Military History
Last Monday, December 17th, I was interviewed by Spokane Spokesman-Review reporter, Adrian Rogers, for an
article on self-published authors that appeared in the Today section of the paper
on Sunday, December 23rd. Although my novel, The Sign of the Eagle, is NOT self-published,
but published by a traditional publisher, Sunbury Press (http://www.sunburypress.com/), she wanted my opinions on traditional publishing as a contrast. The interviewed lasted a half-hour for what amounted to
be for about four short paragraphs that were buried deep in the article. The followings is what I had to say:
Still, some authors steer clear. Otis Orchards resident
Steve Hughes, 70, said he submitted his historical novel, “The Sign of the Eagle,” to more than 200 agents and
publishers before it was accepted by Sunbury Press in Pennsylvania.“It’s a small publisher,” Hughes said.
“It’s still a good publisher.”
In the subsequent editing process, he eliminated pages of dialogue
and rewrote the ending. The publisher’s requests made sense, he said, and he was happy to oblige. After self-publishing
another book 12 years ago – “a piece of garbage,” he said – he wanted to put out a good book.
“I’ve seen a lot of mediocre novels out there. I didn’t
want to be part of that,” Hughes said.
See the enclosed link for the entire article Spokesman Review
I contacted the publisher of Sunbury Press, Lawrence Knorr, re: the article and sent him the link. He read the
story and this is what he had to say about it:
It's always interesting to see how the media portrays the self-publishing gambit. This article was one of the more balanced
ones I have seen. Like most things, this is hard to boil down to just two choices --- publisher vs. self-publishing. What
is not often shared are the statistics regarding success rates. The vast majority of self-published authors invest a lot of
money, time and effort and LOSE money. You might notice that Author House has published 170,000 books from over 100,000 authors.
That likely means it is once and done for most. When this cycle burns out and when authors come to their senses with the hard
facts, the industry will be back to a basic principle === readers want good books! Someone has to help channel the quality
to the market.
Ongoing Writing Projects
The Broken Lance
I attended a session of the Spokane
Novelist Group last Saturday, December 22nd, for the first time in nearly two months. I had missed them because of all my
book signings which were always on Saturday, the day on which the group meets.
Although I have temporarily suspended
my writing of the historical, The Broken Lance, I did read chapter 30 to the group.
In this segment, Marcellus, the Spanish centurion and retainer to Titus Flavius Sabinus, the brother of future Emperor Vespasian,
commits the sacrilege of breaking into a family tomb, along with his friend, Crispus. They had received word that a list of
conspirators, who were plotting against the life of the Emperor Claudius, was hidden among the ashes of a dead servant in
plain urn within the Columbarium, the wall of urns. They discover the list and subsequently
the senator, Gallus the Elder, is accused of treason.
The group reviewed the chapter and surprisingly found only a few
minor flaws, the worst of which was a minor Point of View (POV) problem, something easily resolved. Since this is a tough
group, I was pleased that the damage wasn't any worse.
The Wolf of Britannia
Although I completed the rewrite of chapter 52, I discovered several historical flaws which forced me to return to chapters
50 and 51 and revise them again. I am still in the process and this will take me awhile. I also had to include another scene
that takes place between Caratacus, Dana, his wife, and Macha, his seven-year-old daughter.
I am still setting the goal
for completion no later than May, 2013. Wish me luck!
is all for now. I want to wish you all Happy Holidays and for those who are Christian, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!