Book Signing Successes.
months of September and October I conducted very successful book signings of The Sign of the Eagle at Barnes &
Noble, Blossom Hill, San Jose, California (September) and at Hastings Books, Music & Video stores in Montana (October
- Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls and Missoula). Met lots of great people from around the USA and from several countries including
China, France, India, Peru, and Russia. This will probably be the last signings I do for this book as it has been out for
more than two years. By January, 2015, my next novel, The Wolf of Britannia, should be available from Sunbury Press.
When that occurs I will set up signings for that book. However, I will include copies of The Sign of the Eagle at those
events as well.
The following pictures are of new reader L to R: Dana @ Santa Jose; Mike @ Butte, MT; Bill @ Great Falls,
MT; Kate @ Missoula, MT; and Bill @ Bozeman, MT.
Dana at San Jose
Mike & Pearl at Butte
Bill at Great Falls
Kate at Missoula, MT
Bill at Bozeman, MT
The Wolf of Britannia: Update
A couple of weeks ago I received the editor's reviewed copy of The Wolf of Britannia,
Vol. II (a new title for this volume is being considered). There were quite a few changes and additions she wanted me
to make. After a flurry of emails back and forth with my editor, we reached a compromise on what I should add. I mentioned
to her I had originally deleted a chapter that I used near the end of the novel showing a newly married Macha and her husband
Titus, a newly commissioned officer in the Roman army, visiting Caratacus before heading to Germany for his first post. The
editor had wanted to see more of a relationship with Caratacus's family in Italy before ending the story. I emailed a copy
of this chapter and my proposal to re-enter it. She liked the chapter and so with only a few modifications I will re-use it.
I hated deleting it to begin with and glad I had kept the earlier drafts. I am also doing the same with a prophecy by
Caratacus's Druid priest, Havgan, which I had also deleted. She liked that concept as well. She agreed to drop some of the
other items that I explained weren't necessary to add to the story. The rewrite should now go a little faster. Already finished
the additional changes to chapter one.
Steven King on the Future of Books - A Must Read Article
Steven King interview Huffingtonpost
Stephen King: 'I Think Books
Are Going To Be Here For a Long, Long Time.'
At one time, Stephen King was on the cutting edge of ebook technology
as one of the first big-name writers to release his works digitally. But for all the "bells and whistles" ebooks
have, King says, nothing will be able to replace a physical book.
King joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to chat
about his upcoming film, "A Good Marriage," though the conversation turned to future of the book industry.
"They're not like compact discs or even phonograph records. These are things that had their day and they were replaced,"
King told host Josh Zepps. "You can say that you've seen the same progression with books in that e-books have a lot of nice bells and whistles
... But the big difference is that audio recordings of music have only been around for, I'm going to say, 120 years at the
most. Books have been around for three, four centuries ... There's a deeply implanted desire and understanding and wanting
of book that isn't there with music. It's a deeper well of human experience. Here's another thing: if you drop a book into
the toilet, you can fish it out, dry it off and read that book. But if you drop your Kindle in the toilet, you're pretty well
King has been at the forefront of the ebooks debate as one of Amazon's most vocal critics. King, along with nearly
900 other authors, signed a letter in support of publisher Hachette, who is in a revenue-negotiation struggle with the online retail giant about ebook
To see the video for his complete comments, go to the above Huffington Post site above.
Writing at Starbucks
Reviewing Editor's Copy of "The Wolf of Brittania" at Starbucks at B&N
If you check out the enclosed picture you will see that I actually write novels. Here, inside Starbucks Coffee,
at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Spokane Valley, Washington, I am reviewing the editor's copy of The Wolf of Britannia,
Vol. II. It was after this session that the flurry of emails to the editor began which resulted in the compromise I mentioned
above. You might say I am the unofficial resident writer at this store since I spend several days a week here writing. My
wife, Liz, calls it my "home away from home."
The Sign of the Eagle Book Sales
According to my publisher, Sunbury Press, The Sign of the Eagle, was number one in
sales for historical novels for the month of September and number three.
Although I have been busy with book signings and the revisions of The Wolf of Britannia,
I have managed to find a little time to work on my historical, The Broken Lance. This consists
of primarily presenting chapters that I have already written for review by members of The Spokane novelist Group at
our bi-weekly sessions. I won't be doing much more than that until the final revisions of The Wolf of Britannia,
Vol. I & II are published.
Ancient World Notes
See Ancient World Notes for my next installment of Maintaining the Public Safety of Ancient Rome, Part XI.
That's all for now. Salve et Vale! Hail and Farewell!
Jess Steven Hughes