This update has been a long time coming.
Today, I'd like to announce my four-volume publishing contract with Curiosity Quills Press.
I can't believe I just typed that. I'm grinning like an idiot right now.
|Me... about to jump!|
Curiosity Quills Press will be releasing my new series The Chronicles of Nowhere in three parts.
I honestly believe it's the best thing I've ever written.
It will then be collected into an omnibus edition and re-released.
I hope to be able to pass along summaries, blurbs, excerpts, badges- all that kind of fun stuff- very soon. And of course, I'll be passing along release dates asap, but of course I don't have those yet. Because even though this series is the best thing I've ever written and is as polished as I know how to get it, the good folks at CQ still have to sprinkle it with a good dose of magic publishing dust.
I'll also be releasing a new Whitfield story, Daughter of Glass, with brand new characters, as a serial with CQ. Once complete, it will be published as a distinct novel.
I'm super excited about writing a serial. Some of you may recall posts I've written about serialization and how, when done properly, it's a perfect fit for the fast-paced, "feed the stream" environment created by the emergent rapid-release ebook market. CQ is on the cutting edge here. For an example of what I mean, check out Michael Shean's Dark SF serial Bone Wires.
|Writing "Daughter of Glass"|
CQ is a small press with admirable resources, progressive ideas, and best of all, they've been able to give me attention and support. I've been at a point where things have been spinning out of control. The business of writing has been seriously cutting into the act of writing. I know a lot of us get to that point. I don't expect making this move to a small press will change all of that. (In fact, a friend asked me this weekend if I actually expected things to get less complicated instead of more. I don't.) But the point is, I need help. Not just with marketing and promotion and "magic publishing dust" kind of things. No, I need ideological help. There's a point in this process, or there has been for me, where I find myself with ideas and projects ricocheting all over the place, until I'm just sitting there thinking, "Well, what the hell do I do next?" I have been almost paralyzed with directions and ideas. I know this is a blessing- believe me, I know that- but I've also been living with a chronic case of overwhelm. And that's not good for the muse. She gets cranky.
So the most important reason I'm doing this is because there's finally someone to say, "Ok, this is good, let's do this, but this needs work; try x and z, and then we'll see where to go." That is so incredibly helpful that I could almost cry with relief. A lot of different kinds of people and organizations fill this role for writers in different ways. Agents do it for some people, or truly excellent critique partners, or writer's groups. Rarely do I hear of this kind of relationship with larger houses, which is why I wanted a small press. (Not that it doesn't happen there too; it just isn't happening for me!) Personal attention, help of various kinds, progressive ideas, and did I mention nice? Nice is ridiculously important to me. Maybe it's the Southerner in me.
So what's up with my other projects? I'm so glad you asked! I do not have plans as of right now to change anything about the Gifts of the Blood series. (Except that I might finally get around to releasing them in print.) Blood Redemption, the third and final book in the series, has obviously been delayed. However, a lot of the actual writing for the new stuff is finished up on my end. (Obviously there will be edits and rewrites and such.) But I do not expect this to cause more of a major delay in releasing Blood Redemption. I plan to have it out this month. And for you Whitfield fans, don't forget about Daughter of Glass, which takes place in Whitfield as well. It reveals even more about my favorite spooky-chic city, as well as some edgy characters, and one of the most complex story ideas I've yet imagined.
And after that? Well, that's the awesome thing about being Indie. What I do next is largely up to me and my readers. There's certainly no shortage of ideas, and now, enhanced resources a la the good folks at CQ Press. It's exciting times at the Keire household. My muse is off at the spa celebrating; I've run the poor thing like a prize racehorse lately.
Hmm. Celebrating. That's a good idea. If I wasn't already feeling the consequences of a kick-butt, weekend-long full-body concert experience. (I celebrated early. Oh well. Now down to business.)
|Vicki the Bibliophile|
So those would be my new ROW80 goals: meet my new publisher's deadlines, which I will translate into actual word count goals as soon as I can. Write more kick-butt fiction. Blog. Make regular ROW80 check in's. And just, you know, maintain. I have a good thing going here, I think- I love what I do. And that's key. I'd stopped having fun with it, caught up in a whirlwind of overwhelm.
If it's not fun, people, then what's the point?
Thanks for hanging in there with me thus far. I can't wait to see what comes next. I hope you're all with me when I do!