Dark Road Rising
.It's been a long and winding road, so to speak, but I have in my hands the contract from Ace for the next Jack Fleming novel, Dark Road Rising, courtesy of my completely amazing agent, Lucienne Diver of the Knight Literary Agency. Please do check her blog as it's really, really Teh Cool--which is quite a feat since she lives in a baking hot state that is not Texas.
There you will find, in case you missed it, the cover of Rachel Caine's forthcoming Weather Wardens book, Gale Force and an interview with Marjorie M. Liu. You'll recall that Marjorie has a wonderful story in BFSHoneymoon and some great novels for your reading pleasure.
Cruise over to Rachel's blog, because she has an awesome drawing going on concerning the release of Gale Force.
Dang, maybe if I pimped my own books as much as I do others my sales might go up! ;>D
Back to the contract--don't expect the book to be out next month, 'cause that's just not gonna happen. Maybe a year from now if we're REALLY lucky. The good part is the book is finished, and I delivered a final draft copy. Next time I see the MS will be after the editor's put in her stuff, and after that I see galleys--which is a stack of photocopies of the typeset pages. I go over that for typos & such, turn it in, then they make a book and send it to the stores.
In big time publishing this takes awhile to do, but it's worth it. Nothing quite matches walking into a B&N and seeing my book on the shelf. That NEVER GETS OLD, trust me.
A sidebar to those who still think you have to pay to get published--and there are many scam sites that tell you this--I did NOT pay to get this contract.
In REAL publishing the money flows to the writer.
How you get published is to WRITE WELL, send stuff in, and a publisher buys it from you or your agent. You do NOT lose your copyright, rights or anything, I promise! You GET a CHECK and it's not that ridiculous joke of one dollar that PubliSHAMerica tosses at its victims.
For the others who know this, please spread the word. I still get folk asking me how much it costs to get published and one of these days my head will explode, and we can't have that.
Back in the real world....
More good news is that Dark Road Rising--and I HOPE they will keep the title!!!--is supposed to be in trade paperback, which means it won't cost nearly as much as a hardcover.
I'm put off by HC prices too, but I will often buy a trade as it's not that much more than a mass market size paperback and easier for me to hold. HCs are too heavy, and regular paperbacks have an annoying habit of springing from my grasp to tumble across the floor. (I'm not making that up, I think they have invisible kangaroo legs.)
In the meantime, see the previous post about the Strahd comic book that's out next month--I don't know what date exactly, as I don't check their site daily.
For those unfamiliar with Strahd, he's the bad-ass but elegant vampire from the Ravenloft universe. Think Dracula with magic and some heavy influence from Barnabas Collins since Strahd's ### # ## #### ###### ## #### ### #######. (SPOILERS!!!!)
Back in '92 I was asked to write his autobiography (AKA a work-for-hire book for TSR) and things went well. Some years later I wrote another Strahd book for WotC. You can still find them on Amazon, just search strahd & my name.
In between I did a short story for Tales of Ravenloft, which I adapted for Devil's Due Publishing.
Isn't this a simple, non-screwy business??
Anyway, you don't need to know much more than that about him to enjoy the comic.
Word of warning--they are expecting it to sell out FAST. Strahd is the single most popular character in the Ravenloft universe (everyone loves a slightly murderous, neck-nibbling bad boy--just ask Spike!) so your local comic store will likely run short. You can mail order from the publisher--I THINK!--so check it out.
I can't wait to see it. I've no idea what kind of art is on the inside, just the cover.
But whoa, baby!