Friday, September 12, 2014

Publishing Fairyeater: The Process, Part One

Okay, so it's September and I want to get back to blogging regularly again. I've missed the interaction and hope everyone will get back into the swing of talking about fantasy writing with me again.

First, life has been hectic and busy. My youngest daughter, Mary, is back in college for her senior year.  Woo Hoo! Anna continues to enjoy her day program. My grandson started Kindergarten this year and my granddaughter is in 3rd grade. No more babysitting on a regular basis for me. This opens up my schedule a bit, which I'm going to need because I'll be working on editing my novel and starting to do some marketing.

I have a release date of Feb. 17, 2015. That's not too far away and I'm pretty excited, and even a little nervous. What if everyone hates my book? What if everyone loves my book? It's kind of funny, but these things run through your head when you have a book coming out.

As it often happens, an editor will change the working title of your book. I thought Fairyeater was a fantastic title, and so it is.  It's memorable, simple, and a bit startling. However, it doesn't really reflect what the book is about. So, my editor suggested Quest for the Fairystone. It's not as startling, but it does tell you a little of the storyline. I ran it past my writers group and they like it. One friend suggested a series title of The Fairyeater Chronicles, with the first novel being Quest for the Fairystone.  I love that idea, so I sent it to my editor. Am waiting to hear if she likes it. I think it will work because I'm already writing the prequel and plan to call that one Rise of the Fairy Guardian.

We're also talking about cover designs. As you know, a weak cover can kill book sales, especially in fantasy. My suggestion is a circle of runes with the Fairystone in the middle because Akeela's birthmark is a circle of runes and she has to place the pieces of the Fairystone in the middle. I googled rune alphabets and found some really cool ones. Sent them to my editor and am hoping she'll like the idea. I'll keep you posted!

So, that's what I have for you this week. What's up with everyone?  Anyone have any news to share? Let's start talking again.