Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Sad Way of Publishing

I was all set to deliver fantastic news about my traditional debut releasing this year from Samhain Publishing, when the devastating news about the press closing its doors was announced. A little over a month ago I signed with them and just over a week ago my editor and I were chatting about the title and the cover design, and getting excited about the fall release. Literally one moment we were excited and moving forward, the next, the doors that had opened were slamming closed.

I'm sad for not only my book and all the people who were looking forward to it, but for all of Samhain's authors (many of which are my friends), their editors, and other staff. Samhain has been a staple in the romance and horror genres for over ten years now and it is tragic to see them go. But, sales had declined to the point where they could no longer justify the overhead. Such is the way of publishing.

The rights for my novel will eventually be returned to me and since my agent and I did not query widely, there is a chance we will seek out other publishers for the novel we had placed with Samhain. In the meantime, I'm staying positive because I have three other manuscripts out on publisher submission. And, in the end, I believe things happen for a reason and perhaps that novel wasn't meant to be my traditional debut. That doesn't mean it will never see the light of day, it just means its day has not yet come.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Special Tour Guest: Roland Yeomans

Sssssh!  Heather is so busy with other things that she is gone from her blog right now. 

{Roland Yeomans, here, author and blogger extraordinaire. Heather's words, not mine.}

Time for me to hawk my wares, ah, I meant “help out an over-worked friend!”

Yes, it is time for me to shamelessly drone on about my “DON’T YOU HATE BOOK TOURS?” Book Tour!

“What is the title of my new book?” you ask.  

Ah, I’m waiting, but you’re not asking. I’m waiting!  All right.  Be that way.
I can’t really blame you.  Aren’t we awash in a tidal wave of book tours?

You look at your blog list and over 37 of them you see emblazoned: “Book Tour for HOT FLESH & COLD STEEL by C. Mai Kahunas.”

Wow.  I like that title and pen name.  I might write that book myself, using that nom de plume, but with the subtitle: 50 SHADES OF TACKY.

Hey don’t blame me.  I’m a victim of Irritable Vowel Syndrome.

Where was I?  Oh, yes: my subject – ME.

We want our books to be read.  Why else go to the trouble of writing them, right?

We have to draw attention to ourselves.  I could date Miley Cyrus, but I have standards.  Sure, they’re low, but they’re still standards!

Luckily, I have Heather doing my covers and interiors.  Isn’t her latest something else?

But looking good is not enough, or I would have more dates.
We need to reach out in a new way, or do the old way in a new fashion – hence, this honest, “I know you hate to read book tour posts” book post!

Bearing with a new author pitching his new book is a lot like childbirth: long, painful, and you’re too tired to care at the end!
You’re begging to know the title of my new book, aren’t you?  You aren’t?  Oh, well, I’ll save the begging for me tonight on my date.

But you’re not getting away that easy.  I’ll give you the title anyway!

Come aboard the Xanadu, the 1st Air/Steamship for my hero’s honeymoon cruise to Paris, the Unholy Lands, and Parts Unknown (No, not where politicians tell the truth!  Man, you guys suck the joy right out of my spiel!)
It has Mark Twain, SEX!, 11 year old Nikola Tesla, SEX!, a vampiric Benjamin Franklin, an insane Abraham Lincoln, SEX!, a vengeful Captain Nemo, and many more illustrious guests like General Sherman, Ada Byron Lovelace and Margaret Fuller.

And did I mention it had SEX!

Coming this March.  Cost of Passage only $9.99!
Don’t miss out.  Everyone is talking about it.  O.K.  Just me for right now.  But you never know.

{Much to Heather's dismay, my books are not yet available on Barnes and Noble, but she's working on me}

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Instagram Leap

I have finally made the leap to Instagram. Photos inspire me so I figured, it would be a great place to feature photos that inspire both my writing, and my life in general. It seemed like a natural transition to move from Pinterest (where there is a lot of controversy over using photos you may not have rights to). I've love Pinterest, don't get me wrong, and I'll still likely post there, but I like the idea of a site that is pictures taken or designed by only me. So, Instagram, here I come! If you're on there, come find me, I'd love to connect with you there.