FrightReads Book Fest is a Maryland book festival that I’ve been attending for the last two years. It’s a lot of fun, and very vendor-friendly: I sell a decent number of books, and get to meet a bunch of other indy writers there. It’s pretty successful, too. This year, FrightReads has been expanded to the whole weekend (Sept 30 – October 1st), and they’re coming up with other ways to expand their reach.
One of these is their Author Talks program, in which they, you know, talk to an author via Facebook Live. I’ll be on it on April 6th, from 7 PM until whatever. The link is here: be sure to check it out, on the day!
Shocking, yes. And by shocking I mean No, not really. COVENANTS is certainly my Book of the Week; your mileage, as always, may vary.
Four tales of agreements! Follow along as MARIE VISITS THE CONTINENT, on a mission of delicacy, and monsters. Sally forth with Duchess Carlotta into a zombie-haunted world as she takes THE QUEST FROM CASTLE WINDERMERE. Go on a TOUR OF DUTY in the interstellar spaces between charnel worlds. And lastly, discover with our horrified narrator that, after long, long years… THE STARS ARE WRONG. Enjoy! (Four stories, fifty eight thousand words total, each with its own illustration.)
Four-story chapbook now available for preorder in Kindle! Covenants: Four Tales of Agreements! The paperback will be worked on next week, after I give the remaining typos a chance to think the coast is clear.
Follow along as MARIE VISITS THE CONTINENT, on a mission of delicacy, and monsters. Sally forth with Duchess Carlotta into a zombie-haunted world as she takes THE QUEST FROM CASTLE WINDERMERE. Go on a TOUR OF DUTY in the interstellar spaces between charnel worlds. And lastly, discover with our horrified narrator that, after long, long years… THE STARS ARE WRONG. Enjoy! (Four stories, fifty eight thousand words total, each with its own illustration.)
If all goes well, the COVENANTS chapbook (55K words, 4 illustrations) will be available on March 21st for Kindle. Tomorrow, I’m going to start on doing the whole paperback ‘proof’ thingy. This is also one time when the Kindle and the paperback covers may differ. I’m not sure if the cover as is works, or not.
Now I have to go through all of the COVENANTS chapbook again, this time to proofread. And do it again tomorrow. Then add the pictures. Then proofread one more time. Then I do the cover, publish the sucker, and find the last typos that will have taken the opportunity to pop up, once they think I’m not looking. Huzzah!
This might be all done by the weekend. Double huzzah!
I don’t want to show them off quite yet, but I took a bit from one of the preliminary sketches. This will probably be on the cover of the COVENANTS chapbook. Well, the full version of it, once it’s drawn.
I don’t want to show any of them because the artist’s still working, but I’m torn. They’re all good so far, but I can’t decide which one of two I like for the cover of COVENANTS. The best one of the four might be a little too busy for a cover, but I like it personally just a bit more than the second-best one. Fortunately, I have some time to think it over.
PS: In other news, the entire house has what is thankfully not Covid, in varying degrees (I’m not even sure if I really have it, or whether I’m being psychosomatic, out of sympathy). Fortunately, cold medicine seems to be shifting it for the worst sufferers…
I’ve gotten an artist for it – Crynge, the same person who illustrated DUTIES – and I’m going through the manuscript now to make sure it’s good enough for her to come up with appropriate art. Since I’m doing that already, I decided to just power through the formatting and get it out to any beta readers. More efficient that way, right?
So: I figure I’ll have the first passthrough on COVENANTS done by Sunday. If you’re interested in doing a beta read after that, let me know. This one has longer stories in it, so keep that in mind.
Current title: COVENANTS. Same number of stories, but higher wordcount (about fifty four thousand words). All more or less in the horror genre, including a story set in the same universe as GHOSTS ON AN ALIEN WIND. I expect that I can work on it when I am sick and tired of staring at the novel.
At some point I should consider collecting all of these chapbooks and releasing them in omnibus form. Although it vaguely feels like cheating, when I do it that way…