It’s been a long journey — twenty years — but Dragon’s Rook is finally going to see the great wide world.
This book could have been released much sooner, but I would have been less happy with the results. Some publishers wanted to chop it into smaller pieces, some wanted to mine it for a particular plot while ditching the rest, some thought it too derivative and some too different, so I stopped seeking a publisher and decided to go independent with it.
The publishers who wanted a shorter book were not wrong, but I simply could not meet their tiny word count. Still, I knew the book needed work, so I tightened the writing and the story itself, cutting tens of thousands of words in the process.
Even on the day Dragon’s Rook was uploaded as an e-book, I made revisions. Considering how easy revisions are in this digital age, if I’m not careful I could tweak this thing into oblivion, but I’ll back away and let it be. There are other stories to tell.
And this one is only half-told. The second book, Dragon’s Bane, was the subject of this year’s NaNoWriMo effort, and is still a long way from complete.
But back to publishing: It’d be great if I could finance the printing up front — hefty paperback, dust-jacketed hardcover, nice marketing materials — and oversee the entire process, but since I’m a rookie at this type of publishing, I’m using Smashwords and CreateSpace, releasing the e-book first and then the printed version. In the future, though, I’d like to do this right.
Currently, the EPUB (Nook) version is available for pre-order, and the MOBI (Kindle) format will be available soon. The price is $3.99, and the book will be available for immediate download on January 26, 2015.
If readers are interested in a PDF of the novel and are able to make payments via PayPal, they may leave comments on this post or send e-mail, and I will be happy to oblige.
Also, I will be happy to make free e-copies available to a select number of reviewers. If interested, please leave a comment or send e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org].