Released Into the Wild: Dragon’s Rook

20 Dec
art & design c2014, Suzan Troutt; background photo c2014, Keanan Brand

art & design c2014, Suzan Troutt; background photo c2014, Keanan Brand

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 [].

Finally, for those interested in the artist — Suzan Troutt — she blogs at Jade’s Journal, and  sells jewelry at Gothic Tones. Follow the Gothic Tones page on Facebook for contests and special sales.


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4 responses to “Released Into the Wild: Dragon’s Rook

  1. Peter Stone, author of 'Forager'

    December 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Keanan,

    Congratulations! And to be honest, publishing on Kindle is far easier than Smashwords, whose style-guide requirements took me some time to work out. My sales on Smashwords compared to Kindle are also 70:1 in Kindle’s favour. Createspace are also very user friendly, cost nothing to do, and their POD books look fantastic, especially the matt cover option. Check out the latest article on my blog and you’ll see the POD version of my trilogy. (Not a particularly good photo though, the actual article is much nicer.) They even have cover templates which you can use to construct your own cover onto. If you need help, let me know.

    God bless

    • Keanan

      December 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Peter, I’ll be publishing to Kindle this week. There’s really nothing stopping me from posting the book now, but it’s still Sunday here in the States, and I’m just chillin’ until Monday. 🙂

      I went with Smashwords first for a couple reasons: 1) friends’ recommendation as a good place to start, and 2) because it does require so much attention to detail. I need to walk through the difficult stuff in order to see how and why the formatting works as it does. There’s still much to learn, but it’s not quite so intimidating now, y’know? (Yeah, I’m the guy who needs to do everything the hard way. No, not really. 😉 But there was method to my madness.)

      There’s no map yet — I want one for the paperback, but may have to forego that until a later edition — and there’s no pronunciation guide. I made a list of names and how to pronounce them, but it was so long that it spanned three or four pages. So the guide may also have to wait until a later printing.

      I’ll head over to your blog and do some reading soon — thank you for the info, and for the help!

  2. Olivia Berrier

    December 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Congratulations!! What an awesome success story of perseverance 🙂 I myself will be waiting for the print version (what can I say? I’m a little old-school when it comes to books) but I can’t wait to see what this is about!

    • Keanan

      December 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks! I’m partial to physical books, too, and I’ll definitely be posting here and elsewhere as soon as the paperback becomes available. 🙂


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