At last, my new series, Song of Sorcery, gets its first installment published. A Sorcerer Rises is done and ready for reading on Amazon. Here is the final cover. With the help of some friends, I tweaked the original below. I’m in the middle of drafting the next book, A Sorcerer Imprisoned. You can see the difference between my first version of the cover and the final product.
Here is the blurb:
Bound to a cruel grandfather, thirteen-year-old Ricky Valian is an orphan and a thief. Compelled to steal a valuable item in a public place, Ricky uses the only trick he knows, a magic trick. His crime doesn’t go unobserved. The Dean of Doubli Academy witnesses the theft and recognizes Ricky’s latent talent, volunteering to become Ricky’s guardian at the boy’s trial. Ricky finds himself, unlettered and untutored in sorcery, in a place filled with students. As he struggles with his unexpected circumstances, Ricky becomes a target of a vicious bully, who may not be above taking the life of someone who gets in his way.
FANTASY – EPIC / SWORD & SORCERY / YOUNG ADULT
Bluntwithe’s Education has now become Book One in the Power of Poses series – Magician In Training. Here’s the blurb:
Trak Bluntwithe, an illiterate stableboy, is bequeathed an education by an estranged uncle. In the process of learning his letters, Trak finds out that he is a magician. So his adventures begin that will take him to foreign countries, fleeing from his home country, who seeks to execute him for the crime of being able to perform magic. The problem is that no country is safe for the boy while he undergoes training. Can he stay ahead of those who want to control him or keep his enemies from killing him?
Book Two, Magician in Exile is scheduled for a December/January Release. Magician in Training is available on Amazon, iBook, Kobo, Nook and other retail outlets in paperback or ebook form.
After hundreds of Moonstone | Magic That Binds sales in six weeks, it has gotten a 4.4 rating out of 5.0 stars on Goodreads. A couple of one-star reviews have dragged down the Amazon rating a bit. I’ll not comment on those…
Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is also selling at a good clip.
What I’m somewhat gratified to see is that readers are picking up my other books. Not as many are buying the others, but I’m grateful that the other stories are getting a read.
Thanks if you’ve picked up any of my books.
So I had problems getting Quest of the Wizardess turned into an epub. It turns out that the recommended method for creating an acceptable document for Smashwords doesn’t work with simple epub conversion tools. The primary problem is creating a table of contents using bookmarks and hyperlinks.
I ended up buying a epub creation and editing tool called Jutoh. It was recommended at a writers conference I attended last fall (IndieReconLive). I had to pick apart all of the bookmarks and blast through all of the hyperlinking. Along the way, I eliminated drop caps, which also got in the way. After I did all of that work, I was rewarded with a clean epub file which I was able to upload to iBooks.
Since I do my own publishing through CasiePress, I’ve had to learn to create job streams to accommodate various input engines. So now, I create in Scrivener. I export that to MS Word and use their spelling and grammar checker. Then I export that into InDesign for the creation of my print file for Createspace.
For ebook distribution, I’ll now export back to MS Word (Jutoh likes .docx files) and reformat for ebooks. That becomes my gold standard for input into Jutoh. For Smashwords and Amazon, I’ll create a separate file that has the bookmark/hyperlink table of contents and input .doc files. For Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBook, I’ll create an epub in Jutoh and submit that.
Lots of work, but I do that to have better control over my distribution.