An illustration of Beatrice and Amor from the e-book of THE LOVER’S PATH. (Yes, it’s really happening!)
(A side note: If you’d like to download the above graphic to share on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog, I’d be ever so grateful. An author can never have too much advance book publicity.)
Transforming THE LOVER’S PATH into an e-book has been a long and involved process. It’s a strange thing to go back into a long-finished project and reinvent it for a new media. The good news: because I’m no longer constrained by the financial considerations of a printed book, I was able to enrich and expand my original vision of Filamena’s journey along the lover’s path. As a result, the book is a much richer, more immersive experience. So hooray!
As I write this, I am immersed in that tunnel vision that occurs at the end of a big creative project. If that isn’t enough, I’m also finalizing the first third of the Next Novel to share with my literary agent. (Yes, I heard back from my beta readers. And they rock—but that’s a subject for another post.) Frankly, I feel like I’m pregnant in a figurative sense with twins. I’m so close to the finish line that it’s hard for me to break away to deal with the Real Life of eating, sleeping, and cleaning.
So, deep breath. Almost there.
Before I head back into my studio cave, I’ve good blog news: next Friday my author friend Lynn Carthage will be here to talk about her new YA gothic novel HAUNTED. She’ll have lots to share about her creative process, and the differences of writing for YA versus an adult audience. If that’s not enough enticement, my daughter Thea will be making her blogging debut reviewing HAUNTED. So far she’s thoroughly enjoying it.
I hope you’ll check back then!
So this is happening, along with other stuff.
Yup, the e-book version of THE LOVER’S PATH is nearly ready for publication! I’ll have more information regarding pre-orders soon, but wanted to share the e-book cover design in the meantime. The lovely portrait gracing the cover is of Tullia d’Aragona, the poet-courtesan whose life inspired THE LOVER’S PATH.
As you might imagine, it was quite complicated to rejigger the print design of THE LOVER’S PATH for the digital world. The print book (below) was one of my more complicated book productions. It even included letters, tarot cards, and other interactive items. Another road block: the squared dimensions of the print book didn’t really translate well for e-readers, which are more vertical.
I was about to consign THE LOVER’S PATH to the halls of Beloved Books of Years Past—after all, now matter how exquisitely I designed the digital edition, it couldn’t be the same as that lovely print book. Then I realized: the best way forward was a new way forward. This gave me the creative freedom to treat the digital book as a separate entity from the print.
Here’s how THE LOVER’S PATH has been rejiggered for a new world: Not only does the digital edition sport a lovely new cover, the text has been expanded to flesh out the story. (I had to keep the original text short because of production costs.) Besides including all of the chapter illustrations from the print edition, I’ve also added new “artifacts” from the Museo di Palazzo Filomela in an expanded chapter. Best of all, THE LOVER’S PATH e-book edition will be available to anyone with a e-reader for the cost of a latte.
The e-book conversation is almost ready for submission to Amazon, Apple, and other retailers. If you’d like to be notified when the new-and-expanded THE LOVER’S PATH is available, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter.
Here at Chez Art and Words apre le NaNoWriMo, I’m deep into design and holiday projects (see above). Like many in December, I’m on a push to finish everything up between now through the end of the year. Regardless, I can’t let the following friends’ and colleagues’ news go uncelebrated:
1. Congrats to my friend Heather Webb whose new novel RODIN’S LOVER was featured in January’s Cosmopolitan magazine (right). They wrote, “You’ll be drawn into this story of obsession and passion between the artist and his apprentice/muse.” High praise indeed!
2. Author Robert Goolick (A RELIABLE WIFE) has just published a Christmas story entitled THE FINAL BALL OF ORIANNE DE PREMONVILLE. It can be found on Amazon under the Kindle Singles section, and involves the most beautiful red dress in the world. (I workshopped my opening chapters of A GATHERING OF SHADOWS with Goolrick at the Salt Cay Writers Retreat.)
3. There’s a massive giveaway of 22 books going on at the Historical Fiction Co-op. To enter the giveaway, click here. I’m a member of this wonderful group, along with C.W. Gortner, Lynn Cullen, Michelle Moran, and other notable authors.
4. Finally, on my author friend Christy English’s blog, I loved her thoughtful, funny interview with indie author Ellen Seltz (MR. MOTTLEY GETS HIS MAN). When I contacted Ellen about featuring the interview, she wrote regarding her decision to self-publish: “I think publishing is going the way of music and film—content with a broad appeal is going to benefit from that large distribution network, and niche content is better off in a focused channel.”
Other sage advice from Ellen:
Being an unpublished novelist may or may not correlate with being an inexperienced writer, or creative professional. If you have already developed your artistic sense and professional distance, great – go on and start learning the specifics of the form and the business side. If you don’t yet have a reliable sense of what professionalism is, or more importantly, how to tell whether you have written crap or not, then put publishing on hold till you get your crapometer calibrated. Put your stuff in front of strangers (Strangers! Not your friends!) and see how they react. This is one of the benefits of the query/rejection/polish/resubmit process of legacy publishing, it forces you to see and relate to your work differently.
Read the rest of the interview here.
We interrupt our usually scheduled Creativity Friday post for the following announcement:
The winner of the Sacred World Oracle raffle is Nefer Khepri! To claim your prize of a hot-off-the-press copy of the SWO, please send your mailing address to kris (at) kriswaldherr dot com. Thanks to all who entered—I greatly appreciated your kind words of encouragement and congratulations. It’s been a long journey from inspiration to publication.
I’m pleased to report that the shipping date for the Sacred World Oracle has been moved up from September 1st to August 22nd—a mere three weeks away—on Amazon, where the SWO is currently on sale for $11.78.
Want to try before you buy? You can try a free four card reading with the SWO here. It’s always exciting to see a long-aborning project arrive in its final printed form—many thanks again to U. S. Games Systems for a beautiful production job.
In other meta news, I hope you’ll check back here on Sunday when I’ll be posting my monthly six sentence snippet. This time, it’s another excerpt from the Next Novel, which is moving along nicely—I’m pleased to report that I received very positive feedback after sharing a synopsis of it with my literary agent. So it’s full speed ahead!