A number of factors have got me thinking about Young Adult (YA) fiction, or YA Lit, as it’s more commonly known in English Language Arts circles. Since I started taking methods courses as an undergrad, the majority of my fiction reading has been YA Lit, and I don’t see that decreasing in the near future, as it will be my responsibility to keep up on what the kids in my classroom are reading and how I can incorporate that into lesson plans. Hollywood has been producing a lot of big movies based on popular YA Lit titles, some I have read (Hunger Games and Percy Jackson) and some I have not (The Mortal Instruments). Read more
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As I returned to my own writing this summer, and publishing–and publicizing–my own ebook, I discovered some of the new tools Amazon offers to authors through its Author Central service. As I was playing around with product information for my first novel, Maiden of Pain, I noticed some new reviews. And by new, I mean within the last six months. Read more
Wizards of the Coast has been aggressively moving into the e-book market over the last year, publishing new titles as e-book exclusives and re-releasing their backlist. Maiden of Pain gets its turn today. A big thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the book. If you aren’t one of those types who will be glued to the tube watching football on Thanksgiving, might I humbly suggest curling up with your preferred e-reader and a tale of Sword & Sorcery action and adventure featuring a strong female lead. Nothing says cozy like a good book and a belly full of turkey and all the fixings.
I’m still waiting to hear back from Lore about “Mig’s Rebellion,” the new Janner Kohl story. It hasn’t quite been 90 days yet, but I was hoping for some news to be thankful for before the holiday.
In the meantime, I’ve started work on my own e-book project. Like many authors and readers, I was initially resistant to the idea of the e-book. I feared losing the ability to hold an actual book, and e-book publishers were too similar to vanity presses. The market has evolved, matured, making those concerns less relevant. I guess I truly gave up the fight this summer when we bought a Kindle. For the most part, I don’t mind “flipping” or scrolling through pages, and Amazon and B&N appeal to the entrepreneur in me as markets for short stories, especially as traditional markets disappear. My lack of name recognition and prolificacy means I don’t have a built-in audience, but I’m willing to do some marketing legwork through social media, and have no expectations of becoming a self-published sensation and striking it rich. This is just an exercise in how to best get my writing to people who want to read it.
So now I’m doing my best to embrace the format as an author. I’ve been reading up on how to format manuscripts and publish through Amazon and B&N. I’m also collaborating with an illustrator on a cover design. I thought I might have things ready to go in time to release the e-book alongside Maiden, but grad school has been a killer this term. As things stand now, putting the e-book together will end up being my Winter Break project, and should generate a few posts relating things I learned going through the process.
Sympathy for the protagonist is a great tool for drawing readers into a story. If the reader can identify with the character’s struggles and desires, they become invested in what happens. That leads to late nights of anxious page-turning.
A sympathetic character has obstacles they must overcome. These can be internal or external, but the key is that the protagonist makes an effort to resolve the conflict. Characters that do nothing but suffer and whine, passively endure, or continually expose their incompetence are not sympathetic. They are pathetic. Read more
I received an email from Wizards of the Coast publishing on Tuesday, notifying me that they are declaring Maiden of Pain out of print. This is pretty common practice for publishers. Unless you’re a bestseller or under contract for future titles, you’re a candidate for pruning. I fall under neither category.
The email stirred up quite a bit of emotion for me, and not all of it positive. I’m grateful to my wife for helping me discard a lot the dross and finding the wake up call.
I need to get published again. Read more