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Old 16th October 2009, 03:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yet Another Wandering Lark Prepay Update

So I set October 5th as the cutoff date to get signed up and help get Wandering Lark into print by agreeing to pay $12.50 in advance, but my publisher convinced me to keep trying to get the full 100 names.

So far, we have 79.

So there are still 21 slots that need to be filled, and all I need is name, email and mailing address emailed to me so I can finish out the list.

The first 100 who sign up will get a Free Copy of the novella The Demon of Mallow, a story that takes place a few years after Wandering Lark.

How often do you get a free "print" copy of a novella, folks.

Of course, if you don't sign up, you can't get one. And if you are not in the first 100, you will have to buy it when I release it publicly. And no one gets it until Wandering Lark is published.

To that end, I have spent time uploading it to the printer, and I am waiting for my test copy.

But for anyone to see this puppy, they must sign up for Wandering Lark.

So there you have what I have been up to the last month, along with finishing the edits to Shadow of the Faolan, since I have a publisher wanting it, and promoting several releases.

For instance, The Book of Tentacles is now available from Sam's Dot Publishing and contains my story "A Quiet Neighborhood."

And Esther Friesner's werewolves in suburbia anthology Strip Mauled has just come out, and IT contains my story "That Time of the Month."

Further down the road, I have a story in Demons: Clash of Steel, being reprinted by Rogue Blades Entertainment ("Son of the Rock"), and a story in Mystic Signals titled "Death and Need, and "Bella and the Flying Lugosi," which will appear in Esthers unnamed "Vampires in Suburbia" anthology.

Yeah, I am back to doing more short fiction these days, along with the novellas.

So much to do.

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Old 16th October 2009, 04:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Yet Another Wandering Lark Prepay Update

Err.....

Maybe I came in late here Laura (although I seem to be the first responder)

What was all that about?

What are we signing up to and, sorry to be crude, how much is it going to cost. (including shipping)

What was the $12.50 all about?

Oh and what's the book about. Is it a bodice ripper with tales of daring do or a fantasy of epic proportions set in a world of grobblings and trollates?
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Old 17th October 2009, 09:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not at all...

Wandering Lark is Book 2 of "The Demon-Bound" duology. It is the sequel to Dragon's Tongue. It is High Adventure Fantasy in which Alaric Braidwine is accused of bonding with a demon, and forced into exile. In book one, he and his friends were trying to stop a blood mage from claiming an item known as "The Dragon's Tongue." But now Alaric is in exile, forced to flee for his life. His friends are prisoners of the High Mage, and he is just trying to divest himself of a demon so he can return and rescue them...

The $12.50 is merely to help the publisher defray the upfront printing cost of publishing the book. The rest will be due when the book is in print, though what it will be will depend on how big the book turns out to be and what they choose to charge for cover price. As to shipping? For US orders, the publisher charges $3.00 flat (no matter what you order). Not sure what they charge for overseas shipping.

Information for all this has been posted on my webpage. I now have 79 prepayers signed on. Just need 21 more.

No money will be asked for until I turn the list of willing prepayers over to the publisher. They will contact everyone and arrange to collect the prepay fee at that point in time.

I have been posting this information all over the web, and I keep updating it for the sake of those already signed on.

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Old 17th October 2009, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And I guess I should add that Dragon's Tongue garnered good reviews from Library Journal and other places. It was published by Meisha Merlin who closed their doors in 2007 just before Wandering Lark was due out in print. So I basically have the second book in a series looking for a home (and I have one as long as I can get the prepayers to do their thing). I tried several large houses first, and was told my "numbers were too low" and since I know I had a 75% sell through (unless Meisha Merlin's publisher lied about the size of the print run) I was a little befuddled. I earned out the advance and was into royalties when Meisha Merlin closed (without paying me what they owed me--so I ended up with a LOT of books), and I can find copies of Dragon's Tongue in a large number of libraries listed on WorldCat, but libraries don't prepay, so I am having to depend on the fans who have asked me over and over when the book is coming out to fill the gap.

And my publisher is a small press, so they cannot afford to publish a "fat fantasy" without a guaranteed prepay amount to defray costs of printing.

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Old 17th October 2009, 10:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Where do we go to sign up for prepay?
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Old 18th October 2009, 07:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Email me at keltora at yahoo dot com or PM me through Chronicles Network, and I will add you to the list and send you a note confirming that you are on the list.

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Old 27th October 2009, 05:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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And we are now sitting on 81!

Just 19 more to go!!!

Why do I sound like that movie "Zorro, the Gay Blade?" ;-)

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Old 8th November 2009, 05:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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And Now We Are 84...

No wonder my bones are aching. ;-)

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