I’m pleased to announce that Crooked Fang now has a home on the Lyrical Press website. Here’s the ebook cover, what do you think? (Print version will be different and announced soon)
It’s March already. 2011 was a vital year of tumultuous change in my writing career, starting with an acceptance for my novel, Crooked Fang by Lyrical. I had big, big plans for this project, including music and merchandise, in order to offer a richer immersion experience. Sadly, most of that did not turn out as planned, as some of you that have been alongside me the whole time know. Still, it’s launch year. Yes, year. The reason I say launch year is because it takes a great deal of preparation to get that manuscript from idea, to first draft, to submission, to edits and finally, a book in your hands. That said, there’s quite a bit left to do in the next five months in anticipation of Crooked Fang’s release on August 20, 2012:
· Edits – When writing Crooked Fang as web fiction back in 2009, I wasn’t expecting anything to come from it. It was a pastime, a sort of written relief from the stresses of everyday life. I gained readers and was compelled to organize regular posts rather than whenever I felt like it. That was the beginning of a very long process. Currently, I’m in perhaps the fifth draft of Crooked Fang, as I had to collect the raw posts, stitch them together, eliminate ridiculous scenes, add a lot of new scenes, and fluff up the content to go from bare-bones blog post to actual chapters. As of now, I’m in official first-round edits for Crooked Fang with another round to come. After that, if it’s acceptable, it’ll go to line edits. I’ll need to review the galley, which is an author’s last chance to catch those faceàpalm situations.
|Back of Crooked Fang t-shirt|
· Promotions – As I now have a product, I must shift into motion to get word out about the impending book, which is my baby, my precious, my ultimate goal of being properly published. In order to do such a thing, I will need to call on friends and colleagues for blog spots, article posts, and interviews. Writing these things will take almost as much dedication as writing the book itself. On top of what I can write, tweet and post, I will also require a website redesign in order to accommodate the new direction. Crookedfang.com is still primarily what it has been for the past three years. I’d like to add a section where readers can find out more about the characters, add visuals, and possibly music at a later date.
|Crooked Fang mouse pad|
· Merchandise – My readers have asked for Crooked Fang branded merchandise, such as t-shirts, coffee cups, stickers, and patches. I’m in negotiations with a company to provide the means to meet these requests. These will begin final production design in June 2012 in order to be ready for the August book launch.
It’s going to be a very exciting year for Crooked Fang!
I’ve said it before, but I’d like to think my readers for their constant support and encouragement when all the odds seemed stacked against me.
Also, I’m always open to any thoughts or suggestions on what you would like to see next from Xan and the gang, in regards to merchandise, questions, articles, etc.
Until next time!