After quite some time procrastinating I’ve finally finished setting up a newsletter for my writing!
I’ve been meaning to do so for a while now and I’m pretty pleased with the idea, I think it’ll allow me to provide meatier updates due to its quarterly frequency, without taking the place of my blogs, twitter etc and also encourages me to axe my Facebook author page.
I’m using MailChimp and I plan to offer news, giveaways and occasional previews of upcoming releases (fiction & poetry) with the newsletter – in fact, if you sign up by mid-Oct you’re in the running to win a copy of The Fairy Wren (e or print) which I really hope people enjoy!
So, if you’re keen, you can sign up over here :)
Approximately a month until my next release is available, hopefully a bit less if I'm lucky and Lightning Source ship me a proof copy quicker than I've estimated!
The release of The Fairy Wren is giving me a bit more in the way of nerves than any of my poetry collections over the last six years or City of Masks earlier this year. And that's doubtless because I've been more involved with every step of production, from writing to typesetting, to direction of cover art, pricing etc, and while I've had combinations of some of these aspects under my control with most of my other releases, this remains different.
I'm the one with the final say and so I'm feeling a bit of pressure to make sure my instincts are actually on track. Of course, in Oct I hope to find out!
Scroll down over here to read a tiny bit about the (short) novel - more info to follow.
Today, a quick note on 'choice.'
Later, I'd love to do a bit of an indulgent post on Self Publishing & Traditional Publishing - but for now, I just wanted to quickly mention 'choice' (and why 'indulgent'? I guess because so many people have said more insightful things than I on the topic.)
But for now, back to Choice.
What's amazing about the current landscape for writers is that the possibility of publishing and earning income is no longer linked as tightly to giant publishers with contracts that are frankly quite rough on authors. We have a lot more on the table. Small publishers, co-ventures, solo flight. Now, an author is free to choose.
And just knowing you have a choice is very powerful. It can boost motivation levels and allow a potential future to take shape in our minds, which again, is very freeing. It's a different feeling to slave away at a novel or project knowing there's a chance it will see release, and slaving away with no idea what will happen.
As more of a hybrid chap, I experience great joys from both approaches - but when I started out, even only 14 years ago, I had a hell of a lot less in the way of choice.
So, I’ve been slogging through the third draft of The Lost Mask (Book 2 of the Bone Mask Trilogy) and will be handing it to my editor at Snapping Turtle on August 1st. So far everything looks set for me to meet that target so it’s my hope that The Lost Mask will see publication before Christmas!
I’ve also revisited the outline for Greatmask, the conclusion to the trilogy, and I have to say that I’m taking a lot of care with it. I don’t want the series to spiral into an endless line of books, but that also means that the third book might be a bit bigger than the first two – each a bit shy of 500 pages. We’ll see!
In other news I’m hoping to release an unrelated novel, The Fairy Wren possibly in September, you can check the blub here. I’m just working on preparing the e-book (print is ready to go as we speak) and the cover art. In yet more 'other' news, the parnormal fantasy novella Sea of Trees (working title) is also at the publisher and I'm really looking forward to the feedback so I can refine it further.
In the meantime, stay tuned for a cover reveal for The Lost Mask and a teaser from The Fairy Wren in the near future, along with a couple more interviews with great authors!
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline