Soon Fae Child will be in your hands. The culmination of a four year project, constrained by paper and forced into physical form. You created it, nurtured it along, babied it and disciplined it, and now it’s ready to go out into the world.
Once it is in the hands of others, you have to let it go. That piece of your soul that you put into the words? It’ll always be there, and that makes you vulnerable. You may wish to pull it back. To keep it close, rather than give it to the world.
But that is what makes it uniquely yours, and what gives the book its life. So, tomorrow, release it freely. Enjoy the moment. Ignore the haters. Try not to worry about sales, or marketing, or any of that noise.
Tomorrow it will be out of your hands, and into theirs.
A long, narrow way, typically having walls either side, that allows access between buildings or to different rooms within a building.
When you hear the word ‘passageway’ you may think of a hallway. You have one in your home: a space that is in-between. Neither here, nor there. You don’t sit down and hang out in a hallway, you travel through it into other rooms. It is what referred to as a ‘liminal space,’ a threshold between two realities.
In this case, a threshold between the room you left and the room you’re going to. Another example of a liminal space is the airport. You don’t hang out in the airport on purpose, you travel through it in order to go from one destination to another.
In the same way the upcoming Passageways anthology is a hallway between different worlds. One of those doors opens to the universe of The Fae Child Trilogy, to a short story that I have written to give you a taste of what you can experience in my full-length book. Once you step out of my story you will find another door open to you, perhaps the one into the universe of The Faoii Chronicles (pronounced “fa-YEE”). Written by the very talented Tahani Nelson, her story will transport you into a world of warrior women and magic.
Another few doors might take you into the science fiction realms of Evan Graham, or S. E. Soldwedel, or to Susan Hamilton’s urban fantasy universe. The beauty of Passageways is that you don’t have to only travel from one place to another, you can go to all of the different destinations that are connected through this liminal literary space.
Once you get a feel for each writer’s style and book series, you can move more fully into their ‘universe’ and read their full-length novels. I am very happy to have been invited to take part in the inaugural edition of Passageways, and I hope you will pick up a copy once it is published at the end of the year.
Fifty days until my first full-length novel is published.
It’s ‘only’ 55,000 words. It is not a novella, it is a novel. I checked.
You have to have somewhere to go when you start writing sequels and the length bloats up! Or something like that. Fact is I wrote what I wanted to write, and it is fairly compact. I like to think I put a lot of story into a smaller space. I put a lot of WORK into it, for sure.
Early reviews are coming in. I promise myself I’m not going to look at them, and then I do. Sometimes I’m happy about it, and other times I’m not. You can’t please them all!
But seriously, I’m not going to look at the reviews anymore.
I’m going to do NaNoWriMo again, working on the same thing I did last November. The Furious Host, the Fae Child sequel! I should get it finished for sure. I really want to get it moving toward publication as soon as possible, which, funnily enough, means I need to finish writing it.
Since starting the editorial process in June, I have been waiting for a concrete date that I could point to and say, “This is when you can hold the book in your hands.” My publisher was hoping for a Fall 2020 release, but with the global COVID-19 pandemic currently wrecking the United States (and the world, to a lesser degree), they were having to figure out their publishing process all over again.
Well! Everything is settled now, at least as far as FAE CHILD’s release date is concerned. December 15th is the big day, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I am trying to figure out all the things I need to do to make this launch as good as I can.
I have already submitted the ARC to several review sites, so hopefully it gets picked up. My launch team has their ARCs and are busily reading, and FAE CHILD has a Goodreads page! Yes, really! You can head over to your Goodreads account, if you have one, and add FAE CHILD to your “To Read” list.
In other, related, news, I am writing a short story set in the same universe as FAE CHILD that will be in a brand new anthology. PASSAGEWAYS will feature works from several up-and-coming authors, aimed at giving a glimpse at their unique literary worlds.
And by writing it, I mean I should be finishing it up right now but instead I’m updating my blog. I better go and get to work.