...promoting the re-release of Spirit Singer by Tyche Books
. Among many other things.
The launch of the new edition of my Saskatchewan Book Award-winning YA fantasy Spirit Singer by Edmonton's Tyche Books
is close upon us, and as proof, I offer this reveal of the cover art! It's very different from what was on the original...which is good, since this is a new edition from a new publisher.
The artist is Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein
The audiobook version of my young adult fantasy novel Spirit Singer (the book which is also soon to have a new print and ebook edition from Tyche Books
), is now for sale at Audible.com
, which is exciting because a) you never know, someone might buy it, and b) I narrated it myself.
Spirit Singer is the third book I’ve narrated for Iambik Audiobooks
: the first was The Other by Matthew Hughes
, and the second was a non-fiction book on child development (well, a few chapters of it) for Pearson.
And what have I learned?
Different things for each book.
Narrating The Other, I discovered there’s no pleasing everyone: although the proof ...
Let’s step into the wayback machine, and set it for the turn of the century...
In that long-ago time, ebooks were in their infancy. There were dedicated ebook-reading devices, but practically nobody had them. (Although I did: a Hiebook
. Read a lot of David Weber on it through Baen’s free ebook library
.) There were ebook publishers, but practically nobody had heard of them. Print-on-demand technology existed, but was not in widespread use.
It was in that environment that I, with my usual impeccable ability to time things badly, decided to experiment with ebook publishing.
I had a finished novel, a good one, I thought, a young adult fantasy called Spirit Singer. I ...
Here is a tale I’ve told oft before, though never (I think) in print or pixel: the tale of how I became a DAW
It’s an oft-told tale because I like to share it with writers who are still in that seeking-publication stage, for though the specifics of it are of little use (I doubt any other writer has taken or will take my particular route to a New York publisher), there are some details of it that are, I hope, both helpful and encouraging.
Here’s how it transpired...
As the new millennium dawned, I had written quite a lot of non-fiction, but only five novels had appeared bearing ...
I was an early adopter when it came to ebooks in more ways than one. I owned a very early dedicated ebook reader, the HieBook, and read a ton of stuff on it. But I was also an early adopter as a writer, publishing my YA fantasy novel Spirit Singer with Awe-Struck Publishing
(now owned by Mundania Press LLC
) 10 years ago...you know, clever me, before ebooks really took off. As an experiment, it ...
Magebane has been shortlisted for the Regina Book Award in this year's Saskatchewan Book Awards
The Regina Book Award is described this way: "In recognition of the vitality of the literary community in Regina, this award is presented to a Regina author (or pair of authors) for the best book, judged on the quality of writing."
Other shortlisted in the same category: Mark Cronlund Anderson & Carmen L. Robertson, for Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers (University of Manitoba Press); Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton for Call of the Fiddle (Gabriel Dumont Institute; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette and translated by Norman Fleury), Britt Holmström for Leaving Berlin ...
All the cool kids are writing about their experiences with ebooks these days, and since I've long aspired to be cool (though, alas, I have yet to reach that exalted state) I thought I would give a brief account of my own experiences as writer and reader of same.
I take you back to those long-gone days of ten years ago, when people were just beginning to talk about ebooks. Some said they'd eventually be really, really big; others pooh-poohed them (after all, can you read them in the bathtub? Huh? Well, can you?).
At the time, I'd had three novels published, all by small publishers, but I had several ...
I attended a terrific event today at Regina's St. Gabriel and Jack MacKenzie schools. Called World Book Day Saskatchewan
, it was a celebration of Saskatchewan authors.
Besides myself, Alison Lohans
, Anne Patton
, Dave Glaze
, Deana Driver
, Glenda Goertzen
, Jean Freeman
, Judith Silverthorne
, Linda Aksomitis
, Lori Punshon
, Mary Harelkin Bishop
, Maureen Ulrich
, Mercedes Montgomery
, Myrna Guymer
, Sharon Plumb Hamilton
, Warren James
My YA fantasy novel Spirit Singer
), winner of the Regina Book Award for best book by a Regina author at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards
, and also winner of a 2002 Dream Realm Award
(young adult category) for excellence in e-publishedscience fiction, fantasy and horror and winner of the 2002 EPPIE Award
for best electronically published young adult fiction, is now available in the Kindle format, if you're one of those fortunate few to have Amazon's dedicated wireless e-book device. Buy it here: