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A couple of new book reviews…

While the most recently released book is always the one that generates the most reviews (although reviews for Masks have slowed tremendously since it first came out), older books can still spark reviews at unexpected intervals, and recently a couple of reviews popped up for some of my older books. Outworlder Reviews picked up The Helix War...and liked it! "Marseguro is an excellent Science Fiction/ Fantasy story. The characters are well defined with emotion, purpose. ambition. and revenge. The action is relentless and violent. Mr. Willett has crafted an incredible world on Marseguro and this reader highly recommends other Outworlders to visit it.  Book Two, Terra Insegura, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:19, March 22nd, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

When Words Collide 2013

Just got home yesterday from a weekend at Calgary attending this year's edition of When Words Collide, which describes itself (accurately) as "a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry," and wanted to post about it while it's still fresh, in the hopes that you--yes, you--will attend it next year, if you have an interest in writing. Or, for that matter, reading. This was my second year to attend When Words Collide, which is only in its third year. It took place at the Carriage House Inn, a Calgary hotel which I was pleased to revisit, since it was ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:41, August 14th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »

A YouTube interview avec moi…

...promoting the re-release of Spirit Singer by Tyche Books. Among many other things.

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:34, June 11th, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art for new edition of Spirit Singer

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.

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:44, May 29th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

On narrating the audiobook of my own novel

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:08, January 16th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

The tangled tale of how my YA fantasy Spirit Singer was born, died, and is being resurrected

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:14, January 2nd, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

How I became a DAW author

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 author. 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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:45, December 4th, 2012 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Ebooks! Get your red-hot ebooks! Spirit Singer! Andy Nebula! and The Chosen!

                                      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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:51, March 23rd, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Magebane shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:01, February 16th, 2012 under Books | Comment now »

My ebook odyssey

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:49, January 17th, 2011 under Blog | 1 Comment »