Okay, everyone. The contract has been signed by both parties and I’m free to make as many announcements as I want! I signed with Etopia Press! My book should come out sometime in August or September. It will be in e-book format first, with the print book to be released no later than three months after the e-book.
As I’m sure you’ve already realized, I decided to go with a small press. I actually feel very confident about the decision for several reasons. One, this particular small press has a strong name, with a good sales record. I talked to several of their authors and they are all very happy. Two, they have an award-winning cover art department. Three, they have a reputation for having excellent editors. Four, they were willing to make changes to the contract to make me happy. And five, they expressed interest in publishing the entire series that I have planned.
I also talked with one of the agents I am friendly with, and she urged me to take the offer. She said not only would it be a publishing credit, which might help me land an agent for my next book, but I would also gain experience working with an editor and publishing company, which could prove to be invaluable.
So, all in all, I think I made the right decision! In fact, I couldn’t be more excited! Etopia is already setting me up to do publicity interviews, as well as getting me started on edits. And you already know I’ve been working on the art and marketing forms. I think I’ve got my short blurb just about done. Now it’s on to the long blurb!
I would like a little advice from you guys though… One of the questions on the art form asks if there is anything I specifically DON’T want on my cover. This is a YA fantasy (an epic fantasy) and I am toying with the idea of saying I don’t want any of the characters on the cover, or at least any of their faces. What do you think? Do you like to have a character depicted on the cover of the book you’re reading? Or would you rather have it left to your imagination?