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Picking Yourself Back Up
by S. J. Reisner   
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Last edited: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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When you fall off the horse you gotta get right back on.

I haven't written here in awhile, but mostly because I had to get my crap together.

In March I made a difficult decision to rescind the contract with my first publisher. There were a lot of issues that caused me to do this, many of which I'll keep off a public forum.

But one of the many issues was a good number of people who might have otherwise bought my book, could not afford $27, or could not justify spending $27, for a hardcover.

Unfortunately, the cover art was brutally criticised as well. Let's face it - it screamed small press and was kind of "loud". Which told me that not only was pimping a $27 hardcover going to be a bitch, but it would be even harder still with bad cover art only a mother could love. Seriously - I think I was the only person who marginally liked it because it was on my novel.

So I had a choice. I could either let the series die, or I could find another publisher. Basically one thing led to another and in the end, I ended up with an unlikely publisher. But this time, I had a hand in hiring the cover artist, I was intimately involved in every step of the process, it was available for pre-order, I was offered ARCs (Advance Reader Copies), AND it came out pretty much on schedule. Plus, my new publisher is working with Barnes & Noble in attempt to get it some shelf space. Huzzah!

This has been a far easier process the second time around even though the editing was more grueling with this editor - who found a lot of the stuff the first publisher's editor missed.

So I think the paperback is just going to be better all the way around.

Anyway, I'm very proud of the new book. It is available from the publisher's site and the printer already, and should be available to ship from Amazon on the 15th of August. But you can pre-order it. Things are good to go!

Now the paperback is running $12.66 directly from the publisher or printer, but I pay less for wholesale and can afford to sell my books for $10.50 - $12 each) at conventions now, which should considerably increase my readership to include those folks who have to watch their entertainment budgets. Plus the paperback cover art is great. It's a far cry from the hardcovers I was trying to sell last year. My author copies just shipped priority, and I should have them by Saturday. I've been told Amazon has already ordered a few copies, and I'm sending a few to WorldCon if I get my first stock order in time.

For the first time since I rescinded that contract, I'm actually feeling positive about my work again. In even better news, Warrior's Blood Red is already in editing. This editor works differently from the first. Before she changes something important, I get a phone call or e-mail because she wants to make sure it's not just a clarification error as opposed to a wrong wording error.

Please Note: That's not to say the first editor was bad, but during this editing process I realized just how much liberty he took with my words and voice. I wouldn't have realized it except for during this last edit I compared the AB version of the book to my original MS, to the Darkerwood edited version of my MS. Let's just say some of the AB corrections changed the whole meaning of what I was saying. In a few places my wording was fine, it just needed clarification.

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