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Offline Dragonmuse

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Hi there....
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:23:49 PM »
I have just signed in and would like to introduce myself.
After self publishing my first novel I have eight signed contracts with Museitup Publishing.
The series The Chronicles of Caleath will be released through them, firstly as ebooks, then print versions.
For more information, please check out my blog at Ramblings from Lady Rosalie, or my website at www.dragonmuse.webs.com.

If you like epic fantasy with a dash of science fiction this series is guaranteed to please.
If you just like to look at the covers, that's OK too.
Thanks for your time,
Lady Rosalie Skinner
'Hold my hand... I will take you into my dreams." Cailyn July 2011.

The Chronicles of Caleath
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Book FIVE release date scheduled for July 2012.

Offline Overlord

Re: Hi there....
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2010, 04:12:52 AM »
Welcome to the forums!

The books look awesome, how long did the series take you to write? :)
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Re: Hi there....
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2010, 10:17:31 AM »
Hi Overlord,
Thanks for checking them out.
It took around ten years for the idea of the first four books to formulate and become a novel. Once the first eight hundred pages were written, the next four books fell into place in about three years. Don't ask how many times each book has been rewritten and edited before they were finally 'snapped' up by a publisher. Too many times to count. I still tweak them, every time I read a chapter. It is hard not to.
Writing is a learning experience and I guess I try to apply lessons learnt every time I go back through them. This next year will be a nervous time when I work with an editor. Then they will be FINALISED and I won't be able to 'fix' things.
Do you have the same problem? Always wanting to improve a sentence, scene or chapter?
'Hold my hand... I will take you into my dreams." Cailyn July 2011.

The Chronicles of Caleath
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Book FIVE release date scheduled for July 2012.

Offline Overlord

Re: Hi there....
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2010, 11:16:04 AM »
Not a problem, I love to check out the work of aspiring, new and established authors - the great thing about fantasy is that everything is unique to the author.

Wow... ten years. You must be very proud to have it tied up... I guess it is quite an exciting place for you to be :) I have made a post today (not sure if you saw it) but one of my points was that writers NEED TO EDIT. Every single successful writer I have spoken to have written a book and worked and worked and worked on the editing process to make it a success. Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks both said this in recent interviews I read and both of them had a couple of novels they didn't even publish.

I also commented that practice, practice, practice - I thank you for confirming this to me. Writing is a craft and people like yourself are succeeding because you keep learning :)

I don't have any published work in non-fiction. I have a lot of .DOC files on my PC that I hope one day will though ;) By day I work as a journalist and an editor though so yes... I get that same feeling you do... People call me (and I am now going to call you) a 'perfectionist' lol.

How long did it take you before you found a publisher?
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Offline Mystique

Re: Hi there....
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2010, 12:12:55 PM »
Keep us updated with your work Dragonmuse - sounds like a great series ^_^

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Re: Hi there....
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2010, 04:11:33 AM »
The road to publishing was long and contained many potholes.
My first book was self published with a POD company in Jan 2005 but the publisher went out of business. The few copies I bought were well received by readers and my readers sponsored my next self publishing adventure. 'Booksurge' offered a great deal and the original book was released in two smaller versions late in 2005. Rewritten but not perfect,  they are available on Amazon and even without promotion they have sold around the world. The copies I had from this venture sold through a local bookshop and are on library shelves. They have given me a solid fan base and perhaps that is why an ebook publisher offered me eight contracts for the whole series. Book one became four individual books.
Sadly publishing wasn't the thrill any author dreams about. After eighteen months I cancelled my contract. Dissapointed and involved with family commitments I shelved any ideas of publication.
This year an editor I admired and had worked with, Lea Schizas, (organiser of the Museonline Free Writing Conference), started her own publishing company. I contacted her regarding the online conference and she asked if my books were still available.
Lea not only remembered me, she remembered my books, my writer's voice and the last paragraph she had edited. I was blown away by her support and enthusiasm and signed eight contracts with Museitup Publishing. The Muse team are professional and a force to be reckoned with. I know my books have found a good home. :)
For now, that's about it. I have been through the editing process twice and learnt a lot both times. As I said, I still continually edit and tweak my work. Never satisfied. As Overlord said, a perfectionist, but all that work has paid off.
'Hold my hand... I will take you into my dreams." Cailyn July 2011.

The Chronicles of Caleath
 from  Museitup Publishing.
Book FIVE release date scheduled for July 2012.

Offline Overlord

Re: Hi there....
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2010, 03:03:58 PM »
The road to publishing was long and contained many potholes.
My first book was self published with a POD company in Jan 2005 but the publisher went out of business. The few copies I bought were well received by readers and my readers sponsored my next self publishing adventure. 'Booksurge' offered a great deal and the original book was released in two smaller versions late in 2005. Rewritten but not perfect,  they are available on Amazon and even without promotion they have sold around the world. The copies I had from this venture sold through a local bookshop and are on library shelves. They have given me a solid fan base and perhaps that is why an ebook publisher offered me eight contracts for the whole series. Book one became four individual books.
Sadly publishing wasn't the thrill any author dreams about. After eighteen months I cancelled my contract. Dissapointed and involved with family commitments I shelved any ideas of publication.
This year an editor I admired and had worked with, Lea Schizas, (organiser of the Museonline Free Writing Conference), started her own publishing company. I contacted her regarding the online conference and she asked if my books were still available.
Lea not only remembered me, she remembered my books, my writer's voice and the last paragraph she had edited. I was blown away by her support and enthusiasm and signed eight contracts with Museitup Publishing. The Muse team are professional and a force to be reckoned with. I know my books have found a good home. :)
For now, that's about it. I have been through the editing process twice and learnt a lot both times. As I said, I still continually edit and tweak my work. Never satisfied. As Overlord said, a perfectionist, but all that work has paid off.

I constantly hear this from authors - "Writing is not easy". In fact it is about the 8th time I have heard it this week - probably 1 in 1000 hit it off massively and get rich out of it, maybe 50 out of 1000 make enough from writing to support themselves and make it a full time thing.

Like you have told us - getting your books out there takes a lot of editing, a lot of marketing/promotion and generally a lot of hard work. Also if you fail or don't reach your expectations the first time you have to have the strong character to dust yourself off, put it down to experience and try again :)

Looks like you have learnt a lot and are very prepared for what's ahead of you Dragonmuse - I wish you the very best! I am sure the online world will love your work :D

Marc
Founder: http://fantasy-faction.com
Editor: Fantasy-Faction Anthology (Aug 2014)
Author: "Son of…" in 1853 (2013)
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Offline Sharpy

Re: Hi there....
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2010, 09:14:54 AM »
This confirms what I have realised a long time ago and that is I am far to impatient and lazy to be thinking about writing a book. Thanks for confirming this. I will stick to reading them.
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Offline The Mad Hatter

Re: Hi there....
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2010, 01:25:44 PM »
This confirms what I have realised a long time ago and that is I am far to impatient and lazy to be thinking about writing a book. Thanks for confirming this. I will stick to reading them.

Or maybe you just don't have something you feel strongly enough about to want to get it down on paper yet. I wasted a lot of time playing computer games, and then, one day, I got this urge. Pretty well abandoned computer games, instead I spend my free time in a word processor :)