Much has changed on the publishing end of things since the last update. I can now announce that The Bone Flower Queen should be out in January of next year, early February at the latest. But I will publish the book on my own, under my self-publishing press Feathered Serpent Books (under which I’d already published Night Bird Soaring and Other Stories a few years back). I’m not going to go into details about why, but I’m pleased to say that my editor is still working with me on the book in a freelance capacity, so readers can expect the same good, clean copy they found in Bone Flower Throne. I’ve also brought Zelda Devon back to create another beautiful cover, and I’m really excited to see what she comes up with. There will be print copies available the same as with BFT, done through POD, and of course kindle and epub editions. I’m not sure yet whether I’m going to make the book available through Smashwords or Apple yet–neither of which were ever producers of high sales for BFT; broader distribution is still something I’m investigating and will come to a decision about in the next couple of months.
The news that I’d have to go it on my own was a bit scary at first, and if I had faced this same decision with BFT, I probably wouldn’t have had to the guts to pursue it. But seeing positive reader reaction and support for the first book in this trilogy made the decision a bit easier and not so intimidating. As part of the deal, I also get back all my rights to Bone Flower Throne at the end of the year, so I’ll be re-releasing that under the FSB’s banner around the same time Bone Flower Queen debuts (and maybe doing some temporary price drops on it to push sales for BFQ). I’m also looking forward to learning the technical side; yes, I did self-publish NBS several years ago, but it feels very different doing a completely new, original work rather than reprinted material.
Want to help support my move to self publishing? There are several ways you can. I’ve added Bone Flower Queen to Goodreads, so you can add it to your library, and speaking of libraries, you can ask your local library to order a paper copy of Bone Flower Throne for their collection. I’m also currently looking to assemble a street team of readers who would be interested in reading advanced review copies (electronic only) in exchange for posting an honest review on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Booklikes, LibraryThing, or on their blog. If you’re interested, you can message me over on Facebook, or use the contact page here to let me know. Make sure you include your preferred email address and electronic format (mobi, epub, .doc, or .pdf). ARCs will begin going out in early November. And it’s always helpful to spread the word about Bone Flower Throne; tell your friends or facebook followers about it–anyone you think would be interested in diverse epic fantasy with a strong female protagonist. Word-of-mouth can really help lift little-known books out of obscurity.