I honestly don’t know if this post will get noticed by anyone but spammers, but why not try?
A friend of mine is rounding up support for self-publishing a great new book. Most of the time, when I get news like this I either yawn or cringe. Let’s face it, self-publishing is a quagmire of mediocrity in which rare gems are hard to find. And while exceptions abound, I have noticed a definite inverse ratio of writing quality to stridency-of-promotion.
In this case, Vera Nazarian has the chops to do it right.
One: she’s been published, for real, by real publishers – and her work has had some great reviews.
Two: she’s the owner/editor of Norilana Books, one of the most elegant small-press publishers I’ve seen in years. Her self-published Jane Austen pastiches have been garnering glowing comments as a mix of deft, literate writing and outright comedic farce.
Three: she’s a fellow fan of British writer Tanith Lee. See Norilana for some reissues of Lee’s out of print fantasy novels, and you’ll see why I gush. If you know anything about Lee, you’ll know why serious fans sit up and take notice when Norilana plans to publish the never-before-seen continuations of the ‘Flat Earth’ series. Yep. That’s right. The books that DAW wouldn’t publish will eventually be in our hot little hands. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get the answer to Atmeh’s cryptic observation about her father: ‘If the sun can be a darkness, cannot darkness be a sun?’
Which is why I think it’s important enough to pitch COBWEB BRIDE in the meantime. Because editors – and their cats – need to eat.
What is COBWEB BRIDE? Think ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ meets the Persephone myth meets a dark and gorgeous alternate-history Renaissance romance.
Go here to see more :
But hurry, because the project ends soon.
October 16, 2012 UPDATE: I’m thrilled to announce Vera’s Kickstarter project succeeded on October 13. She met her goal and then some, so COBWEB BRIDE will grow up to be a real book sometime next summer. My thanks to everyone who read, followed the links, and maybe donated.