From Story to Book . . .
Contrary to what most people might believe, writing a story is truly a joy . . . creating the people and places and plotting scenarios is a creative ‘trip’ for me. I almost hate to add ‘The End’ to my months of escape into a fantasy world of my own making. It’s everything that follows the story-telling . . . it’s all that needs to be done when the story becomes a book. That’s when I begin my journey from an imaginary world to reality.
My new story, ‘The Sons of Marella Windsong’ is now a copyrighted, ISBNed book of 296 pages and ready for its introduction to the marketplace. I’ve invested a considerable sum of money to get the story to this point and now I will try to recoup the expenses. I try not to stress over the sales aspect although I often lament the cases of unsold titles staring from the bowels of storage. “They will sell . . .” I keep reminding myself as I add twenty new cases to the overloaded shelves. “This one is different.” “This one transcends the regional ‘label’ some have given to my first eight novels.” “This one will appeal to a broader demographic (younger readers and men) than my earlier books have done. I should clarify, however, I have sold thousands of books over the years to all kinds of readers . . . but, alas . . . I wish more men were readers of fiction. I will be getting some feedback next week as my story is the ‘book of the month’ selection for the esteemed literary society know as the GMMBC. The only preliminary review was emailed from RD . . . “Your best yet. Bravo!” he said. I’m encouraged.
This weekend I introduced the new book to several literary folk at the Minnesota Book Festival in St. Paul. Something I’ve not done before. And, also for the first time, my book has been nominated for the ‘Minnesota Book Award’ in the fiction category. I have put copies of ‘The Sons of Marella Windsong’ in the hands of William Kent Kreuger and Jim Northrup, two award-winning Minnesota authors. Each had promised a review. Earlier this week I made a circuit of Twin Cities book stores–a humbling experience to say the least. Most owners don’t want to carry ‘unknown’ authors and/or ‘self-published’ authors from the boondocks. (They didn’t day that last part but I had a feeling nevertheless). And, the cost of hiring a distributor who can get the book in the big box stores is too prohibitive for my little publishing company. To say that I was majorly frustrated is an understatement. I did, however, succeed in getting copies of ‘The Sons . . .’ in two great St. Paul bookstores: Micawbers (on Carter Ave) and SubText (on Western–in the historic Blair building). Kudos to both.
Now, having said all that, I feel compelled to ask a HUGE favor of those who read this blog. Please call or visit your local book store–especially Barnes and Noble stores and especially in the Cities–and ask for this book. When told “We don’t have that title,” ask them to order it from corporate. Ask your friends to do the same. If you not only demand the book but actually purchase a copy I guarantee that you will enjoy it. A strong word is ‘GUARANTEE’–but a confident word as well.
Today I will get ‘The Sons of Marella Windsong’ on the shelves of Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing and later this week at the Bookstore at Fitgers in Duluth. It should be available on Amazon and will become a Kindle and Nook read in November. With your help good things can happen. Thanks from me and Father Mickey and God bless.