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The Mysteries of Cove, Book 3 Cover is Here!

Thanks so much to everyone who has read the first two books of the Mysteries of Cove series, Fires of Invention, and Gears of Revolution. The amazing Brandon Dorman created the first two covers that each feature awesome dragons and steampunk vehicles.

Fire of Invention
Gears of Revolution cover
Gears of Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, what would you expect from book 3?

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Dragons?

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Steampunk Vehicles?

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More amazing Brandon Dorman artwork?

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Wanna see it?

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Introducing the cover for book 3, Embers of Destruction

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Embers of Destruction

So, everyone, what do you think?

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone. It’s been a busy few months with the release of Gears of Revolution, and everything that goes with that. I hope you had a good summer and that your fall is full of friends and family.

Now that I am home for a while I wanted to answer some of the most common questions readers have been asking me.

  1. Topping the list is, Will there be a third book in the Mysteries of Cove series?

    I’m excited to say the answer is yes. Embers of Destruction will be released fall of 2017. Keep an eye out here and on my Facebook page for the exact release date, cover, etc.

    I’m so excited to have you read Embers of Destruction. It will be the biggest and best of the series. New dragons, new inventions, and new characters. Unfortunately, Trenton, Kallista, and their friends are going to face bigger threats than they ever have.

  2. How many books will there be in the MofC series?

    Since I first thought of the series, I knew this would be a trilogy. The character arcs, stories, and mysteries have been set up to last three books. I’ve considered writing a prequel at some point. This would be the story of how Cove came to be. But at this time there are no definite plans for this story.

  3. Will there ever be more books in the Farworld, Case File, or other past series?

    I have lots of story ideas for old series and new series. But at this time I have no definite plans for additional books in any of my older series. I never say never, but at the moment, I am focused on new books.

  4. What are you currently working on?

    Although I can’t formally announce them yet, I am working on two other series. One is a science-based graphic novel series for younger readers. The other is a middle grade fantasy series with a really fun twist. I’ll give you more information as soon as I can.

  5. Will you be posting more writing tips?

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted any writing lessons, but I promise there will be more coming soon.

If you have more questions, post them here and I will try to answer them soon, In the mean time, have a great holiday season and read something fun!

An Update At Last

Sorry for going quiet so long. I’ve been busy working on several new projects. But things are going really well and I wanted to share the latest news with you.

First, if you haven’t heard, book 2 in the Mysteries of Cove series, Gears of Revolution, will be released September 20th. I can’t wait to share it with you. When I first wrote Fire of Invention, the biggest question was where would the story go. I had a pretty good idea of what I thought would happen, but I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Ultimately my readers will tell me how well I succeeded, but personally, I love how it turned out. And I’m already working on the final book in the trilogy. Here’s the cover of Gears.

 

Gears of Revolution cover
Gears of Revolution

Second, I know many of you have been waiting for Fire Keep, the fourth book in the Farworld series, to come out in audiobook format.  Well good news! It has been recorded and proofed and it should start showing up online in the next few days! I think the narrator did a great job.

Third, I am hard at work on the final book in the Mysteries of Cove series. The working title is Embers of Destruction. It will be the longest of the three books and I’m actually playing with doing some different point of view characters. It’s going to be epic!

Fourth, I’ve been discussing a standalone novel with my publisher Shadow Mountain. It’s an idea I’ve been playing with for a while involving the idea of memories. It would be a single book with a POV I haven’t yet tried in a middle grade novel.

Finally, I had such a great time doing store visits with book one, that we’re going to do it again. Working out details now, but I’m hoping to visit all the stores I visited last year, and even more.  Keep an eye here for more info!

Thanks for your support and encouragement. Mysteries of Cove is selling well and the reviews have been very positive. If you’ve read any of my books and haven’t yet rated them on sites like Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. please take a minute and do so. It definitely helps sales. You are all awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Coming?

As many of you are aware, Fire Keep, the last book in the Farworld series released on May 11 and is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book. The last book in the Case File 13 series, Curse of the Mummy’s Uncle comes out in June, and my new series Mysteries of Cove comes out in September. So, what kind of fun stuff do you have to look forward to? I’m so glad you asked.

Last weekend I had a chance to take part in Storymakers 2015, a conference that’s just getting better and better. Not only did I get to do some fun classes, but I also got to hang out with a bunch of my good friends.

Me, James Dashner, Jennifer Nielsen, Brandon Mull
Me, James Dashner, Jennifer Nielsen, Brandon Mull
Having too much fun with Tyler Jolley, Frank Cole, Sarah Larsen, James and me
Having too much fun with Tyler Jolley, Frank Cole, Sarah Larsen, James and me
David Powers King and me admiring a donut
David Powers King and me admiring a donut
Putting on the ritz with Heather Justesen
Putting on the ritz with Melanie Jacobs

Next week I’ll be in New York for Book Expo America, and inon June I’ll be in San Francisco for American Library Association.

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole bunch of other great stuff coming like: a live action Mysteries of Cove book trailer, a steampunk web site redesign, a huge launch party/stage show with none other than James Dashner, author of Maze Runner as the MC, and an 8 week 18 state book tour. Here is the final cover.

Cove Cover

Keep checking back for more info and contest!

So . . . this happened

It's alive!
It’s alive!

Everything has been submitted for publication. Books should start showing up online next week. You will also be able to special order them from most bookstores.

We will be doing hardback, paperback, e-book, and hopefully not too far down the road, audiobook. Just so you are aware, we priced the e-book at $7.99. In order to not lose money on books ordered through stores (they get a big discount), I had to price the paperback at $15.99 and the hardback at $27.99. I expect them to be discounted from that price, but won’t know how much until I see their prices.

Currently e-book and paperback have shown up on Amazon. Hardback is still processing. It should show up on Barnes and Noble and other online locations soon. You can also contact your local bookstore directly to order copies. Also, let your libraries know they can order copies.

Here are links to purchase online

Amazon

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

More as they show up

Also, FYI a few people have contacted me to say that they are seeing the hardback of Amazon for $999.99. That is not the real book. It is a couple of resellers who list all books and the price is defaulting to that because the books they are linking to never release. The list prices are $7.99 for e-book, $15.99 for paperback, and $27.99 for hardback. (I’m hoping those prices will be discounted.)

Anyway, thanks for your patience. I hope you like it as much as I do!

What’s the Deal with Fire Keep?

At least ten times a week, i get e-mails asking me when Fire Keep will be out or where people can buy it. At the end of every class I teach, one of the first questions is about Fire Keep. My kids come home from school and tell me their friends want to know when Fire Keep is coming out.

First of all, let me say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking!” I mean that with all my heart. I LOVE so much that I have so many wonderful readers waiting for the last book in the first fantasy series I ever wrote. I love that even though it has been five years since the series launched you still care. I love that Marcus and Kyja mean as much to you as they do to me.

With that said, let me answer some questions.

1) Is Fire Keep available to buy?

Not yet. Unfortunately a release date was posted on Amazon, Goodreads, etc., leading some people to believe they somehow missed buying the book of that it is out of print. That is not the case, It has not been published yet.

2) Okay, then when will Fire Keep be published? Is it even written yet?

It is. It’s written, edited, and the cover art is done.  Here’s proof.

20150417_1359513) Then why isn’t it available to buy?

Once all the writing stuff is done, it still needs to be typeset, go through one last readthrough looking for typos, etc. I want to make sure that your book isn’t filled with a bunch of errors that will pull you out of the story. That’s where we’re at now.

4) So when will it be available?

I really hate making commitments because I am almost always wrong. But I would say it should be available for purchase in ten days or so.

5) Why has it taken so long to get out?

There are a lot of answers for this. I wanted to get the last book exactly right. We decided to wrap the last two books into one book. The publisher decided for financial reasons not to publish the book and returned it to me. I’ve been in the middle of two other writing projects. I lost someone very close to me just after I finished book 3.

The bottom line is, I know you want the next story as soon as possible. I feel exactly the same way with the books that I read. But I also get what JK Rowling meant when she said that it was more important for her to provide the best book she could than to meet a certain deadline. I hate making my readers wait, but I’d feel much worse if I gave them a rushed product. I owe them my best work.

6) How will I know when Fire Keep comes out?

The day it releases, I will post here, on Facebook, Twitter, and everywhere else I can. So just keep checking.

Thanks everyone, you guys are awesome!!!!

Wrapping Up Two Series and Launching a New One

Just over two years ago, I attended BEA for the first time. For those of you to whom that acronym means nothing, BEA stands for Book Expo America. It is the biggest publishing event in North America and one of the largest in the world. I was completely blown away. I got to listen to authors like Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, Mary Pope Osborne, and many others. I got to shake hands with Rick Riordan, who I apparently look like and was mistaken for several times during the show. I brought home a boatload of books. And I even had this happen.

I wasn’t the author they were looking for

It was a very exciting time, but it was also a little stressful. I had two series out, Farworld and Case File 13, and although they had both received good reviews, I had no idea how they were going to sell.

As an author, it’s hard to live in the moment. The book that people are reading now is one you finished a year or two before, the one you are editing won’t come out for a year or so, and what you’re really worried about is, “What am I going to do next?” One night my wife and I had dinner with Chris Schoebinger, the head of Shadow Mountain publishing and his family. Toward the end of the dinner, I asked Chris what he would like to see from me next. His response was both not as specific as what I was hoping for, and interesting enough to get me thinking. I don’t remember his exact words, but it was something like, “I’m looking for an idea that really stands out from other books on the market. Something we can all get excited about.”

That kind of comment is frustrating for an author. Of course I want to write something you’ll get excited about, but what excites you? Still, it got my imagination working, trying to come up with an idea that would stand out from everything in the market. The next night, my wife and I went to see the Broadway musical, Wicked for the first time. Any of you have seen the show know that the first thing you see when you walk into the theater is this.

 

A mechanical dragon?
A mechanical dragon?

You know those moments when a book idea just jumps, fully formed, into your head? This was not one of those moments. It took me well over a year before all of the pieces fell into place, but this was the moment when it all started. I looked up at the dragon and thought, “I totally want to write a book about kids building a mechanical dragon.”

Last month I signed a contract with Shadow Mountain for a new series called “The Mysteries of Cove.” Book one, which will come out this fall is titled, “Fires of Invention.” As part of the promotion, the publisher is having renowned Hollywood prop builder, producer, director, etc. Clark Schaffer, build an actual six foot tall steam punk dragon to take to shows and signings.

It’s still hard for me to believe is that in only a few months, two years after I saw the mechanical dragon above the stage while I was at BEA, I will be going back to BEA, this time with an actual six foot tall steampunk dragon. I can’t show you the dragon itself yet, that will be unveiled at the Life the Universe and Everything conference in Provo, UT, next week. I promise share lots of pics then, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the sketch of what the legs of this amazing creature will look like.

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Is this not amazing?

This is a bittersweet time for me, because I have finished the last books in both the case File 13 series and the Farworld series. I hate realizing I won’t be writing any more about the characters I love, but I am so excited about my new characters.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing more about finishing those two series and launching a new one. It’s been a very up and down two years, filled with both optimism and disappointment. If you want to be the first to know about these posts and all my other book news, contests, etc I have a new way to get updates by text message.

Just text the word dragon to 313131 and you’ll automatically be entered in all my contests and get my updates before anyone else.

I know many of you are anxiously waiting for Fire Keep. I am doing one last readthrough to look for typos and then I will be sending out to be typeset and printed. Again I’ll let you know here and on my text list first.

Thanks for reading my books and being my friends!

 

 

 

 

Writing Tips 26-31

One of my favorite parts of writing conferences is sitting out in the hotel lobby or hallway, or in the green room (where presenters hang out and consume mass quantities of snacks and caffeinated beverages) talking shop.

It’s kind of like those scenes in war movies where the fresh recruits are getting advice from the veterans. You have the cranky old soldier who tells everyone they’re going to die, the guy who has cheated death too many times to count because of his lucky charm, the religious guy, the drunk guy (might be one and the same), and a few guys that actually give advice that might be helpful.

Among the new guys you have the guy who believes everything, the guy who won’t listen to anything, the guy who thinks he knows it all, and the guy who has no idea how he got here and is trying not to pee his pants.

I love hearing publishing war stories, sharing my experiences, watching the faces of the newbies fill with terror as they realize half of what they think they know is wrong. But most of all, I love that moment when I share a hard-earned lesson, and the person i am talking to really gets it. You can see the light going on and you realize you might have actually helped someone.

Since I haven’t shared a writing tip in a while, I’m between projects, it’s a Sunday and I’m sick, I won’t be attending another conference until the end of this month, and it’s a new year, I thought I’d share some of what I think are the most valuable things I’ve learned over the past 13 years and 14 books worth of writing. (I have no idea at the moment whether I’ll come up with 3 things or 13, so I’ll write the title of this post when I am done.)

Warning, this will probably be long, and at least a little rambling, so if you decide to come with me, you might want to pretend you’re in the green room and  grab some snacks and a tasty drink.

Okay, here we go.

1)  Beware of advice that comes down to, “This is what worked for me.”

War stories are great; we can learn from both the successes and the failures of others.  Early in my writing journey, I took the word of famous authors as gospel. I was looking for the secret of success, and they had succeeded, ergo, their secret was worth following.

The problem is that what worked for one person, especially a person who might have been publishing at a different time or under different circumstances, might not work for you at all. Because one author self-published erotic fan fiction and signed a multi-million dollar contract doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. Because one person quit their job as soon as they sold their first book and never looked back doesn’t mean you won’t end up broke or massively in debt if you try the same thing. Remember, the stories that are the most interesting and get passed around the most are usually the ones that are the exceptions to the rule. That’s what makes them interesting.

I always feel like I am getting the best advice when someone lays out all of the options they know and explains how each of them have worked or not worked. Especially if they tell me what they’ve learned from other people’s experience, I think I have a better shot at deciding what is best for me. If you want to learn about queries, go to a dozen different sources. If you want to decide whether to self-publish a book or go traditional, don’t limit your reading to the advice of people preaching one thing or the other, regardless of how much success they might have experienced themselves.

2)   Kind of tied to point one, no sales or marketing technique works forever.

When I first started writing middle grade books, school visits were new and cool. Schools were excited to have authors do assemblies. In the past five years, so many authors have decided that they need to do tons of school visits to sell their books, that many schools are burned out on having authors visit and try to sell their latest project. When I launched Water Keep, I’d heard about this kind of virtual book tour called a Blog Tour. I contacted 200 MG book blogs and set up interviews and reviews.  I think it worked pretty well. But now blog tours are not nearly as effective.

What are things that have worked well in the past? Pricing your books at $0.99. Publishing tons of books every year to get your name out there.  Virtual book launch parties. Those are things that authors have used to good effect in the past. Are they as effective now? I am definitely not an expert here, but from what I have been reading by people who appear to be experts, they have lost their appeal. When everyone is pricing their books at 99 cents or doing blog tours or giving away their books for free, that no longer stands out.

This doesn’t mean that because something has been around for a long time, it won’t work. There are plenty of things that have been around for a long time for a reason. Hard work, perseverance, patience, good solid writing. And you may have a great virtual launch party or great success selling your books for under a buck. If you do, it will probably be because you found a new angle or because you have a great book in the first place. But gimmicks and tricks that promise guaranteed success go out of style pretty quickly.

3) I don’t want this post to be all about marketing, but let me make one other point about marketing. Be really careful about spending a lot of money on your own marketing.

Recently I had someone ask me if Facebook ads are successful in selling books. I could have gone into a lot of detail about what kind of ad, what kind of success, etc. But there was a really quick and easy answer. I asked him how many profitable publishers he had seen running Facbook ads for their clients’ books.  If Facebook ads sold enough books to pay for the ads, wouldn’t publishers place lots of ads? If billboards sold lots of books, wouldn’t you see lots of ads for books on the side of the road? If movie trailers sold enough books to cover their costs, wouldn’t you see them all over?

Let’s separate a  couple of things here. First, there are things that make sense for a self-published author that might not make as much sense for a traditional publisher. You might make enough profit per book that selling your books at your local festival is worthwhile. It might not be profitable for a publisher to buy a booth there. That’s really a kind of trial and error thing, but try to keep your costs down initially.

Likewise, there are things that a publisher finds successful for an author who already has a big name, that won’t work for you. A billboard for a new Stephen King book might pay for itself (although, again, if it did, you would see more book ads on billboards.) An ad in Publisher’s Weekly might be part of a larger campaign. But even then, many of the ads you see have more to do with stroking an author’s ego than actually paying for themselves. Those things may work for a big name, but you’d be wasting your money to buy a PW ad yourself.

I call this the snowball effect. A big name author has a snowball of readers, so they are making the snowball bigger with a billboard or a big tour. They are building on what is already there. You, on the other hand, are trying to create a snowball, so a billboard or movie ad has nothing to build on. There is no easy way to jump to success. If it was easy, everyone would do it, and then it would stop working.

I’m not saying don’t market. Often, your marketing is the only marketing your book will get, and a book with no marketing is almost guaranteed not to sell. What I am saying is that you can’t buy your way to success. You could  purchase ads in all the trade publications, buy billboards, finance your own tour, and in the end find yourself in a whole bunch of debt. Instead do the things that are harder, take more time, and that hopefully you enjoy.

4) You have a much better chance of success by writing something that stands out than writing something that fits in.

One of the biggest myths I keep hearing is that publishers only want things that there are already tons of. If that were the case, you would have publishers begging more more fairy tale adaptations, more YA paranormal, more kids with superpowers, more mysteries about retried detectives looking for one last shot at redemption. More of what they already get tons of.

That. Is. Not. What. They. Are. Looking. For. I have a conversation with my agent and editors at least every month or two where I discuss what my next project should be. And you know what my agent is telling me not to write? Look up at the last paragraph. You know what gets my agent excited? Stories that stand out. Ideas that he hasn’t heard before.

On the one hand, it’s never been easier to get a book out in the market. On the other hand, there have never been more book in the market. If you are looking to get noticed in the middle grade market, don’t start with a story about a kid who discovers he is the chosen one and has to travel to a new land. Look for a different angle, a different setting, a different plot. If there is one thing I would change about Water Keep, my first book in the Farworld series, it would be the kid who discovers he is the one. If there is one thing I would keep it is a boy in a wheelchair and a girl who is immune to magic. The kids (and Riph Raph) make that story.

Mette Ivie Harrison has a great new mystery series that is getting attention all over the country. You know what it’s called? The Bishop’s Wife. It’s a mainstream mystery series written for a national audience about a Mormon bishop’s wife solving crimes in Draper, Utah. That stands out. It isn’t like all the other mysteries out there.

Amazing writing can sell a story that’s been done a hundred times. But if you start with a story that sounds like a hundred other stories it will be harder for you to sell, harder for your agent to sell, harder for your editor to sell, and harder for you readers to want to buy. Ask yourself what makes your story stand out.

James Dashner and I will be teaching a class this year where we take audience ideas and come up with a plot. I promise you will hear over and over how important it is to both of us to have a story idea that makes you desperate to read the book.

5) Pacing is so, so important.

There are lots of great plot tools to figure out what should happen in your story. But knowing when to make things happen is maybe even more important, and so many writers do it poorly. Today a facebook friend blogged about a book they really loved called All Our Yesterdays. What was the first thing I did? I downloaded a sample to check it out. I gave the author a couple of pages to hold my interest, and two chapters tops to convince me to buy the book.

Is it fair that I only gave a book that someone highly recommended two chapters? What if it started out slowly? There were lots of positive reviews. Shouldn’t that have been enough? Maybe, if it was free. Even then, maybe not. But the fact is, that before I spend my time and money, I want to know if there is a click between me and the writer. Do I like the main character? Does the story pull me in? Is the concept unique and cool? I’ll give you one minute of my time to win a second minute. I’ll give you, maybe five minutes to win the hours it will take me to finish the book. That’s the world we live in. It’s really hard to get a chance in the first place, so don’t blow it with a boring beginning.

What is important in pacing? Number one, the beginning has to hook me. Anyone who has taken one of my writing classes knows that the biggest thing I demand is a story that pulls me in. I don’t need to know the main conflict in the first chapter, but I must have some conflict. Don’t give me backstory, flashbacks, infodumps, scene setting, world building. All of that can come later. GIve me something that makes me want to read more.

The second thing is understanding what you are trying to accomplish in each section of your book. I’ll be teaching a class on this at Storymakers, but in general I want to see four things:

a) A setup that pulls me in and gets the story going.

b) Misdirection. Make me think the story is going one direction, only to let me realize midway through the book that something else is really going on.

c) The twist that reveals where things are really going and sets me on the right path.

d) An ending that is not rushed, that is satisfying (this doesn’t have to mean happy, but I can’t feel like it is a cop out), and that leaves me wishing I could continue to follow the characters into later adventures.

Different genres have different ways of doing this, but it is key, and I can’t tell you how much poor pacing I see. Just off the top of my head, let’s take a popular romance movie, You’ve Got Mail. I love Meg Ryan right off the bat and I want to see her save her store. For part of the movie I think this story will be about how the little bookstore on the corner defeats the giant competitor. Then I realize it is actually a love story between Meg and Tom. But they are competitors. How will it work out. By the end, I am desperate to see them together, and the ending is absolutely perfect. Meg doesn’t save her store, but we see a future for her. And Tom has learned a lot in the process. We’d love to see where each of them go from there.

I should always, always, always, want to read just one more chapter. And when I get to the exciting climax of the story, I should not want to put the book down for a single second.

6) People know more about you as an author than you think they do. About a year ago, an editor at a national publisher I have never worked with asked my agent if I would blurb her client’s book. I was quite surprised, and honored to be asked, but I had no clue why she would ask me. I said to my agent, “How does she even know who I am?” His answer was something I have thought a lot about. “You’re better known than you think you are.”

I think that is true for all of us–and not just writers. You are constantly making impressions on people for better or worse. You have no idea how many people believe certain things about you based on what you’ve written, what you’ve taught, comments you make on social media, what kinds of books and movies you like, classes you teach, how helpful or not helpful you are to other writers. There is an entire network of webs that stretch from you to others, and from those people to people beyond them.

The impressions that you make are going to follow you for a long time. And those impressions will have a much bigger impact on others than you know. I’ll give one example here, but there are many more I could give. Mikey Brooks is a guy who I’ve only known for a few years. He hasn’t signed with an agent, hasn’t sold a book traditionally that I am aware of, hasn’t made a million dollars. There are no movies of his books. He hasn’t been a keynote speaker at a huge conference. And yet, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into people who know, like, and respect him as an author and as a person.

He teaches classes at conferences all over, he volunteers to help people, he has done cover art, self-published his own books, was part of a set of books with other authors, is actively involved in the writing community. I don’t know if he intentionally set out one day to create a platform, but he is building up a really nice following that is going to really help him as he breaks into the industry.

I’m not saying you have to spend all of your time saying yes. There are only so many classes you can teach, so many blurbs you can do, so much time you can offer. I’ve had to say no a lot more than I’d like to over the last few years. And sometimes I’ve said yes, only to realize I shouldn’t have and was unable to do what I hoped to.

But before you make back-biting comments about another author, before you publish a manuscript that isn’t quite ready because it might make a few bucks, before you turn down a chance to teach at a conference because it won’t pay for itself or decide not to help another writer because you don’t have time, remember that invisible web you are building.

That’s probably way more than you wanted to hear, and again, remember number one, it’s all my opinion. But hopefully at least some of my thoughts helped some of the people that will read this. Let me know if there are any other questions you’d like to see answered here.

 

 

 

The Latest on Fire Keep

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[UPDATE: FIRE KEEP IS OFFICIALLY ON SALE. YOU CAN ORDER IT ONLINE IN E-BOOK, HARDBACK, AND PAPERBACK. YOU CAN ALSO SPECIAL REQUEST IT FROM YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE OF LIBRARY IF THEY DON’T CARRY IT. YAY!] 

I know you are all anxious to read Fire Keep, the last book in the Farworld series. And I can’t tell you how anxious I am to have you read it. It’s been over five years since Water Keep introduced Marcus, Kyja, Riph Raph, and all the other fun characters of this series. Since that time, I’ve visited over a thousand schools signed thousands and thousands and thousands of books, posters, and bookmarks. I’ve met so many amazing readers, and enjoyed every minute of the ride.

As you know, the trip has been a little bumpy at times. That’s one of the things about writing a series—you have no idea what will happen between the first and the last book. Sometimes life takes weird twists and turns. That was definitely the case here, as the series launched during a very tough time in the publishing market.

The good news is that Fire Keep is done, it has an amazing cover, and I’m so excited to share it with you. The bad news is that due strictly to business reasons, it won’t be published by Shadow Mountain. Their support has been incredible, and this series would not have happened without amazing people like Chris Schoebinger and Lisa Mangum. But financially, sometimes a series just doesn’t take off the way you’d like it to. That’s why you don’t see it listed online anymore, and if you preordered it, you received a notice that it wasn’t available.

But the really good news is that I am publishing the book myself. Shadow Mountain gave me the great cover, and Lisa Mangum graciously offered to read it and give me feedback. I hired the amazing Annette Lyon to do the line edits (she edited books 2 and 3,) and I’ve hired some awesome people to typeset, do the cover, and get the book out in both physical and e-book format.

My day job gets really busy this time of year, but I am about ready to turn the final copy over to these great people. As soon as it is available on-line, I will let you know. Thanks for all of your support and for enjoying this series with me.

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