It took me a while to summon to courage to write this letter, but I feel I now can without pushing away from the keyboard.
To my amazing fans:
I know you are all counted in a small group comprised of brave individuals who love reading, and care deeply for the stories that take you out of your world. You’ve read the first book, and are probably wondering when the 2nd one will come out. I can’t answer that yet, as there are many kinks in the manuscript that I still need to work through. You’ve been with the characters of Itarathrough their turmoil and troubles, pain, love, and laughter of their stories, and traveled with them on their journeys. You’ve walked alongside Jareth with his determined stride, laughed or groaned at Khyler’s gamboling nature, fought beside Kyra and the people of the Ferryn, and felt the flame of magic with Mason as he struggles to learn his place in the world. I respect you all for your time, your heart, and your imaginations. Without you, their stories could not come to life.
That is why, with a heavy heart, I must inform you of a change in the world of Itara. I sent an email to Black Rose Writing a few nights ago asking to be released of my contract. On March 5th, I received a formal letter of cancellation, releasing all rights back to me as the author. I am no longer published under the Black Rose Writing name. Although making the decision to leave Black Rose is not an easy one by any stretch of the imagination, I feel it is a necessary step. Please know this is not a decision made in haste, but rather over a couple of months of hard deliberation. I weighed the pros and cons, listened to the emails sent to me by my fans, and took the advice of industry professionals seriously. I believe you, my beautiful readers, deserve a story that is well written, and well edited. The last thing I want is for errors to take you out of the world of Itara, as it seems this printing is notorious for doing. I am embarrassed by volume of mistakes within the book. You deserve far more.
Don’t fret just yet. Simply because I am cutting ties with Black Rose does not mean I am cutting ties with Itara. It is my life’s work, my legacy, and my baby, and it will be a part of me for the rest of my life. I will still work on the 2nd and 3rd manuscript, and will keep this page going, even if there isn’t anything else to speak about. You are still free to post your thoughts and feelings here (being respectful of others, of course), and I will continue to work on Wizzfeth Stipplewhim’s tales of daring do.
On that topic, there will be a new Wizzfeth story at the end of this month.
Thank you for sticking by me, and for believing in Itara, and it’s messages. I will not give up, and I promise someday your curiosity about the rest of the story will be sated.
Yours in the art of wordsmithing,
Who says random awesomeness is reserved for tasty waves or insane decisions to go cliff diving at midnight? I was able to get my own little lip-smackin’ treat of said goodness, albeit with less of an adrenaline rush, but infused with lots of ‘say what now?’ sprinkled in.
Last weekend, my mother and I took a long, grueling roadtrip into Salt Lake City, Utah from Los Angeles. 15 hours later, we arrived at my grandmother’s house and promptly died on the neatly made beds downstairs. As amazing at it would have been to have slept through the entirety of Friday, my mom and I made some calls to the local bookstores. Those that said ‘yes’ to even wanting to sniff the cover of my novel were met with happy squeals of delight upon reaching their stores. Two locations; Sanders Books and Eborn Books now both have Itara: Son of C’reseth on their shelves.
Now to the sweet, sweet joy. Friday night, Bret Eborn (owner of Eborn Books) invited me to show up to the Valley Fair Mall in Taylorsville, where he said I could sell some of my books out in front of the store. At last minute. Without any fanfare, marketing, or cardboard signs. The fact that he invited a no-body in the family of Authors across the globe shocked me. Nay, floored me like a science nerd reeling from a fresh VIP invitation to the Playboy Mansion’s coveted Grotto. I scouted the mall store out the night before, and showed up at 11:30am on Saturday, books in hand, and my laptop ready to display my artwork of Mason. Since all of my props had been left at home, this was all I had. During the course of 7 hours, I spoke with many different people, handed out slips of paper with my website and amazon information on it, told the curious about my story, and signed copies of Itara: Son of C’reseth to those who were intrigued enough to buy one. In all, I sold 11 books that day, and left 3 at the store. Hernan, a kind gentleman, was my first sale. That is an entirely new record for me! Plus, my tenth sale wanted her picture taken with me… AS AN AUTHOR! Little ‘ol country-bumpkin me. It could not have gone any better had a kick-line showed up to dance out front with pearly white smiles. I am still grinning at how incredible random circumstances can be. Of course, I poured out my thanks to Mr. Eborn for giving me this rare opportunity.
My grandmother’s 80’th birthday hosted many relatives I had not seen in years, as well as a very happy and understanding grandmother herself. I thanked her for letting me share her special day. Mr. Eborn has invited me back. Perhaps when I have enough money, and a little more time to plan, I will save up for a plane ticket and fly to Utah rather than sunburn my feet on a 2,224 mile roadtrip in a 4 cylinder puddle jumper.
Thank you, Salt Lake City and Taylorsville. 🙂 You’ve put a skip into the step of this neophyte author.
It seems I have the layout for this site a little backwards. See, I keep updating the ‘NEWS’ page, but it doesn’t show up to anyone who’s subscribed to this site. So, I’m switching things up a bit. The ‘NEWS’ page will appear first, and you can click on a new ‘WELCOME’ page to be added to see the plot of “Itara: Son of C’reseth” along with the cover art, and…. well, basically everything that’s on this page right now.
For a first update: I will be in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Taylorsville this weekend on a family vacation. A few of the bookstores have agreed to carry my novel on their shelves under consignment. So, if you live in Utah, and you want a copy, I will post a list of the bookstores here so You can see which ones have them. Also, Barns & Noble carries it. All you have to do is walk in and ask. They can order it right there. 🙂
Thank you, and that’s your ‘heads up!’ on the upcoming change to the site.