I have mentioned, I think, that the book The Roads to Baldairn Motte (written by Craig Comer, Garrett Calcaterra, and myself) is coming out soon. The original impetus was wondering what Lord of the Rings would be like if told from a different perspective. All three of us are clearly influenced by George RR Martin and his shades-of-grey characterization. The book is comprised of three novellas, and I think it’s fair to say that there are few “good” or bad “guys.” A few anti-heroes, for sure, but it’s not high fantasy by any means.
It should be released next month, if everything goes according to schedule. It has been fun going over the proofs, seeing the ISBN number, and all that jazz. I never quite realized how much copy editing was necessary to get a novel to professional standards. But luckily we all enjoy giving the text the old eagle-eye treatment.
We’re all quite exciting to see the cover art, which should be revealed any day now. We suggested an image that we felt incorporated all of our stories, but we’re not professionals so it will be great to see what they come up with.
The other exciting thing is that we’ve been doing some advance marketing. Because it’s a small press, we get to be more involved than we otherwise would be. A pretty significant writer in the genre has agreed to “blurb” the novel. I don’t think it will necessarily translate into more sales, but I’m hoping it will get more readers interested. I don’t mean to tease, but I’ll wait until we have a blurb until I go more into it.