I’m unreasonably excited by this because:
* it’s my first new book since “I am the Great Horse” back in 2007 and
* it’s a hardcover… a beautiful, shimmery, pearly blue hardcover with artwork by the talented Scott Altmann.
Unlike most other books listed here, it’s not an ebook yet (the ebook is scheduled for when the paperback edition comes out in the summer), so why am I talking about it here? Well, because I think it’s interesting to compare the publication journey of a traditional hardcover such as "Sword of Light" to that of an independently produced ebook like the others on this site.
I started writing my Pendragon series and developing the characters back in 2009, when the TV version of Merlin was just a glimmer in the eye of BBC3. In the absence of an agent (my lovely agent Maggie Noach having sadly died in 2006), I reworked the story and, when I felt it was ready, sent it out to selected editors and a few agents in 2010.
Being a shy sort of author who hates nagging people, this process was no doubt slower than it might have been – typically my proposal and sample would disappear for six months into a publisher’s slush pile, and only emerge after I contacted them to say I’d received an offer, although a couple of agents and editors made helpful comments along the way. I signed the contract with Templar in early 2011, and the book went into production, passing fairly rapidly through the editing process to meet its publication date this month... if all this seems slow to you ebook people, it can take much longer, believe me!
If I’d been an impatient kind of author, I suppose I might have published an ebook version back in 2010 when I'd finished the writing, cutting out the months of extra work required to query, wait for replies, rewrite, negotiate the contract, and edit the manuscript with my publisher. In that time, I probably could have written the rest of the series too – but they would not have been nearly as beautiful, or half as good books, and the lovely Templar edition of "Sword of Light" would not be in the shops today:
The obvious advantage of publishing traditionally is that many dedicated people help bring your book to readers, so you do not have to do it all alone. A good editor is invaluable, of course, and I’d like to thank Helen Boyle and Emma Goldhawk at Templar for their work on the manuscript throughout 2011. The book was also professionally copy-edited and proofread, and Templar commissioned New York artist Scott Altmann to produce the cover illustration and some hero shots of the characters:
|Rhianna Pendragon, Prince Elphin, squire Cai, and Arianrhod.|
|there's more... but I can't work out how to get the pdf into Blogger!|
Further details of all my books can be found on my website at http://www.katherineroberts.co.uk/