Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On the Cusp...

It's been an exciting month. As I mentioned in my last post, I've been hunting for agents for both Dreamwielder and This Book is Sh*t! After an initial quick response and request for sample chapters from one of my top agent picks for Dreamwielder, all's been quiet on that front. However, I did find an agent to shop the This Book is Sh*t! proposal to book publishers in New York, and even more exciting, the Baldairn Motte book I worked on with Craig Comer and Ahimsa Kerp has been picked up by L&L Dreamspell. The three of us just inked the contract, and if all goes according to schedule, The Roads to Baldairn Motte will be coming out as a trade paperback and multi-format e-book in the second quarter of 2011!

Needless to say, the three of us are stoked. The Roads to Baldairn Motte is an atypical novel in that it has multiple story lines written by three different authors—none of which are exactly famous in the fantasy fiction field—and we knew it would be a tough sell to get a publisher to take a chance on it. The fact that L&L Dreamspell has decided to publish it speaks to how good the book is—or at least I like to think so. Craig and Ahimsa both wrote some of their best work ever for this project, and I'm hopeful that my story doesn't disappoint either. You can be sure I'll post cover art and more information about the book as we get closer to the release of the book.

In the meantime, I'm hopeful that the agent for This Book is Sh*t! finds a taker amongst the big publishers in New York, and that I can finally get Dreamwielder into the hands of agents and editors as well. To be part of three books that are on the cusp of like this is very exciting and validating. Don't worry, though, I'm not letting it get to my head. I'm still writing—trying to bang out some short pieces—and I've been playing a lot of music too. Mandy Burke, Pete Vander Pluym, Eric Tryon, and myself have informally started a band of sorts. Right now we're just jamming mostly, but we've already written several original songs. It's a good creative outlet that doesn't involve sitting on the computer writing in solitude, so yay for that. Writers don't have to be hermits all that time, right?

-Garrett Calcaterra

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