Thursday, September 26, 2013
Redfeather nearly ready to roll
I just received the proof copy of Looking for Redfeather. One correction necessary -- the title page -- and it will be good to go!
It's been a long haul! I wrote the first draft of Looking for Redfeather during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), 2007. Every year, during the month of November, writers all over the world pledge to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. It's a fast-paced process, ugly in spots, but it gets done.
I had a hell of a ride with these runaway teens in a stolen (actually, borrowed without permission) Cadillac Eldorado, and when I was done I let the manuscript rest for several years before having another look.
Wow! Rereading it, I found I really liked these three teens and I wanted to bring their story to life. It's taken me about three years to revise the novel.
I landed an agent who also believed in the book - but he wasn't able to place it. Most of the editors of the major houses replied with something like, "Loved the characters and the voice -- just have to take a pass." Or, "Great voice and quirky characters, but we just published a road trip story." Or, "Excellent writing, but where's the depraved sex?" (Just kidding -- I made that one up!)
I created my own imprint Fiction House, Ltd. and published Looking for Redfeather, hiring Create Space for comprehensive editing services, interior design, printing and distribution. It's been a real learning process, the publishing process!
At Fiction House, Ltd we're almost ready to roll with Looking for Redfeather, so keep your eyes peeled for a champagne-colored Cadillac crusing with three runaway teens.
ISBN 13 trade paperback 978-0-9893653-0-7
Soon to be available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie bookstores too. Available in electronic format NOW on Smashwords!