Wednesday, 27 July 2011

A new plan

I know I said in a recent post that I was getting together a couple of short books to post to Amazon, but since then I've decided on a new plan. I am still going to do that, but I'm also going to epublish my children's novel, 'The Dragon Box'. There's not a huge market for children's ebooks at the moment, but this novel has done the rounds of the publishers and despite getting to the final editor's table with one of the Big Six at one stage (the table where they decide their 'list' for the next round of publishing) it still hasn't got there. It's also the one that managed to stay in You Write On's TopTen for 30 days before being knocked out the day before it would have won a professional critique from an editor from one of the publishers. I'm tired. I'm disillusioned. So I'm taking charge and seeing what it can do for myself. If JK Rowling has spurred sales of ereaders with her recent publication of the Harry Potter books, as I suspect she has, I might just catch the wave. Or not. We'll see.

The Dragon Box is aimed at children aged 8-12. It's a fantasy with a hint of science fiction. James, the star klutz of the local football team, is befriended by his neighbour who is into inventing weird and wonderful gadgets. He gives James an electronic game he has invented - 'The Dragon Box'. But this is a game with a difference and James is far from prepared for what happens when he turns it on.

I've still got a couple of read-throughs to go, despite the fact that this is the same version I sent to publishers, but I'm hoping to have it out very soon. I'm wondering if I should use a pen-name, seeing as 'Treespeaker' is billed as an 'adult' novel, but I'm feeling inclined not to. I don't think it's that big a problem really.



Anonymous said...

That's a fantastic cover! :) I hope everything works out for you.

Kate said...

Thanks, Medeia! So do I!