Monday, July 30, 2007

The End of a Tale, A Change of Name...

Fans of my old www.snowwhiteandrosered.com site might have noticed that we've changed the domain to www.FairyTaleNovels.com. Why?

The reason is that, with the publication of Waking Rose, I've pretty much (sigh) concluded the stories of Blanche, Rose, Bear, and Fish which came out of the original book, Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale. And as some of you know, I have a fourth book, The Midnight Dancers, which deals with another fairy tale and a new set of characters. (You'll understand more after you've read Waking Rose.)

So, even though I won't be writing any more Snow White and Rose Red stories (in the foreseeable future), I definitely have at least three, if not more, novels based on fairy tales that I'd like to publish. Two of them are already written, so in anticipation of publishing these other books (we hope to have The Midnight Dancers in your hands by Summer 2008), we've decided to change our domain name to www.fairytalenovels.com. We still own www.snowwhiteandrosered.com, and it will take you to the same site. But I'm trying to make the adjustment, after about ten years on the web, to writing and referring to www.fairytalenovels.com. I'm sure it will sink in eventually...!

The Notebook is Now a Blog!

Well, as you have probably noticed, we're transitioning over to a new website at www.fairytalenovels.com, and by readers' requests, I made my little notepad containting my updates into a blog, so you can comment, ask questions, and connect with other readers if you like.

Right now I am getting ready for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, August 3-5 in Wichita, Kansas, where I will be speaking. I'll also be bringing along (hopefully!) a special preview edition of Waking Rose. Hope to see some of you there!

When I get back, I'll be preparing to officially release Waking Rose.

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BTW, I've been so busy I haven't had time to announce that the Tenth Anniversary Edition of The Shadow of the Bear is available on Lulu.com. You can order it in paperback for $17.00 or hardback for $25.

Black as Night should be available soon, in softcover for $18.00. You will also be able to order it in hardcover ($28.00) for the first time. I confess I edited this edition down: during the final editing stretch of Black as Night, I added a lot of content that, when I reread the book, seemed wordy and rambling and sometimes (gasp!) preachy. So this is a slimmer, trimmer edition that hopefully reads better. Joan Coppa Drennen, who drew the chapter headers for the original Snow White and Rose Red, created new chapter heads for this edition of Black as Night. I love how they turned out.

The Lulu editions are bigger than I would have wanted: a 6x9 size is all that was available for a cost-effective price, so the books are larger than the Bethlehem editions. I'm considering doing the next size down, which would make it a pocket-sized book, but still about the same price, just because a smaller book might look nicer. But whatever the size, hopefully the new editions will read just as well, and I hope you will enjoy them.

While Lulu has optional Amazon distribution, I choose not to do this at this time, and bookstore distribution is an iffy prospect. However, I am talking to Sophia Institute Press about taking over the series for me. But they warned me at the outset that it might be quite a long time before they could publish the books. That being the case, I decided to self-publish the trilogy as a set this summer because I knew that you all would not want to wait another year to find out what happens to Fish and Rose! And since Sophia Press won't be doing hardcovers, you can always buy the hardcovers from me, if you want them.

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And for those of you who've asked, Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book One will be available in September. Stay tuned!