Song of Beginning

So, a few days ago, I was talking to my brother, lamenting my latest novel rejection and ribbing him about getting his critique of a novelette called Highsong back to me.  Highsong, a sci-fi novelette featuring psychic dolphins, had been rejected by “Orson Scott Card’s Medicine Show” not long after landing a mere Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest.  The story had taken a year to write, and was pretty much dead.  Or dying.  The critique received from my brother would not find a new market for the thing, and I wasn’t going to do rewrites on a story that had no future.

Then my brother said, “Why don’t you publish an ebook?  I read this article about this lady who wrote a bunch of vampire ebooks and made a lot of money.”

My initial reaction was to scoff, because I hate self-publishing.  Especially vanity presses.  Self-publishing was the realm of undisciplined egoists, who had never known a word of critique in their life.  The realm of people who had never worked to earn literary genius but still wanted their awful prose to be lauded as such.

But a week before, a fellow artist and friend had gifted me with a mock cover for Highsong, done by way of lithography.  (The image of which will be the ebook’s cover and is the banner of this blog.)  I had a kickass cover.  Ebook publishing was free if you felt like doing it yourself.

And I knew nothing about marketing a book.  With numerous queries and at least one full manuscript being considered by an agent.

And so, The Highsong Project was launched.  I blog not for hopes of money and fame (although that would be nice), but to navigate the dark and unknown waters of marketing a book.  I hope other people will join me on the journey, and learn something as I sing.  Here’s some music from the video game series Ecco the Dolphin (specifically Tides of Time), whose series directly inspired Highsong.


About coyoteclockwork

I currently live near Salt Lake City, Utah, a dinosaur mecca! I write and illustrate YA fantasy books. I grew up in Texas on five acres, training dogs to pull carts and riding horses. I am largely self-taught as an artist, and prefer digital media. I just released my first big indy novel with the help of Kickstarter: a full color dinosaur novel with 100+ illustrations, Mark of the Conifer.
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