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My sword-and-sorcery novel The Exile of Elindel has existed in a number of incarnations over the years since its inception in 1977. Back then it was a massive typewritten manuscript of about 600 pages. Along with its creator, it survived eight house moves, during which time it spent decades shut away in suitcases, drawers, cardboard boxes and attics. Every couple of years or so it would be dragged out and reworked. A few chapters and a synopsis would wing their way to a publisher and return with the inevitable rejection slip.
In 2007, having mastered basic computing, I decided to try self-publishing. I pruned the manuscript down to a mere 178,000 words and had it published by a print-on-demand company under the title of The Lorestone. Some of the sixty or so people who bought it actually liked it, flawed though it was, but to me it had been a costly mistake. At least one of those early fans liked it enough to become my beta reader and it was she who encouraged me to write a sequel. A second book led to a third and so the trilogy The Elwardain Chronicles came into being.
In 2013 the manuscript was submitted to Musa Publishing and, much to my astonishment, was accepted for publication. It was pruned and reshaped by a wonderful editor and at a mere 127, 000 words was published as an eBook on the 18th April, 2014. But life is full of ups and downs and so it was that at the end of February, 2015, Musa Publishing ceased operations and my novel was once more in the wilderness.
I’m delighted, therefore, to announce that it has been accepted for publication by Burning Willow Press ( http://www.burningwillowpressllc.com/ ). It will have another incarnation; another chance to shine. The contract has been signed—a wonderful way to start the new year—and I expect to be working with my new editor soon. Watch this blog space for further developments.
Meanwhile, if any of you authors out there are looking for a publisher (fantasy, sci-fi or horror), Burning Willow Press are open for submissions. You can also like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burningwillowpress/?fref=ts and follow them on Twitter: @Burning_Willow .