Saturday, December 1, 2012

No new book this year

Last year's book was waaaay to long and didn't get published until June. So I did not do a new book this year. However I am working on getting my non-distributed books up for distribution as well as released in Kindle format.

The Lost Ball is now edited and available (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells). Step one in the right direction. Hooray! :-)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The latest Shubin Cousins book is released!

Finally!!! The Fairytale Fracas is released!

For those who do not know, this book series is my Christmas present for my nieces and nephews. The Fairytale Fracas was meant to be their 2011 Christmas present. I think I am the tiniest bit late. ☺

My only consolation is that this is the biggest book yet. Fracas has clocked in at 32,000+ words.

This time the cousins get caught up in a book of fairytales (including one Russian fairytale where the main character's name is Masha ☺) where they accidentally caused all the stories to get mixed up. Also the Grimm fairytale characters (the twisted original stories, not the nice cleaned-up versions) are determined to take over the book to make sure there are no more happy endings. 

The Fairytale Fracas is available for sale in all the usual online stores: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells.


I've had a few people ask me why my books aren't ebooks yet. That is a good question. And I have a good answer.

I'm too embarrassed to put them out there.

I am not an editor, and these books were published in pretty much their rough-draft stages. There are spelling and grammar errors galore! Not to mention plot holes. I am currently working on getting them edited by a dear friend. (Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love editors.)

A second reason is that I have not put them out there is that they were originally written with the audience being exclusively made up of my family. So I've got stories with a bazilion characters who are never introduced – because we know who they are – and they are placed in settings that are not fully described. The Red Sled Rescue and The Fairytale Fracas are the first two books I wrote with the consideration that non-family members might read them.

So once I've gotten them edited and fortified a bit with more info, I'm planning on re-releasing them. The first three were never put up for public sale, so those need to also be added. I am quickly running out of copies, so I guess I will need to get this resolved soon.

It's about time!

So... how many books does one have to publish before one decides to make a website for the series?

Evidently in my case it is seven. I guess that makes it the <wink, wink, nudge, nudge> perfect time.

Well I was just getting tired of waiting for Amazon to post my latest cover image so I could start my bragging. Then it hit me while slogging through the torture of customizing another blog site that it might be a good idea to put up a quick blog site for the Shubin Cousins Adventure series.

I'm still not too pleased with this cheap template, but I wanted to get the content up first. I'll worry about perfecting the look for a later date.

Some ideas I want to do for this site is to include first chapters, add trivia, maybe explain some in-jokes (hmm... maybe that would ruin them), cite movie and book references. I've already added a character guide and cover character indexes. Any other ideas are welcome.