Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Still kicking!

It's been quiet these past couple of weeks as I try to interest agents and publishers to take on my manuscript. There has been some interest but which is promising, but the process is slow and so far no has ran with it.

It's probably because I don't have vampires in my story. Ah well.

it takes weeks/months and sometimes never to hear back from an agent sometimes sooner. I got a 24 hour no thanks reply, once.

I'm one reply away from closing the chapter on this process. Presuming the one agent left will decline, I will most likely get the ball rolling on doing it myself. I'm tired of wasting time trying to jump through other peoples' hoops in the declining book market. I will no doubt do a traditional hard copy.. but I am intrigued by the boom of e-readers.
Once this process rolls foward, the website will get overhauled.. and marketing can take place (YAY marketing!) Not only did I write the book, But I do have the resources and skills for design and marketing... so really, what am I waiting for?????

Part of this plan involves hitting up a lot more conventions when ready. Expect to hear more about that in 2011.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

some early buzz

There have only been 2 people so far that have had a chance to read the complete manuscript. Here's what one has said:
"Your gift of imagination is beyond belief and your talent for crafting a great story is fantastic. This book will do well. I have read enough fantasy/adventure to know a great one when I read it."

and here's another:
"In conclusion, I commend you on a really interesting, well-researched, entertaining and exciting story, Roy! I am coming away from this having really fallen in love with your characters..."

Monday, June 28, 2010

The book trailer is online!

Shards of the Glass Slipper promo trailer from Roy Mauritsen on Vimeo.

Promtional book trailer for upcoming fairy tale fantasy adventure epic novel. Not entirely hollywood quality, but a personal best.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

working on shards book trailer

putting together a "movie trailer" for Shards of the Glass Slipper. Alot of the art featured was doing in digital animation software, and scenes from that are being animated and rendered for the trailer. with music sound efects and titles. It's not hollywood/pixaror industrial light and magic quality, but it should be pretty good when it's done.

in other news. I'm going to try out some voice to text software...

Monday, April 5, 2010

Shards Of The Glass Slipper: Book II

Shards2.txt is now a file on my desktop.

These past couple of months have been very difficult to work on finishing the manuscript for the first book. I'm smack dab in the middle of edits and rewrites in the round 2 phase... I'm all but convinced I will be self publishing this, reason being, I'm not interested in jumping through the usual publishing hoops, in this day and age. By self publishing, I mean small press may be an option as well. I can certainly handle the marketing aspect of it, whereas writers whom are much more "writery" than I am and in many cases and even many of them still have problems getting published. But these talented writers may not have the marketing and graphics skills that I have available to me. Whereas I might hire an editor to help get the novel(s) finished, so might the writer, be hiring an artist to do their website or their book cover. Both approaches may very well be more hands on, than what a publishing company will offer.

and it's more "mine" that way- and I like that.

When it comes time, i will be going to the conventions sitting at a table selling the books.. it just means I get to go to more conventions! and my Shards of the glass slipper book booth will be awesome, if my artshow display I've done is any indication. but I have the chops to push the book on the internet, and through e-readers and amazon etc. I will try and embrace more of the 1st century options than the dusty, this is how we always do it, traditional publish route. The more and more traditional publishing companies that are struggling nowadays, the less likely someone like me will have a chance to be published. plus, there's a great quote on a website i visit that say something like

Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.
Jules Renard 1864 - 1910

Which also sounds like my career as a graphic artist. :)

and now initial work begins on the follow up story. As I've said from the start… this is a fairy tale EPIC. Shards was designed as a 3 book arc. Shards "book 1" only serves to setup the main story and character introductions. Shards "Book 2" gets into the bigger picture and epicness of it all.

So now I have to start jotting down notes, so I can keep up as I finish off book 1.

The tone for book 2 will be a lot darker and more gruesome. I will say that a secondary character introduced in book 1 is now the focus of book 2, however, the story structure will be as much set in the present of the story as it is telling two other stories from different time periods in sort of two different sets of flashbacks. The story from book 1 carries over almost without pause.

now begins a big push to get this going.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chess Pieces at I-CON 29!

I will be displaying my latest Chess Pieces artwork at I-CON 29 on march 26th at Stony Brook university.

stay tuned for more info!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

new shards art

whenever i find myself unispired or discouraged about writing, I have at least the ability to reinvigorate myself and get back in touch with my story. By revisiting it artistically, to get back in the mood so to speak. I have done some new art and will be doing some more stuff, just to brush off the shackles that have been holding me down as of late. I have some updated software I have been dying to use, and some needed computer hardware updates. so I'll see about posting some of those later.

I still have 4 olympic commercials to get off my desk for work this week, a new ad campaign that I have to spec out for work after that, and I'm in the hot seat for getting a bunch of stuff ready for I-CON 29.

Friday, January 22, 2010

the site was down I transfered info and stuff to new servers.. I had to wait for a while to make sure everything is still up. So we're on a whole new server and things should be good for a while.Work and I-Con has been keeping me busy of late... with I-CON expressing an interest in having me as a guest artist again. The jury is still out as far as I'm concerned. Editing on shards has taken a momentary pause through the holidays but I hope to return to that soon. I have 9 chapters tagged as "complete". And at this point, I'm inclined to self publish, as I don't think there much to be said for jumping through the usual hoops. I'll discuss that at another date. I am still willing to be convinced otherswise, though.
ultimately.... who cares?

Shards is featured on Black Gate's website!

hear about the audiobook, read an excerpt, and see some artwork...