As many of the readers know my novel, Legend of the Mystic Knights was published this year. I thought I would do a recap of the year in relation to that novel. The story starts out in 2012, and this is where we begin our journey.
First, I began writing “Legend of the Mystic Knights” in October 2012. As many of you know, I am a historian, so after I decided to do a medieval novel, I researched information about that time period. After the initial research, it had taken me less than a month to write the entire novel. The story was in my mind; I just had to find the words to describe it.
I now had to come up with a title, as many of you know already, the concept of the novel is an evil takes over the world in 1100 A.D. A knighthood is created to combat the evil. Considering, I have these knights fighting monsters, and the walking dead, I named them the Mystic Knights of the Dead Killers, and this was my initial title of the book.
I had no idea how to get a book published. With this lack of knowledge, I decided to go with an agent. After, dozens and dozens of rejections from agents, I soon discovered one lesson. Most literary agents are not concerned with representing you, unless you were previously published. I know there are exceptions to this rule, but I found out that for the most part, this is true. Not going with an unpublished author is a good business decision; these agents want to make money, so they want an author that has established reader base.
Without an agent, I had to decide how to get the book published. I had two choices to pick; one was to go with the traditional route with a publisher, the other to self-publish. Not knowing anything about editing, promoting a novel, I decided to go through the traditional route. With the traditional method, the publisher would handle the burden of this process.
From reading many posts and articles I soon realized there are many sharks in the publishing world. Many authors go with a publisher who ends up charging them outrageous fees for services that a publisher should provide for free. To negate the possibility of being cheated, I again researched the topic.
Using the internet, mostly Predators and Editors and Absolute Write Water Cooler websites, I compiled a list of publishers who print fantasy novels. It was also with this research that I discovered how to write inquiry letters and a synopsis for my novel.
Armed with the knowledge above, and a cover letter and synopsis, I began sending my inquiries to the publishers. I found their responses to my inquiry, the same as it was with the agents. The list of potential publishers began to shrink.
I soon found an ally in an established author named Sheryl Browne. I had contacted her on Linkedin.com, and she began to advise and suggest how I could improve my letters, and also writing styles. Sheryl’s books was published by Safkhet Publishing. I then submitted my work to Safkhet Publishing, and in October 2013, I received an email from them that they would publish my novel. Safkhet is a small European publisher, though small, they have had some good writers as their authors.
I did some research on Safkhet Publishing; some of the results were great, while other information was less than enthusiastic. I soon found out, that authors, even new authors that have never been published, have a tendency to think their writing is a work of genius, and such they should be given the greatest contract in the history of publishing. If a publisher does not offer a superb contract to a new author, then that publisher would get a bad review, based on that contract alone.
I took a different approach; I am a new author seeking a publisher to take a chance with an unknown author like myself. If they are going to take a chance with me, and bear much of the risk, then I should expect a fair, but not generous contract. If anything else, the owner, Will Sutton was honest and truthful with me, and that was good enough; I signed with Safkhet Publishing.
Next time: We will continue with the year in review of my novel.