Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Requiem for my novel

The time is here for Safkhet Publishing to close its doors; this means for all intents and purposes the death of my novel “Legend of the Mystic Knight”.  I have begun the process of sending requests out to literary agents, and to publishers, but this will be a long process with no guarantee of success. If you wish, you can follow my progress on my website.

Since it is the possibility of the sunset of my literary career, I wanted to take the time for those who helped, or advised me along the way.  The list is vast, and if I miss anyone, my apologies.
First, was Marianne Jones, author of the child’s novel, “Cedric and Pete’s Sailboat”. She was one of the first authors who first encouraged me in writing. 

Justin Gustainis who was my college professor at SUNY Plattsburgh, a great writer and has influenced me tremendously.

Tressa Graves is a wonderful horror author, who also advised me early on in my writing career.

DeborahMacGillivray who had been very supportive; especially since I w as informed of my publisher’s demise.   

Jeri Walker who helped me with my writing and this blog, and gave me an opportunity for an interview on her website.

Irene Soldatos, a former Safkhet Publisher, who assisted me quite a bit over the years.

Actually, there were other wonderful authors who had been with Safkhet Publishing who helped me along the way:

Sheryl Browne, who encouraged me and introduced me to Safkhet Publishing.

Carol Wyer

 Jim Webster 

Bonnie Glee

Will Macmillan Jones

I would like to take the time to thank Safkhet Publishing for giving me a chance by publishing my novel. I regret for both of us that my sales were not higher.

There are so many more.  I encourage each of you to seek out writers I have written about in previous blogs.
There are certain websites I must thank as well.
The Fantasy Guide, who gave me my very first review.

Trash Talking Radio, I had known Mike Trash from my wrestling days, and he gave me my very first radio interview

I would like to specially thank the LinkedIn group, Bloggers Helping Bloggers - (BHB), who assisted me in every aspect of this blog post. If you are a blogger, this is the group to join on LinkedIn.

Furthermore, I must thank my coworkers, friends and especially my family for their support. Having a supportive circle around you is vital for success in any endeavor.

Most of all I want to thank all of the fans of my novel. You took the time to read it, and many of you also took the time to review it.  If it was not for the support of fans like you, there would not be an author in the entire world.

So, now it is an end of an era. “Legend of the Mystic Knights” will no longer be available to purchase. The world, the people I created will begin to be forgotten, and eventually fade away into nonexistence. Soon it will become nothing more than history, the same as the topics I like to write about. Perhaps, I will find another publisher down the road, perhaps not.  All I can say now is it was a pleasure to write a story for you to enjoy.  Thank you.


  1. William, I am so sorry that your novel will no longer be for sale. I can feel your heartbreak - all that work and your research was absolutely amazing.
    What a wonderful tribute to all those who supported you along the way.
    All the best to you as you move forward.

  2. Hope you found this a valuable experience despite the pre-mature end, William. Good luck with your search for another publisher.

  3. William -- I feel so sad for you. It must feel like someone you love has perished. You put so much hard work into your novel. I hope you find a new publisher. Best of luck.

  4. Sending you positive thoughts and hope everything works out for the best. Sorry you have to go through this. Best of luck.

  5. Come on, William, don't give up. When there's a will there's a way. You should publish it as an e-book and promote it heavily. Personally read a lot but never e-books. But that doesn't change the fact that that's the future of reading. It may also benefit you to first write a new book to launch as an e-book.

  6. If this whole experience has left a bad taste in your mouth and you want to make a clean break from the world and people you created for your book, then fair enough, but they don't have to fade away if you don't want them to. Did Sherlock Holmes appear in only one book? You should think of that world and those people as 'resources' that you can deploy in (or adapt to) other writing projects - why not make additional use of them? All creative efforts are works in progress.

    1. I am not taking a break from those who helped me, it is just I never know if I personally will get back into being an author, I do not know what I would have a chance to thank them for that help.

  7. William, I feel sad for you. You are going through a grieving process now, but perhaps in time you might consider putting out an e-book on your own or using the world you created in another book. In the meantime, good luck with your search for an agent and publisher.

  8. William, I'm sorry this has happened. I do hope you keep writing in some form or another. I think that if you're a writing, you benefit from the creative outlet in your life. And to me, the characters aren't dead. They will live on in the people who've bought and read the book. I do hope that it eventually works out with another publisher.

  9. I hope you find a new publisher, William, and that your novel gets to live on.

  10. It means a lot to see you mention my blog in this post. Rather than a sunset for your book, just think of it as a new beginning. There are so many ways to get one's book out into the world these days.

  11. I'm sad this has happened. I do trust you continue writing in some structure or another. I feel that in case you're a written work, you profit by the inventive outlet in your life. What's more, to me, the characters aren't dead. They will live on in the general population who've purchased and perused the book. I do trust that it in the long run works out with another distributer.