Author’s Log: MORE Series News, #ROW80, and Other Highjinkery

BC-EODSo last week there was this announcement thingy where I embarrassed myself by drinking all the christianing champagne for my series rebranding and danced the “Elaine” for all to gawk and wince at.

The gist of the whole thing was that, due to Brighid’s Cross being the first in the End of Days anthology and therefore said series name is on on BC’s cover, Consistency should be the name of the game. This meant, to avoid reader confusion, it was put forth to continue to put “End of Days” as the series title for all the books in “Keepers of the Flame”.

Editor Awesome took this change to Publisher Amazing’s Contract deptartment (aka Legal Eagles), who offered the argument that keeping the series named “End of Days” would, in the long run, lead to MORE confusion than actually rebranding the series to “Keepers of the Flame.” This is due to web searches not just on the Publisher’s website, but on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

SO. (Ahem.) KEEPERS OF THE FLAME HAS GONE BACK TO BEING KEEPERS OF THE FLAME! HUZZAH!!

Editor Awesome did apologize for the take-backsies, but she really didn’t need to. I told her whatever is best for my readers is best for me.

In Other Newsy-type Things:

Editor Awesome forwarded me Publisher Amazing’s jacket copy for review. This would include the tag line and Samhain’s signature “Warning Labels” as to what the book contains. (In the case of Brighid’s Mark, this mostly involves rum. Cuz, yanno, New Orleans.) Basically, Samhain took my query blurb and tweaked it. Here’s my original query version. Now compare it to the one below.

Publisher Version:

Callie Trevelyan, Keeper of the Flame, has a reputation as a highly effective demon hunter. So the SOS from New Orleans isn’t a surprise. What is? The news her mentor has been murdered. Keepers are nearly impossible to kill—Callie has the scars to prove it.

An even bigger surprise: her partner in the hunt for the murderer is Marked, like her, as a champion.

In two centuries of protecting Crescent City from supernatural threats and answering the occasional summons of the Loa, Liam Byrne thought he’d seen everything—until Callie and her entourage take over his life. Their hunt for the demonic killer leads them on a Crossroads journey to Otherworld politics, betrayals, and, eventually, each other.

But the Demon patiently awaits Callie’s arrival on the battlefield. Callie is ready and willing, but there’s just one problem: Brighid’s Flame, the source of her power, is every bit as missing as Eva’s soul. And as the full truth unfolds, Callie realizes she’s in for the fight of her life.

If she’s lucky, winning will only cost her everything.

It’s neat-o to see my query blurb make its way to jacket copy. There’s a whole editorial, evolutionary process involved. I got to choose one of three tag lines, based on the original I provided in the marketing packet I turned in. I also changed one or two minor things in the name of accuracy or effectiveness before returning the copy back to Editor Awesome. I’m really in love with the entire process.

I have to wonder if all Publishers are this collaborative (probably not). This is my second book with Samhain, and I gotta say they’re really focused on keeping the integrity of the author’s work and vision while doing what they can to clean it up for public consumption, because that’s what they do best–making good stories even better.

ROW80LogocopyProduction Schedule (&ROW80)

1. BRIGHID’S MARK (In Production): Series name change-back to “Keepers of the Flame”, and my jacket copy has been reviewed, touched up, and returned to Editor Awesome. Things are picking up!

2. SOOPER SEKRIT PROJECKT #1 (Drafting): Officially began drafting this week. I’ve also got the cover art, er, covered as far as how I want it to look. Now I just need to figure out how to execute it. Done right, this could be my new logo/icon as well.

3. MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER (Drafting): Two critiques completed this week, with two more on the barbie. *Quest Completed* As I’m going through more of these, I’m pinpointing things I need to improve in my own writing. This awareness is a happy bonus to helping others improve their work. I plan to start submitting chapters of my own in November.

4. KEEPERS #3 (In BETA): No updates as of yet.

Your turn–what have you got going on this week?

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2 thoughts on “Author’s Log: MORE Series News, #ROW80, and Other Highjinkery

  1. Eden Mabee says:

    So nice to read about Editor Awesome and your experiences with Samhain, Cate. News like this is a balm to a lot of the stories out there about the publishing industry.

    Great ROW80 progress too. Kudos!

    1. catemorgan says:

      Thanks for the encouragment and for dropping in, Eden! I recommend that anyone writing genre trying to break into the business try Samhain–they’re primarily an epub so they pay higher royalties and they’re willing to take a chance on new authors…and my experience with them has been nothing but great.

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