Sisterhood is now finished.
I'll obviously have to go through it again, but first reactions to the initial draft have been better than favorable.
I've made a cover and have decided to release it with Ravenous Roadkill, the publishers set up by myself and my good mate Paul Rudd, (no, not the actor).
The reasoning behind this is:
1.) My initial idea of submitting it to Wild Wolf had too many question marks over it. Firstly, would they even want it, seeing as Division and House have done so spectacularly badly there? They've run their course now, and though I think it's great they kept them on their books, I haven't exactly set the place on fire with my sales. Wild Wolf are a mega cool set up, with some really laid back, yet forward thinking people running it, but it's still a serious business. Do I really want to wait a couple of months for a yay or a nay, which will probably be a "naaaaaaaaaaaaaaay" if I'm honest, when I can decide for myself?
2.) I've decided to make a go of it with Rudders and Ravenous, but not in the Biblical sense I hasten to add. I've been lucky up to now in that I've always landed with great publishers, people who have helped me along the way. Perhaps it's now the right time to step up and "have a go" myself? We're only going to be a small set up, but that's all I want. Rudders is doing his bit, looking into marketing, the best way to use Amazon, (sounds drug related, doesn't it?) etc. etc. so I reckon I should do my bit for the cause. That means releasing my work on the label I helped start. If it fails, then so be it. However, trying and failing is better than to have never tried at all... unless it's bestiality we're talking about. Best to leave that one alone... amongst other practices I'll refrain from listing here.
3.) I want to start on Division of the Damned part 2, and I know that if I'm waiting for a yes or no, I won't be writing anything. The waiting game sort of puts me on hold, so nothing happens. I'll go through Sisterhood again, see where Paul's at with our website, and then start on "Gulag", the proposed name for Division part 2. I think it would only be right and proper to send that to Wild Wolf first as they have the first part on their books, and they might finally make a bit of money on my name... IF they want it, of course. If they don't want it, well I'll cross that bridge when I reach it.
So, anyway, here's the proposed cover for The Sisterhood of the Serpent, (I KNEW that title would stick, they always do with me... sighs).
So now you know, peeps.
Wish us luck.
As you were...
Just a quick post-script, here's a link with our books, check it out: Ravenous Roadkill Library.
This is a very wise decision, Reggie, I think. You have control in your own hands and, of course, all the money the book earns! It's good to have a partner you can trust as well, since a bit of support is important. (Oh – that means only 50% of the money is in your hands, I guess – still!)
I'm an easy going guy so I'll see where this all leads to. Nothing ventured nothing gained, right? ;)
Good move, Reggie! No need to keep all your eggs in one basket. Wishing you well as always.
Cheers Mike ;)