FYI, for the curious:
- I continue to be pleasantly surprised by sales of Lost Dogs, my young-adult sci-fi novel, and to continue that, the Kindle version is on sale for $0.99 for the rest of the year. Lost Dogs will be featured on several e-promotion sites (like eBookSoda and BookSends) to help spread the word.
- On December 6, I’ll be signing and selling copies of Lost Dogs at the annual “Heck With the Malls” sale in Centreville, MD, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. I participated in last year’s, and found it well worth my while, meeting a lot of people and making a lot of sales.
- On December 7 (and again on December 14), I’ll be signing at my church, St. Christopher’s in Chester, MD, after the morning Masses. I’ll donate half the proceeds to the Knights of Columbus (of which I’m a member) for their annual Christmas Baskets for Needy Families program, which provides full meals for folks who need a hand over the holidays.
- On December 13, I’ll be at Christ Church from 9:00 to noon for their Breakfast with Santa to benefit Chesapeake Cats and Dogs.
…and after that, I’ll tell Lost Dogs to go lie down, to get back up and play in 2015 at the Kent Island Day festival or the like. I’ll run some Kindle Countdown Deals for Lost Dogs, but the bulk of my efforts will go away from promotion and back to writing new stuff.
What sort of new stuff?
- A children’s picture book (with photos from my pal and long-time gaming collaborator Patrick Eibel) called Our Wild Place, based on an essay I did a few years ago.
- A revision of Dragontamer’s Daughters, my first published novel, originally presented in two parts. I think it was a good effort, and I’m still proud of it, but I see now where it could have benefited from tighter editing. So I’d like to get it down to one book instead of two, with some new artwork. I love what my artist pal James Arnold did for DTD, but his work on Lost Dogs is jaw-droppingly awesome; I can’t to see what he does next.
- Once I have DTD done, I’m going to reissue it and submit it (and Lost Dogs) to Baen Books, for their YA line. I enjoy self-publishing, but I’ve heard good things about Baen, and I’d like to give them a try.
- In Lonely Lands. People have asked about sequels to DTD and Lost Dogs, but I prefer to tell all the story that’s worthwhile to tell, and when there’s no more, I stop (something I wish more authors would do). So instead of retreading, I’ll go explore a dark, haunted place called Lonelylands, and invite you all to come along for a story inspired in part by The Ramayana, the great Hindu epic of a hero who braves innumerable horrors to save his beloved.
Our Wild Place won’t take long: I’ll have that available by Spring 2015. The edited DTD shouldn’t be long either: it just needs some pruning and a new cover: look for that in Summer 2015. I’ll start plotting out In Lonely Lands and developing the characters this coming January, right after New Years, and I hope to start drafting it early in 2015, with publication in 2016.
Stay tuned…more as it develops.
Kenton Kilgore is the author of LOST DOGS, the story of a German Shepherd and a Beagle-mix who survive the end of the human world, only to find that their struggles have just begun. Kenton also wrote DRAGONTAMER’S DAUGHTERS, a two-part young adult fantasy novel based on Navajo culture and belief.