First Concept Cover Art for IMAGO

Hey all! I’ve been busy editing and revising my SCIFI novel IMAGO for the editorial deadline by mid March. BUT…

As promised… I am working with the nationally known concept artist David Sladek (see previous posts for his link), and he has just sent me concept art for our beginning dialogue as we move closer to the final cover. I think this is an excellent insight into how multiple artists, editors, marketers, etc… help in the producing of this object called IMAGO. Each concepts is doing something a little different, and I am excited to talk to him about each one, the pros and cons and the best overall cover that will make the biggest first impression. Oh yeh, the butterfly and the saying is important…. STAY TUNED….

IMAGO book cover sketches

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Cover Artist for IMAGO

Hello, all.

As promised, I will be documenting IMAGO‘s publishing process. In the last post I told you about the general process and that the novel had been given a publication date by the editor. Well, in today’s post, let’s talk about the cover of the book.

First, any traditional publishing house will take care of your cover art and back copy for you as the process unfolds. Rogue is no different in this. Most contracts explain that the author has input on the design, but the publisher has final say. I have always wanted to work with David Sladek, and Rogue was gracious enough to allow me to use him as cover artist.  David is a world class artist and lead concept artist for a national gaming company based in CA. You can check out his work at the following link:

https://www.artstation.com/david-sladek

I cannot wait to share the cover of IMAGO with you as we move forward. Remember, it’s a long process from contract to publication date. The cover art will be ready sometime in April. Until next week.

Cheers

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IMAGO RELEASE DATE ISSUED

I am happy to announce that my SciFi novel IMAGO has been given a release date: September 15, 2019. My plan on this blog is to chronicle my thoughts as we move through the publication process. For those who are new to publishing or just want to understand the process better – the basic process is as follows:

First, the book is accepted for publication by an acquisitions editor. Once it is accepted, the contract is sent out and haggled over. Most websites like Authors Guild (you have to be a member) will offer a critique of the contract, or if you have an agent, she will negotiate and haggle for you. I, personally, have been very successful lately without an agent (more on that in another post), swimming around in the small to medium traditional publishers, and the contract I was offered was typical for a small press: small advance, larger royalty cut – ALWAYS NO FEES FOR ANYTHING.

Secondly, (and this is the current stage with IMAGO) I will be polishing up the final version of the novel to send to the editor who will then begin the months long process of editing/feedback/revision. At this time I am also working with the cover artists to create the best cover for my genre of novel. As that process goes forward, I will keep you posted with pics.

Thirdly, about five months from publication date, the book is sent (mine will be eGalleys) out to reviewers like Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and various bloggers and websites for the genre, etc… for advanced reviews.

While that is in process, final Galleys are sent to me for final edits and revisions. When all that is complete, we will be close to the release date.

That’s pretty much it. Please come back next week for an update. Hopefully I’ll provide some pics of the process as it goes forward,

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Until next time

Keep writing and reading.

 

Here we go!

Well, it’s been quite a while since I have written anything on this blog. Quite frankly, I’ve been busy promoting my new book Seeds: Meditations on Grace in a World with Teeth

promoting an older novel: Go Down To Silence, which has taken on new legs because of the new book…

 

finishing and revising a dystopian novel: IMAGO, and pitching that and my other urban fantasy Blood Roots (of which I posted several chapters on this very blog – see previous posts) to small publishers. Oh, wait… there’s more… I am FINALLY finishing the last 80 pages or so of my literary/general fiction novel Sons and Brothers (my goal is to complete it by August 1st). And, finally…. I have experimented with my first podcast on Garage Band, but I still need to learn how to post the stupid thing.

That’s why I have not posted on this site for a while. There is lots to discuss in the coming months. I hope you will join me.

I want to leave you with this practical note:

If you are a writer who is serious about publishing your work with traditional publishers (small or medium or big), you need several tools:

First, you need to subscribe to Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/account/login.aspx

This is an online accumulation of editors/agents/publishers, journals, etc…. easily accessible and simple to use. Most new writers do not know where to send there material once they believe they are ready to send it… Well, now there are no excuses.

Secondly, you need to create a spreadsheet of who, what, where, when, and response. Like so many other things in life… the “I just fell into this…” is a big myth. Becoming a master at a craft/art/sport/life is intentional. And so is networking and seizing and creating opportunities. A writer must be ready for the opportunity when it comes, and must cultivate/create the opportunities so they do come. A spreadsheet is how we do this. Only one writer (shout out to Ben Percy) even mentioned this at our MFA program. I took it to heart then, and I’m sharing it now. It’s easy:

Publisher/Editor/Magazine (again, see duotrope)

Manuscript Sent: Your poem, short story, novel, sample, query, etc…

Date Sent: (da!)

Response: Asked for full manuscript, asked for sample chapters, (I could be snarky here, but I’ll be professional).

You will not believe how helpful this is, how exciting it is, how depressing, how encouraging/discouraging…. but most importantly… you will be taking your first major step towards creating opportunities you never thought you could have. Writing isn’t chance. It’s damn hard and it takes true perseverance.

Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear from you. Leave feedback, send an email, repost the blog. You can visit my webpage: http://www.gregorybelliveauwriter.com/index.htm

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On James Joyce’s Ulysses, Melville and Writing

I’m re-reading Joyce’s Ulysses while simultaneously re-reading Ellman’s biography on James Joyce. It is facinating stuff, but similar to many other writers in this way: Joyce was always poor, always dogmatic on his writing, and always making his way as an artist. And this got me thinking once again of the writing life and the writer’s commitment to the craft. Joyce initially sold  (let’s be generous) 500 copies of A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, and could not find a publisher for Ulysses.  His good friend Ezra Pound encouraged him while he read chapters of the novel, and all of this before the great censor lawsuit when it was finally published. And this made me think of Melville (just re-read Moby Dick and Parkers two volume biography on Melville a few montha ago) who left novel writing all together because the public did not get what he was trying to do as an artist (actually called him “Mad” in a headline). He turned to Poetry for the next thirty years and died in obscurity.

I bring this up because those of us who are “in the game” and quiety publishing, or not publishing, but still quietly writing and writing and writing, creating one novel after the other, or one book of poems after the other, or one book of creative nonficiton after the other are the norm. There is no rich and famous. There is always the next project. The writer of novels is in it for the craft of creating a story that will capture the volcanic imagination inside her! The goal of every writer is to learn the craft, then write the stories, no matter how long it takes or how hard it appears to be. A very few people accepted Joyce’s work when it was written, and that is the norm. Joyce struggled to live, to write, to raise a family, was probably (like all of us) a bit mental, bipolar and single-mindedly driven. But in the end, like some ancient prophet of Delphi or the Old testament pronounced into the imagination for all time the most profound characters that live and breathe for us today. We can, any time we desire, pick up a copy of Moby DickUlysses and immerse ourselves into those universes. All we need do is read. And like Shakespeare with Hamlet or Melville’s Moby Dick or the ancient Iliad, Odessey, Old Testament, the Gospels, Symposium, etc…. beings are called ex nihilo and brought to life… forever. The magic and wonder is never… and never will be… remuneration… it is always… in the end… the audacity of the spoken word that stops time, and brings the makebelieve to life.

 

 

Upcoming Fiction and Essays

Well, as many of you Facebook Friends know, I have two new books coming out in 2017. First, my creative nonfiction essays entitled Seeds: Meditations on Grace in a World with Teeth is to be publsihed by CrossLink Publishing sometime in July/August. Second, the novel you have been reading on my blog Blood Roots (a reimagining of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde meets Beauty and the Beast) has been contracted by Solstice Publishing, and is to be released late 2017 (December) or early 2018 (January).

I am in the process of organizing each project as I work with the editors, cover designers, marketing, etc…. And I am going to post various things that happen during the process so to inform those who don’t know about the process and want to understand it better. Right now, I am working with editors in both houses to revise and complete our final manuscripts. Once that happens, then the cover and formatting, etc… will begin. It’s always an interesting experience to re-read a manuscript but now with the eyes of a reader picking it up at a bookstore…. complex and helpful.

In the months to come I will post the covers to the books, and tell you more about my travel plans and what cities I will be in and when. As always, your help in buying, promoting, talking about the books is always so helpful. But for right now, enjoy the chapters for Blood Roots posted here, and until next time….

cheers

Latest novel finished

Well, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus – but for good reason. I have just finished my latest Urban Fantasy novel entitled IMAGO. It takes place four hundred years in the future in a city called Cogstin. I would put the pitch like this: it’s Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” and Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” and Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” with a little bit of Milan Kundera for fun. I may post the first few chapters later. I do plan on discussing the process of writing the novel – for those out there that are interested or perhaps writing your own scifi/fantasy. That should be fun. 

On life notes: I will be teaching creative writing for Upward Bound at Wittenberg University for the next six weeks starting on Friday, so if any of you are around that area, let me know. 

Feel free to catch up on all those chapters I posted for Blood Roots. We are in the midst of pitching it to editors, so sorry to leave you hanging. Thanks for the comments on it. I really like that book and hope to get it in bookstores soon. 

G