Upcoming IMAGO Book Events

I am presently scheduling IMAGO book events for the coming new year of 2020. I you are interested in participating, send me an email. if you would like to have me read/speak/present at your local high school, university, bookstore, library, please email me at gkennethbelliveau@gmail.com

I will be at the following locations in 2020:

January

@ Capital University, Bexley, OH

February

18th @ Cedarville Community Library (6:30 – 7:30)

March

@ Bexley Public Library

IMAGO NOW AT A RETAILER NEAR YOU

Hey gang! I wanted to express my thanks for all of you who have followed the progress from writing/revising/contract/galleys/… and now Publication of IMAGO. Now that the book is at retailers everywhere, I wanted to mention a few helpful things you can do to share the exciting news.

First, get your own copy of the novel and share your experience on social media.

Secondly, when you do read it, be share to post a review on Amazon and Goodreads, etc… The review (something simple like: great read/ and click on stars) really helps sales because all websites use an algorithm that elevates the most reviewed books with other highly reviewed books.

Thirdly, start a reading group with friends. I would love to come and talk to you about the novel, and we can tip a glass, share some food and have a great time with your friends.

Fourthly, talk to your local high school, university, library, bookstore, and have the administrators/owners invite me to your city for a reading or Q&A or presentation, or all of the above. I am now in the process of booking events for the new year.

Bottom line, the more you can get involved passing the word around the country via social media and word of mouth, the more you help promote the book.

Thank you so much for participating in this process, and make sure you email me to get on my mailing list.

gkennethbelliveau@gmail.com

I’ll look forward to reading your posts about IMAGO!

Keep reading and writing!

Robert Crais Meets John Steinbeck: Derek Wade’s Murder in Marin County

Jack Brubaker, Private Investigator, finds himself in big trouble when he wakes up in a woods next to a decomposing body. And this is only the beginning of the funhouse as this complicated and well-plotted who-done-itunfolds. Derek Wade’s debut novel Murder in Marin Countyis a collision of Robert Crais meets John Steinbeck. This is no hyperbole either. The novel is filled with standard (albeit mostly unpredictable) detective tropes (the hardened police detective antagonist, the first person ironic narrator, gun fights and lots of misdirection); it’s all there in typical genre style. But that is only half of this novel. It’s the other half that makes Mr. Wade’s first novel so memorable. Almost immediately we are immersed in the beautiful, enigmatic Sausalito setting filled with quirky characters and small town marina life. This is where Mr. Wade excels. He is writing in the new Literary Genre style with comfortable, typical detective novel tropes but combining these with more literary techniques. Brubaker is psychologically complex and multi-layered – a gentler, kinder Sam Spade who knows his way around a sailboat as well as the dark alleys of drug dealers. His sidekick, the eccentric, ex-military Dolliver, is good with guns, but is a character pulled right out of Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursdayor Tortilla Flat. The setting, like the ocean that demands so much attention, is a character in itself. The author tells us he is a sailor, a world traveler, and Brubaker is one as well. Here’s where the novel really finds its footing. The sailing scenes, the marina and coastal life, the metaphors of water and land and finding ones place between – this is what makes for such satisfying reading. Murder in Marin Countywill satiate your detective novel fix, but will give you what all great stories do: an immersive experience with plot, characters, and setting that stays with you far longer than the last page. I’m looking forward to reading much more from Mr. Wade.

Here is the link:

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

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.