My first novel, approx. 80k words. Currently part of a site promotion with a half off coupon available. Anyone from Hatrack that wants a copy, just le tme know and I'll give you a coupon for a free one.
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Surely. But first a note. I have learned a priceless lesson. Two in fact, and both of them are about trusting my own judgment.
My original title for the book was "Wildered". It's a fine old word, dates back half a millenium at least and perhaps longer. Root word for bewildered, among others.
However, both of my editors assured me that no one on earth outside of an English department would have a clue what it was. So I pondered and came up with an alternative. The main female protagonist is a fire witch, and she uses a silver dagger instead of a wand. In modern Wicca this knife is called an athame, and is traditionally associated with fire.
So I made the new title "Athame".
Not so fast. Same argument from both editors, with even more impatience. Nobody would know what it was. The complaint was coming at me from both directions, via voice and email. It was late. i was tired and I just wanted to upload the file and go to bed. So I switched it to "Silver Dagger".
The next day, *after* I had uploaded it, I checked and found the list of books with the words silver dagger in the title to be as long as your... whatever.
I said to hell with it, changed the name back to Athame, and re-uploaded the file. The kind of audience I am writing for in this book would know what an athame is. Anyone who doesn't, isn't likely to be the kind of person who reads epic fantasy.
First lesson, find an editor who reads the kind of book you are writing, and understands the audience you are targeting. Second lesson, never let someone else overrule your own gut.
Now, to answer your question and apologize for taking so long, here's the link:
rcmann, Congratulations on getting your book out there, and thanks for the coupon code -- that's very generous. I downloaded a kindle version & look forward to "cracking it open" soon!
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