With just a week to go before publication, the good people of HarperVoyager have put a Meet Andy post up on their website. You are more than welcome to have a look...
And here it is - Harper Voyager have revealed the cover for Hero Born, and what an amazing job they have done with it, too! This also means the ebook is now available to pre-order on Amazon, which would mean it would be automatically delivered on the publication date of 1st June.
The announcement of the cover reveal is on the Voyager website here.
There comes a time when we have to let go of the things we love, to set them free and let them find their way in the world. In other words... the copy edits are now done on Hero Born! This is the last stage of editing on the story - and my final involvement in it, which is a nerve-wracking thought, but exciting at the same time.
In any case, as of last night my amendments are back with Voyager, which means we are still on track for the publication date of 1st June. Keep an eye on here, and I'll let you know when and how you can pre-order it as well as any other progress between now and then.
Quick update: The structural edits on Hero Born are now done.
This is the stage where an editor suggests changes to the plot, characters, chapter structure, dialogue, correction of inconsistencies, etc. They are only suggestions but, to my mind, you accept any help you can get, especially if it's from an experienced professional, if you want your book to be as good as it possibly can be. A fresh eye is always a great help, and the notes from my editor, Rachel, were understanding to the tone of the story and made perfect sense.
The next part of the process will be the copy editing, where a professional proof-reader will read over every syllable and punctuation mark, but the next visible stage will be the official cover reveal. I love the design and can't wait for you to see it - it should be relatively soon as we keep on track for the publication date of 1st June.
Before then, you will be able to pre-order Hero Born so that it is automatically delivered to your e-reader on publication day. I'll keep you posted on when this becomes possible.
Quick progress update: I have now received the structural edit notes, which basically means nine intensive days of fitting in work wherever I can. Nerve-wrackng and exciting at the same time, but it does also mean that things are on track for publication in 1st June. Right, now to work wherever I can fit it in...
There is a new and final publication date for Hero Born: 1st June... just in time for the summer-holiday let-me-get-books-on-my-ereader market, which is nice. It also means that things will start happening that are newsworthy over the next few months, so i will be updating more often on progress.
Watch this space!
The publication date for Hero Born has changed again, and will now be 26th March, 2015. The January date was too close to the publication of Half the World, the second in Joe Abercrombie's latest trilogy.
Ha! Nice to know I've got Abercrombie running scared...!
Harper Voyager have issued a press release announcing the signing of me and 14 other new authors to their UK office. You can read it here on The Bookseller website.
As part of everything becoming official as far as publishing announcements go, I also have a new publication date. The e-Book will be published on 15th January, 2015, so keep an eye out here for news on the preparations for the big day and the chance to pre-order Hero Born.
In the meantime, you can read more about this on the latest blog.
Hero Born, the first book in the Seeds of Destiny trilogy, will be published as an e-book by HarperVoyager in September 2014!
It's a fantasy story, but without the magic, dragons and elves. It's set in a
world with geography similar to ours and races drawn from elements of the
civilisations of our past - which is great as it lets me take the bits I like
and invent the rest! It is a world and a time in desperate need of a hero and,
over the three books, the story follows one character from boyhood to becoming
that hero, unwittingly and fairly reluctantly - as far as he is concerned, all
he is trying to do is survive! Basically, it is a good old-fashioned adventure
story. How can you resist???
For more, see the Blog page.
Andy Livingstone is the author of the epic fantasy novel Hero Born (the first book in the Seeds of Destiny sequence, published by HarperVoyager) as well as The Siege of Markethaven: A Tale of Old and the Sidney Squirrel series of children's books.