In The Time Since The Worlds Traveler Release Thanks to Give

Releasing The Worlds Traveler has made for an exciting time! I can’t believe a month has already passed since the paperback version came out and a month and a half since the ebook version. I have really enjoyed this process and am so grateful for all the good things that have happened, one of which has been the opportunity to work with such great bloggers. From joining a blog tour and posting release announcements, excerpts, and reviews, to simply stating they want to help promote it, they’ve all been such a generous group, carving out time and space in their schedules and blogs to post about The Worlds Traveler and help get the word out. It has been such a pleasure and a privilege and I feel so honored to have a space on their pages! I also owe a special thanks to the wonderful Kellie Sheridan of Patchwork Press for helping to pull everyone together for the blog tour. I’ve listed their posts below, so if you have a chance, check them out and see what other goodies they have on their sites. There is much to enjoy! Many, many thanks to them all!

Cover2CoverBlog:

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/blog-blast-excerpt-from-worlds-traveler.html

The Adventures of SacaKat:

http://sarahfairbairn.com/2015/11/30/new-release-the-worlds-traveler/

Flights of Fantasy:

https://flights0of0fantasy.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/blog-tour-the-worlds-traveler/

The Howling Turtle:

http://howlingturtle-pdx.blogspot.com/2015/12/book-tour-worlds-traveler.html

Books Are Love:

http://hello-booklover.tumblr.com/post/134517039420/the-worlds-traveler-by-ml-roble

Bean’s Bookshelf and Coffee Break:

http://beansbookshelfandcoffeebreak.com/2015/12/07/review-the-worlds-traveler-by-m-l-roble/

Bloggingation Book Style:

http://thebooksshelovestoomuch.blogspot.com/2015/12/blog-tour-worlds-traveler.html?spref=tw

Only the Books for Me:

https://onlythebooksforme.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/the-worlds-traveler-by-maria-roble/

The Library Nerdette:

https://librarynerdette.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/blog-tour-the-worlds-traveler-review-excerpt/

Nayu’s Reading Corner:

http://nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2015/12/spotlight-tour-worlds-traveler-by-m-l.html?spref=tw

Bibliobeth:

http://bibliobeth.com/2015/12/11/blog-tour-the-worlds-traveler-the-hidden-gifted-2-by-m-l-roble/

The Hidden Gifted Series

Series Pic SMAs I’ve been going through the process of publishing The Worlds Traveler, it’s becoming apparent that when it comes to marketing, it does help to give a series a title. So after some thought and research into how to make it all happen, I’m pleased to announce that The Magician’s Doll and The Worlds Traveler are now part of the series…

The Hidden Gifted

I’ve got a bit of work ahead of me now. 🙂

Ebook Release of The Worlds Traveler!

Ebook Release of The Worlds Traveler!

If you own an ereader, tablet, and/or smartphone, you can now read The Worlds Traveler! The ebook version is available for purchase at online booksellers like Itunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, & Kobo. If you’re on a smartphone or tablet, check out your favorite retailer app for a chance to read it! And don’t forget, The Magician’s Doll is on sale for a limited time. It’s a good opportunity to pick up both novels! You can click the My Books page here on my blog for links to my catalog at various online bookstores. 🙂

About the Next Book…

Well, the sequel to The Magician’s Doll is in process for publication! The first draft was completed almost three months ago and after all the time it took to write, it’s a bit of a shock to feel how these three months have passed with barely a blink of the eye. So without further ado, here is where things stand:

The title of the book is…

*****   THE WORLDS TRAVELER   *****

Life on the run from a madman named Martin gets in the way of everything.

For fourteen-year-old Phillip, it means having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift of moving through maps to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger named Delroy brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own, and he was sent by Phillip’s father. Now Phillip will do everything he can to find his dad, even if it means tricking Delory into helping him, or a quest through those hidden worlds.

Even if leaving home means Martin can now find him.

You may have noticed that the point of view this time around is Phillip’s whereas in The Magician’s Doll, it was Natalie’s. I thought Phillip’s point of view would be more compelling since this story is about the search for his father. Natalie is still a main character, though, and the two work very much in tandem.

I’m excited to be working with Editor Todd Barselow on The Worlds Traveler. Todd is a busy man, having just formed his own publishing company, Auspicious Apparatus Press, and I feel lucky to have booked him. If you get a chance, check out Auspicious Apparatus Press. I’m sure we’ll all be hearing great things about the works coming from Todd’s publishing house!

I’ve been fortunate to work with really great artists, from Candace Foy Chabot for my first two novels, to Julius Camenzind for The Worlds Traveler.

I had a feel for what I wanted for the cover of The Worlds Traveler, and once I saw Julius’ work, I just had to contact him! Not only did he not disappoint, he went beyond. My exact words when he sent the final illustration?

“Do I really get to put this gorgeous cover on my book?”

I’ll be doing a cover reveal soon, but you should check out Julius’ site in the meantime to get a feel for his magic. I can’t wait to share the cover with everyone!

The ebook version of The Worlds Traveler has been listed for pre-order at Apple iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. A release date is required for pre-order, so I listed a tentative one for December 11, 2015. The emphasis, though, is on “tentative.” As more of the publishing pieces fall into place, I’ll be better able to firm up that release date. My hope is to release sooner! I’m offering a special pre-order price of $2.99. The price will go up to retail shortly after the book’s release, so please feel free to take advantage of the special pricing!

You don’t need to have read The Magician’s Doll to enjoy The Worlds Traveler, but why not give it a try anyway? It is available as a paperback and ebook at most major retailers. Check for details here.

And that, folks, is all the news that’s fit to print. I’ll have more to share as we move towards publication!

A New Cover for The Magician’s Doll!

So, I decided to update the cover of The Magician’s Doll to include the Literary Classics Award seal and then figured, what the heck? Why not just update the illustration too?

Well, here it is!

Thank you to Candace Foy Chabot for her terrific work on this illustration!

Look for the paperback with the new cover to be available in the New Year, if not sooner!

Trying a Book Blast for The Magician’s Doll!

I’m trying a Book Blast for the first time! Whoo hoo! I’d actually never heard of Book Blasts before which is shameful, really. Once I did my research, though, it seemed like an awesome way to get my toes wet in my attempts to learn about ongoing promotion in the blogsphere. So here it goes:

If you’re interested in signing your blog up for The Magician’s Doll Book Blast, which will run from March 13 – March 15, 2014, head on over to the sign-up page at a terrific site, Mother Daughter Book Reviews. There’s a giveaway for your followers to enter too so it’s a win-win!

I’m excited to give this thing a try, and I hope you’ll consider it! 🙂

Expanding Availability for The Magician’s Doll

Right now The Magician’s Doll is pretty exclusive to Amazon/Createspace, but I’m working on expanding the availability of the paperback version to other online retailers like BN.com. I’m finding that even though I myself love ebooks, the majority of the people who have been buying The Magician’s Doll still prefer physical copies. It’s completely understandable. As a matter of fact, not too long ago I was inspecting a proof copy of The Magician’s Doll, and there is something magical about holding a solid book in your hand, feeling the actual pages, and being able to gaze at beautiful, rich colors on real paper. So hang tight, physical book lovers. You should see greater availability of The Magician’s Doll in its paperback form soon!

Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

I’ve been reading up on Amazon’s KDP Select program and I’ve decided to give Select a try for the ebook version of The Magician’s Doll. The majority of my sales are coming from Amazon anyway, and I’m interested in the opportunity I have to lend my book out through the Kindle Lending Library with Amazon Prime.

I had actually tried Select with Encounter Way and hadn’t found it to be very effective, but The Magician’s Doll is a full-length novel whereas Encounter Way is a novella, so maybe the results will be a little different. I figure it’s worth it to experiment and see. I like to tinker!

The commitment to Select is ninety days so Amazon will be the place to go if you’re interested in purchasing The Magician’s Doll. If you’re a member of Prime, you’ll be able to borrow the book through the Kindle Lending Library. Feel free to give it a try!

Gearing up

I got the edits from my editor today. Surprisingly, there were few. Still, there were corrections on my manuscript that confirmed there are things to be learned. Always. I am so glad I decided to get an outside eye to do the final proofread!

Now I’m nervous. The editor had some wonderful things to say about the story, and I feel like I really need to try to make sure The Magician’s Doll stands a chance of being read. I love the story myself, and it’s interesting how responsible that makes me feel.

It will be a difficult task for me. I tend to be a private person, but marketing requires you to put yourself out there. Each decision I make, I scrutinize and question myself. I really admire people who do it with greater ease than I do. But if I want to do right by the book, I must try!

I’ve completed the edits, but I will continue to read through the manuscript, yet again, over the weekend. I forgot to write a bio (ugh!), and will need to whip one up. I need to make the final decision on whether to use Createspace or Lightning Source. I need to get my design for this blog and my Facebook page (on which I have not written – again, private person, here!). Things are gearing up.

I just realized. It’s only ten days until I put the book up. Whoa…