“Cat’s Eyes” to be Renamed

A decision has been made to republish Cat’s Eyes as a second edition using a new title The Land of Miu. It has been a concern for some months that people will look at the former title and think the book is about cats, when in fact it isn’t. The book is about two young sisters who have an adventure in another world. It’s filled with magic, mythology, suspense and family. The only connection to cats is that the Miuan people are shapeshifters and often take the form of cats. They are also not human and have a resemblance to a cat with the top half of their face being very cat like, but don’t dare say that to a Miuan as they become highly offended by the comment. 😀

I feel “Cat’s Eyes” is a good name for the story, however, it does give the wrong impression and for that reason I know republishing with a new title is a good move.

Besides, it means the book will be updated in some ways. The cover for this book will remain the same as I think it’s highly important that the two versions resemble each other. It is also extremely important that the people who have already purchased the book KNOW this is the same story. I don’t want anyone feeling cheated and deceived.

Cat’s Eyes is the first edition. The Land of Miu is the second edition. They are one and the same book.

Books 2 and 3 will also be given a name change. The titles are yet to be confirmed.

The Wide-Brimmed Publisher’s Hat and Hope

Yes, I live! I thought I should post a quick update to let you know I haven’t been swallowed by a black hole, or scared off into another dimension, or snatched by aliens from a distant planet. No, I’ve been wearing my wide-brimmed publisher’s hat for the last six weeks.

Lots of writing has been involved, but of the non-fiction variety. I’ve also been working on the cover and the interior of the Hope project. I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now.

The blurb on the back of the book reads:

From thirteen Australian writers comes a collection of original speculative fiction short stories that will take you from the great unknown of our own planet, to the stars, and beyond to mystical fantasy worlds. These stories of ‘hope’ include High Tide at Hot Water Beach (Paul Haines), Burned in the Black (Janette Dalgliesh), The Haunted Earth (Sean Williams), Eliot (Benjamin Solah), Boundaries (Karen Lee Field), The Encounter (Sasha Beattie), The God on the Mountain (Graham Storrs), Deployment (Craig Hull), Flowers in the Shadow of the Garden (Joanne Anderton), Blinded (Jodi Cleghorn), The Choosing (Rowena Cory Daniells), Duty and Sacrifice (Alan Baxter) and A Moment, A Day, A Year… (Pamela Freeman).

These brilliantly crafted stories, combined with essays donated by Beyondblue and Dr Myfanwy Maple and Mr Warren Bartik, from the University of New England, are accompanied by short snippets of information on suicide.

Did you know approximately one million people die by suicide each year worldwide?

Suicide happens on a daily basis. It can affect you. Are you suicide aware?

Everything in this anthology is donated by Australians to help raise suicide awareness. And…all profits will be donated to suicide awareness.

The project has moved into the pre-press stage. I am currently waiting for the proofs to arrive from the printer. Once I know how much has been done right, and how much needs to be changed, then a release date will be set. At this time, however, I estimate it will be the end of September or beginning of October.

Kayelle Press Website Launched

At 10am this morning, the Kayelle Press website was successfully launched. I’ve spent a lot of time on the site over recent weeks – making graphics, figuring out complicated coding and generally trying to piece together a website that I can be proud of and I’m pleased with the result.

Please take a few moments to head over to the website and see what’s on offer.

Purpose Opens the Door to Creativity

Yes, I’m still alive and kicking. I’ve just been buried in “company” stuff. Surprisingly, there’s been no stress along the way, like I expected. I put that down to adopting the “slow and steady wins the race” attitude I took on before I started this adventure.

I have received ISBN numbers and will shortly apply for a CiP entry for the first book that is to be published. At present, I’m seeking out prices for getting books printed in Australia and then I’ll decide which route to take and then the finer details can be worked out.

A logo has been chosen and the website is done, but I won’t put it online until certain details are confirmed. I am extremely pleased with how it turned out. It’s like nothing I’ve coded in the past and was a satisfying challenge.

The “secret project”, which was lost in that accident a few weeks ago, has been started again from scratch. Losing all that work might not have been such a bad thing after all, because what I have redone has turned out to be better! Again, I have to work out some of the finer details before taking it to the next step.

And, finally, I did something impulsive. I submitted one of my manuscripts to a competition. I’m a member of Out West Writers, which means I receive emails on a regular basis telling me about up coming writing events. Sometimes the event is an Out West author’s book release, book signing or other success. Sometimes it’s news about local book awards, workshops or seminars. On this occasion, the email disclosed information about a competition leading to a large sum of prize money and certain publication for the winner. One link lead to another and I found myself at the publisher’s website. Browsing their catalogue, I realised I have a completed manuscript that is in line with the books I was viewing on the website. Over the next ten days, I read the manuscript carefully and made minute changes before submitting it to the competition. No decisions will be made until (at least) February 2011, but I have plenty to occupy me between now and then.

Things may be quiet on the blog front right now, but I’ve done more writing related things since the beginning of September than I have in the last year or so. All I needed was purpose.

Kayelle Press

Over the years I’ve said many things, believed (wholeheartedly) other things, and changed my mind countless times. I’m not ashamed of this, because it’s life and it’s all about freedom of choice and making decisions with the information available to us at the time.

Publishing my own books has been a controversial topic during this time. It’s something I was dead against. It’s something that I would not entertain, not in the slightest. Why? I believed getting published the traditional way was the ONLY way. It’s that simple!

But that was then, when technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today. That was when the internet was still foreign ground to many, including me. Now, things are different. Times have changed. I have changed. Getting published the traditional way isn’t as important to me. Yes, it would be nice. It would be validating in a way that I cannot imagine. Yet when I ponder this thought, I think that is the only reason I’ve been set against publishing myself. I wanted an editor of a huge (I don’t mean a big, I mean HUGE) publishing house to tell me that I am worthy. It’s not going to happen.

You might read that and think I have no confidence in my ability…and sometimes that is true. But the main reason I don’t think it’s going to happen is because the big, and the huge, publishing houses are going to feel pressured by a more direct media – the power of the internet – and this will bring about even more changes in the publishing industry.

Don’t get me wrong. Those big publishers will still do fine because they will continue to publish the big names. But where does that leave the new and up-and-coming authors? How will they (we) ever get recognised?

There are so many options available. It’s a shame to sit back and continue to dream the impossible dream. With this in mind, I’ve decided to take control of my writing life and take a chance in life. As of 1 September 2010, I have an official, registered business name and I will publish my own books. When I’ve learned the ropes, I may even venture into publishing other people’s books too. (That will be decided at a later date, although I do already have an idea swirling around my busy mind.) It will be hard work. It will be stressful at times. And it will also be rewarding as I see my small press grow from the efforts and sweat I am willing to put into it.

I’m pleased to announce the official website of Kayelle Press (pronounced K L without a pause). The website is less than a day old and is currently in the early stages of construction. However, if you enter your email address you will be one of the first to receive an official notification when the website is launched.

This is an exciting time for me. I hope you’ll join me on the journey. 😀