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As you probably guessed from the title, I just got offered of an ebook contract for my MG urban fantasy, Fur-Face (draft #217). 

It's from a reputable independent publisher, Echelon Press.  I met the owner/president, Karen Syed, at the Write Stuff conference in March and she asked me to send in the full ms.  Last night I got an email from their senior editor telling me they'd like to publish it as an ebook.  It was a lovely surprise - to be honest, after nearly six months, I'd begun to think they weren't interested.

I haven't seen the contract yet, and I need to know more about their editing/publishing process before I make a decision, but whatever the eventual outcome, I'm excited that someone liked my novel enough to want to publish it in any form.

I don't know what 2010 has in store for me, but 2009 is certainly ending on a high note.  

Have a Happy New Year!

Jon


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peadarog
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Hurray! It's nice to be wanted.
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, Peadar. Happy New Year! :)
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mela_lyn
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
YAY!! May that be a foretelling of things to come in 2010!!

(If my English is off, I just woke up...)
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Lol, excellent icon :)
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jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Thanks. I appreciate it :)
asakiyume
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:15 am (UTC)
Wonderful news!!
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
I'm trying not to get too excited until I know all the details, but it's too late ;)
jakobdrud
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Great news! And what a way to end 2009 :-)
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
It's certainly good timing :)
mikandra
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Cool.

As you may well be aware, I've lately gone through a similar kerfuffle. Things to look out for:

1. if they're not going to print your book, you should be able to negotiate print rights
2. how well do they advertise on the net in general?
3. how well-designed is their site (since this will be their main venue for sales) and also, how well-written are their blurbs? Be honest with yourself here, because it's probably indicative of the quality of the editing you're going to get. You sign a contract for five years or so. You have to be able to work with them for that period while you should rightly demand the best and most consistent editing.
4. can you ask them how they plan to market?
5. what is their presence on large ebook venues? Amazon, Fictionwise etc. Do their books have images, blurbs and reviews up?
6. Google a few of their titles (at random, not just their flagship titles). See if you're happy with what comes up in terms of promotion and effort put into selling. Again, the internet is the only venue through which the book will be sold. Each of their titles must therefore come up with some solid returns in Google
7. What is your genre? Is this what they normally sell?

As for me, I wasn't happy once I had the answers to these questions. I didn't sign.
mikandra
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
ETA: the quality of their presence on secondary sites such as Amazon is probably more important than their primary site. If they sell mainly through their primary site, how are sales going to differ from if you did it on your own (with all the followers you have).
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vaughan_stanger
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Vaughan :)
brian_ohio
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:02 am (UTC)
That's awesome! Anytime you can find someone actually IN the publishing biz, let alone an editor, who loves your book (and writing)... you're doing alright! Very cool! Let us know what you decide and some of the details. Sounds VERY promising!
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, Brian :)
tracy_d74
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)
Woot! Woot!

I'm so proud of you! Make sure they treat your book right.
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, I've decided to focus on being excited today and worry about the details in 2010 :)
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jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, sir :)
martyn44
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
That's good news. Put out more flags!
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
I'm extra chuffed this morning :)
jtglover
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Congratulations! What a way to end the year. :D
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, and there are still over fifteen hours to go :)
reneesweet
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:32 am (UTC)
Congrats!!
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
kmarkhoover
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Sweet! Just make sure you do your homework (I know you will) about them. Sounds good, though. I'm happy for you! :)
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Thanks. Homework is vital I think. Mikandra has already given me an excellent list of questions to be going on with :)
faerie_writer
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
That's such exciting news, Jon! Congratulations!!! :D
jongibbs
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
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