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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

So, Hedge Witch. As regular readers will know, this YA fantasy novel was accepted by a publisher some time ago. In fact, nearly two years ago now. In that time, a cover's been created and there's been a tiny amount of editing - and not a lot else.

I don't know why this happens. I think we all know the traditional publishing industry can move at a glacial speed at times. It seems some modern, nimble ebook publishing houses can be the same. Since Hedge Witch was accepted I've written Engn, had it accepted by the wonderful (and quick-moving) December House and had that book published. And I'm half-way through writing the sequel.

So, enough is enough. With some regret I've pulled Hedge Witch from its publisher. But there's a silver lining here. Since the book was accepted, the indie publishing revolution has really taken off, and I've had good experiences with putting out Genehunter that way. In truth, I love the idea of still owning Hedge Witch - and the two sequels that will be written this year and next year.

So, after much deliberation, I'm going to indie publish Hedge Witch. I'm aiming for an April 30th release. That's Beltane, of course, which is a good day to release this book...

No doubt I'll be looking at blog tours and cover reveals (I'm going to sort out a new cover) a little nearer the time (anyone interested?) But the decision is made and I'm excited about it.

Hedge Witch. Coming soon to an eReader near you...

Fifteen year-old schoolgirl Cait Weerd has no idea she's being sought by the undain: sorcerous creatures that feed off the spirit of the living. She doesn't know the undain need her blood to survive. She doesn't even know she's a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Cait Weerd doesn't know a lot, really, but all that's about to change.

At Manchester Central Library she’s caught up in sudden violence. In the chaos she’s handed an old book that’s been hidden there. She's told to run: hide the book or destroy it. It contains all the secrets of the undains’ existence. They and their human servants want to find it as much as they want to find Cait.

Cait learns the fate of two worlds is at stake. Just what she needs. Along with definitely-not-a-boyfriend Danny, she has to decide what the hell to do. Run, fight or just hope it all goes away.

It's only then she learns who she really is, along with the terrible truth of what the undain have been doing in our world all this time ...


16 comments:

  1. Excellent. I think you've made the right decision, Simon. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks. Really looking forward to getting it out there now...

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  2. It sounds like a good decision, Simon, and as long as you're happy with it, that's what counts. Good luck with the whole process!

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    1. Thanks! Yep, definitely happy with it...

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  3. Woohoo! I'll finally get to read this book. I've been intrigued for a long time.

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  4. Good on you for taking ownership back. I really want to read this book!

    And you know I'll help with promotion :)

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    1. Thanks, Donna. You're basically my role model in all this...

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  5. Goodness! How frustrating - but well done you for taking control of the situation. Good luck with it :-)

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    1. It's absolutely maddening. But I'm feeling really good about taking control of the situation...

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  6. Ooo, a sequel to Engn. I loved that story. Congrats on your decision with Hedge Witch. I'll get word out for you if you'd like.

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    1. Many thanks, Mary. I suspect I'll be in touch!

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  7. I'm sorry you've had such a long wait. At least you have two things going for you now: you know the book is publishable, and you know how to publish a book.

    I can't wait till April.

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    1. Thanks. And you're right; having the book accepted has, ironically, given me the confidence to publish it myself.

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  8. Genehunter has done well, and I wish you the same success with Hedge Witch. Look forward to reading it.

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