The Art of Asking

I trust you.

I’ve had people, many of them friends of mine give me a pained expression, full of well-meaning worry for me and my livelihood, when I tell them I am self-publishing. I tell them that the book publishing industry has changed. It’s a brave new world full of new opportunities for artists to connect directly with their audiences.

Yes, it’s frightening to take that leap of faith and do something outside of long-standing tradition. I’m doing so, and Mz. Palmer’s TED talk here is precisely why.

I don’t want to connect with a publishing house. I want to connect with you. I don’t fancy giving 80% of my money to a middle-man to stand between my readers and myself. I want people to be able to enjoy a good fantasy novel for no more than three dollars and to be happy with that investment.

That’s why I have decided to put forward my art this way; I trust you.

Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy

Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy

This is the front cover of my book, coming out this winter. I’m very excited! It’s a fantasy novel in which a young man stumbles into adulthood on the battlefield and a young woman torn from the world she knows by disaster. Worlds apart, they must somehow help each other to survive before all is lost.

Art by Sarah Cloutier. Lettering and formatting by Kristy Laporte.