Maw of the Defilers — the second novel I wrote and one that I still have a soft spot for. I think the story was pretty cool, and it blended aspects of high fantasy with horror.
I sent the first chapter and the synopsis off to Kunati Press here in Canada. Their process is different than other publishing houses. It is read by three people. If all three give it a thumbs up, then they ask to see the rest.
On Friday, they asked to see the rest. So off it goes to them.
Now, before anyone gets excited, the chances of Maw finding a home at Kunati are extremely slim. Not because the book sucks (I’m quit fond of it) but more because I don’t know if it’s their cup of tea. While they only publish commercial fiction (a rarity for Canadian publishers), they have a drive to publish cutting edge (think Fight Club). And sadly, Maw of the Defiler isn’t like that (think Pirates of the Caribbean).
It’s action/adventure with some themes of destiny versus determination — but nothing too crazy. So I’ll send it off, and I’ll probably hear back in three months.
Still, it’s the first positive news I’ve had in a long time…so I’ll take anything I can get.
Good news. I’ll hold the getting excited for you until you say so.
And even better news was your house was taken over by a bunch of people that like you on Friday. And burgers. And booze.
damn that is amazing!!!! Don’t fool yourself if it was not their ‘cup of tea’ I don’t think that they would be asking for more!
Thanks J&D…and I’m not trying to be modest. This is a little bit of good news, but not huge. I don’t know if this book is quite right for them…but I thought I’d give it a shot.
Sadly, I’ve been at this stage too many times, with not a lot to show for it…that I don’t get too excited. When they say ‘we want to buy it’, then I get all excited…move on with my life (you know, ditch current friends, get new friends who suit my new famous lifestyle).
Way to go Ryan! Now you wait, long time! And these guys (if they take your book) are truly serious about marketing, etc. (New press, and they want to make money. Isn’t that fun? Means you could make money too!)
I’ll send the good thoughts your way.