Book promotion, Die Braut des Jakobiners, foreign rights and various updates
As you probably know, many traditional media have cut down on their book review sections (sad, it was always the first section I read in my Sunday paper). Fortunately for writers and readers alike, literary bloggers have stepped in. We now have many more outlets, run, often without any expectation of profit, by people who are passionate about books. This means that the traditional “brick-and-mortar” book tour is becoming a thing of the past, and that much of the work of book promotion is shifting towards blog tours and online reviews.
And this is where I am right now, not touring yet, because For the King will not be published until July, but beginning to organize my blog tour. Fellow writers will know precisely what I mean. Robin Maxwell just wrote an article in the Huffington Post on this topic: Publishing Revolution: Historical Fiction Evolves in Digital Age.
This is definitely turning into a catch-all post, but why not? I received my copies of the German edition of Mistress of the Revolution, titled Die Braut des Jakobiners, The Jacobin’s Bride. Why the change in title? It simply sounded better in German, and I was told the term Jacobin was very evocative of the French Revolution for the German public. In any case, I do like the cover. A beautiful Liotard, La belle lectrice (The Fair Reader). One of these days we will have to come back to Liotard, a gifted 18th century Swiss pastellist with an amazing sense of color.
And speaking of foreign rights, Artemis, a Turkish publisher with a growing list of English-speaking authors, has purchased the rights to both Mistress of the Revolution and For the King. Either one would have made me happy, but this two-book deal is still better. I am anxious to see those covers…
Finally, you may have noticed changes in the design of this blog. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. My old template was discontinued by GoDaddy, which made this switch unavoidable. This is actually my first post under this template. It has some drawbacks, in particular it is less customizable. I also believe the post titles stand out less, but the general feel may be cleaner, less cluttered. What do you think?