For those of you who are veteran hubbers and know Shadesbreath, then you will know that he is working on publishing his novel. His blog network, Facebook page and profile are all promoting his book coming out soon.
Below is a picture to give you an idea.
Shadesbreath's Facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shadesbre … 3616377221
John Daulton is his real name: http://daultonbooks.com/
I just heard from Shadesbreath that he has put the final touches on it and it should be hitting the stores soon.
Many of you who don't know Shadesbreath, well his profile link is below and you can check out his work here. Since there is no self promotion in the forums, I am doing this favor for him.
Not to mention, if you want, I do think that he is offering signed copies also. But, you would need to check with him on that. If you see the above picture anywhere on Facebook, then give him a helping hand by sharing the photo with everyone you know. I'm positive he would be extremely grateful.
Thank you for your time.
I knew him when he was just a disembodied line of script in a hubpage forum posting. Who woulda thunk?
That is pretty cool. If I rub my computer screen will some of that industriousness rub off on me???
Haha, I remember Shadesbreath! Very cool and good on you, my friend! I never thought to post something on here about my published books, but great way of advertising! When I get ready to release my next book (33rd one!) I might have to make a thread too!
Just to let you know, there's NO Self Promotion allowed on the forums, which is why I started this thread for Shadesbreath, because He would not be allowed to do it.
Ah, ok! Very creative, and very kind of you! Man, sounds like I need to cultivate my own flock of loyalists happy to do promoting for me!
Wow! Congrats Shadesbreath! Thanks for promoting this Cagsil.
Hmmm, wouldn't it be nice if there's a hub that features e-books, novels, books, etc. written by hubbers?
If anyone sees the photo posted above on Facebook, please share it with others. I have posted on my Facebook wall. You're welcome RedElf and Emie.
Wow is right! Congrats Shadesbreath... that's very exciting. And, Ray thanks for letting all of us know.
Well I hope he announces a booksigning party. I'd definitely go and take pics to post on HP and Facebook.
This is excellent news Cags, I think Shadesbreath has to be in my top three favorite writers here on Hubpages. He is a genius
that is really good news..... congrats to him for having a friend like you, and of course for the book..........
Wow I wish to do that some day! But mine will be a e-book. Actually when I was in the third grade I wrote a novel down as I wasn't fast at typing then. It was 75% completed and I wrote a total of 700 pages. I began reading it the other day and I'm amazed to know that the sentence structure etc. is perfect and the only thing I could do now was make it more of a suspense. It's a mystery story on the lines of my favourite author as a kid Enid Blytons famous five.
I wishshadesbreath all success and Cags great job
Congrats Shades, I am proud of you and your have an author's name. John Daulton sounds great for an author!
That's awesome! Congrats, Shady! Ray, thanks for letting us know.
I want to read it!!!!
Congrats shadesbreath, but seriously I want to read it!!!!!!
Congrats to shadesbreath! He certainly is the envy of many of us.
I finished writing the first draft of my novel back in March of 2008 and have not touched it since. All of these years hence, I realized that I have to go back and edit (and actually rewrite) the novel entirely. I understand now that to do so will take take a herculean effort on my part. Life just...Happened. Not a day goes by that I don't think of doing what I believe I was born to do. Writing creatively is what I went to school for and took loans out for. The problem now is that I make a good living and have not taken my own advice to follow my dream...
But this just may be the year that I change that.
It's inspiring to hear of others succeeding like shadesbreath. Again, congrats
Thank you everyone and you're welcome too.
So, if you happen to come across the photo share it with someone. Even if your sharing is by word of mouth.
Thanks for letting us know. Of course I'll give the helping hand - facebook, twitter and so forth.
Congrats Shadees. What an accomplishment.
You're welcome. I'm sure Shadesbreath would be grateful for all the help he gets.
Do we get a sneak peak into it? A sample intro or something? Nothing special. Just the back cover
Check out Shadesbreath's blogs. He wrote down everything he's done up to this point, including sharing how the graphics of the novel came to be.
Seriously maybe I should open some tabs the next time. I only saw the homepage and quit earlier in the day. Thats when I first replied to this post
It's amazing any idea how much shades is paying for the graphic artist??
Really cool for shades, and for you to help him advertise it, Ray! I'll help too as I enjoy his work here.
Cool Randy! Shadesbreath is one of my favorites here and his novel should be awesome, if his writing here is anything to go by.
@Lobo, then email Shadesbreath and ask him. Secondly, as I said, his blog posts explains the entire process. He setup the blogs to help others learn the process.
Thank you Maita. I do what I can to help those who I consider friends.
Thank you Ray!!!
I know I am one of your friend!!!! So will you help me cheer for the Steelers?????
Sorry Maita. I cannot do that. Football season is over as far as I am concerned. But, I'll wish your Steelers luck, okay?
Wow, Ray, you are the bomb!
And how cool that so many people are so supportive. Cags needs to start a new career as a publicist.
So, for starters, super thank you for the interest and well wishes from so many awesome hubbers. I would also like to say, to those of you whose comments were of the wanting-to-get-your-own-book-out variety, it's not as hard as you think. I confess it's taken a lot more time than I expected, but it's not "hard" to do at all. It's wayyyyy more intimidating than hard. But having gone through the whole process now, I realize there really isn't anything to be intimidated by. It's just hoops to jump through and some crap to learn that isn't hard, just, well, kind of boring and detail oriented. The rest is just discipline.
At least, that's how it goes for getting a book made and out. Selling is another matter, and we'll see how that goes. Hopefully a few of you will grab a copy. (If you check out my facebook page, it's under Shadesbreath on FB, you'll know when it's available). The main goal after release is to get some reviews on Amazon. That's a big deal, so, I will probably be whining and sniveling about that once everything is live.
Oh, and for Lobobrandon's question, the cover graphic cost a lot, at least a lot by my standards. If it was just me, I'd share that, but the artist, Cris Ortega, may want to raise her rates and I wouldn't want to make future negotiations awkward for her. She is worth every penny, however.
Anyway, thanks again. Hopefully you guys will all go like my facebook page (either the book page or my HP one), and, well, then I'll probably whore myself out trying to get you to buy a copy for years to come. lol. But even if you don't buy one, the video trailer is going to blow your mind (it made my mom cry for sheer awesomeness--granted its my mom, but still!).
Cheers, Cags. You rule.
I noticed this post yesterday, but hadn't come around to reply in it until now.
Congratulations Shadesbreath! Considering I lack discipline personally, I'll probably keep on just reading books instead of trying to write them.
If only there were a magic wand that allowed you to instantly spawn a full story...
Once you release the book, I'll be sure to check it out. If the sypnosis intrigues me, I may get a copy to help you out.
I wouldn't ask for anything else.
Well, I would ask, obviously, but, depending on how outrageous my request (like, I ask that you buy 1000 copies, etc.), I wouldn't really expect you to comply with the request.
There's a paperback and ebook (Kindle and Nook). And the biggest thing anyone can do for me (obviously aside from buying it lol) is review it on Amazon. A review on there is like handing me a gold coin, a beer and a pizza all at once.
When it's ready, I want a signed copy. I will, of course, review it as soon as I've consumed it.
But of course!
I wish. But, maybe in two years, with the trilogy out, the other novel I've got almost ready, and a novella or two working, I can build enough momentum to make writing novels my full time job.
When you get a chance, perhaps you can write a series of hubs about your experience with getting published. It should be interesting.
Well, I sort of already did, just not hubs. I blogged the whole process up to the proof part, which is where I am, and have been stuck at for forty five days or so, until now, finally finished. If you'd like to see them, they are here:
I cover the start up, editing the manuscript, getting the cover artist and working through sketches to final product, I hit pricing and profit issues and all kinds of stuff tracing the journey to release. Have a look if you get time. I keep it pretty light and my usual snarky self and terribad-self-sketch stuff is there, so it's not too painful to read. lol.
I'm so proud of you Shade...probably not as much as your mother, but I'm right up there!
Now that you've done all that hard work, let me know if there is anything I can do to help...other than buy the book, which I plan on doing anyway.
It's so exciting isn''t it? I'm slowly getting there on mine...although thankfully, I'm not going to be worried too much about the graphics on the cover given the type of novel it will be. Are you going strictly digital for now...or will there be a hard copy?
This is a bit spooky but I have just been reading this guy "Shadesbreath's" hubs.If his book is as good as his hubs then "WOW". I wish him all the luck in the world and hope for his heartiest success. He is a lucky guy to have a friend such as you... Congratulations both.
I'm not allowed to review books on Amazon. I tried for others. Seems you actually have to buy some product first, which considering Google.es or co.uk are much nearer and cheaper, is not likely to happen any time soon, and the fact that I am an affilate counts for nothing.
Anyway what I can do is write my own review and mention this book on my site which I'm happy to say was not Panda slapped and can be found around about #8 for the keyword "best selling books".
When I get back to the UK I am so going to sort this site out and bring it right up to date.
Page 1 without effort? I have a few hubbers to promote actually. Need to get off my backside and get to work.
Great friends are hard to come by, you are top notch Ray, to help Shades so much. Congrats Shade, I remember a time when you were talking about working on publishing a book. I am happy to hear that you have. I look forward to reading it. It looks like something my children will enjoy too. I will be sure to pass the word along. Thanks for the heads up!
Thanks Cags, for bringing this to the attention of many.
I am so pleased that he noticed some of my silly hubs a couple of years ago and felt encouraged to post his humor here.
Now people will know that there are many Shades, of Shades.
Congratulations, Mr. D.
Congrats to him and thank you for bringing him to my attention!
A great big congrats to Shadesbreath!
And a big thanks to Cagsgil - he is indeed an awesome publicist!
Thanks I will check that out - though I already have an artist. My brother is a professional illustrator.
It is impressive how the good fortune of one has eliminated the typical contentiousness of the typical forum posting.
It is a reassuring sign of our universal nature.
Wow!!! I am more than excited, honestly, if you have ever tried writing a novel before, or have written one in the past, you would know what Shades achieved...unfortunately, i lost the only manuscript of my first novel, which i wrote when i was 15. Its so so painful because the storyline was mind-blowing, would have won international readership. Anyway, i am still working on my second novel, but it isnt so easy....in order words, congrats and congrats to Shades....like a contributor earlier said, you have a sweet name that fits in for an novelist.
@Cagsil, you demonstrated friendship in its greatest form...hmmm, makes me thinking if i would ever have someone to discuss about me or whatever....so so skeptical...thank you cags for the selfless service! would love to read the book.
A little exposure for Shadesbreath. If you don't know who HE is, then get informed. You'll be glad that you did.
He is HubPages' resident philosophical comic, writer and NOW- Novelist!
My two favorite hubs by him-
http://shadesbreath.hubpages.com/hub/De … -Number-15
http://shadesbreath.hubpages.com/hub/So … f-Morality
If YOU don't laugh at those two hubs, then you don't know what humor is.
Good idea to add links to Shadesbreath's Hubs here Cags. I frequently end up virtually crying with laughter reading Shades hubs, so it would be nice for a few others here to have the same experience
Hey Misty, I know the feeling. I laugh so hard at some of his hubs that I have tears running down my face. Posting a couple of links to his stuff here on HubPages would give people who don't know of him, a chance to learn about him.
And, here's a link from an AWESOME review written about his up and coming novel.
http://www.thegirliegeekblog.com/entert … ge-review/
How bizarre, it won't allow me to open the review page because it says 'users from my country are not permitted to use this site', I only live in the British Channel Islands, so can't imagine this is correct, plus I have never received this message before from any other website. The full message is:
"Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/mgnexus/public_html/wp-content/themes/rt_refraction_wp/header.php:11) in /home/mgnexus/public_html/wp-content/plugins/iq-block-country/iq-block-country.php on line 272
Forbidden - Users from your country are not permitted to browse this site."
I might do that or I'll let Shadesbreath do it, because he gave her the copy to read.
I let her know. I'm sure she'd rather get traffic directly rather if possible.
Although, it may just be that people from the British Channel Isles are such notorious louts, knaves and ne're-do-wells the Internet just blocks them automatically.
Bloody cheek Shades, and after all the nice things I have said about you. You can duck and run, but you can't hide from me forever (plus I will set Spryte on you)
Hey, go check that link again. I think they fixed it. Let me know and then I'll see if I can convince Cags to yank the full text so she can get all the traffic.
Shades, I know you're basking in awesomeness at the moment, but....
"...I'm sure she'd rather get traffic directly rather if possible..."
Bit rushed, are we?
Picking on Shades isn't a way to make him like you.
Haily overrayted in deed.
Cags, he already likes me. Besides, blowing smoke up his a$$ like we have been is just going to swell his head and make him think he's special or sumptin'.
Thankfully, you both know I'm joking. But I'll add the disclaimer for those who might think I'm being snarky.
I congratulate my new mentor, Mr. Breath, and hope his novel is a wonderful success!
Well done Shadesbreath and good luck with selling heaps, the graphic looks great so that's a good start. Will check it out.
Welcome to the Hubber Novelist Club
As far as I know (and that can be deemed very little),there are now Four members in the Group now that you have joined.
These Published Authors are: (in no particular order)
Ken R. Abell
Yours truly… Readytoescape
if there are more please post them
Hey Misty, please check that link to see if you can get through. Your post in the forum.....it soon to reach the point where you will not be able to delete it...it's come quickly...the time ranges between 3-4 hours and you're already at 3 hours.
Damn, only just got the notification through Cags. The link now works, but it is too late for me to delete my post.
Edit: I have used the 'report' button on my post to ask the team to remove it and explained why.
Okay Misty. It's okay. Hopefully HP will get rid of it. It is duplicate content on the forums and should be taken down. I only posted it so you could read it and I'm glad the link now works for you. The page where the article is located is fantastic looking. It enhances the reading of the review, that's for sure.
Will you guys SHUT UP I'm busy reading ... http://www.amazon.com/The-Galactic-Mage … B006VCZMVS
Yeah, the files "take 5 to 7 workdays" to go live. Apparently by 5 to 7, they mean 1.5 days. LOL. I couldn't get the "publish date" function to work either, it wouldn't let me go forward past the current day's date. So, I guess a few will leak out before the official release. There are worse things that could happen to me than people buying my book early. LOL.
John Daulton!!! Hmmm... sounds important already! Congratulations, you little busy bug! I'll be the first one to buy your book. So very happy for you!
No worries, Misty.
Thanks Donotfear and Klarawieck.
It's funny people say my name sounds like a writer name. Even had a writing professor look up from the roll call list on the first day of class after reading my name. He paused said it again, and said, "That's a good writing name." LOL. I think it's cause there's been so damn many John's who write. (Finally a payoff for a generic biblical name).
Not to mention your publishing dynasty.
First thing I thought of was B. Daulton (ok, Dalton) Books.
Hey, if the confusion fits, milk it, right?
Yeah, that one might backfire on me, but I'm actually trying it. My site is Daultonbooks.com but I expect anyone who hears that spoken rather than reading it is going to go to the other Daltonbooks.com (no U). So, given they have been around a long time and I'm the new piece of crap in the litter box, I guess I hope they sell my stuff there too. LOL
From our favorite reference source Wikipedia:
B. Dalton Bookseller (often called B. Dalton or B. Dalton's) was an American retail bookstore chain founded in 1966 by the Dayton's department store chain. Located primarily in shopping malls, B. Dalton competed primarily with Waldenbooks, and operated 798 stores at its peak. Barnes & Noble acquired the chain from Dayton's in 1987, and continued to operate it until a late-2009 announcement that the last fifty stores would be liquidated by January 2010.
Looks like you're the last Daulton standing.
Well, that means an empire could actually be built.
Oh, Emperor John! I like that. I like that a lot. All I need now is an army. Probably have to sell a lot of books to buy an army though. (sigh).
You have an army right here!
An army of passionate, idealistic word lovers.
Herding hubbers into a singular focus might be tough, but I believe can be done.
Just don't recruit from the politics forum
Well, I wish I had the technological wherewithal to make an affiliate thing out of it. But, I confess, that's totally out of my wheelhouse.
You don't have to John - that's what the amazon affiliate program is for :-)
I have my owl book listed with Amazon Advantage. They take a big percentage, but it's worth it because being on Amazon, especially with a bunch of nice reviews, gives it credibility and exposure.
It's not hard to do.
Looking fine with that 100 hubber score, Rochelle.
Woo whoooo (a little owl humor).
Sorry for the distraction.
Now back to our regularly scheduled book tour
That's an interesting link, Rochelle. It kind of reminds me of Etsy, which my son's girlfriend uses to sell teapot wind chimes. But I don't think I need to put the book on consignment, as Amazon is already the primary mechanism through which I'm selling it. Kindle and paperback anyway. I have Nook version too, but I'm not sure how many people have those. You're spot on about the reviews, though. That's gonna be my big, whiny begging point going forward, is to get people to review it on there. Reviews are GOLD. (Especially if they don't all suck lol).
And you do look lovely with that 100, but then again, you usually have that these days, so, it's become more of a trademark for you than a "look."
Nah-- the 100 comes and goes-- despite what I do or don't do. Haven't posted a new hub in awhile, but have been working on two for too, too, long without getting them done.
The link is an Amazon function, but if you are already on, it's moot.
I have (I think) five or six nice reviews-- which I got in various ways. I'll tell you later, if you feel you have exhausted your own resources.
(And thanks, again ,Cags.
Rochelle, did that guy who hit me up for illustrations ever get a hold of you? I sent him your way when he hit me up for a children's book illustration contract that needed color. I'm too lazy for color. It's all I can do to muster the half-ass pencil sketches I do. LOL.
Oh, and Cags, have I told you I love you and want to bear your children? Because I do.
I don't mind the love Shades. As for bear children? too bad you cannot, unless you're planning having your wife be a surrogate. Which is something I'm pretty positive she would beat you to within an inch of your life, if you even asked.
AHa-- I thought he might be talking about you, but he called you "NightShade" and I think that is some kind of poison.
I'll have to answer-- nice to be recommended, but don't think I'm up for that.
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