Sunday, December 12, 2010

Elfhame artwork



This here, like I promised last week, is a sampling of the artwork by the gifted and imaginative Nancy Zack, which will appear in our self-published book, 'Elfhame'. To be clear, I'm still technically working with my agent and still planning on pursuing traditional publication with other projects. Elfhame just happens to be an older novel that Mr. Agent is not interested in representing, so I made the decision to self-publish it. Actually, I have many older stories that he's not interested in representing, but Elfhame is special. The story is one of my absolute favorites, and I've always dreamed about seeing some of the imagery from the book come to life. And now, with Nancy's help, that's exactly what's happening.

I plan on buying a few copies for friends and family, it'll be available online for anybody else who might be interested -- but -- I'm not going to spend any money printing hundreds of copies I'll have to market myself, and I won't spend any time promoting it or trying to get it into bookstores...

I simply want this book to exist.

Purely for the artistry of it.

You feel me?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Veeflower here...great artwork! Can't wait for my copy! I, too, love this story and feel it deserves publication. So I am glad you are taking this route. It will embiggen us all.

Kelly said...

Totally.
I love the images and especially love the black and white.
Good luck!

K. M. Walton said...

Whoa, these are awesome. I look forward to buying the book.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

The artwork looks great. Which publishing service are you using?

Ray Veen said...

Mom -- It won't be in time for Christmas, though, so don't be disappointed. I got you something more practical.

Kelly -- Thanks very much.

KM -- And thank you very much. I'll be giving away copies too.

Paul -- CreateSpace. I've always used Lulu in the past for unpublished beta copies, but since this one's going to have an ISBN and the whole works, I wanted to be able to direct interested parties to Amazon.

Arc Jerome said...

Artwork looks good. Tell this Nancy person good job. Looking forward to reading it.

colbymarshall said...

OOh...shiny!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

So cool how you talk about this. Yes, I totally get it. I look forward to having a finished piece I love so much! Happy new year, Ray!

Frank Baron said...

I hear you. (The last time I felt you, you slapped me.)

;)

Those illustrations look spiffy. I'll buy a copy.

Here's to health, happiness and a fulfilling 2011.

Heather Kelly said...

I hope elfhame goes viral--or whatever the book equivalent of that is. I think that's cool. Rock on. :)

Ron Smith said...

Cool images. Oh, and Happy New Year, by the way!

Good luck with the self-pub.

Anita said...

I TOTALLY feel for you and may be writing you for advice someday.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Very cool! I look forward to checking this out.

How's Muskegon? More thawed than here?

Vivi said...

Hey, Ray...I'm just stopping by for a visit! It's been ages since you blogged. Not trying to make you feel guilty or anything. Really. It's fine. Just ignore us. :)

(haha...my word verification is Borgo. I think I'm going to write a story and name the characters after the word verifs.)