Yes, that’s right, you heard it here first folks!
My book is getting a cover, from a really, really cool artist. Who has also worked with Wizards of The Coast and even Blizzard Entertainment. My book is in no way associated with those guys in any way shape or form. But in my mind it does create an invisible link to them, a link by proxy. Since they know and love the work of this artist, maybe when they see my book, they’ll instantly have a connection to it, to the cover at least, not only that, the work that he’s putting into the cover will shine through and elevate my story to new heights.
When is it coming out you ask? I’m not ready to say just yet, but a date has been set.
Look, I don’t have a sob story where I tried to query a million publishing houses and a million agent’s for a million years, and I got rejected by all of them, that is not the case, I queried around 15 publishing (indy and big five) houses and around 20 agent’s, which I thought would be a good fit for my book. The agent’s didn’t respond and I did get rejection letter’s but they were less than 10. I have been trying for the past year, with no luck.
There are many things I could blame, the voice isn’t strong enough, the market isn’t right, many many things. But I do know why not a single agent responded, and that’s because of my name.
Francisco Jose Cirilo Muguerza.
That’s a mouthful right, let’s just stick to FJ. They see a latino name, and loose interest. That is what I think.
That might not be the case, but it’s pretty obvious it kinda is, since most of the agent’s I was querying where white. But I did not find a single agent who wasn’t, so that’s weird. But I digress.
See, I’m 27. I graduated when I was 25 because I got held back a year. I studied animation and visual effects and have been on and off jobs for a while now. I’m about to be 30 and have nothing to show for myself. That is about to change.
So why am I self publishing? Don’t you want to wait and see if someone will publish your book for you? Aren’t you afraid of publishing fiction and having people not pay attention to you? Aren’t you afraid of the stigma that comes with self publishing? – Yes all of those things have and are going through my mind. I’m afraid of what people might say, I’m afraid that they’ll find a word that’s written incorrectly, I’m afraid they won’t like my prose or my voice. Yes I’m afraid of all of that.
But hey guess what, I just don’t have the time, I just don’t have the time to wait for someone else to fall in love with my world the same way I have. I’m currently in the process of re-writing it once more to making sure it’s in tip top shape for it’s release, and I just love this world, I love the character’s and I love that I have plans for the story. I love how it start’s at the end of the prequel, and I love that there’s so much story to tell, I really do. I love the lore, and I love how I see it in my head, I love the magic system, I love the relationships between the character’s, I love the diversity, I love that there’s POC’s, latino’s, gay, transgender, character’s with disabilities, hearing Impaired character’s, and blind character’s. Because hey guess what I have met all of those people in my life, I’ve been close to all of those type of people at one point or another in my life, so they come back into my fiction.
And I think that’s beautiful, and should be shared with the world, no matter what anyone else say’s, the world isn’t ready for such a diverse cast, if you think that way, I’m not writing for you.
It’s 2019, we’re about to enter 2020, literally that number sounds like the future, why are you afraid of different voices? Representation matters, and frankly I get a little bit bored if I don’t see colors in the fiction I consume. A meal with only white bread is a stale meal in my opinion.
See I’m just not gonna wait for someone else to jumpstart my career, instead I have decided to do it myself, because I have the means, and I have the ways, and I’m ready to go, I’m ready to start, because this is my dream, even if I lost it somewhere along the lines, I found it again, and I want it really, really badly.
This might be me self-debut novel, but it certainly wont be the last one. I have plans for this novel series, and I want it to grow into something big, something we can all enjoy, I want you to be able to play and escape in this universe just the same way I did once.
Thank you for reading, I hope you’re as excited, as much as me.
Chu, chu! All aboard the hype train we go.