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Ebook Publishing and QUEEN MARY

ImageImageWith the release last Monday of my novel “The Travelers” then the contract offer on Friday for my novella “Castles Burning”, I’d like to discuss my own approach to writing and my Queen Mary collection since so many have emailed me.  I went to college in the early 90s and was taught that the proper steps for an author were creating, revising, editing, revising again, query letters with chapter excerpts via USPS with SASEs, and, of course, the dreaded rejection letters.  The internet was not prominent at all back then and the idea of submitting query packages electronically was unheard of.  I am amused by the though of my mentor’s reaction today in the world of Kindle, Nook, and iPad.  Every single publishing house I queried required electronic submission.  I even signed my first contract with Champagne Book Group electronically.  I personally feel that this electronic approach is superior to the bulky packages mailed through the local post office.  One editor who requested a full manuscript replied that “slush piles” are a thing of the past.  An author still has the harrowing wait for a response but it comes much more quickly.  I am pleased to be part of the ebook phenomenon.

As for “The Travelers”, it was completely hand-written on yellow legal pads, revised again and again before lastly being typed on Word.  The “Big Six” in New York are no longer the only means of becoming a published author by a bona fide publishing house.  Many, if not all of my friends, unknown fans, and family members prefer the electronic editions they can purchase and download in minutes then take their devices and read at the beach, work, air flights, etc.

I scratch notes of lyrical sentences, dialogue, and plot turns on any piece of paper available whether it be a grocery bag, calculator tape, or even the backs of junk mail envelopes.  When the idea hits, write it down immediately as I promise you will not remember it for a later, more convenient time.  I have even woke up in the night with dialogue or a scene description in mind and scrambled to the tiny notebook I keep on the nightstand.  So, my author’s desk is anywhere and everywhere a literary thought occurs.  That’s not to say that sitting in front of a blank computer screen and contemplating what to type is not a perfectly valid method for writing.  But I want that physical presence of the written word first and foremost before entering the new, phenomenal world of electronics.

I have been a collector of furniture and memorabilia from the 1930s luxury liner Queen Mary since the third grade.  My love (compulsion, really) of writing took hold of me at the same time and I ferociously wrote juvenile tales involving the great liner.  “The Travelers” is a product of that lifetime obsession in the fact that the retired liner permanently docked in Long Beach, California plays a very pivotal role in the plot.  Urban Fantasy intertwines with the liner’s history to form an enigmatic portrayal of her personality.  (And, believe me, she still has a soul that no other liner possessed, not even Titanic.  I know because I have vacationed and spent nights aboard her in magnificent staterooms!  She has a quality of alertness that refuses to be ignored.)

Although the novel has substantial fantasy elements, it is essentially a character-study of a World War II GI and his British war bride who just happen to have an extraterrestrial encounter with an otherworldly, desperate mother and her two small children.  My college mentor read the manuscript before I began querying and was impressed and encouraging.  He told me that if “The Travelers” were made into a movie, it would be a David Lynch version of the film Ordinary People

So, I am pleased to be a part of an electronic publishing house in the age of ebooks and pray that the phenomena continues to explode.

 

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“Castles Burning” Contract Offer

This has been an exhilarating and productive week for me with “The Travelers” released by Burst on Monday and, now on Friday, my novella “Castles Burning” has been contracted, also with Burst.  “Castles Burning” involves a son tossed about by the waves of a narcissistic mother and a simple but loving father.  The mother’s materialistic nature is realized early on but the severity and ultimate mental illness culminates in a climax of unspeakable action when the father dies.  Wil Warner is the son who washes onto the shore of adulthood as a man of paradox; Kat Lock Warner is the definition of pretentiousness with an unhealthy obsession of acquisition; and Tom Warner is the father from the wrong side of the tracks who falls headlong into the world of social stature and wealth.  A Modern Gothic, “Castles Burning” takes the reader from extraordinary heights of adoration to valleys of depravation.             

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“The Travelers” is Available!

Available Now“The Travelers” is a bona-fide ebook available on Amazon.com, Champagnebooks.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.  Never in my wildest dreams back in college where I was a Creative Writing major could I have imagined that destiny would have my first novel launched via the internet.  Back then, in the early 90’s, we wannabe writers were taught utilization of query letters, SASE’s, and use of The Writer’s Digest.  I suspect my mentors are stupefied by the modern approach to publication.  I can imagine their awe of the Kindle, Nook, and iPad.  I did not use a single envelope, sheet of paper, or physical address.  Everything but everything was done electronically.  Gone are the days of authors packing armloads of envelopes and paper to the post office.  My publishing contract was even signed electronically.  The only physical interaction I have had with colleagues at the publishing house has been through video via Skype.  Since I have no history of the “old” approach, the internet approach is my only foray into the publishing world.  May the modern approach be a successful, long-lived, and worthy one! Click cover to buy.

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The Travelers: Countdown to Monday Release

Author Keith Wayne McCoy proudly announces the upcoming release of his novel “The Travelers” through Champagne Books and Amazon.com. on Monday, February 3, 2014.

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In 1947, the luxury liner QUEEN MARY transmits a message which is intercepted by an extraterrestrial intelligence. This errant radio signal serves as a beacon for a North Atlantic encounter between James and Jess Bennett, a GI and his British war bride, and an otherworldly desperate mother and her two small children. The Bennetts left Southampton with only each other but arrive in New York as a family. In the present day, Guy Turner, a melancholy, black filmmaker, finds himself at the center of a supernatural mystery after a haunting prelude with the elderly mother in a corridor aboard the retired liner in Long Beach, California.

Standing at the edge of eternity, the old woman and the Bennetts have the complex task of setting certain aspects of the past in order as the doors to their lives are closing. Guy is thrust into an unexpected and unwanted voyage of self as he is solely enjoined to bring the three together one last time. “The Travelers” is a journey to the limits of anxiety, despair, grief, and joy that are common to every human experience of suffering and growth.

Keith

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