Saturday, 31 December 2016

Farewell from the Unicorn

This personal blog has been fun, but for reasons outlined below I feel it's time to let my unicorn muse trot back into the enchanted forest, where he is at his happiest spreading magic with nobody watching. So this post will be the last here at Reclusive Muse, although I will leave all past posts up for people to stumble across from time to time. (Please note that to discourage spam all comments will be disabled).

I've organized the most useful material under page headings (see above), where you can find links to all the guest posts on this blog where other authors introduce their muses, access my now rather out-of-date series of posts about Kindle publishing, or read the story of a book in a series of posts about my Alexander the Great novel I am the Great Horse.

I started this blog as a creative outlet during a rather frustrating period without publishing contracts, when I had lost my lovely agent Maggie Noach to cancer and, as a result, my most obvious route to publication. Being without deadlines gave me time to do other things, however, and when Amazon opened their direct publishing platform to UK authors, I was already in the process of reverting rights for my out of print books. Making my backlist reavailable as ebooks and print-on-demand paperbacks has been an enlightening experience with plenty of room to exercise my creativity, particularly regarding cover art and design, which I'm finding very enjoyable if rather time consuming. This has led naturally to indie-publishing some of my projects for older readers. I'm not turning my back on younger fiction, and I'm always happy to work with publishers on the right project, but in the meantime any spare creative energy will be going into new work, rather than blogging about it.

So this is goodbye from the unicorn, but not goodbye from me. You can keep up with my book news over at Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/katherinerobertsbooks/

or by visiting my website:

www.katherineroberts.co.uk


Until we meet again, the unicorn gets the last word...


WISHING ALL MY READERS A MAGICAL NEW YEAR!



Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A short tale of Queen Boudicca's rebellion

The unicorn has been rather quiet this year, and there is a reason for that. My children's publisher Templar, who published my Pendragon Legacy quartet about King Arthur's daughter, was taken over by a bigger company who decided that they would no longer publish fiction. I wrote a sequel to Spellfall called Spell Spring and proposed it to my original publisher Chicken House (happily still publishing fiction) but they decided it was too late to resurrect the series. Needless to say, the unicorn got a bit disheartened by all this, went into a sulk and vanished into the enchanted mist. So in his absence I've been busy launching a signature list to showcase my historical fiction for older readers under the name 'Katherine A Roberts'.

If you've been following this blog, you might already have noticed The Legend of Genghis Khan, which is currently available as a trilogy of ebook novellas (Prince of Wolves, Bride of Wolves, Blood of Wolves). I am in discussion with a publisher about this project, and there are plans for a paperback version soon.

In the meantime, here is a short tale about Queen Boudicca's rebellion that was shortlisted for the Library of Avalon Geoffrey Ashe Prize before the days of ebooks. It might make you look at Brexit in a whole new light!

Empire of the Hare

Please note books published on my signature list (under the name Katherine A Roberts) are intended for my older readers and may contain material unsuitable for children. As a guide, think certificate 12A.

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