In a continuation of the revisions I began for the Blue Horizon series, I just finished the same with Hoenix, only there was very little to change in this novel to match what was altered in the main series. I did clean up a few mistakes here and there, but nothing major. With this done, I am now finished with the revisions for the Blue Horizon series universe.
Liz Jackson has completed another masterpiece, the new cover to my novel Hoenix. I liked the old cover by Chris Carter, though it was unfinished and the artist never seemed to have the opportunity to get back to it, but he'd granted me permission to use it as-is. Now that Liz has become my go-to artist for the covers of my books, she will be eventually replacing all of them for me, including the five books of the Blue Horizon series. I'd selected Hoenix as the next commission and I'm again pleased with the work she's done for me. It's a different scene on the cover but just as appropriate to the story. Now that the artwork is completed, a revised printed novel is available through the Lulu bookstore, and the ebook files of the story on this site have been updated with the new artwork. If you click on the thumbnail image at the left, it will open up the full image on Liz's FurAffininity site so you can see it in greater detail.
It took a few weeks longer than expected, but I just got my official rejection letter from Harper Voyager on my submission of “Hoenix”. I’d already figured it hadn't been accepted, but at least it’s official now.
Thank you very much for providing us with the chance to read your novel. We are sorry to say that at this time we don’t feel it is right for the Harper Voyager list. Due to the volume of submissions we were fortunate enough to receive, we are unable to provide personal feedback, however, please be assured that your work received thorough and fair consideration. We wish you the best of luck with your writing career, and thank you again for thinking of us.
In what may be another vain attempt, I have just submitted my novel Hoenix to Harper Voyager for publication. This will make the 5th or 6th publishing house I've sent it to over the years, and while there's no guarantee this one will turn out any better than the others, there's always that slim chance.
Harper Voyager put out a call that they were accepting unagented works of fiction and science fiction during a two-week window and this includes works that have been self-published. I decided to give it a try. I put everything into the required format and submitted all the material necessary earlier today, so the clock is now ticking again.
It was stated in the submission guidelines that if an author has not heard anything back within three months, then the story was not considered. This means that January 3, 2013 will be the cutoff date. If I've not gotten a response by then, the book will go back into the archives where it has been the past few years.
This now makes two of my books that are currently in the hands of publishers for consideration. Wish me luck!
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