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Friday, February 12, 2010

3-Book Contract from AMG PUBLISHERS!

Several years ago, as most of you know, I worked back and forth with AMG Publishers out of Chattanooga, TN. Ultimately things fell apart for various reasons and I did not get the contract.

This Monday I met again with the staff at AMG. They had heard through Bryan Davis of my endeavors and success with Swords of the Six. I presented my marketing history and strategy, detailed some of the events I'd done and the upcoming events I've scheduled, and laid everything on the table. I proposed two options: a three-book-contract and a seven-book-contract.

Today I heard from their acquisitions editor: They are offering me a three-book-contract! I was floored and I keep thanking God for opening that door. It is a great opportunity!

So what does this mean for my readers? Well, first there will be an all-new edition of Swords of the Six and the editions published through my company Flaming Pen Press will be collectors' items! Kind of like when Christopher Paolini self-published Eragon.

There will be a many details to work out with the publisher. I want to pay for the artwork so that I get good-quality pieces. But you can look forward now to seeing Swords of the Six, Offspring, and The Key of Living Fire as a trilogy... and I bet they'll come out a lot faster than I would have been able to manage through my own company.

I'm looking at an entirely new artist for this trilogy. I met him down here in Atlanta and he is also a Christian. But his art is phenomenal. If this moves forward I'll keep you posted on that as well! But here's his website:

This summer I'll be finishing up novel 3 The Key of Living Fire and after that I need to start working on the final four books which start with In Search of Dragons!

I'm rubbing my hands together in eager anticipation!


Nathan R. Petrie said...

WOOT! This is so awesome Scott!
So if SOTS, Offspring, and Living Fire, come as a trilogy. I'm assuming that AMG will consider the rest of the books should the first three sell?

Evergreena said...

Oooh! Exciting!

So I guess I have an "original," autographed copy of Swords of the Six? Sweet.


Seth said...

Awesome! Congratulations on the deal! This is a little awkward. I was wanting to get a copy of Swords of the Six when I get some more money, how long(if at all) will the current edition of the Swords of the Six be available to purchase? When you put it that way, saying it would be a collectors item it made me want it even more lol. Thanks


Scott Appleton said...

Thanks everyone! I'm really excited about this.

Nathan, in answer to your question: I have to work hard to sell the trilogy. If it sells well then I can get a contract for the remaining four books.

Seth, I'm not sure how long the current edition will be available. But you should have a couple months at least. And even then I might have a few copies available... but they are selling fast, so it's hard to say.

Yay, Evergreena! When this series is famous you can sell that book on Ebay! LOL (-:

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Awesome. Well...have fun working your tail off :) I want to read all seven, so I'll buy a trillion copies off you ('s the thought that counts).

Storyteller said...

Congratulations, Sir Appleton! I am praising God along with you.


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In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.