Thursday, December 26, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Then, my first book signing happened at River Read Books in Binghamton, NY. First I need to mention how great of a store River Read is and if you are ever in the greater Binghamton area, stop by and visit them. Unfortunately, the 6 to 8 inches of snow that day kept a lot of people away. Still, I was able to sell quite a few books, and the people who did stop by were welcomed with smiles and open arms.
The holidays are quickly approaching, so perhaps Jason and the Draconauts would be a great gift for that reader in your life!
And who knows, maybe we will get another book signing scheduled soon, like...I don't know...the first week of January? (That was a spoiler...stay tuned)
Oh, and Chris Pousser...the guy who drew quite a few of the dragons from the story...yeah, I just contacted him for, well, that would be telling now, wouldn't it?
Monday, December 9, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Here it is...
'Dragons compete with humans and try to integrate into 21st-century life in Smith’s clever, witty YA debut.
Jason Hewes is an ordinary American kid living on a farmstead in Montana with his dad, an archaeologist at the Montana Archaeological Society. One night after a terrible storm, Jason discovers a dragon in the barn, and his ordinary, if slightly troubled life—his mother and older brother were killed in a car crash, and he’s preyed upon by school bullies—suddenly takes a surreal twist as he tries to understand how this great mythological being suddenly entered his life. The dragon, Petros, can understand human speech, and after Jason’s initial reservations, the boy strikes up a friendship and agrees to help the beast learn more about modern human society, which will hopefully result in peaceful coexistence. More dragons join, along with a group of select teenagers—later known as the Draconauts—and an agreement is made to seek out a mage who can help disguise the creatures so they won’t be so conspicuous in city life. The entry of Norm the mage signals a turning point in the book: An experiment to disguise the creatures goes awry, resulting in dragons only being able to exist in human form and children in dragon form. Once this highly unusual premise is accepted, seeing the human world through dragons’ eyes, and vice versa, becomes quite compelling. It’s hard not to laugh when the rather formal-speaking dragons occupy the teenagers’ bodies; in a particularly funny scene, Petros (transformed into Jason) tries to conduct a children’s party at the local museum. But Norm’s magic has drawn the attention of an age-old enemy and a sinister sect intent on ridding the world of dragons, which puts the children in terrible danger and gives the book an edge to keep the tension rising as the kids try to outwit a menacing foe.
An unusual book for dragon lovers, with plenty of action and a good balance of humor and suspense.'
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I also have a couple of school "gigs" coming up. I will be reading to the 6th grade class at Harpursville Central School in Harpursville, NY and to one of the middle schools in Endicott, NY. Plus, I have a public book signing coming up, and will release the details shortly. It is all very exciting.
The book is still close to 20% off at Amazon and would be a great gift for the budding young reader in your life. And don't forget to like the book on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @PaulDSmith4321.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Jason and the Draconauts is live! You can order paperbacks or Kindle versions on Amazon and also on Google Play (still working on iBooks). The holidays are coming and this book would be a great gift. Plus, if you buy a paperback on Amazon, you can get the Kindle version at a reduced cost! So share this update, get the word out, and lets make the book a success!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Still having some difficulty with getting the thing on Google Play and iBooks. They are not very user friendly processes, but I'm working on it.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
This then allowed me to send the $25 reward to my Kickstarter backers, which is the PDF version of the book. I am working on getting the book on the Google Play store, but need some help getting it on the App Store or iTunes or whatever it is. Anyone have any wisdom on that?
It is happening so fast now! Just...wow!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
I have A LOT of work to do to get this final edit done, but what made me feel good was this quote at the beginning of the letter...
"Overall, the manuscript is in excellent shape: unique, well written, and absorbing with fleshed-out characters and a nice blend of modern and mythological. "
So now, I have to go through the whole thing again and get the edits fixed. Not sure how long that will take, but I should have a finished manuscript by then. WOW!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
They need more time :-(
Apparently, they have fallen behind so the latest word is I will get the manuscript back by the end of the day Monday, the 16th. I know that is not too much longer of a wait, so I just have to be patient. Ah well.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Have you gone to follow the new blog yet? Please do so! Also, any twitter users out there? I have been advised by knowledgeable people that I should register with Twitter because it can be a powerful marketing tool. But, I am unfamiliar with the Twitter-verse. Any advise or wisdom from all of you reading this?