Nearly half way through 2018, and it is certainly true that time seems to fly when you are having fun, although working your backside off seems to have the same effect too! If you follow me on Instagram, then you will know that a couple of months ago I took myself off to my favourite place in the world to get some time out and finish the third book in the Darkness Trilogy. I came back from Helsinki at the start of March with the completed book and thats when the rest of the hard work started.
Since March, it has been hectic here at DeVantier HQ as we began gearing up for the publish of this book as well as fitting in some appearances at events. Our first event of the year was at Keighley Comic Con in the snow. It was lovely to see familiar faces and we had a great time. I have a feeling that we will be booking into the event next year too. In April, we headed over to Whitby for a new event but over a familar weekend. This year, I am trying to spent more time closer to the office due to work and personal commitments, so we have scaled back the events that are more than one day, so the alternative market at Whitby Goth Weekend was perfect for us, and I have to say that I enjoyed this event the most out of all of them in the last couple of years. It was great seeing old and new faces, although I felt like I didn't stop talking for the six hours straight.
Within the last month, I have shot the front cover photo and I'm now half way through creating the front and back covers. Yes, that's right, I do everything here, when you buy one of our books, you really are getting a product that has been created by me from start to finish. I have also taken the first steps into expanding the business. I am mostly finished with the new website www.devantierpublications.co.uk where you can pick up some amazing items to help create a fully immersive reading experience.
The next couple of months are going to be manic, but if you know me, you know I thrive in chaos luckily. Offically, the publication date is now July 2018 and will be released at a special event in Whitby. The lovely people at Whitby Steampunk Weekend wanted us back, and I could think of no better place to release the book than Dracula's English home. The previous two books were released in Whitby, so it seemed a nice end to the coomplete trilogy. Not only will I be there signing books, but I have also been asked to give a talk at the event about Vampires since I am the girl in the know about that sort of thing.
After Whitby, we have a couple of Comic Con's booked in, the Black Rose Ball in York which supports the Sophie Lancaster foundation charity and Haworth Steampunk Weekend. Please see my Facebook page for dates and more detail. Other events may be added too, so if you give the page a follow, you will be the first to know about them.
Hope to see you soon for a signed book, and until then, happy reading.
when you get the books for the first time and you see your ideas come to life, but I am over the moon with the front cover of this one. As well as the books, I've had a poster produced, like I did for the front of the first book, and these are now available from my website shop hand signed.
You may think I am now resting up after working 12 hour shifts most days for the last few months, but I am afraid there is no rest for me yet as I am now gearing up for my time at Whitby Goth Weekend. After Whitby I am looking further at other events this year and of course I am throwing myself straight into the final book in the trilogy.
The book is now available for order and will be shipped next week so you will receive it on the day of release. I am looking forward to getting my goth on at Whitby and releasing the book upon the world. If you can make it to Whitby next week, I am taking part in the event at the Brunswick Centre. I shall be signing the books and posters and of course will be out drinking the town dry in the evening. Hope to see you there if you can make it, but until then take care and of course happy reading.
A quick update to let you all know that today I recieved the bound proof of Into The Darkness and I have placed the printing order for the finished books which I hope will be with me in about two weeks. I am over the moon with the front cover but, as always, it won't be revealed until the release date. Let's just say that it's very striking.
I'm busy getting stock prepared for Whitby Goth Weekend and all the travel and other arrangements that need to be in place for it. As always, no rest for the wicked, so I'm starting to take a first look at how to take the final book in the trilogy from 50,000 words to 100,000. I have a start and an ending but I am missing the middle. Not sure you just want a start and ending, so luckily I have a huge box file full of ideas I need to put in.
After working almost none stop for the last three months, not to mention burning the midnight oil most nights, I am looking forward to my time away in June in Helsinki where it shall be just me, the book and one (ok several) cranberry longdrinks. I will update you with a video and the cover around the 20th April so see you then, take care and, of course, happy reading.
I'm not sure how we are in February already, it was only Christmas last week wasn't it? They say time flies when you're having fun, but it feels more like there is no rest for the wicked at the moment. Needless to say I am very busy currently trying to ensure that the next release (Into The Darkness) is available for April and the books premier at the Whitby Goth Festival.
After losing the front cover artwork for the book towards the end of last year, thanks to my Ipad having a melt down (literally!), I am now having to reshoot the photos and edit them on top of designing the back cover, editing/proofreading and, of course, I have to pen the blurb. I am also looking at all the events that I might like to attend this year, so more news on that will appear when I have confirmed and signed contracts.
In other news, I have set up a YouTube channel to help people stay up to date with what is going on via a Vlog entitled The Life of An Author which runs along side my other series How To Be An Author. I have also posted up some playlists of the songs that I use to help me get in to the right frame of mind to write as I know that some readers find this interesting. I don't think there are any songs on there yet that I should feel ashamed to admit I like, but I am sure some 80's big hair rock will make it onto there eventually.
On top of a YouTube series, I have also had posters of the front cover of From The Darkness printed, due to numerous requests, and I am selling these hand signed. I will add these to the online shop here but currently they are only available from my Etsy shop.
I have had some great feedback about the last book, and apparently some people are having withdrawal symptoms from not having their fix of my work, which is a lovely compliment and makes me even more determined to ensure I get both books out for you this year. It will not be an easy task as Into The Darkness is currently over 115,000 words and so far Darkness Descending is at the 40,000 mark, so you can see that there is a long way to go yet and that is before the editing begins.
Hopefully the next time I update you I will have Into The Darkness back from the printers and ready for you all, but until then take care and, of course, happy reading.
Well that was a busy summer! After a few delays, due to supply problems, From The Darkness was released on 4th September. Of course there was a little release party where a few friends helped me celebrate another book being released out into the world. Never one to rest, I was already hard at work editing book 2 (Into The Darkness) and writing book 3 (Darkness Descending), work that is still ongoing. I have also attended another event, this time at Leeds Central Library, where I met some lovely people and began to settle into meeting and greeting people. I think I am finally getting the hang of that.
I also took part in the Whitby Goth Day celebrations and gave everyone a chance to get the first book and a few bookmarks from my bookmark range with 20% off. Literally I had the books in my hands less than one hour before the first one was sold.
In other news, I have set up a YouTube channel where I have begun posting up video of me giving tips and advice on how to be an author. I had the idea to do it after I had been contacted by a number of people asking me for tips and advice, so I thought why not share what I have learnt over the years.
Later this month I am attending the Whitby Goth Festival over the Halloween weekend where I will be selling the new book and signing it. After all these years of being a Goth I have never attended the festival, so I am really looking forward to it and of course "getting my Goth on". After spending 4 hectic days in Whitby I will have a couple of weeks to recover and then I am out again but this time in Haworth for the Steampunk weekend where I will be again signing the latest book. If you think all this running around socialising will stop me writing, I am happy to tell you I am sure it won't. After 4 days in the scenic wonder that is the North Yorkshire coast being over shadowed by the grand and magnificent Whitby Abbey, I am sure that my mind will be in overdrive with inspiration, after all, it helped Bram Stoker.
This time of year I am always busy writing as there is less chance to get out into the world, or should that be less inclination thanks to the Great British weather? Eitherway, I always find I am more productive. Darkness Descending already has the grand total of 40,130 words, so I am confident that this will be following quickly on the heels of Into The Darkness in 2016. Will update you all again in a few months after the Christmas holidays, so until then stay safe, happy reading and I hope you all have a wonderful festive season.
Things seem to have gone from busy to even busier here at DeVantier Publications over the last few months. What started out as looking to trade at one event has snowballed into a number of them and the creation of a bookmark range. Yesterday I took part in my first ever event at the Waterways Festival in Leeds. It was a last mintue rush, as the first event was not supposed to be until 1st August and I was only asked on Wednesday to attend, but I gained a lot of insight into how these things work, how to be a trader and met some lovely people. After the first few hours I forgot all about being nervous, and now don't see what I was so nervous about in the first place. I am due to trade at an event at Leeds central library (1/8/2015) and I am thrilled to announce that I will be also trading at the Whitby Goth Festival over the Halloween weekend (30/10/2015 - 1/11/2015). There are a couple of other events that are in the works but are not onfirmed as of yet, so check out my Facebook page for those events/dates.
Other developments include the creation of the Ebook version of Forever More, which now is available both within the UK and globally via your countries Amazon website, and I am excited to announce that not only will From The Darkness be published 1st August, but also the second in the series, Into The Darkness, shall hopefully (fingers crossed) have a 2015 publication date in time for the Whitby Goth Festival.
Lots still to do within the next month for the release, which includes getting it fully corrected, printed and the cover finished, but you know what they say; there's no rest for the wicked. So until next time, happy reading and have a great summer.
With the festive period out of the way, I got to work. The New Year is normally a time for getting things done, and boy was it here at DeVantier Publications. I have started a working partnership with Amazon.co.uk, so now you are able to buy books direct from them using Amazon Prime. All books come via their warehouse so will not be signed or dedicated, that is only available through my shop upon here and Etsy. Speaking of Etsy, I now have a shop upon that site which can be found at this address www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LeesaDeVantier
Now you might think that all this shop creating and partnership building might have affected my ability to edit, but nothing could be further from the truth. After the lovely reception Forever More received, I was really super charged to crack on with the next project for the printers. I seem to have spent every week, and most weekends, this winter snuggled in a duvet editing From the Darkness, and the result of all that hard work is a book that is almost ready. It has already made it through two edits and is being looked at by my long suffering proof reader for the first edit from him. He has made it half way through so far, and so far so good. I am more than pleased with the book and the only thing holding me back at the moment is a front cover. A eureka moment happened a week ago and I do believe I have an idea for it but have not put plans in motion for the production as of yet. As there is no rest for the wicked, whilst awaiting the return of From the Darkness, I have begun the first edit of sequal Into the Darkness.
Within the coming months I am hoping to have an international reach via Amazon, a Kindle version of Forever More available, From the Darkness at the printers and be well upon the way to having Into the Darkness ready for a Spring 2016 release. More news when I have it, but until then; take care and enjoy the adventures your book collection takes you on.
The Forever More Release
After quietly working away on a number of projects for years, and making promises that I would at some point have work in the public domain, finally the time is nigh. For two years I have been working on a finished product, which may sound like a long time, and trust me it felt like eternity, but just as Rome wasn't built in a day, a book isn't produced overnight, unfortunately. As I set to work, learning about the business and editing and re-editing the book continuously, I began to wonder why I had been so scared of the process all these years. I was on track with production, but in November 2013 I lost my father to cancer. We may not have seen eye to eye in many respects, but he was always supportive of my desire to write. After a sabbatical, I returned to work at the beginning of the year more determined than ever to see my début appear in 2014.
Producing work has never been my problem, my problem has always been being too much of a perfectionist with the finished product. When you create something you either blindly believe it is the greatest thing in the world, or you believe it could be improved. I always fall into the latter camp. Someone once said to me that I would never release anything because I would never be happy enough with it, well in mid September I was proud to receive the first delivery of Forever More and there is not one aspect of it that I would change. I designed the layout, in-putted all the text, designed, photographed and edited the front cover and, of course, edited, edited, edited.
It was never the years of hard work that put me off publishing before, more peoples reaction to what I produced as, after all, no one likes a critic but everyone seems to be one. As the first readers reviews came in, I began to see that there was no reason for me to have stressed all this time because it has all been very positive.
So there we go, the first book is out for your viewing pleasure in the online store now. I would like to thank all the people who have purchased a copy so far and for your feedback, and a big thank you to those who came to have the book signed. I am busy with the editing and design of the next book (The first in the Darkness series) with the aim of a summer 2015 release, so hopefully I will have more news about that in the coming months. Take care everyone, happy reading and hopefully I can update you soon.
Helsinki - my inspiration as always and my "happy place", even if it was blooming freezing!!! -22 during the day!