Dare to Read

January 5, 2012

My Road to Publication

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban




I have good news and bad news.

Tanglewood Press, the publisher of my YA novel Two Moon Princess, has agreed to publish its sequel, The King in the Stone, in 2012. But (and this is the bad news) only as in e-book.

After waiting for so long to see my book in print, this has been a disappointment, and made me reconsider my decision of publishing with them.

The fact that I will not have a printed copy is not the only reason.

If I sign a contract with them, I will lose all my rights.

I will not be able to choose the cover

or write the blurb

or keep the title if my publisher decide to change it.

I chose the title, The King in the Stone, for reasons you’ll understand after reading the story. And I really, really want to keep it.

I wrote a blurb some weeks ago, (http://goo.gl/A6Ggm) and, although it’s still a work in progress, I want to be the one to write the final version.

And I hired an artist to design my cover combining three pictures of my choosing, and the cover she created fits my story so perfectly I don’t want to give it up.

Because I feel so strongly about these three things, I asked my publisher if she would agree, please, please, pretty please, to keep my cover, my blurb and my title.

And she said, “Um. Maybe. Let me think about it. I will get back to you.”

So, I wait.

As soon as my publisher tells me whether she agrees or not to my requests, I will let you know and reward your waiting with me by posting the cover I created, here, just for your eyes.

In the meantime, to be prepared to go solo, in case she says no, I asked my friends and fellow writers who have boldly gone this route already to share their experiences with me and my readers. Starting next Thursday, I will publish their guest posts.

Please come back and made them feel welcome.

And if you are an author who has published independently, please contact me and send me your story. I would love to hear it and share it with my readers.


  1. Carmen,

    I will be interested in how this plays out for you. Thank you for sharing your journey to publication of your next book with us. Best of luck!

    Comment by Linda C. Wisniewski — January 5, 2012 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  2. Like Linda, I’m interested to see what happens. Good for you for sticking to your guns regarding title, cover, etc. Those are important elements and I think you’re smart not to compromise.

    Comment by Sandra Carey Cody — January 5, 2012 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  3. Thank you so much, Linda and Sandy, for your comments and encouragement. I’ll keep you posted.

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — January 5, 2012 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  4. Well, I’m certainly not pleased that your published wants to publish it as an ebook, not only because I enjoy reading good ole printed books, but also because I’d have a hard time getting the ebook. 😦

    I also think that it is not worth giving up your cover/blurb (which I adore, by the way) and title. I’ve grown so used to calling it King in the Stone…that I don’t want it to be changed. King in the Stone paints me a picture of Julian and this old mystical land and I like it that way.

    I also know though, that I will be disappointed if it does not get published because I think it NEEDS to be published in printed copies.

    *heavy sigh* Really hope for the best Carmen. Maybe your publisher will agree to keeping your cover and everything. That’s definitely better than nothing.

    And I cannot wait to see the cover you have for it! I bet it will be amazing!

    As always I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! (or ebook) whatever…

    Your faithful reader,

    Comment by Katey — January 6, 2012 @ 4:11 am | Reply

  5. Hi Katey,

    Thank you so much for your encouragement. I promise that if there is even one printed book, I will send it to you!

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — January 6, 2012 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  6. You would do that? Awwwww. *hugs her favorite authoress* That is so sweet!!! 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Katey — January 6, 2012 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

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