Sunday, 24 June 2012
This week I applied for my ISBN numbers (International Standard Book Numbers), and I’m expecting them to arrive by Thursday at the latest. I’m very excited! What this means is I’m finally able to bring out my MG fantasy, Truth Teller, into print.
My story has been released on Kindle and other e-book formats since January 25th, 2012, and started to build a fan base, but I have found that MG novels are not so popular in electronic format. Although my fantasy story can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, it was written especially so younger children can enjoy an epic fantasy tale without becoming overwhelmed as they could by some of the classic fantasy books. But as a rule, young children don’t read books on expensive electronic devices for obvious reasons. Just having my story as an e-book means I can’t reach my targeted audience in the way I want to.
But hopefully, all this will change in the near future. Truth Teller will now finally be coming out in print. This means I can donate it to local libraries and to schools so that it can be read by the people I wrote it for. As I said, this is very exciting for me. I have had lots of beta readers from my target audience age range read my story, and the feedback and reactions I received have been little short of awe inspiring.
So, to celebrate this occasion, I am giving away free copies of Truth Teller to anyone who does like to read MG fantasy on their Kindle or other devices.
Here is how you can get yourself a free copy:
It couldn’t be easier. Simply send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Please put ‘Free Truth Teller Give-Away’ in the subject line to show you have visited my blog, and I will send you a coupon code and a link to where you can download your free copy.
Truth Teller Reviews:
Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist:
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.
Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator:
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.
Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.
Friday, 8 June 2012
Did you hear, I’m a published author? Wow! How did that happen? For over eight years, becoming a published author was nothing more than a dream in a sea of rejection letters and despair. But what an adventure it has been. Have you ever tried writing a whole novel, then attempted to learn all the rules in order to bring it to a publishable standard. Felt the wrench in your heart when you realise you will have to destroy that novel in order to make it fit the current market trends, only to find no one is interested in it anyway. So you write another one and another and go through the whole process all over again. It’s not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure. But what choice do we have? We are writers, it’s just what we do.
Writing is so addictive. I started late in life and never imagined on one single occasion that I would become an author at some point in my life. In fact, I would have laughed at the suggestion. I wasn’t a writer type of person, even though the idea did appeal to me. Then one day I just started writing. I had a story to tell and off I went, knowing absolutely nothing about the process. Man, was I in for a shock! Looking back, I’m glad I never knew what I was letting myself in for or I would have probably never bothered. The only way I could possibly describe it is … mad! It’s a roller coaster of emotions. Overpowering, draining, enlightening, disappointing, magnificent, crushing. Only another writer who has been through this process could possibly understand what I’m talking about.
Being a father of three and a grandfather of three, I have been on many adventures in my life, but my adventure into the world of writing has been one of the most exciting ones. I made friends all over the world, wonderful friends. It taught me so much. Good times and bad, I would do it all over again without question. I’m not what you would call a successful author, but success is something that shouldn’t be measured in how many books you sell or how wealthy you become. Success should be measured in how much you grew on that journey and how much it enriched your life. From my perspective, I’m as successful as a best selling author.
My advice to any up-and-coming author is, don’t get hung up on becoming published. This is something that will come with time and experience. The secret is to enjoy the journey to becoming an author. This long journey is what makes us grow as writers and as people. When I look back on the amazing adventures I’ve had to get to where I wanted to be, this journey was the most amazing thing of all. Keep writing, keep learning and keep growing. Even if you never become published, you will be a better person from the experience and still be doing something you love. It’s a win-win situation.
Truth Teller by Kurt Chambers is free to all readers
How can ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? The place for other realms belongs in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thinks, until she discovers the strange shopkeeper and begins an adventure that changes her life forever.
Discovered alone in a far away forest, Charlotte embarks on a journey encountering heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.
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