The past two weeks have been a whirlwind for Big Sage Press; from the launch of Babylon’s Fallen Star with all its snafus and successes, to setting up our online living space here at our WordPress site and over on Goodreads, it seems as if there were a million moving parts that needed immediate attention. But now that the waters have somewhat calmed it is time – if not well past time – to reflect on the vast scale of the project at hand and to give thanks to those who have been a large part of the process of both publishing a first novel and opening a micro-publishing house.
While there are so many people who have lent emotional support to the foundation of the Sungrazer series, it is only appropriate that a hearty thanks is given to the names inscribed on the Babylon’s Fallen Star dedication page. First on that list and in my heart, is my husband, Michael. While not a very public person, Mike has been my biggest fan from the very first moment he learned that I am compelled by whatever spirit of constitution or temperament to write down the stories that play out in my head. From reading through hand scribbled manuscripts to listening to me flesh out characters and plot lines, he has been my first and most treasured audience. If writing a novel is a lifetime achievement, his has been a twenty-three year long investment where the only returns until this moment has been the knowledge of where the bodies of all the manuscripts I didn’t select for my first novel are buried.
Second on this list is my sista from a different mista, Marcy Miller. Ever since we met rattling around the same posts on Twitter there has been an almost instantaneous friendship between us. I cannot count the number of long conversations we have had that seemed to all end in her gently nudging me towards the edge of the getting published pool. I started Babylon’s Fallen Star based off one of these nudges. Through building mutual trust and encouragement, Marcy finds the best qualities in the people around her and helps to open their hearts to the possibilities of leading with those qualities. You can find her collection of works over at her own site, marcyjmiller.com.
Next is my dear friend Glenn Calvin who filled the role of technical adviser. Glenn got to see the manuscript in its close to final form and offered not just a second set of eyes on errors I had gone blind to, but also helped me to make sure that while the fiction was speculative the details were accurate. Some of the major “load bearing” portions of the plot could not have been written without his input and expertise. Aside from his clear and meaningful notes, Glenn has especially touched my heart in cheering this project forward and celebrating every milestone in the process. Brushpoppers in the bunkhouse, Glenn is our cow boss.
The fourth name on the dedication list is Ben Ruppert of SapperSpy Designs LLC. I found Ben through the recommendation of his clients and I am absolutely convinced the man is a level 8 expert mage in all things media. Working with Ben has felt like hitting the big time even though my publishing company consists of me and for now, this one book. Ben was so very professional from the moment we started talking about exactly what I thought I wanted for my cover. He asked some very key questions and was so gracious about me nervously blowing up his inbox on Twitter as I handed my baby over for his interpretation. The cover that he came back with was not the one I had imagined – it was much better. Through our conversations he had lighted upon quite possibly the worst description I have ever given of one of the multiple threads in this story. From it he created at the Sarah and Bella cover which I am so proud of now. Again, weeks after the launch, I’m back knocking on his door asking for a project which, as it turned out, was a little outside his current scope of work. And still SapperSpy Designs delivered. I don’t think Ben will every really know just what a relief it was to be able to describe what I needed and to have better quality than I could have dreamed of delivered. If you have a project which could use his expert eye, he can be reached through his website sapperspydesign.com.
Finally, though nowhere near last in my heart, are the collection of fellow authors and readers who have welcomed Babylon’s Fallen Star with open arms. I am so thrilled to hear that people are excited to be getting their copy, and to read the reviews left by those of you who have already finished and are asking for more. I cannot thank enough authors like Mark Sibley of Mongol Moon and Braxton McCoy of The Glass Factory. Both of these incredible writers have been so kind in their inclusion of Babylon in their reading lists and to their followers. I am truly humbled by the amount of support and love I have received. I could not have asked for a better opening week.
I leave you now with my love and my heart felt gratitude.