Author - Clark Rich Burbidge - www.giantsinthelandbook.com
Book - Giants in the Land: Book Two - The Prodigals
Genre - Middle Reader YA Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher - WinePress Publishing
Road to Publishing - I consider WinePress a mix of both worlds and I have certainly been
treated as I had come to expect from a Traditional publisher (my first
book was traditionally published and this is my 4th book). I began
seriously writing in 2010 while I was in between jobs. I have been a
story teller my entire life and found the publishing process to require
patience and humility to the max. I looked at books in the genre of my
writing and called many authors. I found them wonderful to speak with
and helpful. I then submitted my work to several publishers. I got
declined by some but one in particular didn't appear to even have read
the manuscript. So my wife and I talked about it and decided, what can
they do decline me again, so I wrote them a very nice letter but one
that clearly asked them to at least read my manuscript before declining
so I could at least learn from the process. Amazingly enough about 2
weeks later I got a letter back from the publisher telling me they loved
the book, suggesting some revisions and giving me 10 days to get the
revised manuscript to them. Don't give up and don't be afraid to
tactfully and respectfully speak out is what I tell young writers.
2nd through 4th books were done with WinePress who I found through a
national clearinghouse. They loved my Christmas book right away and also
my Giants series so that went much more smoothly.
If you write you
should go for it and not be shy. Take the advice and learn from it even
if it is tough, and it will be. Just make sure your voice is respected.
Publishing is not the same as writing. It is a business and will require
you to learn all the things necessary to start a new business. The
skills are the same. But if you hang in there and see the process as
taking you somewhere worth being then you will find joy in the process. I
love meeting fans and doing something to help uplift them is some small
way. My outreach to schools to inspire youth to stay in school and that
it is worth the effort to find your greatness and become a giant has
brought me the real joy in being an author.
Synopsis -Giants Two: The prodigals begins a few years after book one ends. Thomas
the primary character of book one is older and is now a forest ward
watching over the land. He is central to the book but we also meet
several teenage prodigals. Young people who have lost their way, given
up on hope in life or simply discouraged and distracted because they
don't like their life, don't fit in or feel they can't live up to their
parents expectations. These prodigals are caught up in a sudden change
as a great evil threatens the land. They must discover their own true
potential, overcome their fears and misgivings and save the land. They,
along with an aging hero are the only ones that stand between the evil
threat and the destruction of the land, their way of life and all the
giants have worked to create for a thousand years. You might say they
are way outside their comfort zone.
The Giants Trilogy is a thrilling adventure for the middle and YA reader.
Parents frequently respond saying they have loved the books as well.
There is a huge market out there of people who are tired of dark
conflicted characters and not being able to tell good from evil. They
seek characters with values that can be inspiring to youth and emulated.
I will also say that my books do not give the characters any easy way
out of their problems. They cannot just wave a wand, call upon a super
power or beam up. My characters draw the young people to them because
they, like real people, can only solve problems by reaching deep within
and finding their own greatness, rising up and bravely doing all they
can. It is my hope that through my books young people can realize more
readily that they do have value, they can make a difference and that
while they may not be able to clearly see how they fit in, they will see
it as they press forward. There is a place for them and it is worth all
the effort getting there. My books focus on hope that leads to faith
that inspires action that can make a difference.
Disclosure - The questions were answered by the spotlight person in
conjunction with my new feature. I have not read the books. I
received nothing for this post.