I am very pleased and excited to announce that my fantasy novel "Sol of the Coliseum", formerly "Sol of a Gladiator", is finally going to be published!
I finished Sol in 2011 and spent a couple years trying to get an agent or a publishing deal. After not so much as a request for a full, I set the story aside to work on my short fiction (which has been very rewarding). In early January a friend (who has always been super supportive of my writing and whom I will forever be grateful) asked about Sol and if it would ever get published. I just chuckled and shook my head. But the next day I decided that maybe it was time for me to once again test the waters. I sent Sol out to seven smaller publishing firms and, much to my surprise, received back three requests for fulls, one of which turned into an offer!
Mirror World Publishing, a small but growing publishing company out of Canada, will publish Sol of the Coliseum in paperback and eBook formats in October 2015!
For those of you who don't remember Sol, you can read an excerpt HERE or here's my pitch from my query letter:
Living your entire life in one building seems absurd to most but to Sol, it may be a fate impossible to avoid. Born a slave in the great Coliseum, the gladiator Sol survives each day only by besting cunning warriors and exotic beast to the delight of the Coliseum crowds. But despite his life of violence, he somehow manages to carve out a little peace, sharing his life with a makeshift family of fellow slaves.
The Empire sends its most ruthless assassin to quell the insurgence. Rather than martyr the slave, he plots to turn the crowd against their hero, freeing the assassin to finish Sol as he sees fit. For the first time Sol must battle an opponent beyond the reach of his sword. He must win over the crowd and best the assassin if he is to do what no slave has ever done: escape the Coliseum and the only home he’s ever known.
Needless to say I'm super excited and very much looking forward to sharing my publishing journey with you.
So stay tuned!