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1. MODO: EMBER'S END

Arthur Slade, author of the terrific Hunchback Assignments series (see my recs of the first two books here), is in the midst of an intriguing new crowd-funding project: a standalone graphic novel called MODO: EMBER'S END.

They've got a pile of perks, including signed copies, T-shirts, original art, and Skype visits.

Here's what the funds are going toward:
We're looking for enough greenbacks to print a full-colour collector's edition of Ember's End. (It's gonna look real purrrty.) The artist and author will also be paid for their work. More importantly, we have several awesome stretch rewards in mind should we surpass our funding goal. Will it be buttons? T-shirts? Airships for everyone? Stay tuned.
They have three more days to raise the goal of $15,000. 

Here's the link to the Indiegogo EMBER'S END page.

And check out the trailer:



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2. Alternate Publishing: Ebooks

Arthur Slade, Canada’s premier writer of young adult fantastical fiction, won the prestigious Governor General’s Award (Canada’s equivalent of the Newbery), the Mr. Christie’s Award, and has had books on the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award (Mystery Writers of America). Last year, he reisued his backlist as ebooks and reports on the results here: A glorious year of ebooking – Learn how he sold 6353 EBooks!.

Drawing upon that experience, Art gives tips today about taking the same route.

This is part of the continuing series on Alternate Publishing:
Alternate Publishing Series TOC

5 Tips for Ebooks

Guest post by Arthur Slade
If you’re looking at self publishing your own work on Kindle or Kobo, or B&N or…well on any of those retailers here are 5 handy tips.

  1. Don’t be afraid. The world of epublishing is confusing. There are mobis, and epubs, and html and pdfs and… If you’re not into figuring out how to turn your book into these various formats then look for a formatting service. They’ll do it for you and you don’t have to sweat.
  2. Diversify. Amazon is the largest seller of ebooks, but it’s usually best to take the time to distribute your work to as many different retailers as possible. This allows you to reach a bigger audience. There’s nothing more frustrating for a reader with a Nook to find out that you’re only available on Amazon. And you never know, you may become a hit on one of the other retailers.
  3. Make sure your work is perfect. Yep, that should be a given. I’m assuming you’ve already rewritten it thirty times or so. Even the tiniest typos may upset a reader and give you a dreaded 1 star rating. So be sure your work is without typos and the gobbledygook that can spring up when text is converted to epublishing files. To do this it’s good to read your own work on a Kindle or your favourite device (an iPad is handy because you can use all of the various readers on one device).
  4. Put a professional cover on your book. You are entering the professional world and

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3. Xmas Book Picks for the Xbox Generation

I have a kid. A rough and tumble, Xbox playing, iTouch texting, nerf shooting tween boy.

And you know what? He loves books.

Year after year, they’re on his Christmas list, alongside the video games, Lego sets, and foam darts. Yes, you heard me right. A boy. Who reads. Want to know my secret? How I created such a budding bookavore?

I’m sneaky. I lurk. I watch and observe. I find out what games and movies he loves and then I fiendishly offer books which complement them. Why fight pop culture, when you can pair up interactive media and a good book like tender steak and a fine Cabernet?

This holiday, why not encourage your own XBox kids to enjoy one of the following picks?

For the tween/teen obsessed with HALO, pick up a copy of ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card (an amazing classic) or Brian Yansky’s riveting new adventure, ALIEN INVASION AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. Both are guaranteed to please kids (and adults!)  into the whole rocket launching, would-be saviors of earth thing.

So your reluctant reader is more into zombies and ghosts, ala FALLOUT 3 or ALAN WAKE? No problem. Middle grade readers will enjoy Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, full of the supernatural adventures of a boy named Bod. Olders teens are sure to devour Jonathan Maberry’s smash PATIENT ZERO or his latest, ROT & RUIN.

**NOTE: Not that I’m biased or anything, but it should go without saying that any of 2 Comments on Xmas Book Picks for the Xbox Generation, last added: 12/1/2010

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4. TRANSCRIPT: Into the Steampunk Depths with Arthur Slade

Oh, how I love steampunk! Maybe that’s why tonight’s chat was so much fun. Or maybe it was the revelation that Arthur Slade walks on a treadmill while churning out one fabulous novel after another… Want to find out more about his writing process, his personal journey to publication, how he approaches writing villains and [...] Related posts:

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5. TRANSCRIPT: Into the Steampunk Depths with Arthur Slade

Oh, how I love steampunk! Maybe that’s why tonight’s chat was so much fun. Or maybe it was the revelation that Arthur Slade walks on a treadmill while churning out one fabulous novel after another… Want to find out more about his writing process, his personal journey to publication, how he approaches writing villains and [...] Related posts:

  1. TOPIC: Into the Steampunk Depths with Arthur Slade
  2. TRANSCRIPT: Does Your Book Have Series Potential?
  3. TRANSCRIPT: Kate Milford And Agent Ann Behar Answer Questions About Steampunk and Upcoming YA Novel THE BONESHAKER.
  4. TRANSCRIPT: The Do’s and Don’ts of Querying
  5. TRANSCRIPT: The Game’s Afoot! Beating a Path Through the Middle of Your Novel

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6. Into the Steampunk Depths with Arthur Slade

Author Spotlight: Arthur Slade Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English honor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years in advertising and is now a full-time fiction writer. He is the author of the “Northern Frights” series, the [...] Related posts:

  1. TOPIC: The Steampunk Genre—Debut author Kate Milford and agent Ann Behar answer your questions

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7. Thursday Tales: The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

*Young adult (tween) book, set in Steampunk Victorian London, sort-of a mystery
*Young hunchback as main character
*Rating: The Hunchback Assignments is a fascinating book with two lovable main characters, a fascinating setting, and evil villains who may keep you up at night! :)

Short, short summary:

Modo, a young hunchback, is rescued by Mr. Socrates when he’s a baby from a traveling freak show. He is raised in isolation and as an agent for the Permanent Association, a secret spy agency that is protecting Great Britain behind the scenes. Modo has the remarkable ability to change his face features to resemble anyone else, and this is how he is able to go in public in spite of his disfigurement. (Sometimes, he also wears a mask.) When he’s 14, Mr. Socrates sets him out in London on his own and hopes his training has taught him to be resourceful enough to survive on his own. He soon is visited by another agent (although he doesn’t know it at the time) named Octavia Milkweed, who is a spunky, former street urchin turned spy. They start investigating the Clockwork Guild and the disappearance of several street children. Octavia and Modo soon discover the Guild is also altering the minds of the sons of prominent government officials, including Prince Albert, and they realize the horrific plans that the Guild is using the children for. As the jacket cover states, “Modo teams up with another young agent, Octavia Milkweed, for an assignment that takes them from the Tower of London to a terrifying world deep beneath the city.”

So, what do I do with this book?

1. Tweens/young teens can most likely really relate to the self-image problems Modo has in this book. Although we have very few hunchbacks walking around, most teens dislike something about themselves and worry about their self-image. You can discuss with teens or ask them to journal how Modo deals with society, about how he hides behind a mask or his remarkable ability to change himself, and how they think he feels. Then they can relate this to themselves (this would most likely be better for a journal assignment or a small group discussion rather than a large class discussion).

2. Arthur Slade gives clues throughout the book about what the Clockwork Guild is doing with the street children and young men. From the potion the men and children drink to the bolts in their shoulders, readers can try to figure out what exactly is going on–although the end result of the Clockwork Guild’s experiments is almost unbelievable. Anyway, readers can make predictions based on clues as to the devious plans throughout the novel. Solve the mystery before Modo and Octavia!

3. Steampunk means that the book is set in the past, but technology is included that wasn’t actually invented back then. Think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. So, ask teens to dissect the setting–which parts are Victorian London? Which parts are Steampunk? How do the two parts work together to create this fascinating setting?

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