We’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year.
First off, we’d like to thank family and friends for being so amazingly supportive. We could not have done anything this year without many hands and hearts, lifting us up.
We’d like to thank our authors: Steven Mix, Joanne Johnson, Steve Shumaker, and our illustrators: Ross Matteson, Michael Hutchens, Maureen Shockey. You’ve blown us away with your talent, and you’ve exceeded our expectations. So proud of the creative work that’s coming out of this place, and it’s because of you all. Keep on keepin’ on.
Thank you to Red Adept Publishing for being great editors and for supporting Goodbye. Thank you to Tanis Glenn for her awesome work on Nephalim. Thank you to Tulsa for being an entrepreneur-friendly and book-friendly community (getting a Tulsey award this year was pretty dang cool!). Thank you to San Antonio for hosting an awesome Worldcon this year; we’re so very grateful that we got a chance to attend this year. We got to see old friends and make some new ones.
Huge thanks to all the readers out there who have bought, reviewed, and loved us. We’ve had an amazing year because of you. We’re already looking forward to 2014: more books, more art, more awesome.
It’s been a roller-coaster ride of a week, here at Falkor.
We’re busy getting the word out about the presale, as well as starting to send review copies (…if you want to read the book early, and review, please let us know!), and we’re crossing all the i’s and dotting all the t’s to get the book through the distribution process. Here’s a few other things that have happened this week:
Presale eBooks have shipped!
OK so, “shipped” might not be the right word, but if you ordered an eBook during our presale, you should have gotten an email earlier in the week, allowing you to download your choice of Kindle (*.mobi) or Nook (*.epub) version of Goodbye from the Edge of Never. If you didn’t get that, please let us know. If you did, and you love the book, please give it a good review!
Steven Mix featured on Kelworth Files NaNoWriMo Spotlight
Steven was interviewed for the NaNoWriMo Spotlight series, on the Kelworth Files blog. It’s an awesome interview, and a great telling of Steven’s story and his writing process. Go check it out!
GFTEON Official Release Date: Dec.15,2013
We received word this week from our distributor, that the book will be available on Amazon.com (print or Kindle version), Barnes & Noble (print or Nook version), and available by request at just about every major book retailer in the country, starting Dec.15, 2013. THANK YOU to everyone who ordered the book during the presale. It’s been a huge help, and we appreciate it so much.
It’s not over! Presale Continues Until Nov.30!
Pre-sale orders for Goodbye from the Edge of Never are still available until Nov.30th, 2013. If you happen to know anyone who you think would love this book, please share this email with them. OR, if you’re thinking about that zombie-lover on your Christmas list, remember our giveaways — a special signed book and one-of-a kind illustrated poster would make a great gift!
Goodbye from the Edge of Never takes place in future dystopian California, where the rise of zombies have meant the fall of civilization. This highly anticipated story introduces readers to Donathan, Ashley, and Mason: three heroes who decide to face the world’s fears and dance alongside the shadows. When death comes after you, clacking it’s teeth and hissing from the shadows, sometimes it’s better to laugh, dance, and throw paint.
Readers will have the option to order an ebook, or print-on-demand copy. Falkor will also be making signed copies available. For a limited time, all signed book orders will also receive a signed copy of a special-edition poster featuring original artwork by Michael Merritt-Hutchins. The poster will be designed exclusively for this presale.
Steven Mix is a native Californian and lives in the Bay Area with his wife, stepdaughter, and newborn son. During his lifetime he has worked with the autistic community for a non profit organization, was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, and is currently pursuing a bachelors degree, doing stand-up, and writing fiction.
For more information, and to order the book, please visit http://stevenmix.com/books/
Joanne Johnson’s first science fiction / fantasy novel, Nephilim Awakened is now available. We’ve been working on this book for nearly a year, and we’re very happy indeed to finally be able to offer the book in paperback via Lulu.com’s print-on-demand service. Click here to buy a print copy of Nephalim Awakened.
The novel will be available in bookstores soon, and we’re currently working on and ebook version, to be released on Kindle and Nook. Should you wish to wait for the ebook version, please let us know in the comments, below. Thank you!
As we put the final touches on the editing of Nephilim Awakened by Joanne Johnson, we thought you’d like to take a look behind the scenes at some more of the concept art, leading up to the final cover illustration, by the lovely and talented Maureen Shockey.
We could show you pictures of our editing work, but that won’t be nearly as interesting. By the way, we do want to send out a huge thanks to Tanis Glenn and Nicole Dawson for helping us out in a huge way through the last stretch of the editing process this year. Thanks as well to Joe Cinocca, Jennifer Moreno, Karen Lacey, Maureen Schockey, Wendi Wilkerson, Mandy Vavrinak, Sean Griffin & Kristen Bergman, and everyone who has worked with, helped, and believed in Falkor. We couldn’t have done this had we not had your support, and we love you all.
Take a look at these awesome concept illustrations done for Goodbye from the Edge of Never. Pictured here are the heros of the story, Donathan, Ashley, and Mason.
Sometimes, it takes someone believing in you, to keep going.
We’re not out to change the world. We’re not out to cure cancer or revolutionize the publishing industry, or create an enormous / important movement. We love science fiction, we love fantasy, we love books, and we want to help get some great writers off the ground.
Publishing is a tough business. There are six publishing companies that dominate that market so completely that we’re about as large as a gnat, to a blue whale. We have no huge budget, we have no high-paid execs who can sit in smokey back rooms with CEOs of book retailers to fill shelves with our titles. We’re little more than a tiny office in Tulsa, OK and some freelancers, laptops, pens, paper, ink, and big hearts. We do this because we love it.
…and sometimes, like all entrepreneurial ventures, we ask ourselves, in those wee hours of the night, “Is it worth it?” We work, we toil and sweat and bleed, and are away from our families, and we work during all the empty spaces between jobs and bills and everything else that fills our days and it’s hard. It’s stressful. It’s painful sometimes, and we think: maybe no-one is noticing. Maybe we can throw in the towel and call it a day, and no-one would care.
When moments like this creep in, I think back to the breakfast that I had with Joe Cinocca. He handed me a Kindle, as a gift. He gave it to me because I’d mentioned that I wanted to work on ebooks, but didn’t have anything to test with. Falkor wasn’t anything. I wasn’t anyone. There was no indication that we’d even reach our goal of publishing a book. …but he believed. I’ll never forget it.
Thanks for believing in me, Joe.
Thanks for rooting for Falkor.
We’d have quit before we started if it was not for you.
Maureen Shockey is an incredibly talented illustrator and storyboard artist, based in New York. She’s a recent graduate of the Fashion institute of Technology, and we’ve enjoyed working on a few little pieces with her, here and there. The first book cover she’ll be working on with us, is the upcoming science fiction / fantasy novel, Nephilim Awakened. It won’t be the last. We’re impressed with her work so far and can’t wait to see what else we’d like to collaborate on.
Nephilim is based, loosely, on the Book of Urantia, which attempts to link spirituality with science. As such, the author, Joanne Johnson weaves sci-fi, fantasy, angels, and aliens, all together in a story of self-discovery. We’re excited to release the book soon, and VERY excited at the illustrations that Maureen has been working on. Click here to view some more of Maureen Shockey’s illustrations.
Falkor Publishing has signed author Joanne Johnson, and we’ll be working with her on her new science fiction / fantasy novel, Nephilim Awakened. We hope you will like this book as much as we do. It’s part sci-fi, part fantasy, part comedy, part adventure, and very fun. Joanne Johnson is the author of three published children’s books, My Best Friend is Blue, Trees Can’t Talk, and Pen Pals.
Joanne holds a multi-disciplinary M.A. in Special Education, Gerontology and Adult Education and a B. A. in Art and English from the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX. She has won a writing contest for her short story, The Yellow Shoes, published in the Oasis Journal, 2011.
She continues to write short stories inspired by her time spent in a second home in New Mexico where she discovered a new way of living and thinking.
At Tokyo in Tulsa this summer, we revealed the new cover art for Steve Mix‘s first novel, Goodbye from the Edge of Never. The cover was illustrated by Ross Matteson, graphic design by Falkor’s very own Carlos Moreno. Don’t you LOVE IT??!! We do.