Guest Post – Chris T. Kat

Publishing with different publishers

Jon, thank you very much for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog. eXtasy books published my new release, Unicorn Rescue, on August 16th.

Even though Unicorn Rescue is my 11th published book, it’s the first with eXtasy Books, and I’m very excited about it. Most of my stories are published with Dreamspinner Press, but I also have a short story with Torquere Press. A while ago, (almost a year, actually), I posted about how it felt to have a second publisher. If you’re interested, you can read it here: http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/guest-author-chris-t-kat-is-it-cheating/

Well, at the time I wrote Unicorn Rescue I knew it would only be a short story. Of course, it would’ve been possible to write a longer story (it’s fantasy, after all), but I wasn’t in the mood. Sometimes I enjoy writing shorter stories, and so that’s what I did. Which meant submitting to Dreamspinner Press was out of the question. Now what?

Sure, my first thought was to submit it to Torquere Press but then… I looked around some more to get a better feeling for what the various publishers wanted and whether they had minimum word requirements. During my search, eXtasy books popped up again and again. I’d read some books from this publisher, and from other authors I’d heard only positive things. What sold me on them was the great amount of paranormal books. Submitting Unicorn Rescue felt like the right thing to do.

The acceptance e-mail from eXtasy books was the fastest I’ve ever received—after only two days. Yep, you got it right. 🙂

Working with eXtasy books has been a good experience, and I’m happy to be with them. However, there’s this small but nagging voice inside my head, asking me whether it is appropriate to have three different publishers… I know, this voice is an annoying worrywart. 😉

I’ll ask the same questions I did about a year ago, because I’m still interested in hearing the various answers, so: How about you, dear readers, how do you feel about an author publishing with different publishers? Do you rather follow an author or do you keep an eye on the coming soon page of your favorite publisher?

 

 

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Buy links:

eXtasy Books: http://www.extasybooks.com/chris-t-kat/unicorn-rescue/

All Romance Ebooks:

Amazon:

 

Blurb:

A search for missing unicorns reveals a Fate that Samuel has only dreamed of before.

When they first meet, Jordan takes Samuel’s breath away—but not in a good way. Jordan knocks Samuel, a gatekeeper from a world called Eden, flat on his ass. In Jordan’s defense, Samuel did freak him out, appearing out of thin air the way he did. Luckily, the appearance of the unicorns preempts a possible fight.

Relieved to have found Eden’s unicorns, Samuel is astonished that Jordan knows about them, despite the fact that their horns have been concealed by magic. Attempting to remove the halters that bind them, Samuel is rendered unconscious.

The question now is how to get the unicorns back to Eden, as well as solve the mystery of who has stolen them to begin with. But just maybe Samuel and Jordan need to deal with this attraction between them that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Are their feelings tied in with the mystery of the unicorns?

 

 

Excerpt:

“What the fuck?” Samuel groaned. After locating the unicorns on Earth, he’d opened a gate at night and stepped through it, not expecting any trouble while retrieving the unicorns.

But something had gone wrong because he found himself sprawled on the soft grass, rubbing his aching jaw. The darkness around him wasn’t absolute—a sparse scattering of stars in the sky illuminated his surroundings. As he searched for his gate, he came up empty. There had been no time to stabilize it and, annoyed, he conceded that it probably had collapsed.

“Who are you? Or should I ask what are you?”

Samuel opened and closed his mouth several times, wondering whether he needed a healer or if an ice-pack would be sufficient. He sat up and observed the man who’d knocked him to the ground. The same man he’d seen in Selina’s crystal ball.

“I asked you a question!”

“Well, it would’ve been easier to ask your question first instead of knocking me out. Just a well-meant piece of advice for next time.” Samuel hauled himself to his feet and shook his head to clear it. His jaw would sport a wonderful bruise tomorrow if he didn’t do something about it. This guy sure had a powerful fist.

“I didn’t allow you to get up!”

Samuel fixed his gaze on the man, taking stock of him. He’d seemed small in the crystal ball but that didn’t have to mean anything. Still, even in real life he came across as small but lean, with bright blue eyes that looked rather huge in his finely chiseled face. Pretty. Really pretty.

“I’m talking to you!”

“You’re not talking, you’re screaming,” Samuel said. “Scared?”

“Why would I be scared of someone who stepped out of nothingness? Although it looked like some kind of opening, which is all kinds of weird and… and… who are you?”

“I’m Samuel, nice to meet you…?” Samuel smiled and extended his hand, knowing he’d surprised the other man with his casual manner.

“Jordan.”

“Hello, Jordan. Now, how about we start again? I think we got off on the wrong foot.” Samuel clasped Jordan’s trembling hand in his. “Don’t be afraid.”

“Afraid? No, no, I’m not. I mean, why would I be? It’s an everyday thing that people show up out of thin air. Haha! See? I’m not afraid.”

“Ah, yes, I noticed how not afraid you are.”

 

 

Chris T. Kat

Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

 

 

Links:

Blog: http://christikat.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/christi_kat

GoodReads:http://www.goodreads.com/ChrisTKat

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChrisTKat

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Chris-T.-Kat/e/B008FQQH2Q

 

Chris is giving away two Unicorn Rescue coin purses to two lucky winners. The giveaway runs from August 13th to August 21st. All you have to do is to leave a comment on one of her stops. Please make sure to leave Chris an email addy to contact you. She’ll pick the winner on August 22nd.

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The tour dates are here:

August 13th: Tempeste O’Riley

August 14th: The Blogger Girls

August 15h: Kimi Chan Experience

August 16th: Jon Keys

August 17th: Julie Lynn Hayes

August 18th: MA Church

August 19th: Tali Spencer

August 21st: Andrew Q. Gordon

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8 thoughts on “Guest Post – Chris T. Kat

  1. If I enjoy an author’s work, I’l pick up their next book from their website/Facebook announcement and won’t even notice who it’s been published by. If I’m deciding whether to try an author who’s new to me, then the publisher may well play a role in that decision.

    I do understand from a writer’s perspective it might feel like cheating to go to a different publisher, but I think some stories fit with some publishers better than others. And business-wise, it seems to me that it’s probably a good idea not to have all one’s eggs in one basket.

  2. If I like an authors books I will go to wherever they have their books published. I also think it’s better for the author not to have all their books at the same publisher. They can then spread their wings and try different styles of wrting or genres etc.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(uk)

  3. I’m really excited about this one, Chris. I can’t wait to read it. As for the different publishers, I am constantly on the fence. I am starting to branch out and submit to other publishers, but they are all short stories. I really like working with DSP and I want to continue that, but there may come a day when I feel the need to branch out too. But I understand how hard that can be for you. Best of luck with the release!

    • Hi Sophie,
      thank you, I hope you’ll like it. 🙂
      I’m on the fence too. Like you, I really like working with DSP but I’ve come to enjoy working with other publishers and especially editors as well.
      Thank you for weighing in,
      Chris

  4. Hi, I am trying to catch up with this blog tour and I am enjoying reading a bit more about your writing process and your books.

    Well I don’t choose an author because of the publisher they are with and I often choose an author because they self-publish, as I love giving the independent author a chance and I sometimes contact them to let offer feedback and a few encouraging words. Some publishing houses do have my favourite authors anyway, but from what I have read some are nicer to their authors than others. I have an author friend who had all her books tied to one publisher and then had to struggle to get the rights back and royalties once the published fell into difficulties, so she almost gave up writing all together which would have been a real shame.

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