Birthday Blog Blitz for Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson #GuestPost @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be part of the birthday blog blitz for Visions of Zarua, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Suzanne Rogerson tells us about Visions of Zarua’s unexpected route into traditional publishing….

First let me share a little of the history behind Visions of Zarua. It’s my debut novel, though I do have a couple of unsuccessful fantasy attempts hidden away. Back in 2013, I submitted it to a few agents and a publisher. Without finding any success with them, I decided to use a critique service to see where it was going wrong. The critique was spot on with the various issues in the book and I rewrote it into its current form.

Rather than go through the submitting process again, I decided it was time to be confident about my book and self-publish it. I felt Visions was ready, but I hired an editor first who worked her magic and knocked 10k off the word count!

I finally self-published Visions of Zarua 3 years ago on 16th November 2015.

On 3rd January 2018, I received an email asking if I owned the rights and if I’d be interested in having a Czech translation of Visions of Zarua. I was sceptical receiving such a request out of the blue. I asked a few questions and did some research before I finally allowed myself to believe it was genuine. I sent them the manuscript as requested and heard no more.

I chased it a week later, to ensure my email had been received and was told the chief editor was reviewing the book and I should have an answer the following week. Then followed a difficult few days of waiting.

I remember walking back from taking my daughter to school one morning and checking my emails on my phone. There was the offer email!

I must have looked crazy walking along with a huge grin on my face and I think I went into shock because I was shaking.

Again it seemed so unreal, my book being translated into another language and being on sale alongside some of my heroes; Robin Hobb, J K Rowling…

It felt like a dream, which swiftly turned into a bit of a nightmare. Without an agent I had to negotiate the contract myself. There’s the time difference between the UK and Prague, language barriers and the fact that everyone is so busy in the publishing industry that it can take days for the relevant department to respond. There were hopes to use my original book cover, which also held up the contract signing. It turned out the image rights could only be held by one party so eventually it was agreed the publisher would provide their own cover.  Four months after the initial enquiry, we were able to complete the paperwork.

The day I received my signed contract by recorded delivery was amazing. Then followed another wait to receive my royalty payment. Seeing it in the bank made it all real and was the final proof I needed to know everything was going ahead.

Now I have a long wait for Fall 2019 when Visions of Zarua’s Czech edition is due out. It will be part of the publisher’s new edition – World Contemporary Fantasy for young and adult readers.

The last I heard Visions was with a translator. Now the book fairs etc have calmed, I hope for an update soon and can’t wait to see the cover they choose.

I have loved self-publishing and being in charge of all the decisions and not having to wait on others, but it does feel kind of wonderful to know that someone out there believes in my book enough to invest time, money and resources into translating it.

Another bonus – next year I will finally get my holiday in Prague. I can’t wait to take a selfie with my book in an actual bookshop!

As you can see Visions of Zarua has taken an odd route into traditional publishing. I’m so grateful to the publisher Albatros Media and its imprint Fragment for taking a chance on my book.

I feel more confident about the future of Visions of Zarua. Who knows what new and exciting adventures are ahead!

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About the Book

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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About Suzanne

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children. She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes. She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links – Goodreads Website | Twitter | FacebookAmazon author page

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Im delighted to welcome AnneMarie Brear, and join the blog tour for The Promise of Tomorrow, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources. AnneMarie tells us about the top five books of her childhood.

When I was a child in Australia my mother owned a book shop, so books featured a lot in my life. I read from early on and have always loved books.

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Here’s the book info…..

Coralline is a mermaid who is engaged to the merman of her dreams. But when an oil spill wreaks havoc on her idyllic village life, her little brother falls gravely ill. Desperate to save him, she embarks on a quest to find a legendary elixir made of starlight.

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Book links ~ Amazon UK | Goodreads

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The book is due for release on November 6th on Amazon UK and Amazon US 

Now over to Justin….

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It took me six years, but I did it: a novel on love, loss, deceit, and truth. It feels good and it feels right. Who knows? Perhaps the book I wrote may be as cathartic for you as it has been for me.

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