The Sky Warrior digital edition of The Marann just went live on Amazon!
The same story, with richer, tighter writing, as well as new and expanded scenes.
I’m so excited it’s out!
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013, Sky Warrior Books will republish The Marann. I will unpublish the self-pubbed version before the Sky Warrior edition goes live.
This is the same story, but the re-release contains new and expanded scenes, and the writing is richer and tighter (I’ve learned a lot since pressing that Publish button last October!). The new material doesn’t change the plot. If you’ve read the original book, you can rest assured you won’t be blind-sided in a later book by some great honking change.
Daughters of Suralia will probably be republished next.
Meanwhile, I’m writing the final climactic chapters of The Fall (book 3), and I’ll keep everybody informed as to its journey through the publishing process.
So next Tuesday please enjoy a shiny new version of The Marann, and check out some of their other great new releases (click on the picture below).
Late last night, I got an email from the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Special Interest Chapter of RWA that started out like this:
Congratulations! I’m pleased to inform you that your entry, The Marann is a finalist in the Futuristic Category of FF&P’s Prism Contest for Published Authors!
OH. MY. GOD.
Kirkus Reviews gave me a Valentine’s Day gift in the form of a wonderful review, quoted in full below:
“In the first in a series, Meierz’s debut, a rich sci-fi love story about a female teacher sent to a foreign planet to tutor the daughter of its rulers in various Earth languages, could be described as a space-opera spin on Anna and the King of Siam.
When the government informs high school teacher Marianne that she has been selected for a mission to the Tolari homeworld, where she will be the sole human occupant on that planet for 26 years, she hesitates, although she’s aware of the unpleasant consequences that would befall her should she ignore this “request.” Once on Tolar, a planet that houses a humanoid species known for being technologically primitive by Earth standards, she comes to discover that things are not quite as they seem. Meierz’s novel charts Marianne’s slowly budding romance with the Sural, the Tolari leader, as well as her gradual acclimation to this new world that is perhaps not as bizarre or backward as she originally thought. Meierz writes admirably, conjuring an alien planet and culture in a manner as straightforward as it is succinct. Her assured, no-frills approach to worldbuilding makes it easy to suspend any disbelief one might have regarding the novel’s more fantastical elements. Her realistic characters and their relationships build organically. The romance that develops between Marianne and the Sural, as well as Marianne’s shift in allegiance, might not come as a surprise to any reader, and there’s a predictable, overly melodramatic revelation regarding a trauma in Marianne’s past, but Meierz captures readers’ attention through her naturalistic character development and pacing. She also makes Earth’s government truly frightening and reprehensible.
A beautifully realized story that proves that politically driven space opera and tender love stories do not have to be mutually exclusive.” Kirkus Reviews
The Marann made it into the second round!
You can find the rest of the novels that made it into the second round here.
For those unfamiliar with it, Amazon invites authors to submit unpublished and self-published (provided they retain all rights) books to their Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. The submissions period closed on January 27, or when they received 10,000 entries, whichever came first.
The first round was judged based on a 300-word pitch of the book and narrowed the field to 2,000 entries (top 400 in each of five categories). Apparently, the judges liked my pitch. 🙂 The results were announced today.
The second round ends March 12 and will be judged on an excerpt of up to the first 5,000 words of the book. This round will narrow the results to the top 500 entries.
I’m so excited! Wish me luck!
I’m doing my New Year’s Eve reflections on the past year a little early.
Honestly, when I released The Marann, I expected it to fail. I thought, My friends and relatives will buy this, I’ll sell maybe a couple dozen copies, and it will sink without a trace.
Little did I know.
The Marann sat relatively unnoticed for about 2 weeks, and then… something happened. I don’t know what, because I didn’t do any marketing. It started climbing Amazon’s charts, eventually peaking at #2 in Space Opera, #10 in Futuristic Romance, #20 in Science Fiction, #49 in all Science Fiction & Fantasy, and #468 in the Kindle Store. I didn’t sell just 12 copies. I sold well over four thousand.
That’s amazing for a new and unknown author.
It’s sinking back down now — more slowly than I was told (what “6 week cliff”?) — and the first contact stories (Into Tolari Space) have just rocketed up the Free charts, landing at #2 in Science Fiction Short Stories (right behind Hugh Howey’s Wool) and #5 in Space Opera (keeping company with the likes of Eric Flint and Andre Norton).
This is way cool. There actually aren’t very many new SF/F authors who have done something like that this year.
I certainly wanted to create a compelling world that readers would love. Despite a few bumps — some readers really don’t like the apparent infidelity of my Tolari — I have hopes that I have managed to do just that.
My. Most. Amazing. Year. Ever.