The Dragons of Nibiru is one year old today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
On Thursday, July 13, 2017, I drove to the printer in Kelowna, British Columbia to pick up the first printed copies of The Dragons of Nibiru. What a fantastic feeling to hold one’s own book! Truly indescribable. It’s hard to believe a year has passed since that historic day; so many wonderful things have happened.
The next morning, my car loaded up with books, I headed to Maple Ridge to visit one of my sons for a few days, before crossing the border into the U.S. The two main items on my itinerary were visiting with my dear friend Tamara in San Diego, then moving on to Phoenix to meet my editor, Russ Williams, and his lovely wife Sandy. It would be my first in-person meeting with Russ. Actually, it would also be the first time I’d hear his voice! We had created the entire book via email communication. A great feat, if you ask me.
Russ, Sandy and I hit it off right away, and had a great visit. We celebrated the occasion with a couple of dinners and even a “dragon sundae” (complete with mini dragon figure!) created for us by the people at Churn, a great little Phoenix ice cream parlor. Our visit was too, too short; I’m hoping to get down there to see them again soon. I met many others on the trip, too – all of them excited for the success of our book.
Book-signing events have been a huge part of the year since the book’s birthday. I’ve done 125 signing events (115 just since January!) all across Canada, from BC to Quebec. And I’m still going strong, with many more events on the calendar. I’ve also done a handful of media interviews along the way, including a couple of radio shows and a five-minute TV news segment.
Overall, I have to say I’m having a blast, and am excited about where our books will take us. The second book in the series, Dragons of Earth, is nearing completion, and I am geared up to begin promoting it right alongside the first one. Writing these books is the most fun I’ve ever had. Touring gets a bit grueling at times, but I’ve enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people. I’ve had complete strangers give me hugs or buy me tea to help me through those long book-signing days. We do live in a great country!
There have been several printings of the first edition, but only a few copies remain. One of the printings was done in a slightly larger size than the rest; there are about 400 copies of that one still available. If you’d like one, send me an email! The second edition (minus a few typos and tiny goofs missed in the first edition) is now available, too – along with e-book versions! Two editions, several printings and e-books all in just a year is quite an accomplishment – a great deal of work goes into creating each version. Thanks to Russ and Danielle for all their work to make this possible.
There was one unfortunate bump along the way. I was stuck with 2,000 misprinted copies of the first edition! The text is completely okay, but the page layout was mis-printed so it looks a bit strange. It can’t be sold in stores, but a few of you have copies – and each of you will be receiving a special prize when the last of them are eventually sold. On a potentially happier note, someone pointed out that misprinted versions can be valuable collector’s items if the author becomes famous. I do plan to become famous 😊, so if you’ve got one of those “special” copies, hang onto it! My new printer, Premier Printing in Winnipeg, is doing very professional work for me. Thanks, guys!
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Lorna J. Carleton
Hello! I'm Lorna. I thought I'd let you know a bit about me, as the author of a tale I hope you'll love.