Erin Ritch

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It’s release day for Myth!!

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Finally, it’s here!

It feels like forever ago we released Myth for pre-order only…and now release day is finally here! Both the e-book and the print version are live to purchase today. I hope you all love it and please, share with your friends!

Get your copy of Myth here!

Event at Another Read Through!

Yesterday was awesome! I had my FIRST table signing at a wonderful bookstore in Portland, Oregon called Another Read Through.

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Behold!

I brought copies of Myth and Quinn Family: The Mayan Ruins – both covers really drew attention! It was great talking with passerby’s about the books and also my fellow Willamette Writers who were at the event.

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That’s me!

All in all, I learned a lot and left three copies of Myth and Quinn Family at Another Read Through – go check them out!

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“Myth” release date announcement…and e-book pre-orders open!

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Cover illustration by the talented Char Houweling

I can’t believe this day is finally here but…my Young Adult Fantasy book “Myth” has a release date of 7.25.16!

Get your e-book pre-orders here!

If you know me and my writing, then you’ve probably heard me talk about this book at least a hundred times. What started as notebooks full of handwritten pages has turned into a novel. It’s traveled with me from Oregon to Vancouver B.C. (where those handwritten notebooks were almost stolen – thank you, nice Canadian thieves, for leaving them in my parent’s car), then to California (where I packed them with my valuables when we were almost evacuated from fires), then back to Oregon, tucked safe atop my bedroom dresser.

Where it sat. And sat. And the paperclips of notes between the pages grew rusty with age. It sat some more until one day I needed this story again. And those characters were still there, dutifully waiting in the place I had left them.

That was August of 2014. So I picked up where I left off, writing “Myth” while working full time. I’d write on my lunch breaks. I’d write after my toddler went to bed or on my days off. I don’t know how many ideas I’d repeat to myself over and over during my commute between home and work – don’t forget it, don’t forget it until you get home and jot it down. It went painfully slow but at least it went.

I was able to scramble one edit through the finished manuscript before taking it to a writer’s conference in August of 2015. I pitched it to several agents and editors, all who displayed interest. But then “Myth” had to sit and wait again. So it sat and sat, waiting for the response from those “interested” agents that eventually arrived, if at all.

Now it’s 2016 and this story is tired of sitting and waiting. When I started No Wyverns Publishing, I knew I’d have total creative control over “Myth.” And while that’s stellar, it’s also a lot of work. You need to get as much feedback as you can. You need to hire and seek out help from professionals. You need to edit and revise and edit again (then again. Oh, and again). It also helps to be married to a brilliant book format expert and all around problem-solving-genius.

But guess what? I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It takes a lot of patience to write a book. Unfortunately, I’ve had to say ‘no’ to some things and drag myself to the computer when I just wanted to go to bed instead of editing until 1 am. But through it all, I couldn’t put this story down and never tired of it and I hope readers feel the same way.

It’s going to be an exciting and busy summer and I have twenty emails to write about this announcement. But right now I’m going to sit back and reflect on how far this book has come. It’s survived theft and fire and age and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

So that’s the story of how “Myth” came about…but what’s the book about, you ask?

Shogun Saban dreams of becoming a woodsman like his grandfather; to fly between the trees and listen to their stories. But his father wants to keep him rooted on the ground and far away from his childhood friend, a girl of the sea named Madigan who can control the elements.

Beyond their little corner of the world, an evil has sprouted and is quietly spreading; corrupting its victims and marking them with eyes full of shadows. When it reaches their sleepy hometown of Shrunken Hollow, Shogun and Madigan search for the origin of the darkness – but the answer lies in an old myth about a place that only exists in dreams.

With the aid of the forest and the sea, Shogun and Madigan must unravel the myth before the darkness takes over their world – and themselves.

 Thanks to everyone that helped me with this book, got excited with me about this book, put up with my pickiness, waited while I “just need to finish this last paragraph,” or just offered a “that’s awesome!” We did it!

The of Summer ’16

I’m excited to say I am thisclose to finishing the third draft of “Myth” and the artwork for the cover is looking amazing. The release of “Myth” will be timed perfectly with the two book fairs I will be attending this summer. I’m really looking forward to bringing No Wyverns Publishing to these events and meeting/networking with other authors. Oh yeah, and selling books!!

Here’s where I’ll be this summer!

 

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www.nwbookfestival.com
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Pioneer Square/ Portland, OR
Booth # 50

I’ve been assigned the booth near the Starbucks…man, did they figure me out or what! 9 Bridges is an organization of writers based out of Portland. I signed up for this festival immediately once registration was open back in January! No Wyverns Publishing will have our own table there. I’m really excited about the other authors that will be at this event as well. It’s in the middle of summer so I’ll be well-hydrated…oh yeah, and also well caffeinated.

 

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www.bobsbeachbooks.net
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
1747 Hwy 101/ Lincoln City, OR

Finally! I’ve been wanting to join the Northwest Author Fair for several years now, but due to limited space and the popularity of the event, I haven’t been able to get in until now! Again, the list of authors that will be here are amazing…and I get to spend the day at the coast. Sign me up!

I’ll be selling/signing copies of all three of my titles at these events – “Memories Wait Alone”, “Quinn Family Adventures” (with its brand new cover!) and “Myth.” I can’t wait but I have a lot to do before then…so its back to editing and…oh yeah, more editing. Cheers!

Spring Cleaning – Weeding Out the Darlings

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Editing by computer monitor light…yay?

If I fall a bit radio silent over the next few weeks, it’s because I’m diving into Draft Three of “Myth.”

I’ll still be posting “Late Night Writing Prompts” and a few other pieces I have in mind, partly because this helps keep my sanity when I’m doing heavy editing. If you haven’t guessed, editing is not my favorite thing in the world. While some writers love it, I see it as a necessary evil – like going to the dentist. (No offense to any dentists out there.) You’ve got to go. You’ve got to get your cleanings. You’ve got to hear the bad news about what needs pulled or what needs taken apart and put back together.  (Yep, seeing a lot of similarities here.)

But this is all worth it, because I am so excited with the direction that “Myth” is going – I have some amazing things to share soon. Summer will be great.

Now just to survive the work that spring is requiring in order to make summer great.
(By the way, I also need to go to the dentist. For real.)

“Myth” Cover Art Concepts

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Recently I’ve been gathering together images that capture the style I’d like for the cover artwork for Myth. Here’s a few examples above! (Have I mentioned it’s a Fantasy novel?)

“Myth” – Beta Reader Sign Up

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Working cover art…but it’s still pretty freakin’ cool.

I am beyond thrilled to announce I am moving forward onto the next phase of development for my Young Adult Fantasy novel titled Myth.

At this time I am looking to recruit Beta Readers in anticipation of the release of Myth this summer. It’s a pretty exciting time for me. I’ve had this story close to my heart for a long time and I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I want to make it the best it can be, so feedback from Beta Readers is invaluable! Help me see what I’m missing, people! (Please!)

So what’s a Beta Reader, anyway? You’ll be reading a completed draft of the story, but it’s by no means the finished product. You may have to overlook some (*gasp*) typos or punctuation errors. I won’t ask you to catch errors like that, but I will ask you some general questions, such as:

  • What was confusing or unanswered by the end of the book?
  • Were any character actions, well, out of character?
  • What was your favorite part of the story/was there anywhere in the story you lost interest?

I’ll be sending out digital copies of Myth to anyone interested on March 16th. Due to the deadline I need to meet, I’ll be asking for feedback about a month later, on April 16th. And if you don’t have the book finished by then, no big deal. Any feedback is better than none! And I hope this goes without saying…but if you don’t like an element of the story or the whole darn book is just not your thing – I will not take offense, pester you to explain yourself! or block you on Facebook.  🙂

Myth is approximately 85,000 words. To give you a comparison, that’s about the length of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Because my spouse is a Computer Wizard, I can send you the book in various digital forms (Word, PDF, files for your Kindle or other E-Reader, etc).

To see if you’re interested in signing up, let me give you a quick pitch:

“Myth” is the story of a young warrior of the forest and a girl with powers from the sea who must save their home from a dark force taking over their world.

It’s set in a time and place like our own but a little different. Shogun was raised by his woodsmen father and grandfather who think of themselves as warrior-types and want to shape him the same way. Madigan comes from a family of fisherman that can control the elements of water, wind and fire. Although from completely different walks of life, these two form a childhood friendship. As the story begins, they are oblivious to the violence that is spreading across their world, an epidemic known only as “dark eyes” that can turn a good person into something twisted.

Their sleepy town is turned upside down when Shogun’s father becomes consumed by the “dark eyes” and commits an act of violence against Madigan’s family. The two friends are split apart for years and in that time the forest and the sea take the two children in as their own and teach them their secrets. When they reconnect as adults years later, Shogun and Madigan are tasked to find a shrine that is said to hold the key to ending all evil. Aided by the elements, magical creatures and intuitive instruments, they leave on a journey to stop the darkness from taking over their world.

Click the link below to sign up as a Beta Reader! 

“Myth” Beta Reader sign up form

Thanks for your support and I hope you enjoy!

“Myth” Fan Art

 How amazing is this? Fan Art for “Myth” sent to me by one of my beta readers! 
I love that a visual I had in my head and wrote down as words on paper, has now popped up as a visual in someone else’s imagination.
That’s the power of writing! 
(And someone paying attention.)

So long and thanks for all the fish

Note to readership:

It may be a few weeks until I submit another post (well, maybe I’ll pop in to post some Laundry Room updates…) as it’s crunch-time-I’m-getting-down-to-serious-business when it comes to finishing my current novel in progress – “Myth.” I’ve been working on this book for 10+ years…if you really want to know, it’s probably been longer than that. You see, I went through a Writer’s Block to end all Writer’s Block. It was more like a Writer’s Chasm into which I fell deep down, twirling into the nothing. To me, I visualize this chasm to be like that part of “The X Files” opening credits, when the weird figure is falling, falling, falling, a la below. Guess what? That is a hard place to climb out of. So here I am…10+ years later, only a few thousand words away from sealing that place up forever.

Anyway, I’ve given myself until the end of April to finish “Myth”…I’m thisclose to being finished, I can taste it. I’m not sure whether to hyperventilate or cry or jump up and down. There is a Writer’s Conference coming up in August at which I want to pitch this “Myth” – but before then I’m going to need time to edit this epic first draft (don’t envy me…a first draft that is 10 years old is going to be a mess of forgotten thoughts and breaks in continuity. *shudder*)

Writing a novel is a huge commitment. It’s not like a blog or a short story, where you think it, you write it and post it and voila! – you’re done with it. Instant gratification. Writing a novel means it’s months (or years, for me) of carrying around blood, sweat and tears. How’s that for a gestational period? Your characters are always on your shoulder, bored and stuck in limbo, frozen in that last place you left them. Daily, you will get quick bursts of inspiration –  while you’re driving down the road, writing an email at work, listening to a song on the radio, having a conversation or even going to the bathroom. And unfortunately, the world does not stop to accommodate your moments of genius and it will frustrate the hell out of you…you’ve just got to write down a summary, try to remember it and hope you can capture it again at a more opportune time.

I read once that writing a novel should take the length of season. BULLSHIT. Huge, huge utter bullshit. How can you set a time limit on creating a whole universe? I don’t care if it’s a straightforward, coming-of-age story involving teen angst. You’re still creating a slew of things that I certainly won’t limit myself to “a season” to put together.

I read another thing about writing: It’s the closest we will ever get to magic. Now that’s more like it. So I’m signing off to create a little magic of my own.

See you on the other side!