Tuesday, 30 October 2007

International Shipping Now Available!!! (Including South Africa)

Hi Everyone,

International shipping is now available on my book The Red Stone (and all other Stonegarden titles). So if you live outside the US or UK. Now is your chance to order one and get it delivered right to your door! And by what I've seen it's not that much more than a US or UK postage. Infact only $1 more than postage to the UK.

My book:



Monday, 29 October 2007

Amazon Contest


Just found about the contest. It looks like it's closed but there might be a few drops out so if you are really interested. You must still be in there with a chance.


Be the Next Breakthrough Author! Are you a writer longing to be discovered? Submit your manuscript for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It’s the perfect opportunity to become the next great novelist: the winning author will receive a publishing contract from Penguin Group, including promotional support for their book on Amazon.com, and a media suite from Hewlett-Packard. All entrants are eligible to self-publish their novel with CreateSpace and sell it on Amazon.com. Enter your manuscript for consideration by November 5, 2007!

As of Monday, October 22, we have reached our registration limit.
Authors may still register for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award; however, any new author registering now will be placed on a stand-by list. If a submission spot opens up, we will notify authors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once notified of an opening, authors must submit their novel for consideration within seven days of notice from Amazon.com. For those authors who have already registered and received a valid registration code, please be sure to complete the submission process (if you have not already) within the next seven days, or you may forfeit your submission slot. Only 5,000 submissions will be accepted, and all registrations will close on November 5, 2007.

Once the submission period ends, Amazon editors and top Amazon customer reviewers will read submissions and select authors for the semi-final round, beginning January 15, 2008. Each semi-finalist will receive a full review of their manuscript by Publishers Weekly and a book page on Amazon.com featuring a short excerpt from their novel that customers can download, read, and review. Penguin will select manuscripts to read from the semi-final round based on customer feedback and Publishers Weekly reviews and announce the Top Ten finalists on March 3, 2008. Amazon.com customers will then select the winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Award, to be announced on April 7, 2008.

Prizes The winner of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award will receive a full publishing contract from Penguin Group, including promotional support for their novel on Amazon.com, and a media suite from Hewlett-Packard. The nine remaining finalists will receive a free Total Design Freedom self-publishing package from BookSurge and a media suite from Hewlett-Packard. Semi-finalists will receive a review of their manuscript by Publishers Weekly. Upon conclusion of the contest all entrants will be eligible to make their books available for sale to Amazon.com customers via the CreateSpace self-publishing service at no charge. In addition, all entrants will receive discounted self-publishing services from BookSurge for custom cover design, formatting, and editing.

Saturday, 27 October 2007



I thought I would let you guys know about a fellow stonegarden author's book. It has got some really good reviews so far.



A small sample:

The clearing was dark. The sun had taken its last yawn at the sky and nestled beyond the horizon to the west, while the larger of the two moons, Redwyn the Giant, rose stiffly from his slumber in the east and cast a ruby hue over the night. Whilema would soon slip from the waves of the Ethosian Sea and try to drown her brother’s light. Though a great deal smaller, the moon was several times more brilliant. Their battle for the dominion of the night would begin. Neither moon was full that night, allowing the milliard of stars to litter the sky like a thrown handful of magic dust. A night fowl shrieked, a rodent screamed and then all was very still. Trenara faced the east with Andelian held high in her steady hands. She closed her eyes and a barely audible chant chimed on the air quietly, the crystal rod beginning to take on an almost imperceptible glow. A single exquisite musical note came from her throat, low, resonating, and perfect. There was a sudden hiss of wind that whipped the guider’s robes around her and then a blaze of white radiance that flashed through the glade and settled into a frosty glow about the guider’s tall form. She took a deep breath to ease the tension in her limbs and then sang another high note that floated a long time on the air. It focused the swirling light until she glowed like a white flame. Ecstasy enfolded her face as the power took hold and a radiant smile chased the age and wrinkles away, leaving not a woman, but an ethereal spirit, a shining goddess. When she lowered her eyes to Joshan, they glowed with white-hot fire that painted the young boy’s face with awe.

"...this is one powerful and imaginative fantasy adventure novel, with many nice touches...clearly...a larger framework for your series...it should do well. I will comment further in my October HiPiers column..." Piers Anthony

COMING OUT FOR PRE-ORDER IN OCTOBER 2008 - STARSIGHT will be coming out for general release in March 2008 - Visit http://www.stonegarden.net/ or http://www.minnettemeador.com/ for updates and news.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Stonegarden Forums


Just wanted to let everyone know that my publisher stonegarden also has it's own forum so feel free to pop by to see what's happening. A lot of the authors and editors hang out there and they are always ready to welcome a new face or two. It's also a great place to check out all the upcoming titles to be published there.

It's a good place to ask questions about writing and publishing. There's a lot of experience there waiting to be tapped into! but that's enough of me going about it. Go check it out if you have a few moments.



Sunday, 21 October 2007

Stonegarden Donates $1 Per Book to Innercity Kids

I know this is a little late but better late than never! This program is still running so I thought I would tell everyone about it.

Effective September 1, 2007 StoneGarden.net Publishing (www.stonegarden.net )will donate $1 to inner city baseball leagues in the Oakland, CA community for every book sold. This is an indefinite program, running as long as there are inner city baseball leagues in the area!

Specifically, we will be working with MLB's RBI (Return Baseball to the Innercities) program. Listed is the contact we'll be using.

Mr. Norman Knowles
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland
P.O. Box 23203
Oakland, CA 94623-0203510-654-0307
FAX: 510-839-2078


SO GO TO www.stonegarden.net and buy those books! Thanks for your help

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Another Rejection (But a good one)

Got this rejection yesterday. Disappointed about it of course but I think it has to be about the best rejection letter I have gotten so far! Here's a link if you want to check out the magazine. I'm sure they're going to have some really great stories:


Hi Craig,

Thanks very much for submitting your story "Werewolf Night" to the Anathema online anthology. I very much enjoyed reading it, I thought it was clever, and had some very funny moments. However, I felt that it didn't really tackle the Anathema theme as strongly as I would have liked, so I'm afraid I'm going to pass on it. But I wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere!

Thanks again,

Heidi :)

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

The Red Stone

Hi Everyone,

Got an email today from Uncle in the US saying he got a copy of The Red Stone in the post today! He says that it looks Awesome! I'm really happy about it! Can't wait for my copy to arrive.

I was a little trigger happy with my post. If you order the book now you'll still only get it after the official release date of November 15th. There were a few copies sent out but they were only tasters. Sorry for the mix up.

So if you haven't checked it out. Please do so here:



Monday, 15 October 2007

Accepted in Cover Art Contest! (Covey Book Cover Awards)

Got this email today!

The contest is closed for October since we received our full compliment of 30 entries. I've set you up as Entry #14 for November.
If you haven't already, please drop by the site and vote for one of the October entries.
I've also subscribed you to our Newsletter. Here is a link to the September and October Newsletters.
Please encourage your friends and fans to visit the site, vote for the current entries, and subscribe to our Newsletter.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Covey Book Cover Awards

Starsight is up for a Covey Award! Cover artist Derrick Freeland's work on Starsight has been called "simply amazing", and now you can help him win a Covey Award for his work. Just log into http://thenewcoveyawards.blogspot.com/, and vote for "Starsight". The polls are on the right hand side, so please vote as many times as you can, and don't forget to pass this along so that others can vote as well.

I've also entered my cover but I think it will only be in next month. But I will post it when it's up.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

First Short Story Submission Response


Just got a response for one of my submitted short stories like 2 minutes ago. It was a rejection :(. They said that they've had too many submissions to give a detailed reply as to why they can't accept it. But I think it was mainly because the story was a little risky in that it might not fit in with what they normally publish. So going to hunt for a new market to send it to.

So Whale Watchers can be scratched off the list for now but I will keep everyone informed as to what the next market I will be trying it at is.