I've been away for a while, but all things Carrot Field are now back on track!
I took a year away to write Cordelia, a 130,000 word novel based on Shakespeare's King Lear. The manuscript is with an agent now and its fate is in the hands of the publishing gods!
Audio Book Update: Sadly, the collaboration between Lavaliar Publishing and 9th Story Productions came to an end in late 2016. I thank Dan Foytik for his hard work and enthusiasm, but health and professional issues made it impossible for Dan to continue.
Happily, a new narrator has been found and production is moving forward! Head over to the Audio Book Page to meet the new narrator, the very gifted Tony Cleary! I am thrilled to have Tony on board and I know that listeners will be blown away by his engaging and powerful performance - Tony truly brings Carrot Field to vivid life!
Look for more Audio Book updates soon, in addition to news about Carrot Field: Redtail, a volume of short stories connecting the first and second books of the Carrot Field Chronicles, as well as the Carrot Field comic book project! An artist has already been selected and the script is nearing completion!
Welcome to the updated, upgraded website! Look for frequent content updates and lots of news!
+ Explore the Archives culled from more than 20 years of Carrot Field!
Lots more coming soon!
Imagining Carrot Field Foreign Editions
All sci-fi and fantasy fans have come across foreign language editions of their favorite books. At times these editions are more appealing than the North American editions. Usually, they are perplexingly weird. It seems as if the cover artist and designer are completely unfamiliar with the contents of the book they are packaging. Barbarian babes on the cover of a hard science fiction novel, robots for a high fantasy, these covers almost always seem completely divorced from the the books they are meant to illustrate.
These editions can be highly entertaining additions to a fan's collection.
Carrot Field is a blend of science-fiction, fantasy and satire. Having actually held many bizarre discussions with various publishers over the years as to what should go on the cover, I have a good idea of what might be misleading or just wrong for Carrot Field.
Since there are no foreign language editions of Carrot Field, just for fun, I have imagined a few bizarre covers that might be, in some parallel universe . . . .
Imaginary Spanish Edition
Imaginary Italian Edition
Imaginary French Edition
Imaginary German Edition
My epic fantasy novel Carrot Field was almost published (by Harper Collins, no less) and finally published (by Pressque) and must have passed through every major publishing house in the U.S. and U.K. besides! In the end, I decided to republish it independently.
In October 2015, I published the Ebook (which is available FREE all this weekend - 8, 9, October!), and the Trade Paperback in December of the same year. I did all the editing, formatting, art direction and publishing myself. The project ate up every minute of spare time I had for most of the year.
Was it worth it? Yes.
Why? That's simple . . . .
Pride of ownership. I've put more than 20 years into this project and I am proud of the work that has gone into it, and proud of the result. The unabridged audiobook is in the final stages of production and 2017 will bring the next volume of the Carrot Field saga, as well as the first Carrot Field comic book! Sound like a lot of work? Sure, but it comes with the territory . . . .
Independent publishing is a challenge, yes - but it is also its own reward.
So, join me in celebrating Powered By Indie Month by supporting Carrot Field and other independently published authors! #PoweredByIndie
The Trade Paperback Is Here!!
The trade paperback edition of Carrot Field is finally here!
I received my proof copy of the Amazon Print On Demand Edition of Carrot Field! I am very happy with the quality. It is almost identical to the promotional offset edition, only with cream paper instead of white.
I put together a little video preview of the book as well!
Trade Paperback 6x9 Matte-finish cover, cream paper 400 pages
Keep your eyes here for more updates on:-
+ Promotional Giveaways + Free downloads of the Ebook + Audiobook + FREE Fiction (Redtail Part III)
And much, much more!
Carrot Field Amazon Update!
I just ordered a proof of the Amazon print edition of Carrot Field! It should arrive in a few days. If everything is in order Carrot Field will be available for purchase in print through Amazon in February!
I still have offset copies to give away and I'm cooking up some very exciting promotions for that,
The Audiobook is in production and I've posted a sample on YouTube.
I am about 100 pages into book two "The Distant Land" and The Death of Redtail is getting finished.
More updates soon!
Shops Carrying Carrot Field!
For the time being Carrot Field is being retailed through "brick and mortar" independent bookstores. I will have news soon about how to acquire the trade paperback online. For now, here's where you can purchase Carrot Field:
Carroll & Carroll Booksellers 740 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 (570) 420-1516
The Doylestown Bookshop 16 S Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 230-7610
These are both great shops and well worth visiting for any book lover!
Support indie publishing and indie bookselling! More news soon!!
Secrets of Carrot Field - Part 1
The Fal Orn
In the novel Carrot Field and the short story Red Tail, we encounter Malaclymas. Described as a man with green skin, white hair and amber eyes, he possesses great mental powers and is a master of arcane sciences and medicine. We meet three others of his strange race: Asgolith, Erenwoed and Orchidaea (his daughter) who are equally unusual in appearance. The Animals call them Okkians (Great Spirits) but they call themselves Fal Orn (First People). In the novel Carrot Field, Sebastian, Brand and Plotonicus are guests in the house of Malaclymas on their journey through the darkness of the Great Forest. He gives them a drink he calls “wine”, which opens their mind to deep visions of the past and future. Just who is Malaclymas?
The Fal Orn are indeed the “first people” of the planet Areth. They existed hundreds of thousands of years before the rise of Animalkind, Feolorn, Anulorn, Maugilar or any other of the peoples who feature in the story.
The Fal Orn attained an advanced society, creating technology that fused thought and biology, erecting great metropolises, included Vapai-Dahkyna, a continent-spanning megacity, attaining the greatest heights of creativity, science and philosophy. Superhighways traversed the planet, airships (personal and mass transit) crossed the skyways, and the oceans were harvested for their rich bounty. Weather was controlled, sickness defeated and death forestalled by hundreds of years.
Over generations, a widening gap developed between those educated into the techno-culture and those who maintained its daily operations. The elite classes ruled the world. The lower echelons of society became silent and subservient. Genetic modification became a status symbol for the elite. In time, they became outwardly unrecognizable as members of their own species.
How best to govern the world became the pressing concern for the technocrati. Thousands of schools of philosophy developed. The leading schools vied for influence over world governance. Malaclymas belonged to one of the two leading schools. The schism grew so wide, so quickly, that armed conflict became an inevitability.
The war that followed ended the age of the Fal Orn. Their vast cities were reduced to ashes, bio-engineered diseases decimated the population, their history and literature were wiped out, their technology lost. In the end, fewer than fifty individuals of the elite classes survived. What remained of the true Fal Orn, biologically altered to serve as warriors and living weapons, mutated by genetic weapons of warfare, wandered into the wastelands to give rise to some of the races that followed in the new world.
By Sebastian’s time the long, extraordinary and tragic history of the Fal Orn does not even exist as a myth. Malaclymas would play a limited role in the forging of the Redtail Accord and in the First War of Darkness; but after his encounter with Sebastian and his companions, he disappeared from the world, never to be heard from again.
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful.
I received an early Christmas gift. . .the print edition of Carrot Field! I am overjoyed by the work done by Whitlock/360-Digital. If you're thinking of offset printing a book, this is the printer you want.
The first print run ships December 17th and will be available starting January 2016.
This edition is trade paperback, 400 pages, $12.99.
Keep checking back here for updates & how you can get your own copy of Carrot Field! Not to mention Audiobook updates, more FREE fiction and helpful self publishing blogs!
Enter a world of courageous Animals, uncommon heroes and epic battles! The young Rabbit, Sebastian Perriwinkle, is swept off on a quest—along with the enigmatic Badger, Plotonicus and the mystical Fox, Brand Redtail—to find the legendary Human race! Together they unravel the mystery of an ancient war and confront the ultimate darkness—The Lord Ouroboros.
"Rich with the details of an intricately conceived fantasy world . . . echoes of C.S Lewis and Tolkien . . . Carrot Field stands apart . . . Vincent Asaro has spun quite a yarn." Simon West Bulford (The Beasts of Upton Puddle, Medallion Press)
[The image below is a mock-up, not a picture of the actual book.]
Cover Reveal - Carrot Field Trade Paperback Edition!
I have started writing Carrot Field 2 (The Distant Land)!
The story of Sebastian, Plotonicus and Brand continues as they voyage across the Western Ocean to discover the meaning behind Brand's new visions. Meanwhile, war is stirring in Carrot Field and Uncle Richard is called back into service. The Distant Land is every bit as epic as Carrot Field and carries the story forward to its startling climax in Book 3!
"I hear the call of the other world, the outer world, of adventure and the unknown. And I must go." Sebastian, The Distant Land
The Ebook is here!! Only $2.99 for this epic adventure!
Look for the Carrot Field Ebook Monday October 19th!
Carrot Field: The Making of A Book Cover
The process of creating a cover for Carrot Field began with contracting an illustrator - Abigail Braman - and agreeing on a direction. I had always wanted to do the cover in the style of classic animation, especially Walt Disney and Don Bluth. Abi is a huge Don Bluth fan and agreed on that direction.
I sent her a primitive sketch of the cover and some samples of previous attempts by other artists, along with character descriptions and she got to work. The slide show below details the process that went into creating what I believe is a classic fantasy book cover! But there's a missing character . . . come back tomorrow to see the completed cover illustration!!
Check out Abi's other work on her Facebook page! She does great horror-themed fine art.
All images are the property of Abigail Braman (C) and cannot be copied without permission.
On Monday October 19th 2015Carrot Field will be published in Ebook form! This is an all-new revised and corrected edition which includes a FREE short prequel story.
But that's only the beginning!
Over this week the amazing cover art will be revealed. Keep your eyes on this page as I go behind-the-scenes to reveal how the stunning cover art was created. Check out the banner for a preview!
The thrilling prelude saga REDTAIL will continue to be serialized FREE over the coming months. Part II, The Children of Redtail, is coming in 2 weeks!
Sneak-peeks at Carrot Field II The Distant Land will be posted here.
I will be posting more video blogs and answering your writing questions!
There will be giveaways and other promotional events.
The fantasy epic 20 Years in the making is almost here!!!