So many of my darlings have come out of the Muskoka Novel Marathon 72 hour writing frenzy. I have taken part in this long weekend of novel writing 7 times now. 7! Holy crap. That’s a lot of writing.
Four of those seven darlings created at the marathon are now published and available for your reading pleasure. (-:
1. Sebastian’s Poet – Contemporary Adult story with a child narrator. Winner of the BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD for 2007.
2. The Reasons – Contemporary Adult story with duo narration…one child narrator and one adult narrator (son & mother). Winner of the BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD for 2008.
(I didn’t do the marathon in 2009. I was going to Kenya that year…and did not have the time to attend the marathon)
3. Half Dead & Fully Broken – Young Adult story with a teen narrator. Winner of the BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL AWARD for 2010.
4. Burn Baby Burn Baby – Young Adult story with a teen narrator. Received an Honourable Mention for 2012.
That’s 4 of my 5 published novels created at the Muskoka Novel Marathon. 4! I did win the marathon one other time, though that novel was never completed…so remains unpublished.
1. That’s Me in the Corner – Young Adult story with teen narrator. Winner of the YOUNG ADULT NOVEL AWARD for 2011.
Two more Muskoka Novel Marathon novels…
1. Alive & Kicking – Young Adult story with the same teen narrator as Half Dead & Fully Broken. It’s Book 2. It remains incomplete. Written during the 2013 marathon.
2. The Book of Your Dreams – Young Adult horror story with a teen narrator. Honourable Mention for the 2014 marathon.
Who knows. But I am writing something.
Which is WHERE YOU COME IN.
I need your money.
The Muskoka Novel Marathon is not only an event for 40 insane writers to camp out together while each of us writes a novel. It’s also a fundraising event. We raise funds for literacy programs at YMCA of SIMCOE MUSKOKA. To date, this marathon has raised well over $100,000.00 for this cause…but it’s not enough. With government funding cut to the bone, the literacy programs depend on the generosity of donors. The 40 writers involved in this weekend all collect donations on behalf of the cause. We are writers helping readers. But without you, we are nothing. In order for the writers to help the readers, we need your generous donations. Without them, we are simply writers writing at this weekend marathon.
I need you to click on the picture below, go to the CANADA GIVES page I have set up to receive donations, and give. Anything. I don’t need $500 donations. $5 will do. Whatever you can spare.
From the official MNM website, a bit about what the MNM actually is…
The Muskoka Novel Marathon is an annual event to raise funds and awareness for adult literacy in Huntsville and surrounding areas. To date, the event has raised over $105,000. Please see About the Marathon for more information.
I thank you in advance for your generosity. Together, we can make a difference.
I leave you with a couple snap-shots from last year’s marathon…
This year’s marathon is in 32 days. In 32 days, 40 writers will get together in Huntsville, Ontario, and attempt to write 40 novels over a 72 hour period. That’s about 2,000,000 words, if we’re all lucky. That’s a lot of words. And all for literacy. But our goal is not really to write a bunch of words. Our goal is to help others read words.
My part is the easiest. All I have to do is sit in front of my laptop and burn, baby!
(All donated funds go directly to the literacy programs. Thank you in advance for your generosity!)
I received some sad news today. Musa Publishing is closing its doors. They published SEBASTIAN’S POET and THE REASONS. Both novels won Muskoka Novel Marathon‘s BEST ADULT NOVEL AWARD. Both are written from the POV of children growing up in chaos…my two titles that are NOT young adult, as some of the content is adult themed. I love these books. It’s with much sadness that I see them becoming UNPUBLISHED.
We expect to conclude operation of our site, blog, and social media accounts by February 28, 2015.
I will become ‘THE AUTHOR OF THREE NOVELS’ overnight. Such a remarkably weird concept. From 5 to 3.
I think Sebastian’s Poet might be my favourite novel of mine. Maybe not because it’s the best, or for any other reason other than the experience I had of writing it. I wrote it in a whirlwind 48hr period. I listened to LEONARD COHEN’s ANTHEM on repeat for the entire period I wrote it. It was my first Muskoka Novel Marathon. It was just an absolute magical time in my life. Everything gelled for one weekend. Sebastian’s Poet was a movie in my head. I struggled to get it to paper as it played. It was an absolute joy to pen it. Those characters did ALL the work. Sincerely.
You have until the end of the month to get a copy of these two books before they’re gone, possibly forever. Hopefully, they find homes elsewhere…but the possibility of that happening is not vast.
Until the end of February, you can purchase both of these books wherever ebooks are sold– Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc. After that…they die. The rights revert to me, the covers do not. I HOPE they’ll find new homes, but the likelihood of this happening is not probable.
BOTH BOOKS HAVE RECEIVED REMARKABLE REVIEWS!
GOODREADS REVIEWS FOR SEBASTIAN’S POET – 40 Ratings with 4.6 overall rating.
GOODREADS REVIEWS FOR THE REASONS – 13 Ratings with 4.54 overall rating.
Tobias Reason, Maggie Reason, Sebastian Nelson, Teal Landen, Renee Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot…Love them all!
So long, dear friends. It’s been an absolute slice!
(My condolences and best wishes to all the authors in the Musa Publishing House. We lost dear friends in our works today. I hope you all find new homes for your babies. Best of luck to you all.)
(I’d like to add here… I had wonderful experiences with both books, through the editing process. Both times I felt the editors did great work. I wish those at the helm of MUSA best wishes and thank them for bringing both books to life. I’m sorry to see MUSA go.)
With BURN BABY BURN BABY all ready for its December 11th release date (and available now at Amazon for pre-order!), I thought I would give a mention to Half Dead. I’m pretty excited about this one. Not only is it my first novel with supernatural elements, but it’s also a first in a series. I’m tentatively calling it THE CARTER COLBY SERIES. Book II is almost finished. It’s tentatively titled ALIVE & KICKING. I thought that was a nice tie-in with Book I’s title. (-:
Half Dead is with the publisher (CURIOSITY QUILLS, who are also publishing BURN BABY BURN BABY), and it has already been through all editing stages. It’s basically ready to hit the bookstore shelves! The only thing it needs is a cover. (-:
Curiosity Quills hit it out of the park with the cover for Burn Baby:
Without further ado, here are the opening lines of HALF DEAD & FULLY BROKEN:
People cry whenever I’m around.
My life wasn’t always this way. They used to be indifferent. Before the accident, I sometimes wondered if I even existed at all. Not anymore. Now, all I have to do is walk into a room and someone is bound to burst into tears. Guaranteed.
I don’t really blame them. I haven’t looked in the mirror since the 6th of May, myself. I can’t bear to.
If you ever want to know what it feels like to make everybody around you miserable for life, just have your identical twin die. Trust me. That’s all you need to do.
It’s been only a short time since Marcus died, and if I’m being fair, the wounds are still pretty raw. Mom and Dad crumble whenever they accidentally bump into me in the house. They’ve been trying to keep their distance. Perhaps the shock of seeing their dead son walking the halls, eating his breakfast at the kitchen counter, spacing out in front of his Wii is too much for them. Only it’s not their dead son they’re avoiding. It’s me. Marcus dies and all of a sudden I become the walking dead. Now I know there’s such a thing as zombies. That’s me. Carter Colby, Zombie extraordinaire.
Half Dead & Fully Broken will hit bookstore shelves in January of 2015. Not long now!
Before I leave you, I’ve been researching putting together a STREET TEAM for Burn Baby Burn Baby. If you’re interested in joining the team, please let me know. You can contact me by leaving a comment on this post, or by sending me a quick email at kevintcraig @ hotmail dot com
The Steet Team members will be among the first to read the novel. You’ll be asked to post reviews on or close to the release date…and generally talk the book up on social media. If you’d like to help spread the booklove, please let me know. (-: I’d love to have you on the TEAM!