Today I heard from my publisher and my next book, ALMA THE ELDER, will be released September 1, 2009.
Yay. I'm relieved to know when it will be out and now I can start preparing the marketing plan. It will be a little hard to market until I have the book cover, but since it will be going to press in July, I should have it in a few weeks.
In other news, my third book: Towards the Promised Land will be available in softcover next month (July 2009). The hardcover version is impossible to find. I'm hoping to find a handful to put in a box somewhere for posterity. I have 0 copies of it . . . so if you see any at bookstores along the Wasatch Front in Utah, give me a shout. This book has a bit of an interesting story. I wasn't planning on writing four volumes in my Out of Jerusalem series, but when I discovered that it took Nephi and his family 2-3 years to build the ship, I decided the event needed it's own book. Of course, it's not all about hammers and nails, but an adventure across an unknown sea and a triangle romance. I also read Thor Heyerdahl's book Kon Tiki to learn about the sealife and the weather patterns that Nephi's ship may have encountered. In Thor's book he tells of his journey from Peru to the Polynesian Islands on a raft made from nine balsa logs. It took him nearly three months to make the open-sea journey.
Here is a picture of that raft. Amazing journey:
Also, I'm not sure why the 2nd volume is not in softcover yet. But it's probably because there are still enough hardcovers out there to meet the mass demand (just kidding).
I'm really excited for the Teen Writers Conference this Saturday. Registration is now closed, so if you missed it this year, catch it next year. It's promising to be an incredible event.