On Monday, October 3, author/publisher David Kudler will read from his new teen novel Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale at the Left Coast Writers monthly salon. In addition to sharing sections of the book, he will discuss the process of publishing his first novel. The salon takes place at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Copies of the book will available, and he will be signing as well. Continue reading Signing: Risuko Author David Kudler to Read at Book Passage
Release day for Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale (June 15) is almost here! We've got lots of exciting news for you — and more on the way. So keep checking on Stillpoint Digital Press, Risuko.net, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter!
If you haven't read it, check out David Kudler's post on writing Risuko, The Magic of History: Writing historical fiction as fantasy.
See below for some of what we've got in store for you! Continue reading Risuko Release Day Events!
Reserve your copy of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale now and help support Stillpoint Digital Press's publication of this exciting new teen historical adventure novel!
Author David Kudler has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help make Risuko the best book it can possibly be. While Risuko is nearly finished, there's still more we'd like to do, and we need your help.
Rewards for backers include copies of the novel in all available formats — paperback, hardcover, ebook, and audiobook — at below retail cost, plus much more!
The campaign is 90% funded with three days to go — join us before it ends on Friday, March 4!
For more information, check out the campaign at http://risuko.net/kickstarter
Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan -- or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.
Set in Japan during the Sengoku Jidai — the century-long civil war era — Risuko is a coming-of-age adventure for a young woman adrift in a tumultuous, terrifying world.
It is the first in a planned four-book series, Seasons of the Sword.
This week, you have the opportunity to win a free copy of Risuko on Goodreads! Author David Kudler has made a paperback ARC (advance review copy) available on the world's biggest book review site:
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We're holding a giveaway on Goodreads to win an advance copy of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by author/publisher David Kudler!
Enter to be one of the first to read this exciting young-adult historical adventure story. Continue reading Giveaway! Win a free advance copy of Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale
In a discussion about children's ebooks on the LinkedIn group Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books, and Digital Content, two threads emerged that I thought were very interesting: first of all, children's and young adult books are selling (up 22% in 2012); second of all, someone raised the question of how to encourage kids themselves to review books.
This second point raised a question for me -- how do kids find out about books these days? My memory of how it worked back in the pre-digital age was that I'd notice when a friend was carrying a book whose cover I didn't recognize. So... how do kids find out about/tell each other about books in the twenty-first century? Though paper-and-ink books are still selling well to kids and teens, ebooks are as well, in which case there aren't any covers to show. (For many readers, this is a positive -- no need to show off those embarrassing bodice-ripper or scantily-clad-sword-maiden covers.)
How do the kids you know find out about books? Word of mouth? On-line forums/social networks? Do you know of any good sites where kids exchange opinions on what they've read?
I'm posting a poll on the blog page of my site -- so you can comment here, post an answer there -- or both!