Announcing Zondervan’s OFFICIAL cover for Merlin’s Blade!

Yes, Zondervan has officially released their cover for MERLIN’S BLADE. Also, you can now PRE-ORDER Merlin’s Blade through Amazon! If you want to read the official description of the novel, go on over to’s MERLIN’S BLADE page… And the official release date? April 16th, 2013 !! (And a big thanks to Ember for letting[…]

To Be Revealed Soon: Zondrevan’s Book Cover For Merlin’s Blade!

Yes, I have received a sneak preview of Zondervan’s book cover for MERLIN’S BLADE, and wow am I excited! Let’s just say that it combines hints of mystery, intrigue, and a sinister enemy! And the person they chose to portray Merlin looks very close to how I had envisioned him. There are still some minor[…]

How Important Is A Book Cover For Your Speculative Novel?

I wrote an article over at Speculative Faith sharing a few pebbles from the things I’ve learned on my journey to signing THE MERLIN SPIRAL trilogy with Zondervan last month. Anyway, its fun to pass on these things, and I hope all of you aspiring authors out there find it helpful. Check it out… JOIN[…]

HUGE NEWS #4: The Merlin’s Blade Promotion Plan!

Here are my current marketing plans for The Merlin Spiral trilogy! These will be rolling out over the next nine months, so keep your ears perked… Participating in Blog Tours This includes the famous Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog tour! Mini-Book Giveaways Think of it as a miniature book that includes endorsements as well[…]

HUGE NEWS #3: The Merlin’s Blade Publishing Schedule!

Although it is apt to change, Zondervan’s publishing plan is currently like this: Merlin’s Blade – February 2013 Merlin’s Shadow – August 2013 Merlin’s Nightmare – February 2014 So fans will only have to wait six months between releases, and not the usual year. After working since 2006 on the novels, it will be very[…]

HUGE NEWS #2: Merlin’s Blade Publisher Revealed!

Today I announce who is publishing MERLIN’S BLADE, MERLIN’S SHADOW, and MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE. None other than … ZONDERVAN! Yes, that’s true, and amazingly so. Back when I first began writing, it was my hope that if only I could sign with a literary agent, that one of the big publishers would be interested in my[…]

Will Thomas Nelson merge with Zondervan?

(NOTE: Now that Thomas Nelson and Zondervan appear to have been merged into an entity called HarperCollins Christian Publishing, these logos appear to be quite useless. Still, they were fun to create! Another thing to note is that when I made these predictions, I was not, at the time, a signed Zondervan author, although I[…]

HarperCollins purchases Thomas Nelson — Eight Predictions

Well, this is a big development in publishing, perhaps the biggest in the last five years, not counting the bankruptcy and liquidation of Borders. HarperCollins is buying the #1 Christian publisher in the world, Thomas Nelson, Inc. The interesting thing is that HarperCollins already owns the #2 Christian publisher, Zondervan, which they purchased in 1988.[…]

My Thoughts On Authonomy

This is a bittersweet post to write. While I greatly enjoyed the interaction with other authors, I found … at least for now … that this site is not an easy way to get noticed by publishers, Christian or otherwise. To get the attention of an ABA publisher, you have to get your book’s ranking[…]