Nov - 30 - 2009
Today an 18-wheeler pulled up and delivered a pallet load of fresh, crisp new copies of The Fiddler’s Gun. After ripping open a box I breathed a huge sigh of relief. There were no printing errors, the paper weight and color was spot on, and the rough-cut edges look great. After doing a rather longish happy-dance and passing a few out to friends, I loaded them up in the truck and brought them home.
First thing tomorrow morning I’ll be shipping the first copies out to my generous patrons and by the end of the day I hope to have filled all the pre-orders as well. I can’t wait for folks to get their hands on the book and I look forward to hearing your thoughts after reading. I hope you’ll laugh. I hope you’ll cry. I hope you’ll stay up past bedtime to read one more chapter. And when it’s over I hope you’ll trust me when I tell you that the best of Fin’s story is yet to come.
If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, they are on sale exclusively at the Rabbit Room Store.Read the entire post
Nov - 24 - 2009
Great news! I spoke with the printer this morning and the books are being loaded onto a truck right now. They should be here by Monday at the latest which means that patron’s should have their orders by the end of next week and pre-orders will ship out right behind them.
On the other hand, there’s a bit of bad news as well. There’s going to be a short delay before the companion book,The Fiddler’s Gun: Letters, is ready to ship to my Tier 2 Patrons. Don’t worry, though, they are coming, and frankly the book will be a significant enjoyment only after you’ve read The Fiddler’s Gun anyway, so it all works out in the end, right?
It’s hard to believe this ...Read the entire post
Nov - 21 - 2009
Jenni Simmons at The Curator magazine recently wrote a great review and article about The Fiddler's Gun. Here's an excerpt:
“I’ve stated before that I loathe reading most accounts of history – dry textbooks, facts, and such. But the grand scope of reality, I believe, is that we dwell in history framed by a much bigger story written by One greater than us all. Great books like The Fiddler’s Gun give a lifelike voice to the historic characters on whose fictional shoulders we stand. We peer into Fin’s story through the eve and eye of The Revolutionary War. There’s her best friend Peter LaMee, her foe Sister Hilde; humor, romance, betrayal, grand ships, swearing sailors, pirates, gallows, Red Coats, Tories, and the hunger for American independence. Though within the epic framework, Fin just craves acceptance and love, to be an orphan no longer – to belong.
She has the endearing, headstrong spunk of Swede Land (Peace Like a River), which sometimes...Read the entire post
Nov - 13 - 2009
Now that the book is done, I've got a few things going on. The first is finishing up The Fiddler's Gun: Letters which should be off to get printed and bound before the weekend is up. The second is getting the book formatted for the Kindle, which is a giant pain in the butt bascially requiring that I undo all the meticulous typesetting and design work I did for the printed version. Then there's the matter of an audiobook.
I've been kicking around ideas for recording the audio version of The Fiddler's Gun but haven't come to any conclusions. I'd like to do something a little more interesting than just a typical recording and a CD but I feel like the perfect idea is still out there waiting for me to find it. Below are some of the options I've considered. Your input is welcome, I'm interested in hearing your comments...Read the entire post
Nov - 13 - 2009
When I wrote The Fiddler's Gun and came to the point in the story when Fin begins writing letters home, I initially thought those letters would be part of the book, part of the main narrative. That idea didn't last long though, it slowed the story down and didn't add enough weight to justify the slackened pace. So while Fin's letters are mentioned in the book, the content of them is left to the imagination.
Later, when the book was written...Read the entire post
Nov - 13 - 2009
[This is an interview I did a few weeks ago with Matt Connor for The Rabbit Room (www.rabbitroom.com).]
The Fiddler’s Gun is the first in a two-part series, a Revolutionary War tale that’s “not a children’s story,” as Peterson explains.
Here in our latest Rabbit Room interview, we go inside the independent publishing process, the story line of The Fiddler’s Gun, and the hidden classic known as Burger Wars.
Rabbit Room: What’s the timeline on the book’s release?
Pete Peterson: The official release date is December 1st, 2009. I’ll be shipping out orders to my patrons as soon as I receive the books from the printer, which should be a bit sooner.
RR: Let’s start with the basics of The Fiddler's Gun. Can you tell us the genesis of the idea? ...Read the entire post
Nov - 13 - 2009
Thanks to the support of everyone who pitched in and became a patron of The Fiddler's Gun, the book is off to the printer and the presses are rolling. I received the cover galleys in the mail a few days ago and they look fantastic. Sometime in the next couple of weeks an 18-wheeler is going to roll up and deliver a pallet loaded with crisp new books. I'm anxious for folks to get their hands on the book and finally start reading.
If you didn't get your copy through patronage, you can now pre-order through the Rabbit Room store. Order them now, before they're gone. What? I can't be optimistic?
For those that enjoy reading on their Kindles, I'm working on getting the book formatted correctly so I can upload it to Amazon for sale as an e-book. I've had a couple of folks ask about other e-book formats and I'm all for it. I've got to do some research first and learn all the ins and outs but I'd love to be able to offer it as a download from the Rabbit Room. More news on that when I know more.
In the meantime, get thee to the store and order a bunch of copies of The Fiddler's Gun to use as stocking stuffers.Read the entire post