Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fantasy: a genre for all ages

A large number of fantasy books is published with the “Young Adult” label, or–more recently–as part of the “New Adult” category, which combines the young adult appeal with explicit sex (a.k.a. “Harry Potter meets Fifty Shades of Grey”). But are these age labels useful for targeting the appropriate readers?

Sir Terry Pratchett, one of the favorite authors of our staff, believes that fantasy is uni-age. We tend to agree. Fantasy tales appeal to a wide range of readers of different ages, and they tend to cluster by taste more than “age-appropriate matter” as defined by mass media. In the end, many of the timeless fantasies have universal appeal to all ages — and as a result they are targeted to “Young Adult” audiences (loosely, 12-18-year-olds) when in reality most of the buyers of these books are fully aged adults. Examples of such books include “Harry Potter”, “The Lord of the Rings”, and “Chronicles of Narnia”, to name a few.

The flip side of such age labels is that many of these books are overlooked by adult readers, who would be their main audience but tend to cast their eyes toward the adult-labeled titles. Such books pick up their main readership only when they are talked about enough to draw interest, a barrier which probably prevents many good titles from breaking through and creates a lag to their success.

Wouldn’t it be better if such books were marketed as “appropriate for all ages”, to distinguish them from those with excessive sex and violence which may indeed be appropriate only for adults?

We hope that “for all ages” label eventually finds its way into book publishing, just like the recently promoted “new adult” category that combines “young adult” category with hot, steaming sex.

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And, if you are interested, check out Terry Pratchett’s post on the age and fantasy at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/22/terry-pratchett-raising-steam

And, please tells us your thoughts and comments for a chance to win one of the Dragonwell Publishing titles.

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Happy Summer Solstice

Today is Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, and the origin of many holidays and traditions throughout the world.

Anna Kashina, the author of The Spirits of the Ancient Sands trilogy, posted a description of the way Solstice has been celebrated in old Russia. This tradition has served as the inspiration for her upcoming novel, “Mistress of the Solstice”, rooted in Russian folklore and the slavic Solstice rituals. Check out her blog to read more about it and see the cover image of her upcoming book at:

http://annakashinablog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=261&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

And, don’t forget to order a copy of Anna’s “Goddess of Dance”, on sale at Amazon until the end of today:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009UF14KQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B009UF14KQ&linkCode=as2&tag=dragopubliblo-20

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE on sale today

Buy it on Amazon for 99 cents:

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ONCE UPON A CURSE in the Amazon’s top 100 bestsellers

Thanks to your great support this weekend, Once Upon a Curse had the following Amazon rank on Saturday:

We have enjoyed unprecedented turnout during the pre-Solstice sale, with more than a thousand download per day. And even now this book  is steadily holding its triple-digit sales ranks and is a top seller in several categories.

We hope you enjoy the book. And, of course, it is never too late to pick up a copy of this wonderful anthology of dark romantic fairy tales, containing two stories by the recent Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress, the fantasy legend Peter Beagle, and other very talented famous and upcoming authors. Buy a copy on Amazon:

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or at Barnes and Noble:

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Post a review and e-mail us the link at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com for a chance to win a paperback copy of one of the Dragonwell Publishing titles or a $5 certificate to the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore.

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Pre-Solstice sale: ONCE UPON A CURSE with stories by Peter Beagle and the Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress

As the countdown begins to the Summer Solstice and the shortest day of the year, we are offering our dark fairy tale anthology, ONCE UPON A CURSE, at a very special price. Download it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble TODAY AND TOMORROW for 99 cents (over 85% discount) at the following links:

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This is the first sale of this book held at Barnes and Noble, and one of the very few promotional discounts of this collection that also contains stories by the fantasy legend Peter Beagle and the recent Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress.

Don’t forget to check out Anna Kashina’s Solstice-themed story, Solstice Maiden, a prelude to her upcoming dark romantic fantasy MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE.

Solstice special: post a review of this book and email us a link at dragonwellpublishing(at)gmail(dot)com to receive a $5 gift certificate to the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore. Or, share this on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your blog and e-mail us the links to be entered into the drawing for a paperback of your choice from the Dragonwell Publishing bookstore.

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THE GODDESS OF DANCE on sale until Tuesday

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Evocative, enthralling sequel to The Princess of Dhagabad — download it from Amazon for 99 cents.

Sale ends Tuesday.

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