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By rath8325 - Posted on 24 August 2009

Publication History Update (as of 08/24/09)

Here is what has happened recently:

Imaginator Press released Ratha's Courage as a trade paperback on October 5  2008.  The book became available from many internet booksellers and drew numerous positive reviews online. Courage was in the top nomination for the anthropomorphic community's Ursa Major Award, and listed in the ForWord Magazine's awardselections.

To publicize Ratha's Courage, I attended Further Confusion 2009 (late January) in San Jose as a Guest of Honor.  This was my first furry (anthropomorphic) and I had an absolute blast doing panels and conferences. I even did some fursuiting myself. I plan to attend Further Confusion 2010 and look forward to participating again.

I continued to post on Twitter, got listed on Cats Who Twitter, as "Rathacat", was invited to virtual "animal pal" beach parties and roadtrips, and someone even made Ratha a virtual surfboard!

Ratha's surfboard, by @Cat_Named_Sinbad on Twitter


I also did several author interviews via telephone, and will be making the audio files available on this new site.

Because Viking-Penguin was converting most of their books to the Amazon Kindle format and dropping the paperbacks,  Clan Ground, Thistle-chaser, and Challenge went OP in mid 2009.  The books are still available as Kindle editions and Ratha's Creature is still in paperback as well as on Kindle. Sheila, I, and agent Richard Curtis acted as quickly as we could to request reversion of the rights to the other titles.  We also secured as many of the books as possible, to keep them available to fans.  

The good news is that Imaginator has bought the rights to Clan, Thistle, and Challenge, and plans to re-issue them as paperbacks.  If V-P lets Ratha's Creature paperback go OP, Sheila and I will take the rights on that one as well.  Having control of the whole series will make marketing it much easier and more successful. 

We wanted to use the striking Christian Alzmann covers that appeared on the Firebird editions, however we couldn't get a timely response from V-P.  We have found a new and exceptionally talented artist and are starting to arrange things with him.

The experimental Twitter fiction "Ratha's Island", a Tweeted novelette-length piece featuring our favorite big kitty and a cast of very strange animals from a different line of evolution began on March 14, 2009 and ran every day twice a day for a month.  It also helped to attract new readers to the series.

So, once again, Ratha and the Named stand poised on the brink of a wonderful new development and I am very excited.  I'll keep everyone posted.


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Clare Bell - Photo by Chuck Piper 2006

Join other Named Series fans on the Ratha Series Forum.  Hunt up information in the Fire Den, read the new Twitter creation, "Ratha's Island", or strut before the clan to introduce yourself in the Fire Dance.

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