16 Dec Alkarra Updates
A switch has been in the works for years now, and it is finally here!
(See below for updates on our progress.)
We are changing the name of my YA Fantasy world—it will no longer be named Antebellum.
Our motivation behind this change rallies behind one main point: We want all my readers to feel safe, welcome, and accepted in my fantasy world.
The history, context, and emotion behind the word Antebellum makes it impossible for all readers to truly enjoy my books.
So let’s fix that together.
Of course, changing the name is a huge project that has a lot of moving pieces. Many big changes have already been underway for months and we’re able to finalize the rest starting now.
This change means a few things:
1. The new name is . . . *drum roll* Alkarra.
2. We are changing the name everywhere. Covers, audiobooks, paperbacks, e-books, etc. This will take some time as we will re-record audiobook segments, re-edit, and re-submit them.
3. We anticipate having the ebooks and paperback interiors changed within seven days, the covers changed within ten days, and the audiobooks finalized by the end of January, 2021. Most changes should be in place by the end of 2020.
4. The second book in the series, currently titled Antebellum Awakening, will now be named Alkarra Awakening.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we roll this out.
My heart is always yours.
This change serves all my readers in the best ways possible. I want you to really escape. I’m more confident this will help all readers feel that way than I ever have been before.
Of course, changes like this spur all KINDS of opinions and ideas.
We understand, anticipate, and respect that. But this is a change we own, we’re proud of, and we stand behind. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly at [email protected].
Please show love for everyone and know that comments here will be maintained to promote a respectful atmosphere.
December 17th, 2020
All covers for pertinent books have been changed and received from our cover designer.
December 18th, 2020
A file that I’ve recorded has been uploaded to all current audiobooks to explain the change from Antebellum to Alkarra and how efforts will be ongoing over the next few months.
December 19th, 2020
The ebooks and paperbacks have been re-formatted and re-typeset. Uploads to retailers are ongoing.
All audiobook narrators have been contacted and agreed to the pickups and re-recordings except for one, but we anticipate that will finalize very soon.