I will be e-publishing my first novel, Inca, within the next few days

Hello everyone,

As I mentioned back in January, I’ve been researching how to go about e-publishing my manuscripts. I’ve been writing seriously for more than eleven years now, and it is long past time my efforts find an audience beyond a small circle of friends and family. I’ve fought the good fight to find a home with a traditional publisher. I even had a literary agent for a couple of years, but prospects are bleak for new authors who hope to see their efforts sit upon a bookstore shelf next to their heroes.

I have a dozen flattering rejection letters admitting that my work has a readable quality, but economic reality has tied the hands of acquisition editors.  The Jersey Shore’s Snooki can make the New York Times bestsellers’ list, but I am not as safe a bet. So be it. Rather than bemoan the barriers facing my work in the twilight of the old way of doing things, it’s time to embrace the coming dawn. The future is e-publishing, and I’m ready to take the plunge. My first book will be available on Amazon for $.299 within the next few days.

How much do you know about the Inca? Everyone has heard of them, but a sad truth is that most people can do little more than mention them in the same breath as the Aztecs and the Maya. A South American civilization every bit as impressive as the Romans disappeared less than five hundred years ago, and today the true story is all but lost to us: In just three generations the Inca built an empire three thousand miles long and five hundred wide across the second highest mountain range in the world; within forty years of their beginning, rebellions, smallpox, political purges, a civil war, and finally the arrival of the Spaniards left so few of the Inca nobility alive that very little unbiased and coherent information was ever told to their conquerors and recorded for posterity. While working my way through the conflicting histories I found myself wishing that someone had written about the decline and fall of the Inca from their own perspective, as Gary Jennings did in his masterpiece Aztec. After a great deal of research I have written the book I wanted to read.

Inca is the life story of Haylli Yupanki, a man who served three generations of emperors only to watch his whole world shatter and shatter again, leaving nothing behind but his memories and his pride. Hiding in the jungle with the last of the unsubjugated Inca, Haylli transcribes his memoirs from quipus –the Inca’s writing system of knotted string– into Spanish with the help of a captured priest. Beginning with a childhood of privilege and a youth spent as a fugitive from Imperial justice, through a successful career as the Inca’s most powerful bureaucrat, to an old age spent in the ruin of his life’s work, Haylli was present at all the important moments of his people. Through his words he hopes their story will be remembered.

Fans of historical fiction will not be disappointed with this book: It’s a sprawling tale covering more than seventy years to include almost everything we know happened between the zenith and nadir of Inca power. More than two-thirds of the characters are based on real people, and every corner of the empire is visited over the course of the narrator’s life: The plot has court intrigue, forbidden loves, triumphs, tragedies, rivalries, heroes, monsters, coups, prophecies, plagues, treasures, sex and violence –all before the conquistadors arrive to change everything forevermore.

You’re going to be hearing a lot about this in the weeks and months to come. I’ll keep you updated.

Best regards,

–Geoff

Now Available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com!

4 Responses to I will be e-publishing my first novel, Inca, within the next few days

  1. […] I mentioned yesterday, I am within days of e-publishing a novel. It’s about the decline and fall of the Inca Empire […]

  2. Albis says:

    Hello Geoff, I just finished reading Inca and I want to thank you for writing such an entertaining, detailed and inspirational book about the people of Tahuantinsuyo. Being a Peruvian I have studied the Incas while I was in school, in your book you have mixed together many of those school lessons into one story that is nice to read.

    I was happy to read in your epilogue that you plan to write more about the Incas. I now look forward to stories about Manco Capac, Pachacuti and maybe even Tupac Amaru. Little we know about the Incas from their point of view, I only heard of the writings of Tito Cusi Yupanqui and Huaman Poma, and your book fills the gaps in a very nice way and it does not sound unrealistic.

    I look forward to your next books!

  3. Albis says:

    Hi Geoff, I wanted to mention something in my previous message but I forgot. In your book you mention that Haylli was born in December, a few days before the shortest day of the year. Later when the Inti Raymi is described, you said that it happens during the longest day of the year. That is correct in the northern hemisphere, but the in the southern hemisphere is the other way around.

    Anyway, is just a minor detail, but I though it would be good to mention it.

    • Hello Albis,

      Thanks so much for your posts! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and I’m sorry you caught my Northern Hemisphere showing. I’ll be sure to fix my mistake in a revised version. (Haylii will be born in June instead of December.)

      Best regards!

      –Geoff

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