January 24, 2016. The final cover is released for the Bronte poetry collection, complete with Devon’s illustrations.
January 20, 2016. The Night of One Hundred Thieves is nominated for the Manly Wade Wellman Award for speculative fiction. Award announced in July at ConGregate.
October, 2015. Devon goes on a long-term, open-ended sabbatical to home-school her son. Projects will be completed on a much longer timeline. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
July 16, 2015. Amazon reports that the Benevolent paperback has reached a sales ranking of #1511 in Magic Realism, and that The Night of One Hundred Thieves Kindle version has hit #1000 in Historical Fantasy. We’ll take it!
April 18, 2015. First review for The Night of One Hundred Thieves comes in on Amazon. etc., and it is a five-star headed “Amazing!” The best part? It’s by someone I don’t know who has no stake in the claims. Super.
March 30, 2015. Benevolent and The Night of One Hundred Thieves become Kindle Matchbook active. (Is that the word you would use?) That means when you buy the paperback of one of them from Amazon, you get the Kindle e-book version for less than retail; in this case, 99 cents. Also, we discover during the launch that our books are also listed on Overdrive.
March 30. The Night of One Hundred Thieves Launch happens! Check out Launch Central and the Launch Train.
March 18. Benevolent e-book goes on 99-cent sale, launching it to number 93,000 on Amazon. The Night of One Hundred Thieves e-book goes on pre-order and the launch date is announced.
February 2015. Discover that Benevolent is available for rent (with subscription) on Oyster. So, between that and Scribd and all the sales avenues…
February 5. The Night of One Hundred Thieves finishes its final draft! Copies sent to the proofers and pre-orders coming soon.
November-December. Flaherty falls ill with the flu (of the flu epidemic), and then bronchitis. Hope we’ll get her up and running again, soon.
October-November. Owl and Zebra Press’s “Three Novels, Six Months” bid was tried and failed. Ah, well.
October 3, 2014. Googling made-up places from Benevolent, and I quickly come across an IndieReader article from January, which recommends my book if you like Alice Munro. Seriously!? Awesome. (It’s also a very flattering synopsis and review.)
October 2, 2014. It’s my second anniversary with WordPress and The Starving Artist. A post–“Writers Is Writers” about David B. Dollar’s new album, “Seafoam“–spikes my blog views from an average of 1 per hour to 31 per hour.
October 1, 2014. First advance copy of The Night of One Hundred Thieves arrives in the mail. Still much work to do, but it is always exciting to have the paperback in your hands.
September 26, 2014. The prototype cover is revealed for The Journey of Clement Fancywater. Look for the book around Christmastime.
September 9, 2014. The Touch, Devon’s serialized novel, launches on Wattpad. If you follow it, you’ll get, for FREE, a new section sent to your device every Monday. Pretty cool.
September 3, 2014. Devon returns from her personal sabbatical (yay!) and jumps back into finishing-up work on The Night of One Hundred Thieves and a secret Wattpad launch of The Touch. More to come on that.
July 1-August 31, 2014. Flaherty goes on a two month sabbatical for personal reasons. The Starving Artist blog, however, will be maintained as usual.
May 21, 2014. Benevolent‘s new cover goes live, and it looks awesome! From the matte finish to the awards, the new look is sleek and professional and impressive. Get it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
May 1, 2014. Camp NaNoWriMo winner! Clement is not completely done at 50,000 words, but this is a pretty outstanding triumph.
April 8, 2014. Benevolent goes rental, with a listing on Scribd.
April 2014. Devon participates in Camp NaNoWriMo, pledging to write 50,000 words of The Journey of Clement Fancywater, a new fantasy book concept, by April 30. At day nine, her word count is 15,312, right on schedule.
April 2014. Benevolent receives a cover face-lift and takes advantage of the new option to use matte finish.
March 27, 2014. Devon has the unexpected privilege of hosting children’s author Todd Parr at her kids’ school. It was an interesting and nice day, and the two authors even shared a laugh about how everyone things they, too, can write.
February 2014. Benevolent gets a very mixed review from Reader Views. Deep praise, a little boredom, and looking forward to my next book. ?
January 2014. First draft of The Night of One Hundred Thieves is finished and goes to first-first readers. Also, Owl and Zebra Press branches out into imprints and writes its publication schedule which sets all the dates for 2014.
Holiday Season: Benevolent is available from several vendors for your holiday gift-buying. See the Books => Buy Books tabs above [old site references] for all your options, ranging from the $4.99 e-book to the $13.00-$15.00 paperback. Merry Christmas!
November 7, 2013. Benevolent is listed with US Book News, for the next several months. Good news is, if someone happens to find their way there, it is listed second.
September 5, 2013. Officially announce that I am working on a Benevolent spin-off novella, titled Night of One Hundred Thieves. More information forthcoming on the Benevolent website.
September 1, 2013. I randomly win a contest I did not know I entered, for a Readers’ Favorite Author Service of an E-Query, normally priced at $100. Looks like The Family Elephant’s Jewels will get a little extra professional help.
August 18, 2013. Owl and Zebra Press gets its first real snail mail at its PO Box, which also happens to be the certificate from the Library of Congress, letting us know that Benevolent (including the art and editing) is officially copyrighted and on file at the Library (with a big L).
August, 2013. Benevolent gets a gushing four-star review and becomes Indie Reader Approved. They even have a virtual sticker for it.
July, 2013. Benevolent takes an honorable mention in general fiction with the Hollywood Book Festival. Like reading books that make a great film? Try Benevolent.
June 17, 2013. Benevolent wins another award, this time with the Beach Book Festival (honorable mention, general fiction) out of California. Grab your summer copy before heading to the beach!
May 29, 2013. Benevolent is now available at the Durham County Library! The whole process makes me want to call around to more libraries in North Carolina and Michigan. So, once they are in stock, borrow your copy and make sure to rate it (positively) online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.)
May 26, 2013. Benevolent receives a Five Star rating from Readers’ Favorite, along with two other glowing reviews. The book ad will be cycled on the website for the next four months.
May 20, 2013. The Starving Artist launches a monthly E-Newsletter. Everything writing, publishing, books, and Devon Trevarrow Flaherty. Sign up here.
May 4, 2013. Benevolent wins an award with the Paris Book Festival (honorable mention, general fiction)! It is now an award-winning book and Devon is now an award-winning novelist.
April 27, 2013. A five out of five coffee cups review from The Coffee Pot. Thanks, Tracy!
April 5, 2013. This marks the official day in history when reviews started to make their way from unbiased parties. Erin, a reader on GoodReads and Amazon, gave Benevolent five out of five stars and Tien Taylor, a blogger with The Book Guru had nice things to say.
April 3, 2013. The upcoming reading at The Regulator Bookshop (April 8) is featured in Indy Week (aka. The Independent, online and in print) as a Recommended Event and a Pick of the Week. Totally cool.
March 19, 2013. Benevolent is now available from Barnes & Noble! While you might not see any copies displayed in the store, you can purchase them online or order your copy in the store or even to the store (there and at B. Dalton and Waldenbooks)! Simultaneously, we are approved for Smashwords Premium status, which means Benevolent will also be (in the next few weeks) available as an e-book from Barnes & Nobel, Sony, Kobo, Baker & Taylor, Apple, Page Foundry, Diesel, and more. Yee-haw!
March 18, 2013. Launch day. See the Information=>Events [old site references] tab for lots more info.
March 17, 2013. Benevolent headlines the D-section (Books & More) in the Herald Sun. Awesome.
March 12, 2013. Are you ready for the launch? You will be after you check out all the scheduled events and giveaways under the Info=>Events [old site references] tab.
March 6, 2013. THE BOOK LAUNCH IS COMING! You can get your copy from Amazon on…
March 18th, OR you can buy one when you come to my book signing at The Regulator on…
April 8th (or you can just show up to give me support). VIRTUAL LAUNCH WILL BE ON THE 18TH, too, and blog tour will start then. Check out my websites/Facebook on that day.
February 14, 2013. Announcing an early e-publication! Benevolent is available in Kindle edition at Amazon, and in other formats (like Nook) from Smashwords. Live now! And if you are waiting for the paperback version (I am!), we are anxiously awaiting our proof and are on track for our March release; so just a few more weeks…
February 8, 2013. Author and Benevolent are listed officially on GoodReads! Check it out and mark it “to-read.”
January 9, 2013. Editing becomes a full time job on top of my full-on life. That, and keying and coding. That, and downloading cover formatting software. That, and sending permissions letters to Belinda Carlisle. That, and.
January 5, 2013. A couple of the first readers’ edits actually get back on time. See Benevolent Reviews page for some of the early comments.
December 17, 2012. Last re-write of Benevolent is complete and copies of the 348-page manuscript go out to all eight First Readers. Their deadline is January 5th.
October 2012. The Starving Artist goes online early in the month, but really goes public on the 31st. Thanks for visiting!
October 2012. Benevolent, Devon’s first novel, is currently in editing and marketing and will be released by Owl and Zebra Press early in 2013. Follow the News link or the Sticky Posts at The Starving Artist for more updates.