Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Publication Date: Above The Timberline


--Greg Manchess

It’s official: my novel, Above The Timberline, will be released on October 24, 2017! And you can now preorder the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

The cover was revealed on tor.com yesterday, with sample images from the 122 spreads that make up the story. In their post, you can get a good idea of how some of the copy will lay on the page, even though we're not quite finished with them yet. I’ll include a few paintings here that you may not have seen.


The story develops from a visual string of pictures, based on the concept of image-reveals that push the story along, similar in approach to a graphic novel, but lacking the panels and talk balloons that to my eye can often clutter the page. These reveals go backward and forward in sequence, allowing me to tell the story through multiple images that don’t necessarily need to follow a linear trail.

I can tell you that, as the reader, you’ll feel this flow. And like with any novel, you can track backwards to previous pages if something was missed. Or you can just look at the pictures! But I do hope you dive in.


If you care to, I suggest that once you get the book, resist flipping through it. Just begin reading. This way, each spread will allow for a ‘first view’ that I think is the extra strength built into the sequence. I spent most of my time planning that out.

I think this will appeal to most of you Muddy readers. An artist getting to write his own novel, strewn with his own work, is a rare thing. I feel fortunate and I hope the book will do well enough to create interest for other stories by other artists. Namely, you.


If you enjoy the book and want to see more, I hope you will share that on social media and talk about it. Contact Simon & Schuster or Saga Press or any publisher for that matter, and let them know how you feel about it. Yes, this makes me vulnerable to all that scrutiny. But that’s what this is all about.

I can tough that out, but your word-of-mouth will do more for the book than you might imagine.

20 comments:

  1. wow thats beautiful!. Bold and painterly.
    Looks like a book to buy(:

    lets hope you create a trend.

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  2. YAS!!!! I need this. I'm so excited to add this to my collection. (I have the video demo you did of the cover painting, too. EXCELLENT WORK!)

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  3. I heard about your book through TOR and I am SUPER excited to add it to my library as soon as possible. Already added it to my Goodreads to-read list! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’™

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  4. Congratulations! I look forward to adding this to my art library! Well done, Greg.

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  5. Already ordered. You've set a very high bar. Again.

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  6. Awesome and ordered! I am really looking forward to October now!

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  7. I'm so excited Greg!! Well done!!

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  8. You repainted the cover on top of everything else! Got it in my cart.

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  9. Really looking forward to this, Greg! I'll do what I can to spread the word!

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  10. GREG, your 'About the Author' paragraph is duplicated on Amazon's book page.

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  11. Thanks, you guys! Once the book is out, I'd love it if you could review it on Goodreads and Amazon and anywhere else. That's what pushes publishers. I'd appreciate that!

    Yep, Mark, it got duplicated (why?) and....it's not even the current bio. Trying to keep everything moving smoothly in the publishing world is a small nightmare of trip-ups and miss-timings. Such a bizarre business.

    Thanks EVERYONE for those preorders! I am HONORED!! If and when we meet, I'll sign it for you.

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  12. And....I painted the original piece three times now. It also comes up in the book itself.

    It took me a couple years just to get that character on that mountain with those bears. Once I did...it all changed again. : )

    Such is writing.

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  13. Got mine preordered as well!

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  14. That is simply fantastic. I've pre-ordered mine, too – You're my art hero!

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  15. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and I'm personally giddy with excitement. I pre-ordered the second I saw Irene's tweet about it the other day! Ah it's going to be a long wait until October!

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  16. Dear Greg,

    I recalled the YouTube video of that painting! The dark studio your ideas for the painting and the mark making decisions. They all led me to this place and changed my whole concept of painting so thankyou sir! I will be getting this and completing the circle.

    Regards, Mike

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  17. Greg,
    I've been looking forward to seeing this book when you showed us paintings in a workshop so many years ago. It's exciting to see your process and the outcome, amazing! It's exciting to see it coming to fruition. Congratulations and thanks. Now, when's the movie?

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  18. I'm excited to see and read your new book! I pre ordered it this evening. You are an inspiration and Im continually in awe of your work.

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  19. I just got my copy yesterday and it's amazing! There's so much more than what you had at the Society of Illustrators show--I had no idea. Great job.

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