30 October 2014 0 comments

Update: Progress

What have I learned from this? That a story is like an iceberg...there is so much more beneath the surface. Thank you, everyone, for being patient while I work to get those unexpected moments and twists of character the pages (and phrasing) they--and you, as readers--deserve.

I regret that my estimations of time were *way* off the mark...but I can't regret the story-reasons that have added so many extra months to the process.


If I say, "just a few more weeks," will anyone believe me? But, really. The final phase of editing is upon us. Just a 1/4" of (double-sided) pages to mark up, and then the edits to enter into the publishing file, some minor adjustments to size the cover, and off to conversion and printing it will go!




18 September 2014 0 comments

Chapter Two is Online

I hope to see many people at the Ashland Book and Author Festival this Saturday!

Since that will take away from my writing time on The Darkest Midnight, I've put Chapter Two online. Yes, it is a sort of plea for forgiveness.

But I do think the book will be better for this extra/unexpected time that it is taking.

Thanks for your continued patience.
07 September 2014 0 comments

Ashland Book & Authors Festival 2014


Just a quick post in between chapter edits to say: I'll be participating in The Ashland Books and Authors Festival on September 20th.

It takes place at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University from 10:00am - 4:00pm and is completely free to the public. For more general information, please click on the link in the paragraph above. (With The Darkest Midnight past its hoped-for publishing date, every keystroke is time away from that work.)

Please come listen to my reading (from The Stone of Shadows) from 11:00-11:20am in the Second Floor Alcove or check out the panel discussion I'll be participating in from 2:00-3:00pm on "Strange Worlds: Fantasy and Science Fiction" (Third Floor, Meese Room)...or just stop by and say hello. When I'm not reading or "paneling," I'll be sitting at a table with copies of The Stone of Shadows to sell and promotional postcards to give away--first come, first serve!

Okay, back to work I go....


22 August 2014 0 comments

A Quick Update

I'm taking a (quick) break to write exactly what this post is called: a quick update. The book is progressing! Not as quickly as I'd hoped (and perhaps you, too), but is is progressing.

Not including the stuff which seems to crop up in projects that you think are so close to being done you can taste it--and then it turns out you've got all these other things yet to do and why the heck didn't you remember them from the last times? Yeah, not including those things, here's what remains in the way of this one being done:


  • Typing up line edits (which seems to take 5x as much time as making them in the first place; done with pen and paper)
  • Turning the last few chapters from rough draft to revision to line edit...and typing those up.
  • Forcing myself and others to hunt for typos and goofs.
  • Submitting the ebook file to eBookit.com for conversion, testing, and distribution.
  • Submitting the print files, receiving and (hopefully the first time) approving the proofs, submitting for distribution and ordering copies for consignment and/or direct sales.



I would like the first two things to be done within the next week. (Well, I'd really like for them to be done today, but...*brain explodes*) It might take as many as two.

The fourth thing can happen within an hour of the third thing being done...and ditto for the first part of the fifth thing. Then it becomes a matter of how well I "guess-timated" the color and contrast of the cover file and how much money I have to put towards rush shipments.

I would very much love to have all this done so that I may have two books to bring to The Ashland Book and Authors Festival on September 20th. (More on that later, my quick break is over.)

Thank you again for your patience. I'm working. And learning.
 
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