“Most people are scared of those things that don’t sit still and pose for our official portrait of reality.” -Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Some great news to share that is tempered with a dose of reality and sprinkled with the dust of a hard drinking pixie. After more than six months of working to improve the characters, story, and structure of Lost in the Fog, I finally finished the development edit. Caroline Tolley, my editor, has helped make the book the best it can be.
The manuscript is now in the queue for publication with Inkshares!
The reality is the publisher is small and can only work on one to two books at a time, so I need to wait my turn. Completely understandable (I took longer to finish the development edit so I’m to blame for being pushed back in the queue), but still a bit of a bummer. I feel the book is ready to go (it’s been heavily edited), but the process is the process. They are estimating it to start in September.
The pixie dust is the sheer fact that Lost in the Fog is being published. For something I started in 2004, finished the first draft in 2008, and then mostly abandoned until last year, I’m just happy to be at this point. Making me smile even more, is that I’m not publishing my book on my own, I’m getting it in print because of all of you. I needed at least 250 pre-orders for Inkshares to help me realize my dream, and I accomplished that with your awesome help.
If the publication process starts in September, there’s still a chance Lost in the Fog reaches your hands by the end of the year. Though that might be too optimistic, and it’s never good to over promise and under deliver. You’ve all been so amazingly patient, and we’re almost at the finish line. Once I have more information on the publication date (or even a better estimate), I will share it with you immediately.
But I hope you’ll raise a glass and toast with me that we’re one step closer. Thank you and mahalo!
It’s Pub Day!
I’ve been having a blast all day talking up the book, hosting games and giving out prizes, watching the reviews come trickling in. I almost forgot to ping you all and let you know the book is officially out there. Published. For reals. We actually ran OUT of books, if you can believe it. Multiple outlets are out of stock of the paperbacks, that’s how well today has gone. I am told that if you order them Ingram will print them to order, so if you’re looking to get a physical copy, ordering from Amazon or walking into a brick and mortar store will probably be your best bet.
And once you have read the book, please consider leaving a review. That would be super cool. So far readers are loving the book. It’s got five stars on Amazon and Goodreads, but the more the merrier, so please consider taking the time to toss a review up on your platform of choice.
I’m beat. It’s been a long, amazing day. I love you all.
May the Code replicate Eternal.
Happy summer Supporters of Crow’s Gambit!
After talking to several of you last week as the ASEE conference I know there is some confusion on the book. Never fear we did meet the required Pre-Orders for Quill publishing. However, actually getting a book from draft form to your hands takes some time. And given my schedule lately it is taking even more time.
Right now we are in the phase called Developmental Editing. That means I am rewriting some portions of the story to make it flow better…and hopefully make it super exciting and interesting! I will be working with a developmental editor who will help make the story even better by offering lots of suggestions for improvement.
After that we go to Copy Editing and Line Editing with Inkshares. This process will clean up the actual words; making sure names are consistent, punctuation is used correctly, words are spelled correctly…you get the picture.
So, please be patient. The book has not disappeared. It is alive and well but it will take some time to get it into your hands.
It’s July! We’re moved into our new house and just in time. I received my developmental edit letter from my editor on Friday! If you haven’t heard of a developmental edit letter, you aren’t alone. I hadn’t either until I started this process. It’s basically a giant letter explaining eveything that needs to be changed in your book.
I’ve been super nervous to receive mine since I’ve heard the editor is very thorough. Some of my Inkshares author friends have gone through 9 or 10 drafts! Sure enough, the letter suggests I restructure my whole story, take out some characters and plots, make some changes to focus on a different audience (young adult!), and work a lot on my descriptive prose and character arcs.
The extent of the suggestions wasn’t a surprise, but my reaction was! I really expected to be very defensive and sad and overwhelmed. Instead I feel incredibly honored that someone as skilled as my editor gave such thoughtful and helpful comments and incredibly grateful that you all gave me the chance to work with him. This book is going to be so much better because of it.
I just submitted a revised (4000 word!) outline based on his suggestions and we’ll work on that until we agree it’s time to move forward to a rewrite. I’ll keep you all updated!
Thank you for following along with this journey and for giving me the opportunity to experience this process! It’s so exciting!
Hello everyone! No news to speak of regarding Tantalus Depths since my last update, and none expected for the next month or two, but I figured I’d drop a line and let you all know that an interview I did for Writing Bloc is up now. I announced it earlier in a reader update for Proteus, but since not all of you are supporting both books, some of you may not have seen it yet (although, really, you should have all jumped on Proteus by now. No time like the present!)
So here’s the interview. I discuss a little bit of everything, from crowdfunding, to world-building, to my atrocious writing process. We talk about both Tantalus Depths and Proteus, so jump on in and take a behind-the-scenes look at how these worlds came alive!