Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
July 20, 2018
Hello, hello! Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer. I just wanted to share a few quick updates on "Shadow King."
The book itself continues to move through the process. It is with the typesetter now and I should get my first look at the layout on or around July 30. From there we have a few more reviews as we close in on having a final book ready for physical production and release.
The cover has been proofread, and once we know the spine size, my cover designer (the wonderful Charlene Maguire!) will be able to complete the final template that Inkshares will need.
Important: Have you moved?
Everyone who has pre-ordered will get their copies of "Shadow King" in advance of the October 2 release date (yay!). If you ordered a hard copy, and have moved in the last 365 days, please contact Inkshares to update your shipping address! I’d hate to see your copy go to the wrong address!
I was interviewed by Writing Bloc about "Shadow King" and writing dark fantasy as a genre. Please check it out!
Spread the Word
Like all writers, I’m always interested in spreading the word about "Shadow King." Please share what you know about "Shadow King" with friends, family, your hair stylist, dog walker, and mailman (mailperson?). And if you’re following my adventures here but haven’t ordered yet, now would be a most auspicious time!
Thanks again for all of your support, and I’ll update again in August!
Dear friends and followers, I just looked at the calendar and realised: there are, as I type this, just eighteen days (and a couple of hours) to go until 31 July, when "A Gentleman’s Murder" is officially released into the wild.
If you happen to be in Montreal for the week following, there will be a book signing and launch event at the Indigo bookstore downtown (Place Montreal Trust, 1500 McGill College Avenue) on Saturday, 04 August from 1 pm to 4 pm.
In the meantime, if you’re in the U.S., there’s a GoodReads Giveaway happening with 25 free copies of the book to be won. Check it out and tell your friends.
And speaking of GoodReads, we’ve got a few reviews there already from readers with advance copies. Reviews have so far been complimentary -- let’s hope the trend keeps up! And I hope you’ll consider adding your own when you’re done.
“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!
Hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July!
I have a favor to ask you... Mechcraft’s cover is #12 in the contest I mentioned earlier in the week. The voting ends tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who’s already voted for my son’s amazing cover for Mechcraft. If you haven’t voted yet, it’s not too late. I would love nothing more than to give my son’s cover the win or at least top 3 for this contest. He worked hard on it, and it rocks! Voting takes only seconds and there’s nothing to sign up for. Just click vote and done.
Thank you all very much for the help on this. I appreciate it more than you know. :)
Please go to the site and click "vote" below the Mechcraft image. Thank you all very much: https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/
I was recently interviewed on a new book-focused YouTube series TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DAMN BOOK.
Check it out: https://youtu.be/PkdmV-Rb61E
Lorenzo (THE LOVE FOOL)
So, the manuscript for Murder Happens was submitted about 4-weeks ago and they have a 2-month turn before reading for the first assessment. If readers and/or authors are interested in learning more about the process, try following Murder Happens. No obligation and once the dev edits come back, I’ll be posting more discussion-worthy updates.
It’s been a long time coming, friends, but these little ladies have arrived. By now those of you who ordered physical copies should have received shipping notifications. When your books arrive, I’d love it if you posted a photo of them. I can’t wait to see how far the mech crew has spread.
This is a book that was driven entirely by you, the readers. Without the interest in this book, it wouldn’t exist. It would still be a jumble of graphic novel pages, barely a whisper of what it would become.
So today I celebrate you. Thank you for this gift of a book.
May the Code replicate eternal.
In case you missed the Krpton Radio interview, it’s now up on their podcasts. We had a lot of fun and they covered many topics. Check it out:
Just got my sample back from the audio book actor! Going to listen tonight and once it has approval, she’s going to dive in and finish asap. If you like to read through your ears, stay tuned! Mechcraft on audio is coming soon.
And something cool on Facebook going on:
"Incredible! Mechcraft is now in 5th place on The People’s Book Awards. You guys are doing it!
If you haven’t yet, please join the FB group via the link below, and vote in the pinned poll at the top. This is very exciting. And thank you in advance.