I know what you must be thinking, “Eudai..what? Meghan, who?”
Which is a perfectly normal response when you haven’t heard from someone in months. To recap, I am Meghan Godwin and I wrote Eudaimonia, and you (very graciously) helped me get it on track to be published. We are now inexorably linked. Hooray!
I have been working diligently for the last few months to spruce up the Eudaimonia manuscript based on the comments, suggestions, and feedback from the developmental edit letter. Today, I am proud to report, I’m done… with that part. I have just emailed the first round of developmental edits for Eudaimonia. Double Hooray!
We are still a ways from “totally finished”, but this round of edits is a nice mile marker to pass on that road to “done”. And, as we keep passing mile markers I will keep updating you on our progress!
Thanks again for your help and support!
P.S. - To my new friends and followers, if you haven’t pre-ordered Eudaimonia yet you can do so here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/eudaimonia-48b598
Sorry to send another update so soon, but this book cover contest has just ramped up and Mechcraft has been knocked down to 6th place! We desperately need all hands on deck to vote for my son’s amazing cover design.
I want him to reach top 3 for this, giving him the acknowledgement his cover deserves.
I thank you all so much for voting in round 1. Round 2 is underway and voting has been reset... you can vote again.
There’s nothing to sign up for or register... simply follow the link and vote for the Mechcraft cover. If even half this awesome email list were to vote, the Mechcraft cover would reach 2nd place!
Please take a moment and vote. I am eternally grateful.
“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!
Sorry everyone, that link to the radio interview was wrong- thanks to human error on my part!
Here’s the correct link. The interview airs at 4pm PST tomorrow and Sunday. Thanks for tuning in:
My amazing friends and supporters,
I have good news for you about Curio Citizen!
I have the privilege of working with Matt Harry, Inkshares’ Head of Story Development, as my editor. During the past few weeks, we have discussed my manuscript and decided on a few specific changes to strengthen the book. I am excited to start writing those changes based on Matt’s expert advice, and I know Curio Citizen will be an even better book come publishing time.
Day one of writing those changes was not without distraction. This little Curio showed up in our attic this morning--I’m afraid we will not be integrating him into our society as Carmen wishes the paz would do for her, but something tells me this snake would prefer it that way also.
But I will power through this and any other distractions thrown my way to get Curio Citizen into your hands as soon as possible, and in the best quality possible. Thank you again for all of your support and patience! I will continue to keep you updated as the process continues.
If you or anyone you know would like to pre-order a copy of Curio Citizen, follow this link!
"How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"
- Dr. Seuss
It’s almost impossible to believe it’s been over five months since my last update on Lost in the Fog. But here we are. Working with a development editor has been an amazing and enriching experience, and my novel will be so much better for it. But it’s also been mind numbing how long it’s taken me to finish!
If I didn’t have a full-time job that consumed most of my time, I would have completed the final version of Lost the Fog months ago. I am certain of that. But of course, that is just a convenient excuse, and I know I could have carved out more minutes, hours, and days to work on it. Playing the role of Sigmund Freud, maybe there’s some perverse part of me that doesn’t want to be done . . . this is, after all, a book I’ve been working on for more than a decade. Finally letting go of it is both exciting and terrifying.
But I promise you I will, and very soon.
My editor Caroline completed her second round of edits back in March, and I’ve been working (slowly, as explained previously) on my final version of the manuscript ever since. This weekend was a big one for me, and I made significant progress. My goal is to turn Lost in the Fog to Inkshares by the end of the month.
From there we have the final copy edit by the publisher, the galley proof revisions before the book goes to the printer, and the cover art and publication process. I’m still hoping for late 2018 for you to get your hands on Lost in the Fog, and once I have a better idea of the actual date, you’ll be the first to know.
As always, thank you so much for your support! Mahalo!
Hi! I’m finishing off the semester at SF State this week (20 units, and I expect all A’s except for one B), so I should be a bit more "present" in the coming months. One more semester like this (only 19 units :D) and I’ll be out!
But my personal life aside, I’m happy to report that Amazon is up to 10 reviews, sales have been good, and copies are available at most SF bookstores, and even at Pegasus Books in Berkeley! I’ll be driving about and getting copies on shelves in the coming weeks, so if you’re local to the Bay Area, keep your eyes peeled!
On a similar note, I want to thank everyone who has read Borehole Bazaar, but I also want to encourage folks to keep the book moving. Much like a penny, the value increases with circulation, not just with initial sales. If you know someone who would LOVE this story, even if it wasn’t quite your cup of tea, then please feel welcomed and encouraged to LEND THEM YOUR COPY.
That’s right. If those I wasn’t able to reach aren’t of a mind to buy a book, but they would enjoy reading the story, it’s to my net benefit that they have access, and that is where you come in: Please share your copies. What this does, first and foremost, is allows for the words to become more than just ink and glue and paper and and some pretty images. It allows the book to take a step toward becoming real. What it also does, and I kill the magic by stating this, is it potentially increases visibility among populations outside the mainstream, which in turn could drive future sales with recommendations or "cult classic" status in ten years or even encourage folks to keep their eyes peeled for Book Two, Three, ecetera all the way to Twelve.
Now, don’t get me wrong here: I’d love a proffitable sale as much as the next author. But I can never forget when I was literally starving because I couldn’t afford food, when I wore three to six layers inside my house because my roommate and I couldn’t afford heating, when we left the TV off and read by daylight or one bulb on our rescue couch in the living room together. Those days were made for free books lent by friends and acquaintances. That’s when I developed my love of well-worn pages and discovering "mystery crumbs" in the binding. I used to try and guess what they were, back then. So, if you’ve got a copy and you’re not going to read it again for a month, keep the book in motion. Don’t let it gather dust. It’s not a statue or shelf decoration. It’s a book, made all the more precious for each time its spine risks creasing.