A couple of weeks ago, word came down from The Powers That Be that Matt Harry, the suave and debonair head of story development for Inkshares, would at last be turning his attention to the three books that won the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest.
In a month or two I can expect to receive a document from Matt full of suggestions on how to make my story even better than it already is. In the meantime, I’ve swapped manuscripts with the other contest winners — Katherine Forrister, author of CURIO CITIZEN, and Ferd Crôtte, author of MISSION 51 — and over the next several months, these talented writers and I will be working with Matt to make sure our final manuscripts are the best they can possibly be.
Once developmental editing is done, whenever that may be, the book will presumably move on to copy editing, cover design, and production design.
I will, of course, keep you updated along the way.
As always, thank you so, so much for your continued patience and support. I can’t wait for you all to read AFTER DEATH. I promise the wait will be worth it!
Welcome to the final frontier, Space Crew. We’ve reached the edge of the galaxy, and there’s no turning back.
News #1: Content is Complete
I’ve been through a couple rounds of edits with the Inkshares team since the last update, and this week I sent off the final doc for one last look-over before it hits the printers. The deal is sealed; I can no longer touch this book (which I have very good and very anxious feelings about).
News #2: We Have a Cover
I’ve admittedly been holding onto this for awhile, but I wanted to do a BIG UPDATE with all the BIG THINGS. This was created by the good folks at Cover Kitchen, and they knocked it out of the park in my biased opinion:
News #4: Backer Goodies are Being Prepped As We Speak
The Companion Guide is getting its finishing touches before I send it off to print. Pendants have been shipped by the amazing Esanany, and they’re looking fantastic. Take a look:
No doodle today, because these images are worth more of your data.
And in case you missed it, you’ll have your books by May 1! Don’t forget to make sure your address is up to date on Inkshares.
Your somewhat sedulous Space Captain,
Greetings from a cold and rainy Japan. Finally got enough time and internet to get the reader update function to work on Inkshares through absolutely zero fault on their part and one hundred percent fault on old computers running a version of Windows that dinosaurs used. Things are progressing well, the first round of edits is done and we’re shooting for a publication date of June 19th. That means you will have your ebook ready, and the print version will be mailed out accordingly. Don’t forget, half of the pre-order are going to charity, so anyone that’s holding out on buying should do so!
Also, due to some issues beyond anyone’s control, I had to switch the cover art. For anyone who is disappointed by this, I encourage you to check out Millicent Barnes Comics for some amazing art and stories. I have a lot of his art on my walls, in fact.
The day gets closer and closer and I get more and more excited. I’m sure when I get to sleep it will all feel like a dream.
P.S. "P.S." doesn’t make sense in emails because you can go back and edit. It’s not like I’m writing in ink.
Hi folks -
WE DID IT!!!!
Thank you all so much! I am so thrilled!!
I will keep you updated as we begin the production process. Inkshares will soon connect me with an editor and a cover designer and I will work hard to give you the best book I possibly can!
So much love to all of you!
I have an AMAZING prize package to get us to 750!
If we can reach our goal in 72 HOURS, one lucky person will win:
Everyone on Rock of Ages’ followers list will be entered so be sure to share!!!
Hello, everyone! Just a quick update, since I haven’t been on in a while. I was sick for nearly two weeks - ugh!!
I’ve received feedback from Andi, the amazing editor who worked with me on the manuscript review, and I’m currently revising to incorporate her thoughts. I’ve also received the information from Inkshares about what I need to submit to them. I expect to have everything packaged up and sent off by mid-March. Then, we wait for the release date!
I’ll continue to update here and to my social media with news, although I’m currently taking a bit of a social media break. Gotta put the mind to work revising. Tell your friends they can still pre-order if they’d like :-) Also, check out my calendar at www.caridubiel.com/calendar. I’ve got three speaking engagements coming up, and any new events will be added here as well.
Have a great one, readers!!
Happy Saturday, y’all!
You may have noticed a few updates in your inbox today. I’ve been posting some new chapters of Terminus! Small changes were made to the Prologue and Chapter One ("meet the protagonist") is now live. Setting it back home in New Orleans really grounded the character for me and allowed me to pay homage to some of my favorite people/places/activities.
The other chapter that I’ve posted is Chapter Fourteen but, not to worry, it manages to be vague on spoilers while hinting at a subplot or two. It’s also into the philosophical meat of the thing, the fun part, where our isolated team of misfits realizes that they have a means of contacting the dead. I’m particularly enjoying writing the counterpoints of Veronica and Elias, the skeptical doctor and the religious physicist.
Rewrites are currently spiraling toward the climax, putting these characters through all kinds of uncertainty and trauma. (A sign of affection for writers - really!) Time to get back to it.
Thanks again for all your support! More soon!
I have an announcement:
That’s right. The titles of all three parts of The Animal in Man saga have at last been decided. I painstakingly pondered all the meanings of all the words that reflect the style, atmosphere, and experience I’ve created with the story. And then, suddenly, I had it. What is a [hu]man? What are we, really? We are a mind, a body, and - perhaps - a soul.
What if we created a world where we could play at our most violent fantasies? What if we shaped the creatures there in our image? Would they not also be those three things? I asked myself these questions a lot while I was writing The Animal in Man, and when I dug up the old journal entries I’d made about it, I knew I’d found the titles I needed.
You can follow the Draft page for The Animal in Man II: Ferocious Heart RIGHT HERE! The second book is already 100% complete, minus the professional-grade editing and services Inkshares provides upon my successful future campaign. That’s where you, my dear animals, can play a part. Please please please click the link and follow the project now so you’ll be ready for the day it starts taking preorders. And of course, as always, thank you so much for your continued support.