Thursday, April 25, 2013

Works In Progress

So as everyone has probably noticed, I haven't updated in a while.

The trouble with keeping a blog as a writer is that it feels like any time I spend writing on my blog would be better spent on... y'know... writing. But the blog is important. It keeps you current. It's outreach to readers. And stuff.

At any rate, I figured I should update and make it known that I am Working On Things.


Poor Man's Fight has done far better than I had ever hoped. I don't want to use this as a venue to brag or anything, but I do want to express my sincere gratitude once again. I am currently working up one final, make-it-as-perfect-as-I-can edit of the book in preparation for putting up a print-on-demand version. That will probably be available in a month or two, depending on how all that turns out. The print version will of necessity be more expensive than the ebook version. I have to price it to cover the print costs, of course. But if anyone out there is interested in having a physical copy, you are hereby notified that such an option is on the way.

Aside from that, I am working as diligently as I can on Natural Consequences. I never thought it would be so tough, but it turns out that when you write a sequel to something there is a real need to make sure it measures up to the original. There's also the simple fact that life has gotten in my way much more frequently and assertively on this project than it did when I wrote any of my previous stuff. I'm learning a lot about trying to manage my writing time.

I've also never, ever done so much revising on a project. I know I should just keep pushing through until the rough is finished, but my brain just hasn't been able to accept that this time around. I feel like the working title to this book should actually be "Conversations I Have Re-Written At Least Twelve Times."

As much as I hate to admit it, I may have been a bit too optimistic when I projected an early summer release. It may be more like "summer" than "early summer." Hopefully that doesn't disappoint anyone, but I think anyone would agree that a good product is better than a rushed product.

On that note of goodness, though: WOW did I find a great cover artist for this book! I spent some time at Emerald City ComiCon and a couple of other conventions looking for artists open to commissions, and I gotta say I have found someone of great talent. I feel like I shouldn't drop the name or any hints until I have something to show, but... well, I told him I wanted two covers--one for Natural Consequences and a new cover for Good Intentions so they'd have a consistent look. Within a week, he sent me "quick concept sketches." I gotta say, I've paid good money for published comic books that weren't as polished as his idea of a quick concept sketch.

Good Intentions and Natural Consequences just might have print-on-demand versions available before too long, too, if everything works out.

Sooner or later I'll have something more substantive to share. For now, I just wanted to say thank you again to all who have been interested in my writing and to let you know that more is on the way!

8 comments:

  1. Will there be hardcover copies available through this print-on-demand? I'd love to get a hardcover copy of Poor Man's Fight if possible.

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  2. About time we got new covers lol. I had a friend ask me what I was reading and when she saw the cover on my ipad she thought I was reading some greek architecture/design book. This was the cover for Good Intentions. Anyways the idiom, "Don't judge a book by its cover," definitely holds true in this case. Your books are awesome!!

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  3. I read both books on amazon this week. I can't tell you which one I enjoyed more, but they've both gotten into my head, took a look around and made themselves comfortable for the long haul. I can hardly wait for the next book to come out. Sequel, new world, dictionary.. whatever. You write GREAT STUFF!!!!!

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  5. Just Read 'Poor Man's Fight'. Awesome book! Keep up the great work!

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  6. I'm sure you are busy trying to finish up Natural Consequences, but I was wondering if we can get an update on the status. Are you still on track for a release sometime this summer? I just finished rereading both Good Intentions and Poor Man's Fight (the latter of which I've now read 4 times; it might be my favorite book of all time). I'm trying to be patient knowing that both sequels will be worth the wait, but it's hard. If you need help with proofreading, I'll gladly volunteer!

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  7. It should be out within the next two weeks. I'm hoping for sooner rather than later, but I've heard back from most of my beta readers and now I need to do one last run-through before putting the book out.

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  8. "Writing is rewriting"

    I never remember who said that, but every time I am deep into a fifth, sixth, or seventh major revision it hovers in the back of my mind taunting me.

    Welcome to the addiction. (^_^)V

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