Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Inside Scoop

Well, folks, I am happy to announce that Victoria Marmot: Average Teenager (Dark Matters: Book One) is officially off to my editor for a first pass! Yay! In addition, I am now 1/10th of the way through the rewrite of Book Two, so all is on target for an October release of books 1-3 as things stand currently (fingers crossed--there's plenty that could go wrong between now and then).

Meanwhile, after much hemming and hawing, I have finally decided to hire someone else to design the covers for the Victoria Marmot series, even though I am a professional cover designer myself. The reason? Well, I gave it a shot (quite a few shots, actually) and I am just too close to the story to be able to do the design justice. My brain keeps getting sidetracked by infinite tiny details, or inside jokes that are funny only to me and really don't need to be on the cover, or what have you, and even if I do manage to design something appropriate in the end it will have taken 10 times the length of time that it should have. Assuming that I am turning down other work in order to get my own design done, or even just taking longer to write the books, it's far more economical to hire someone else to do it. So, that's what I've done. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what someone else comes up with for these books.

In addition, we now have the fun anticipation here on the blog of waiting for cover art, which is always a favorite pastime of mine.

Getting three books (even short ones) ready for publication inside of a year, is time consuming, and I need to get back to it, so this blog post will be rather short, as will the next few in all likelihood. Coming up soon, however, are some in-person appearances at the end of May. In addition, Blade's Edge and Traitor's Hope are both going be available on all major ebook retailers in short order, so if you don't have a kindle, but have been waiting to buy them digitally, you will be in luck in the next couple of weeks.

I will post here again with more details on both of those things, and will include links to everything!

I hope this finds you all well. The snow here is finally melting and I wore sandals the other day, so I'm officially calling it spring. Yay!

Coming soon...