Friday, December 30, 2011

The copyedits....

THEY'RE DONE!
And that's awesome! :) Soon, I hope to have an announcement about availability for you all. See you soon...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Here's to hope!

Here's to the hope that by the end of this week all my copyediting on Memories of the Dead will be done. Then it's on to e-pubbing/uploading and all that fun.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Those damn edits

Just finished going over things and next up is to alter the "master" document to reflect the fixes. Most of them are utterly cosmetic--and one spelling error.

Ok, seriously, how does a misspelling of "home" (printed as "hom") make it past no less than a dozen spell checks? (Electronic and manual!)

Oh well, soon it will be fixed, finalized, and off to the races...right?

No. Still more yet to do. Always. But soon enough I will be able to make an announcement about the availability of the e-book. Keep paying attention here...it's coming. Honest! :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Copyedits galore! (& other things)...and here I get mushy

Now I get to go through my manuscript ONE MORE TIME--what is this, like the fiftieth or something?

Anyway, this is to make sure it's ship shape and Bristol fashion for e-publication. I'm about four chapters in and so far so good. I hope to have this done by the end of the week--even sooner would be better. We'll see how it goes.

But every time I read it, each and every time, I remain a little bit impressed that I actually wrote something this size. Seriously! I didn't think it possible...but there it is, sitting on my desk. I mean, wow. Really?

Yeah, really. Wow.

For those of you out there who say "Man, I'll never finish!" I say this: yes you will. You need to finish. Not just for you, but for your characters, for the community of novelists at-large, and for the future. You could be, right now, be straining away on the next novel that will be compared to Twain or Poe. You could be "that guy."

And I hope you are. I really do.

Getting Memories of the Dead even half this far was a battle. Sure, none of the agents or agencies I queried or otherwise contacted wanted it, but I still have hope that a reader will enjoy the story. That's why I do this. Not for "fame and glory," but for the simple fact that I had a tale to tell, and I told it--well, the first part anyway--and soon enough other people on a grander scale than I can imagine will be able to read it, comment upon it, and make it their own. And maybe, just maybe, they'll like it just as much as I do. That's my vain hope.

Along the way, I learned a lot of stuff: some of it brilliant, some of it was shit, but it was all still learning. That's a good thing. I even learned what the price of my e-book will be. ($2.99) So, when I ask myself, "Was this worth it?" I get to answer back, "Yes, yes it was."

Be on the look out here (and at my Twitter) for the announcement that the book is ready to boogie to your e-reader of choice. I hope, dear friends and readers, that when that day comes you will grace me with the honor of a purchase and download. And that, when you read it, you will find within it's virtual pages something of value; and that you'll tell your friends, who in turn will give it a whirl as well. In this way, you become part of the story as well; for as we all know, the contents of a good story are not confined by the cover, but by the imagination of the reader.

Gentlemen, you are my protagonist; Ladies, you are my heroine. Each and every one of you are that epic person about whom I write. Inside their faces you find your own. You're the story, I only borrowed it for a time, and soon I shall return it to you, unscathed and better for the treatment, I hope.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The holidays are a time for rejection letters?

Yes, my final submission was rejected. TOR/Forge decided that--once again--my work just wasn't for them "at this time." Man, I hate that phrase. Makes one wonder when the "time" is going to come.

But regardless, I carry on and forward with PLAN Z, which if you recall, is the e-pub/self-pub option. So a rejection is not truly the end of the line. Be on the look-out for more details.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The cover

I received actually a couple of replies from folks, so here's a scaled-down version of the cover.

From the left, you will see the back cover, in the middle is naturally the location of the spine, and as your eyes travel right you encounter the dreaded front cover.

Comments? Concerns? Questions?


This is for a "US Trade" sized cover, 6 inches by 9 inches in size. Like I said, this one is lower quality and scaled from the original. Enjoy! (I also must point out, in print, that this is my cover. You may not steal it. Even though the elements in use are mostly public-domain art, they have been modified by me expressly for this purpose.)

Oh, and the white rectangle on the back cover is for the ISBN code/pricing information...it's not a flaw.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

So....who wants to see my cover design?

In the event that TOR/Forge passes on my manuscript (and there's a great chance that they will, all things being equal and all that), I had been working on a cover in addition to the formatting "innards" of the book. All the final design elements are there, and it's a big file: the front cover, back cover, and spine, are all full color; so I won't post it unless you want to see it. I, for one, like it a lot, but I'm the creator, so I'm prejudiced toward it, as can only be expected.

The thing is, if TOR picks up the book, the whole process of making the cover is out the window (I made it for the self-publish/e-published version, obviously); but hey, it's still a learning process, no? And I gain some small measure of insight into how arduous it is to get design you're happy with to actually work for you. (So it's not a total loss.)

So...wanna see?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tomorrow is the beginning of month 4

It is the first day that the publisher I submitted to might reply by. Now, I don't believe that it'll hit tomorrow, I'm just saying tomorrow is the first day it *could* hit. We'll see what happens, because from this moment forward until mid-February, it's "hold your breath" time.

Wish me good news!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Are you being overcharged for an ebook? The DOJ thinks so

Here's the story, and I have to say that it's worth reading and thinking about. Collusion, or the implication thereof, is never a good thing. Ever.

A law

The probability that a written work will discuss any given topic is directly proportional to the word-count. (I.E.: Big books eventually cover all available topics.)

This is why I kind of prefer short books. Get in, get it on, get out. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Steampunk is dead

Well, thank you very little, Justin Bieber... You took a genre with potential and turned it into more lameness to support your "career." Thank you very little, you dork. Ugh!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Time, and the finding of it

There was a time when I had plenty of time in which to write, but now, having taken over a new (and more expansive) role at work, I find myself with less time to even think about "the next chapter," let alone to put pen to paper. I'm not dead, I haven't quit: I just find myself with less and less time to complete my project--and move on to the next one in line.

Faced with the fact that EVERYONE has a lack of time on their hands--and the holidays coming up certainly don't help in the matter--I ask you: how do you find the time to write? For me, I need at least a couple hours a day to just get my mind wrapped around how I want to say it, let alone edit, and format into something worth while (even if it's just an "alpha state").

How do you all fine/make the time to get the next bit written?