Well, here it is. An early look at the cover of Hostiles. I’m stoked!
I got the final cover files from Cris Ortega last night, and I am so excited and so pleased with the cover for Hostiles that I can hardly breathe! And while book three of The Galactic Mage series is still somewhere around five weeks away, I decided (more…)
For a long time I’d been kicking around the idea of getting an audio book version of The Galactic Mage done, but writing Rift in the Races and then working on Hostiles has been a lot of work, and I just didn’t get around to it. I knew I should; I knew my wife liked to listen to audio books, and I’d even tried listening to one a few years back, but it just wasn’t a big part of my universe, so, being human and all, I just didn’t think about it all that much. Besides, I didn’t really know how to get an audio book off the ground, who to talk to, upfront costs … all that stuff, so it sort of stayed on back-burner status for, well, permanently. (more…)
It seems to me as if tensions in the world keep rising all the time. I feel like we live in a time where we just keep ratcheting up the anxiety. In a way, frankly, that’s been good for business for me, because genre fiction is doing great these days as people seek escape. Technology and time have really come together well for science fiction and fantasy (and all the other genres too numerous to name). But as good as that is for a writer like myself economically, there is something beneath the surface that troubles the artist part of me. There is, amongst us, a hatred of our time. A dissatisfaction with the collective us. There resides within, or perhaps rides upon, us this thing that steals joy from the day-to-day. And while it’s good for business, I think too much of it is bad for humanity. It’s bad for us. (more…)
Progress is coming along nicely for Hostiles, the third book in The Galactic Mage series. I did run into a bit of a delay working on it, as I’ve been a bit caught up in the process of getting an audio book going for The Galactic Mage (book 1). However, that is well underway now, and I’m back on track again. After a few days to catch up on some contract writing projects, I am now ready to start the 4.0 round of revisions.
Round 3.0 (and 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3) was mainly concerned with Orli’s character. I didn’t think she was strong enough in my first draft—half of my Beta readers felt it was the case too—so I almost completely rewrote her character for the first half of the book. I think it’s much better now. Needless to say, however, that required a lot of redoing of other things, because writing a novel is like setting up a fancy arrangement of dominoes to knock down: if you start moving things around and changing stuff, you have to change everything that those changes touch and so on. (more…)
Hostiles, book 3 of The Galactic Mage series, began its Version 3.0 phase on Monday. My last Beta reader has been in one of those hectic life places lately, so I’ve decided not to wait given that everyone else finished up nearly two weeks ago. I think I have everything I need now, plus I’ve had almost a month away from the project to think about it, thinking ahead to the next part of the series, which I’ve given the working title of the Tidalwrath Trilogy. (more…)
With the successful launch of the second book in the series, Rift in the Races, and book three, Hostiles, coming out later this year, I thought I’d take a moment to share what I envision for the series as it moves forward, and what my plans are around and beyond it. Rest assured, I won’t be sitting around idly in 2013, and I will have my nose firmly to the grindstone of productivity. (more…)
Rift in the Races Now Available
Well, all the parts are in place and its finally ready to go. The book is available for Kindle now (here’s the link right to it) and Nook (link here), and will be shortly for paperback on Amazon. Kindle updates pretty quickly, they said it would take 12 hours, and yet it’s already up. Nook says awhile too, and they did take a day and a half on “Auction Yard,” so you never know, but it was up within four hours. The paperback version is hard to say. They tell me it could take “5 to 7 business days” but for the first book they said that and it took about eight hours. I actually didn’t know that and didn’t even promote the dang book for a couple of days, and had all my “new release” marketing set for January 15 of last year, and the book was out by the 9th. Rather than do that again, I’ve decided to roll it out as it becomes available. So, there you have it, book one is up and running, even if some parts are running slightly sooner than others. (more…)
Well, after a whole year of working on this story, it’s finally ready. The final print files are in and approved, and Fernando is formatting them for Nook and Kindle as I type this. He says he should be done on Saturday, but who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and it will be sooner. From there, I will upload them to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and check to make sure they work. If they do, then I’ll throw the switch and it becomes a matter of hours. They say approval can take up to 72 hours, and with the glut of new stuff coming out these days, that might be the case, where book one only took about six hours as I recall. But, that’s what we’re looking at. (more…)
I said at one point that I would release the preview of the front cover art for Rift in the Races when I got the proofreader copies in. Well, today I got the proofreader copies, so as a man of my word, here is the front cover (you can see a small and big version in The Galactic Mage art gallery here on the site). I’m still holding the full cover secret for another few days, so you’ll have to wait to see the whole full-cover image—which includes the outcome of Altin’s spell you see starting up right there, plus what he’s shooting at, etc. but there it is. (more…)
Editing is done. Today I finished going through the manuscript. My input on it is basically finished. (more…)