Sep 112011

Yep, it’s true.  Just look at the progress meter to the right over there.  The writing and editing phase of Half Past Midnight is 100% complete, and I have to admit, I don’t really know how to feel about this.  After what seems like an eternity, I’m finally finished. It’s a really odd feeling.  I mean, I’ve been working on this thing so long that it’s hard to accept that this phase of things is over.  This is a major step, and like I said, I’m not quite sure how to feel about it.

Of course, HPM as a project isn’t entirely completed.  There is still more to do.  I’ve submitted a rough book description to Lynn for her comments, but once we’re done with that, my business with the Red Adept is done for now.  (Of course, I’ve already put my name on her schedule for my next book – even though her next opening isn’t until May of 2012 :shock: .)

And now I have to concentrate on getting the book formatted.  I haven’t contacted them yet, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going with Telemachus Press for their eBook formatting services.  There is a tiny kink in that their price includes creation of a cover for the book, but they want the client (that would be me) to provide the artwork.  Of course, they can provide the artwork for an additional fee, but that will most likely cause a delay in the process, and I want my novel ready in time for Christmas.  There is also the matter of writing the dedication and acknowledgements, and finding out how I integrate them into the final manuscript for formatting.  I suppose I’ll get details on all this when I contact them.

I also am about to get serious with the podcasting of HPM, and I have The Road to Rejas in the works.  Additionally, I dusted off the first Streets of Payne manuscript today.  It was the first time I’ve even looked at it in several  months, and after what I’ve learned working with Lynn, I can see a lot of room for improvement.  Streets is a planned trilogy currently consisting of two partial manuscripts: The Payne of Her Convictions, and A Glass Half Full. There are also notes on the third novel in the series, but I don’t have any real work invested in it yet.  As for work invested in the first two, I have about 12k words on the first one, and about 20K on the second.  I plan on running about 80K on each of them, but it’s hard to say where they’ll end up.

There is also marketing to worry about, and of course, there’s still that blasted bio to work on. :-/ But all in all, I’m pretty pleased with the way things are going.

In other news, I signed the contract last week for the story I have that will be coming out in an anthology next year.  They still haven’t made the public announcement, so I still can’t give any further details, but it’s another publishing credit under my belt.  As an aside, if anyone is interested, I actually have one previous credit.  I wrote a story for the now defunct Magazine of Unbelievable Stories, and was printed in the Summer 2007 edition, the last issue they ever published.  (Talk about your bad timing. :-( )

So for now, it’s back to work.  I can now say I have a novel that is nearly ready to be published, a short story that’s been accepted for an anthology, and another novel in the works.  Even more important, I have a deadline on that next novel, since it’s got to be ready for Lynn by next May.

Wow, it’s almost as if I’m learning to be a professional writer. 8-)

Well, that’s it for tonight.  Time for sleep.  So for now keep reading, keep writing, and stay safe.

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