Friday, June 25, 2010
Whew! Been so busy lately, I think it's time to update everyone on the projects I'm currently working on. I used to have a monthly email newsletter that I sent out, but it was costing me money each month and I'd really rather use my blog to convey the same information. You can subscribe to my blog if you'd like and get it delivered straight to your inbox through the subscription box on the left side of my blog page.
Last month I handed off Black Earth: The Broken Daisy - the sequel to Black Earth: End of the Innocence - to my editor, Lana Gates. Looks like if things go as planned, I should be ready to release The Broken Daisy sometime in September. Once I get the edits back I have to go through them all and then do another run through of the book myself before it's ready for publishing. At that point, I will need to finish up the cover design, format the manuscript (which I hate, hate, hate doing) and then order a proof copy to make sure everything came out right. A bit of a process, but it's all worth it once that paperback is in hand.
While I'm waiting for The Broken Daisy to be edited, I have gone back to the drawing board and am re-editing the first two books in my Expired Reality series: Endangered Memories and Lost Birth. Expired Reality is where all of my writing began really. It's more young adult than Black Earth is, but it falls into the same edgy Christian scifi/fantasy category that Black Earth does - maybe just rated PG-13 instead of R, if we're giving my titles movie ratings.
When I originally wrote the first and second book in the Expired Reality series, I didn't know as much about writing as I do now. So, I'm going back to rewrite them - not the story persay, but really just give it a good grammar and style overhaul - and re-release them. It's also important that I do this because Expired Reality ties in with my Black Earth series - it takes place 100 years after the events of the Black Earth series. And, like Stephen King did with his Dark Tower series, I felt it necessary to go back and polish everything up to bring it all to the same standard of writing.
As soon as I finish the rewrites to the first two Expired Reality books, I will be completing the third book in the series, and then I'll release all three of them around the same time - hopefully Winter 2010. More than likely though, it won't be until after the new year that the series is released, only because I am taking my time to make sure it's all up to par.
In the meantime, I have some extra side projects I want to work on. Some short stories from both series, some writing that - for the first time ever - may not fall into either of my two series. I also have a non-fiction project I want to start working on that details the incredible journey of faith that my wife and I have been on over the last eleven months. A new website design is currently in the works as well, and there will be some giveaways as the release of each project gets closer.