I meant to do this update Friday, but my current cold forced me to postpone this until tonight. My apologies.
Edits are done, I only need to do a final look over and spellchecking. As long as nothing gets in the way, I should be sending this off to Stephanie Dagg of http://www.ebook-ed.it/ for some professional edits. Nothing major to really say here simply because the original draft and the final(ish) draft are relatively the same. What was changed was def for the better.
One change (which will probably make more sense once you read the book) was an addition of a serial killer's perspective..as a spectator to the investigation. Initially, I had only intended to show the investigation from Thomas and M's point of view and simply go through it like any ol' tv drama would.....of course with my usual twisted concepts. About half way through the first draft I had the idea of adding the murder's point of view (sort of a Noir approach, but not exactly), but ending up not doing it at first.
I didn't want the murderer to be a REAL character and build an entire background story for him/her, as I did with Uhler. I only wanted the murderer to be addressed well enough to give a feeling of creepiness. Once I finished the story I felt I didn't quite get it where I wanted, so I added in the murderer's voice. It only makes up a page of text in 3 chucks over 2 chapters, but I think it does the trick. Fun little "behind the scenes" there for ya.
I do want to make one final comment here. This book was in no way intended to be read as a standalone. It is the end of the first trilogy and only backtracks enough so the poor reader doesn't have to pinpoint an idea in one of the previous books. As the author of these, of course I'd say "go buy the other 2 b/c you need to read them all!" I won't, because I don't have to. Read the Amazon reviews of book 2 (Ammit) and you'll see that you COULD get away with starting with book 2, but you don't want to. Plus, until the Book 3 is release, Book 1 is 99 cents on Amazon :P
After weeks of grueling arguments and unprecedented voting, Cover 3 has won the popular vote!
Okay, in all honesty, it won with 9 votes to 4 to 0
I'm currently working on a page for book 3 and doing some slight alterations to the book 3 cover - I'm changing the font size of the title...that's it.
I also added a mailing list to the site, it can be found under the Contacts page OR right on the blog page. It's spam free, monetarily free and I promise not to pester you too much. It'll be used to announce blog updates, guest author posts and occasional sales.
For the time being, that's it for updates. I'll keep you posted on Book 3's progress in another blog update around the end of the week.
Keep in mind that it's 100% as far as the draft goes. I still have a week, or so of edits and re-reads before it's off to the editor. I'm guessing sometime mid to late March it'll be out.
I'm also going to announce the winning cover for book 3 when I send the draft to the editor. Not much else to say with this posting, it's all pretty standard stuff these days. I've got to contact previous reviewers, look for some new reviewers, do some "upcoming" announcements, post some pics on pinterest to hint at what book 3 is about and probably some other things I can't think of right now. :P
If you're not a writer and you're looking at that list and thinking "Oh, man, that looks like a pain." you would be correct. The writing is the fun part, the rest is the real part of the job.
I added links to all the social networking I'm associated with. You'll find them towards the top of the website on the right. I'll see about enlarging the size of the icons.
I also wrote up a small beginning comic script for book 1 to take to some writers and artists from Marvel that just so happen to hang out at a local comic book store. A friend of mine knows them to some degree (I didn't ask) and I'm hoping they will give me some pointers on how to polish up my script writing for submission. I def. would not expect them to see it and say "OMG let me get this to my editor!!"..not that I would say no if that happened.
Here we are, once again! Book is going well, I have most of the BIG points covered now and now its a matter of piecing it together, slapping some polish on it and sending this turd out! Not really...
It is going well, the story is coming along nicely and I'm very happy with the way this one is turning out. My only issue, and it really isn't one, is that the story is pretty linear. Given the amount of backstory and/or time travel in the previous 2 stories, I almost worry this might come off bland in comparison. I highly doubt anyone else will see it this way since the book is as action packed and goofy as the past 2. Either way, I'm only doing it because I want to finish this first trilogy and backstory always equals more stuff to deal with....so...it'll simply have to wait for the next installment.
Something I considered from day 1 of writing this series was having it published in a comic format. As far as the content goes, it's always been in the realm of possibility. Even as I come up with the ideas and get them to paper I see them in my mind more like a movie (or comic) than I do a book. Why did I handle this as a book series then? Simple, I can't draw much more than a smiley face. Due to that, I played to my (potential) strengths and came up with a plan.
I needed to do a few things before I started branching out: get my name out there, see just how far I was going to go with this story and really consider a simple question. Is this what I want to spend my free time doing?
Book 1, since its publication in August of 2012 has been picked up by (roughly) 3600 people - the majority of them were given away during freebie promotions. So, even if I haven't made tons of money off this, my name is still out there. Given I'm a no name indie author in a vast ocean of no name indie authors and im NOT writing YA or romance, I'd say 600 books a month is pretty good. Not to mention the second book is being purchased at a much faster rate than the first book and the reviews for both have been very positive.
It seems the sky is the limit with how far I'm going with this series. As I finish writing the 3rd book more and more ideas pop up that I jot down for future use. I enjoy writing and I don't see much reason to stop at this point.
That all being said, I've decided to start formatting the first book, or at least a sample, to send out to comic companies (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, etc) and see what happens. As I am NOT an artist and don't know any, or even how to go about publishing an indie comic series, I think it's in my better interest to submit to the pros and see where it goes. Worst case is all of them say no and I continue writing paperback/ebooks.
For those of you keeping up on the series, mostly the ones who talk to me regularly, this is in no way slowing down the writing of Book 3. I'll have a blog posting about that in the next few days. so :P