To Slip the Surly Bonds is now available on audiobook here!
To Slip the Surly Bonds is now available on audiobook here!
So it’s been a bit since I’ve updated the blog. I figured I’d hit some of the high points of the last couple of weeks:
Attended the Ozark Book Con down in Fayetteville this past weekend as a vendor. First year event with all that entails, but had good panels and talks with several good authors. I recommend attending the event for the professional aspects if you’re in the area. If you’re coming from out of the town, it’s definitely a “Hey rando friend I haven’t talked to in years, mind if I sleep on your couch?” until it grows some. Which, given the professionalism and drive on display, I think it definitely will.
On the way back, finally got to meet Acts of War‘s editor, Mary, in person. In addition to being long overdue, the fact it’s been 5+ years since that book went through her able hands made me marvel at what modern technology makes possible. Although her current work with medical journals precludes her from working on anything else, I’m glad that a mutual acquaintance said “Hey, I know someone who might be able to help you…” many moons ago.
Speaking of the Usurper’s War series, Against the Tide Imperial continues to move along. Unfortunately, after getting read the riot act by an author mentor, I’ve had to accept that the Phases of Mars anthologies are 100% my “books for the year.” Combined with the new day job’s obligations (oh, yeah, I got promoted and changed positions), the process of putting out Those In Peril, To Slip the Surly Bonds, and Trouble in the Wind has pretty much sucked up a lot of available time. So, rather than put out a substandard product or skimp on marketing, Against the Tide Imperial is slipping to the right again. The manuscript will get done this year (which means preorders will be up), but the actual _book_ is probably going to be out in 1st Quarter 2020. *angry author noises*
This dovetails to a professional lesson that I am learning again, but in a different dialect: Projects are rarely as easy as they may initially seem. At the beginning of the year, with Those In Peril shooting up the charts, “Suuuure, we can do two more of these this year…” seemed like a good plan. What I now realize is one can do three books in a year, it just means one probably shouldn’t also do cons and other creative projects if there’s also a fourth book one would like done. So, for 2020, the lesson will be, “No, I think that timeline doesn’t work for me, thank you…” as I get solo projects back in line. (Feel free to remind me of this in the comments when my hair is on fire again this time next year.)
In addition, having now done editing three times, I cannot emphasize enough that you should always pay your damn editor. It’s a whole different animal than writing, and I will issue a blanket, heartfelt mea culpa for some of my past sins to my editors. In addition, as an author, understand that your editor’s job is to polish up your work. “Polish” implies that you have done a grammatical read through, researched the technical aspects of the work, and are basically giving the editor a complete story that just needs a set of professional eyes to look upon it. This goes doubly so for an anthology submission. Indeed, I’m just going to let John G. Hartness take it away…(language alert…NO REALLY!):
Anyway, it’s Nano (and yes, I’m counting these words), and I’m going back to US CVs about to go to guns with an Italian Fleet. (Yes, that’s a teaser.)
So I’ll be doing Cincinnati Comic Con 20-22 September. The general floor plan is below:
Booth #520, my digs, is zoomed in on in the following pic:
I hope to see some of y’all there! I love meeting fans in the wild, and this will be my first time in Ohio! Provided Amazon doesn’t botch the shipping, I’ll have copies of all my own books and anthologies there, to include To Slip the Surly Bonds. Which, btw, now has an “orange tag” signifying it was #1 in a category (no, that doesn’t get old typing it!):
Hope to see you guys Friday, Saturday, or Sunday!
It’s always fun to make any reading list. It’s double fun when that list is curated by your local library.
So last week was pretty wild. I attended Life, The Universe, and Everything (LTUE), a writer’s symposium based in Provo, UT. Longer discussion coming soon, once I have a chance to collect all my thoughts and note from the weekend. Suffice to say I had a blast, got to see lots of old friends and make new ones, plus network. Highly recommend, especially if it’s a trip that won’t require a hotel stay.
While I was at LTUE, Those In Peril, the alternate history anthology I edited with Chris Kennedy, dropped. To be clear, when I say “dropped,” I’m meaning out the bottom of a B-san on an unsuspecting civilian city. Not only did Peril rocket to the top of the alternate history charts, at one point is was #513 on Amazon’s charts period. As in, there were only 512 books that sold more copies than Those In Peril did on 15 February. I remain totally blown away, and hope everyone reading this decides to go grab a copy.
For all the LTUE folks who were at my panels, feel free to poke around. As I mentioned, I talk about cover art here, also here, and finally here. History-wise, I have entire categories dedicated to air warfare and naval history. Feel free to poke around a little bit, and I’ll probably be putting another short piece together again in the coming weeks. Thanks for stopping by!
Anthology drops on the 15th! Links to follow when they go hot!
Coming on 15 February to an Amazon near you! The anthology includes my new alternative history short story “Fate of the Falklands” along with original short stories by Sarah Hoyt, Kacey Ezell, and William Stroock!
So a while back I did an interview for a local Web TV show. You can see yours truly in all my “Whoa, that was a quick seven minutes…” glory here.
Also, a reminder that I start an audiobook blog tour on Monday. I’ll try to remember to post links here for new and interesting info. 😀
Finally, Aries’ Red Sky is still for sale on Amazon through Saturday for $.99. If you know someone who loves Sci-Fi, feel free to gift them an e-copy.
I got interviewed by Keystroke Medium. It was a blast: