This month has been amazing, stressful, productive, social, and very draining. I’m working through my editor’s notes on No More Heroes, the final book in my space opera trilogy, which is running way too long and getting much too complicated… I am trying not to panic. It will get done. Soon. I hope you will like it. It comes out in November.
While I’ve been finishing NMH up, I’ve been over the second book, Kill By Numbers, twice this month: going over the proofreader’s notes, then doing the final polish. Haven’t seen the final cover yet, but that book will be out in September.
The first book in the series, The Dangerous Type, got its first reviews this month. Publishers Weekly called the book dark and brutal and said I “seemed to be determined to bring the style of grimdark fantasy to space opera.” That’s pretty much exactly what I was going for, so I’m glad the book succeeds.
Pulling all this together has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I went into this trilogy with the first book finished and the second book in a 50,000-word Nanowrimo draft. Since the end of October last year, I’ve revised The Dangerous Type, proofed it four times, finished Kill By Numbers, revised it, proofed it three times, and written well over 100,000 words of No More Heroes.
Oh, and set up the release event at the fabled Borderlands Books for July 19. See you there?
The highlight this month is that 750+ people entered to win a copy of The Dangerous Type on Goodreads. That number just blows me away. I already got a super nice note from one of the winners. I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s thoughts on the book, once they’ve read it.
This has been such a ride!