02 July, 2012


I'm inching closer. Right now I'm more or less just doing revision glosses on the work, because I'm waiting on cover art. I've contracted with a lovely and talented illustrator to create the cover for the novel, which should be complete in the next couple of weeks, at which point I'll be ready to publish.

It's funny, because the amount of money I'm spending on the cover is probably going to exceed what I earn from the book for the first several months. But that's okay; I'm in this for the long haul. Eventually, with enough hard work and convincing enough people to Buy It, You'll Like It, I'll make back what it cost.

The book itself is in good shape; I'm very happy with it. Yeah, you can tinker endlessly, but you have to cut the cord sometime. Everything I'm doing to the book now is either tightening up of prose (in this latest pass I've found half a dozen areas that needed to be rewritten slightly for clarity, or, in one case, a minor story inconsistency), or simply to expand and add color: world details, expansion of characterization, more expression of characters' internal states.

I'm looking forward to revealing the cover and the title of the book in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!


  1. Isn't it fun/terrifying to get real, actual artists with real, actual artistic talent to do a cover? I hope yours turns out as well as my first one did! (or my second, or third, for that matter. I'm having great luck with my covers).

    1. It really is a nice thing. And you can get really good art for not very much money, too. I did the covers for my two short stories myself (using stock photos and a bit of GIMP manipulation) but I decided for the novel that it needed something that looked more professional :)

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