Editing (with the exception of a couple technical whoopsies caught by proof reading ) is done! I am so relieved. Both Books 1 and 2 are now set to be formatted, sent to the printer and released. I am hoping, barring restrictions that this will be complete in April. A goodish month for me all things considered.
So what comes next?
BOOK 3! The editing begins! My goal is mid July, and although I set the deadline, it has some real world outside of myself backup to get it done. That means Beta Readers will be needed again by Early June at the latest, and a cover I hope by the same time.
And once all that is done, I can turn my attention to Book 4… which isn’t written yet, but it’s been building in my head. I have certain scenes envisioned and now a few new characters, plot twists, questions to answer… not to mention ask!
When will that finish? I’m not going to predict other than to say 2020. I know that’s the year I want to start looking at audiobooks, and that will be the goal, but those will probably be pushed back till late 2020, after I finish Book 4 so it can all be done at once. We’ll see. This is long range blue skying it right now.
As for other things, Realm Makers 2019 in Saint Louis is fast approaching and I am both full of joyful squee and screams of terror. Why? Give away merchandise for attendees and a few choices on merchandising. I’ve no idea what kind of good memorable give-away I can provide, but I want to do something nice.
What’s that? You didn’t realize I wanted to do some merch for my books? Oh yes… yes indeed I do!
What kind of merch?
I hope to do something with teeshirts and my covers and maybe hats with my logo on it. We’re gonna have to see what I can come up with. Honestly though I really need help with this stuff. I’ve been researching companies to do it through, but I can’t afford to play with inventory, online stores, order fulfillment and all that jazz. Heck, you see how good I am with this blog current!
That said, once I get some shirts designed for me to wear, I do hope to set it up for all of y’all to be able to buy them if you want. That’s the hope on the clothing.
But nuff said. There’s also one other dream item I’d love to do, but that would require some real help with someone who has know-how and the ability to help me set up a “Manufacture On Demand” setup.
What is this dream item? Wellllll….. okay, I’ll tell you, just realize this is in the dreaming with no idea how to pull it off still: Stuffed Bergamots. Yes, Actually, I want to do stuffed doggies, same with Hawthorne (you’ll meet him later) It’d be really fun to do stuffed versions of Brother Finn, Reimar and other characters…. or… something else! HAH! But that’s even more blue sky thinking so I’ll keep that in the cooler till it’s ready to start prepping.
So that’s the news right now. Hope to give a hard date on the release soon.