BK2 just got real(er)

Just signed the contract with my editor to deliver BK2 on Jan 2, 2018. And then I scheduled delivery of my revised BK2 manuscript for April 26.

For some reason I’m more nervous about committing to that second date than the first. Maybe it’s because I know how much effort went into the BK1 revisions.

My editor’s also offered me a new service — it’s an iterative process designed to identify and resolve manuscript issues (plot, theme, characters, etc.) prior to my delivery of the first manuscript. I’m thinking it’ll help especially since I’m trying to move from “pants-ing” to outlining.

In other news:

  • Just got back from a cool vacation — an Alaskan cruise. The image above is a photo I took of the main glacier in Glacier Bay. Pretty damn incredible. Mountains, glaciers, fjords, open water, temperate rain forest — all excellent fodder for my books.
  • I have a handful of pre-orders. I wasn’t expecting any, so it’s cool to see folks interested.
  • My Amazon ad campaign is hilarious — 2,200 impressions and 4 clicks. I’m pretty sure that’s terrible. But, I’m only running it to see what happens b/c I have no idea what I’m doing. I need some kinda baseline.
  • My cover artist is awesome. Way back in February he said he’d do my print cover once I got him the necessary copy. I dropped the ball b/c reasons. I emailed him before I left for vacation & he said yep, offer stands, so I should have my print cover this week or next. Then I upload that sucker to Createspace and figure that thing out.
  • I’ve been very slightly tweaking my BK1 manuscript over the past couple weeks. I’m not making major edits, just correcting a few things here and there and trying to read it for consistency & continuity.

Once I get through BK1 and have all the pieces in place and finalized, I’ll officially launch the book and put it out of mind.

Gotta focus on BK2 to meet those deadlines.

Pre-order is live!

So, yeah, it’s very weird to see my book up on Amazon.

The Sept 26 date is just to give me plenty of time to completely finalize the book. I’ll release it at the beginning of August.

I put the preorder up for a few reasons:

  • I’m on vacation for the next 10ish days so I figured why not. And where I’m going I won’t have much Internet access so I won’t be able to obsessively check it. Which is good b/c there’s unlikely to be many preorders.
  • Any preorders that do roll in can help the “also boughts” populate in advance of the actual launch.
  • Get me used to the idea of BK1 being done. There’s a certain comfort in saying “it’s almost ready” versus “you can buy it now” — and then waiting to be damned with faint praise. Or awful reviews =D

In launching now I’m also ignoring advice I’ve gleaned by listening to multiple author-focused podcasts: Launch a full series all at once or one book right after the other, spaced out by about three weeks in between.

I’m ignoring that advice b/c I don’t have a full series (yet!) and it’ll take another two years to write & publish the next two books — assuming all goes as planned. I also need feedback from the market. Do most readers like the book? What can I improve? What can I do more of? What might I want to do less of?

Regardless of how this book does or what’s said about it (if anything), my best course is to keep on writing. So, onward!