So, I DID submit Book 2 to the publisher, and had a couple of days to look at Book 3. The first half is pretty solid, and the second half is a strong skeleton (with a fair amount of flesh). It would be good to have it finished by the end of the month. Maybe… 🙂
Spent the week on a deadline, listening to the audiobook for Bursts of Fire (Book 1) and making notes for corrections. Was SOOO cool to hear the book read aloud by a professional actor–and she IS super-professional. In 110,000 words, I found 2 mispronunciations and 6 errors. I think that is phenomenal. It was also a good review, as I am doing final proofing edits on Book 2 (which I’ll submit today, I think) and working on Book 3 (which is at finished-first-draft stage) this week, so the entire first half of the series is right in my head.
Had a wonderful family backpacking trip into the mountains this weekend, and managed to also capture some video for a book trailer video that will be out, possibly next summer, about me as an author/adventurer. Had a ton of fun. All the adults were amazed at how well the kids did–kept right on walking, carried their backpacks, and had a great time. Walking out the next day in the rain was less fun, but no complaints!
Spent the week editing Book 2–just a few commas, and so forth, but I wanted to read the whole thing through one last time to be sure it was as smooth as possible. In to the editor today!
Laksa Media is phenomenal at re-inventing the book launch. Rather than having a traditional reading, we shared the first 4 book videos and collected feedback on what worked and how we could improve. There were forms for people to fill out, if they so chose, and we got lots of helpful comments. An hour was too short to cover everything we wanted to do, but we had a good turnout–about 90 people.