The one question that is resounding in my Inbox right now, "When will Predation be out?" Word has spread and several sci-fi fans are urging me to get it out ASAP. That's my reward for setting up a Contact Form on sjparkinson.com :-}
I am happy to say it should be out in early August. Predation has finished editing (Thank you Rosemary and Lynn) and just went for the second (and last) proof read. Once I get it back, add three or four days for formatting and then it will be out. The comments I am getting back so far have been very encouraging.
I am enlisting Predation in KDP Select as a test. So it will be available exclusively on Amazon in mobi format for the first three months, but I shall be producing paperbacks as well. Expect those by September. After KDP, it shall be available via Nook, Kobo and Barnes & Noble in other ebook formats. Other markets are pending.
In other news, Legionnaire: Book Two is almost done. I suspect I have forty pages to go before I complete it. I have been burning the midnight oil for that and hope to get it finished before the late hours catch up to me. As of now, my target date for Book Two is December 2012. That is so I can review it several times and get the cover art done without feeling rushed. Then off to the editors. Once I get the cover art completed, I shall release the title and jacket description. Then I shall take a whack at Legionnaire: Book Three. I cannot even think of setting a date on that project yet.
Finally, I recently read an interesting book and have been inspired for a fourth Legionnaire book. A generic outline has been completed and I think it is a viable project / story. No details yet and the schedule for that book is "when it is done". I have to do a lot of research and have two other books to finish before that happens.
The more I write, the more I am inspired to write more. I should have started this journey much sooner. As always, I appreciate your comments, feedback and support.
First proofread on Legionnaire: Mask has been completed! As I spent a lot of time and three manuscript revisions with my editor, the proofread was a painless exercise with only minor things being picked up. I was able to work through the issues over the weekend. I did discover a couple of minor errors in the story which I took the opportunity to correct. Nothing major, but I had to make sure the place names I used in Legionnaire: Mask matched the ones I am writing in Legionnaire: Book two. :)
A second proof is scheduled and after that I can contact the book formatter to put it into the acceptable formats for Kindle, Smashwords and CreateSpace even though I will stick with Kindle exclusively for the first three months. The CreateSpace conversion will only be used if I decide to offer actual soft cover books via Amazon. I may do this at some point in the future as a few people still prefer the feel of a book and my Father for instance has no Kindle.
Bottom line is: The June estimate for publication of Legionnaire: Mask is still looking good.
Predation is still in first edit. It is taking additional time as it was well over 500 pages when I submitted it. If I can get through that edit as efficiently as Legionnaire: Mask then August is looking good for publication.
Legionnaire: Book two writing is progressing, but a lot slower than I would like. I have decided on a title, but will not be advertising it until I get the cover art done and get at least 3/4 of the way through the writing. I hit the hundred page mark a few days ago which felt like I had accomplished something. Four hundred more to go!