So close … we’re so close to the release of my third novel, the final book in the II AM Trilogy, The Children of the Sun. Are you excited? I’m excited! I can’t wait to see how people react to this one. I think they’re going to like it a lot. November 12th, on all eBook platforms and in print. Let’s do this thing!
The Broken God Machine
After shopping TBGM around for a while, I decided that it wasn’t quite “there” and that it was time to do something I’ve never done before: hire a professional editing agency to do a full content edit, where they go through the entire book and give suggestions for changes to the plot and structure that can improve flow and make the book more sellable. I should be receiving the document any day now. Very curious to see what it says.
After that? I’ll be making the suggested changes, and then it’s back to querying for a few months. If there aren’t any bites at that point, then I will engage an editor and cover artist, and begin prepping the book for a September 2013 release. I’m confident that it’s a good book and that my fans will enjoy it, even if it doesn’t work for agents and editors (after all — neither did The Blood That Bonds!).
I had intended on starting a new novel in October and even did some writing on it, but prep on The Children of the Sun has ended up taking precedence. That’s OK! The result is that I’ll be starting over and participating in National Novel Writing Month this November, as I did in 2008 (The Broken God Machine) and 2010 (Monster Hunters). The book I’ll be writing is a revenge thriller with noir-ish overtones set in the flooded borough of Brooklyn in 2058. I think it’s going to be fun. Should be 90-120k words long, so longer than TBTB but shorter than Blood Hunt, and is a stand-alone book, not a part of a series. More info soon!
Additionally, I’m strongly thinking about cleaning up the first draft of Monster Hunters and sending it out to my advance readers for feedback. I recently re-read it and while it has a lot of structural flaws right now, dammit … it’s fun! I think there’s real potential there for a five-book series of young adult novels, and I don’t want to leave it sitting around.
That’s about all for now. There will be lots of news coming in the next few weeks as I finish up TCotS and get it out the door. Stay tuned!