So a couple of really cool things happened this week. Most of which actually happened today, but were products of efforts leading up to today.
First – Steve Umstead, the talented author of Gabriel’s Redemption (of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy), unveiled the cover of his upcoming sequel, Gabriel’s Return, on his blog. Why is this exciting for me? I was fortunate enough to do the art for the cover! It was a really fun and enjoyable experience for me. It was amazing to get descriptions straight from Steve’s unreleased works, and collaborate with him on ideas. Showing him the early WIPs of the ship’s rough out, all the way through the final product. I learned so much while doing this cover. Not only did I learn more on the artistic side of the process, but also established a solid pipeline for my future covers that will help allow me to churn out my work faster and at a higher quality. You can see Steve’s post about it over at his blog, or check out the pic below.
Second – I hit a milestone tonight on my upcoming book. I have completed the story outline! This was entirely new to me. I’ve tried to do an outline before but I made it so detailed and limiting that it ended up choking the story as I wrote it. I tried a different approach and tried to keep things as loose as I could while writing it. Which is tough because sometimes I just want to write down every detail in my head I had imagined for that scene, but I try to trust myself that I’ll remember those details, or have something better when it comes time to actually write the words.
This was even tougher to decide to do because I was already 11k words into the story when I decided it had enough content for a novel (was aiming for a novella originally) and realized I needed an outline to tie this all together. I actually liked what I had written so far (to some extent) and decided to work it into the story so the loss of work was minimal, but I plan on re-writing most of it, and just keep the elements I liked.
This is pretty big for me. I really want to release this by the end of summer, ideally before August, but I’m trying to be realistic about it. It’s my first stab at a novel, and first stab at sci-fi. So it should be quite the ride.
Lastly – Loose Ends has been continuing to sell a bit each day. I’m actually quite excited with the sales thus far (I’ll release that after the first full month is finished) and more importantly than sales, it is receiving very nice 4 and 5 star reviews! Having received two five star reviews in just the past 3 days! I am thrilled with the positive reactions I am receiving from those that have purchased it. The funny thing is I told myself that I was probably not going to write a sequel to it unless I had demand for it; well there’s been the demand. So expect a follow up sometime later this year.
You can pick up Loose Ends (a thriller novella) at one of the fine links below: