Success! The first book in my upper middle grade kids' series has been picked up by indie publisher Black Rose Writing and will be released in the summer of 2019! Besides finalizing the manuscript, I'm currently delving into pre-publication marketing ideas and other things I haven't had the pleasure to experience. For now, I'm starting small, with a worldwide book tour of 4,298 cities, an internationally-televised book reading with a backup jazz band, and a diplomatic mission to Mars. After that, I'm getting really serious. Stay tuned!
So I'm currently submitting a kids' book series to publishers and agents. While waiting on responses, I'm doing what most writing-advice places recommend against: continuing to write an entire series when the first book hasn't been picked up yet. But the way I see it, to tell the entire story correctly requires several books, and to stop after the first one would feel incomplete. So I'm forging ahead and am now exactly halfway through the five-book series. Whether it's published or not, I still need to tell it, and it's been a lot of fun. If no publishers pick it up, I'll consider releasing it indie. But this might explain the delay since my last book release. Aside from returning to school and beginning a new career (day job, I mean), I've been working on several books at once. All while playing the waiting game. The life of a writer. It's a glorious thing.
Well, life threw a curve ball since the release of Edentown in the form of wanting to switch day jobs, so I've gone back to school to pursue a degree in medical imaging. This should wrap up in June of 2016. Writing-wise, this translates to a dramatic loss of time and a delay in published novels. In the meantime, though, I'm switching genres a bit, into middle grade fiction. I'll release more details as the plan comes along. It's different than any project I've been involved with, but I have to admit, it's a great book for kids (and grown-ups too). On the personal side, it also makes me feel like I'm still involved in writing despite being covered up with homework. Everybody wins! More details soon. Cheers.