This was an amazing year, full of challenges. I published my first three novels in a whirlwind of eagerness, and finished my fourth. I learned my lesson about moving ahead too fast, though, so I will be holding off on publishing the fourth novel until my editors have a chance to look it over in more detail. I am aiming for a release date in March, but we’ll see how their schedules work out. In the meantime, I am working on upgrading Sunrise and Moonlight to improved second editions.
After redoing all the formatting of the 2nd print edition of Sunset, the finished proof looks great, but it’s significantly longer than the original book. Although the new edition is somewhat shorter in actual length, the formatting choices I used make the book another 50 pages thicker, topping out at 502 pages. I don’t want to tinker with it at this point, because I’m afraid I’ll mess up the cover alignment, so I’ll probably go with this version. If I choose the wider distribution option, however, the cost of the book skyrockets due to the increased length. In order to offer it for sale at a reasonable price, I will be restricting the sale of the print edition to Createspace and Amazon. It should be available January 1st.
For similar reasons, I have decided to discontinue the sale of the print editions of the two novellas, due to the relatively prohibitive cost of producing such short books. In their place, I will be producing a single combined edition, which is a more reasonable buy at 174 pages.
The third novella, The Red Wind, is turning out to be more complex than I envisioned, so I am putting that project on hold until I can decide whether it would work better as an entirely new novel in the series.
And that’s all my news in a nutshell.
Thank you for your support, and I look forward to 2012.