Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Book plans - an update
As most of you probably know, I've been working on a print edition of 'Take The Star Road'. It was delayed for a few days by computer problems, but I hope to receive the proof copy of the book from CreateSpace by the end of this week. If it's acceptable, it'll be released for sale next week.
Book 2 of the Maxwell Saga, 'Ride The Rising Tide', is still on track for release in mid-July. The print edition may be delayed a week or two, but the e-book should be out on July 15th. I hope to release both of them simultaneously, if I can get all my ducks in a row by then. Unfortunately, when one's doing everything oneself - writing, editing, changing, formatting, cover image selection, working with Oleg to finalize the cover, go through Amazon's Kindle and CreateSpace procedures to upload everything and prepare the final editions, and all that - it's pretty time-consuming. I'll do my best.
Probably in mid-September, I'll be releasing a non-fiction book about my experience of prison chaplaincy. I wrote it some years ago, and left it on the back burner until I felt confident enough in my writing to upgrade it and release it for publication. The time has now come, I think, so I'm busy revising it. Very few people today understand what really goes on behind the walls of a high-security penitentiary. They get their information from Hollywood (The Longest Yard, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) or television (Oz, Prison Break), none of which are particularly authentic or realistic. I think there's room for an accurate, unvarnished, factual presentation of life behind bars, and what it means to try to help those who find themselves incarcerated there. I'm going to do my best to provide it.
While all these other projects are on the go, I'm trying to devote time to Book 3 of the Maxwell Saga, which is so far unnamed. I hope to have it ready for publication by November 15th, but that may slip into early December, with everything else I've got on my plate.
So, if all goes well and I don't collapse, by Christmas I hope to have three novels and a non-fiction memoir available for sale. I hope you enjoy them!