Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I'm very happy to report that 'Rocky Mountain Retribution', the second volume in the Ames Archives and sequel to my first Western novel, 'Brings The Lightning', has been submitted to my publishers, Castalia House, for editing. I finished it on Sunday, as promised. I spent yesterday and early this morning doing a quick read-through and edit, to catch the most egregious problems, and writing an Author's Note (as I did in the first volume) to explain some of the historical quirks that I mention in the text.
The manuscript will now go to several alpha readers here in the USA, while Castalia is editing it from their side. I'll do a 'binge edit' as soon as all the responses are in, probably in late March or early April, and I hope the book will be published in e-book format by early May. Print and audio editions will follow as soon as Castalia can produce them.
It's been a lot of fun writing this book. It incorporates trips to Colorado and New Mexico, a lot of research in history books and contemporary accounts of the Old West in those states, and a great deal of hard work. I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing your reaction to it in due course.
I've now got a couple of weeks' hard work scheduled around the house (my wife has a long 'Honey Do' list waiting for me!), as well as administrative work like preparing for tax day in April. After that, it's hi-ho for my first fantasy novel, which you chose last year. It's already close to half-written, so I hope to have it ready for publication in May as well. It'll be fun to launch two books in the same month!