I have so much news to share. Some of it's good news and some of it's bad news, and I'm really hoping you and LT3 will forgive me for the bad news. Let me get all of the bad out of the way first.
I am a very, very bad author. I struggled so much with the edits for The Coup and the Prince. It was ridiculous considering how short the story is, but for some reason those damned edits just wouldn't go. I finally got them back to LT3, but I was beyond late. There is no way Coup will be released on time and it's all my fault. I'll let you know what LT3 decides to do about it, but for the interim I will continue to wallow in misery for my incompetence.
The next bit of bad news is that the audio book for Supernatural Consultant: Volume Two will be delayed indefinitely. I know some of you had expressed interest in Volume Two, which is why I reached out to LT3 about it. Sales for Volume One just weren't high enough to justify putting Volume Two into audio. LT3 is still interested in doing it, but it's been pushed back to the bottom of the to-do list. The second that changes I'll let you all know.
The last bit of bad news is Paint, Guns, Money, & Love is out of print. It wasn't selling well and it wasn't my best work, so it was decided to let it go. I have a feeling it won't be missed, but I'm still sad it's gone.
And now, finally, on to the good news!
The response for Ground of Insurrection has been phenomenal. I haven't seen a single negative review! A few bits of constructive criticism, but overall everyone has really enjoyed it. Reading all those wonderful reviews really lifted my spirits when I needed it most, so thank you to everyone that read and reviewed.
The Coup and the Prince is available for pre-order at LT3 for a 15% discount. You can get your copy reserved today: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books...
I have been working on Ge-Mi. No, part two hasn't grown, but I finally started organizing book two. Each book in this series will be split into two parts and Di-Na, the second book in the series, not only has a name, but it has its two main characters. I hope you'll love Kay and Sierra as much as Taylor and Nevada. Now that I've gotten all of that figured out, I'm really hoping to return to finishing Ge-Mi: Part Two. Feel free to check out the summaries and such on my current projects page.
I have seen the first draft covers for The Coup and the Prince and for Heartbeat and they are perfect. I'm really looking forward to sharing the final versions with all of you, so check back for a cover reveal post soon!
All I have left on my to-do list this weekend are the edits for If A Butterfly Don't Fly. I put them off while I was figuring out Coup. I'm hoping because this is the second round, the edits will be easy. We'll see, but I'm going to start working on them as soon as I finish giving The Sentinel's Prophesy one last check. I am going to get Prophesy submitted to LT3 today.
And that's it for all my news. I'll keep you all appraised as I learn more and I'm hoping next time it will be all good news.
One of the things I started doing in 2014 was posting my monthly goals. It's worked really well, so I figured I might try doing the same thing for the entire year. Here is how I did in 2014. Look for my 2015 goals to come out in a few days!
Books Ready for Release:
Except for the fact that I'm not at all... Edits are cruel, cruel taskmasters and for some very strange reason I can't get the edits for Road to Home done. It's only twenty pages--if you remember I mentioned that there were so many issues the editor sent it back to me to fix before she continued on to the rest of the story--yet it's acting like it's one hundred twenty. Every time I feel like I've made progress I reach another hiccup that takes days to wade through. After which I feel excited that I've made progress, which only spins me back to the new hiccup. It's a never-ending cycle of doom and it's infuriating! I should have had Road to Home back to LT3 weeks ago and I haven't been able to come through.
I really am close this time. I think. I only have six more pages to go and I've already gone through them once. I can do it! Until the next damned hiccup appears, at least.
I do have progress to report elsewhere:
Lynden Leaves will have a new title in just three days! I do admit I have already picked the one I like best out of all the wonderful submissions to my contest, but there's still time for one I like even more to appear. Once I have the title I'll go through the story again for any last minute edits and have it submitted before the call closes on July 1st. It's always nice to feel like I accomplished something!
I have the edits for Heartbeat, my story for LT3's Satisfaction Guaranteed anthology call. I've glanced through them quickly and I'm happy to say that there doesn't appear to be any major rewrites or plot issues. There's definitely work to be done, but nothing near the scale of Road to Home. I'm saving these edits for after Road to Home is back with an editor, but I'm definitely looking forward to edits that don't fight me every step of the way.
I can't forget to mention that Paint, Guns, Money, and Love is coming out on June 4th, which is less than a week from now! The final chapter is up on LT3's serial page at the moment. What I don't understand is how the two people that negatively rated the story on Goodreads months ago had read enough of the story to downgrade it so heavily. The story hadn't even reached midway on LT3's serial release and they apparently already hated it. They weren't even kind enough to leave a review as to why! I hope everyone else has been enjoying it!
Speaking of feeling accomplished, Magnified is now the longest original fiction story I have ever written! It's currently at 46k and I haven't even reached the midpoint! I suspect it will take a long time to finish, but the journey has certainly been exciting so far. I'm still diligently working on all my stories and hope to have something from The Oracle Series ready to submit next.
Now that I've gotten that out of my system, I should probably stop procrastinating and get back to Road to Home. I will have the edits done before June! I can do it! And, yes, the pompoms might be necessary in this case.
December 28, 2020
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Mell Eight is an author writing with NSP. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.