Monday, January 30, 2017

"On The Clock" with Age of Swords


I'm rarely under "deadline" pressure, mostly because I write all the books of a series before publishing the first. Still, even with that process, there are times when I'm "on the clock."


That's a picture of my new clock, custom made for the cabin. I needed to "white out" the address, because I'd have a thousand people camping out on the deck waiting for the next book. Well, okay, maybe not, but it doesn't seem to be a great idea to post one's address online. Anyway, that picture, and the one that follows are the first public glimpses of the cabin that Robin has spent so much time on. My writing oasis.

But I digress. We were talking about deadlines. Anyway, I have four more days until my new desk arrives, and when it does, I'll be locking myself away. You see, recently I've been building stairs, installing door knobs, building furniture, hanging mirrors and doing all manner of final work on the cabin. This means I've not been writing, and I can already feel my skin crawl and the DT's are hitting hard.

Anyway, while I've been working on the cabin, Robin has been busy going over the copy edits that have come in for Age of Swords. She's done a great job of pulling together my changes and edits from Linda (our favorite freelance copy editor) and Laura (Del Rey).  Yesterday, I finished addressing the things she needed me to implement, so it's time for the "final read." That's what I was doing last night, and what I was working on until I started making this post. Really I was!  And here is my proof.



Yes, that's a selfie, and no the look on my face doesn't indicate displeasure. I'm just concentrating.  I'm finding very little that has to be changed, and every now and then I shoot a question up to Robin, who's currently sitting in the loft above me doing her own final read. Come Monday, the book returns to Del Rey for layout and there will be no more changes. That means everything has to be perfect.  Well, it's my book so maybe "good enough" is a better description.  Still, I'm really pleased with how the book has come out and I hope you will be too.  Pre-orders are up.  Release date is 6/20/2017!

7 comments:

  1. Hi, Michael!

    I had a quick question. Can we preorder directly from you or should we go through a retailer?

    Love your books!

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  2. You will be able to pre-order from me. I don't have the site up yet because I have no way to "save" credit card information and I don't want to take money from people 5 1/2 months before the book is available for sale. But as we get closer, I'll go live with a process that way people can get the books signed, and I make a bit more money than I do when bought through the retailer.

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  3. So happy to see that release date! My Birthday is June 22nd. Happy Birthday to me!

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