Friday, May 19, 2017

Schedule for Riyria Chronicle #4



So, yesterday I finished writing The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Book 4: The Riyria Chronicles). But that still means it's far, far from done.  Here is the schedule I'm going to try to stick to in order to get the book from "written" to "released."
  • May 18, 2017 – Finished first-draft start re-reading & editing
  • May 25, 2017 – Book will go to Robin for alpha reading
  • June 4, 2017 - I'll incorporate alpha reader feedback
  • June 25, 2017 – Robin will copy & line edit in preparation for beta read
  • July 2, 2017 – I'll re-read book with Robin's changes and tweak as necessary
  • July 11, 2017 – Beta reading begins
  • August 27, 2017 – Beta reading ends
  • September 4, 2017 – Beta feedback incorporated and professional copy editing begins
  • October 4, 2017 – Copy editing ends - begin re-read and accept/reject copyedits
  • October 15, 2017 – Final manuscript done
  • October 16, 2017 – Audio book recording begins
  • October 23,2017 – ebook and print layout begins
  • October 30, 2017 – proofing of pre-press files
  • November 23, 2017 – books printed and shipped
  • December 5, 2017 – on sale date, pre-orders shipped
This is, of course, a tentative schedule, but we need something to be working toward so people can plan appropriately. Marc Simonetti has already started on the cover design (part of which you can see above). And Tim Gerard Reynolds and the studio are already booked for the dates listed above. If you are excited about the book here are some links that may interest you.
If you think you might want to be a beta reader, you need to read this "Primer" first as it explains how the beta is conducted and what will be expected of you. 

In any case, still a lot to get done in a short amount of time, but I think the novel is in good shape so hopefully everything will come together quickly.

18 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! I just signed up to be a beta reader. It's amazing you can do the first editing pass in just one week. That's the one that usually takes me the longest.

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    1. I edit as I write. Usually spend the first part of each day going over what I wrote the day before. So, when I'm done with the first draft the novel is about 98% of the way to what it will be - from a story perspective at least. There is always much copy editing and line editing to do, and little tweaks here and there from the beta and alpha reader, but it's usually pretty close to being done.

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  2. I wonder will you ever write about the future Royce is gonna face ruling the elves?

    I mean it would make a rather intriguing story to read

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    1. We'll see. A lot of people want it, and I have some other "background" information I want to finish first. But maybe after the series I'm writing now.

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  3. So excited to know there's going to be a 4th chronicle!!! Just finished The Death of Dulgath minutes ago so I'm very happy to see this post! Don't stop, Michael! :)

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  4. Thank you!!! We have waited for this one!! I voted it #1 on my want to read on Goodreads.

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    1. Wonderful. Thanks for the support and the excitement.

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  5. I cannot wait to get my Ryiria loving hands on the next book!

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  6. "Then I read Tolkien's..." isn't that always how it begins! Just discovered Riyria and am in bliss. Loved the author even before I read the interview. Love the books and will know the desolate feeling when I've read the last one. Keep writing Mr. Sullivan!

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    1. I'll do my best. Actually, it's not hard at all, writing is my favorite thing to do.

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  7. Great. Looking forward to the next book. In the meantime, I will be purchasing Age of Swords next week.

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  8. I am really looking forward to reading this next Riyria tale! I am super excited about Age of Swords coming out next week, when is the kickstarter for the Riyria tale likely to be?

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    1. Thanks! We are hoping for an October launch of the Kickstarter.

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  9. So, no kickstarter this time around? Will it be direct sales from here?
    I am asking because I'll probably be doing a post on my wordpress blog letting others know when it becomes available to order.

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    1. Yep, there will be a Kickstarter...and direct sales. And yeah, I'd love for you to cross post on your blog when it launches.

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