Posted in Elantra, Shane Rebenschied, Mira.

Many of you have already seen the cover for Cast in Deception in the wild. The artist is, once again, the amazing Shane Rebenschied; the art director is the equally talented Kathleen Oudit. This is the full cover, with back blurb: *** In the good news department: Mira is re-issuing Cast in Shadow and Cast in Courtlight, to coincide with the release of Cast in Deception. They’ll be in trade paperback, with slightly updated covers (fonts, name placement, things like that). *** I have finished page proofs; I haven’t finished the book review column–but I find reading and thinking about books far, far less disruptive to writing than copy-edits or page proofs. Some writers can do both – write first, revise, … Continue reading 

Posted in writing.

When I first started working with an alpha reader, I was a bit nervous, because he read every chapter as it was written (and still does), and it meant he would see the rough edges and the bits and pieces of incompetence that is raw first draft. I was afraid that, because he loved these books and got them, he would become disillusioned because I was not infallible or genius or whatever. I was just me. This did not happen. He approached process as an edifice that had already allowed me to produce novels that he loved, and he was aware that he did not know what that process, ultimately, was – but he absolutely trusted it. He was, however, … Continue reading 

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Well. The best laid plans, as they say. But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promised joy. — Robert Burns Having finished War, I sat down to revise it. And that lasted five days before Cast in Deception returned to me, in the form of an edit letter. My new editor, Lauren Smulski (waving in Lauren’s direction) has been promoted. Unfortunately for me, she’s been promoted to the HLQ Teen line–where most of her current authors are being published. She’ll be great, and a great fit for Teen–but I’m staying with Mira. This means, … Continue reading 

Posted in Books, Cast, DAW, Elantra, Essalieyan, writing.

I had really hoped to be able to write this yesterday, because I could then tell myself it was still July. But, it’s not July, it’s the beginning of August. When I went to Australia, War was at 340k words. I thought it would be 30k words to the end. Where in this case, thought probably means “prayed”. This is not, as you know from the last blog post, what happened. Today, I have typed the figurative “THE END” on War. It is, as it currently stands, 430k words. This is too long. Not necessarily for readers, but my poor, poor editor. And publisher. So while I have typed “THE END”, my part in that book is not yet over. … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, writing.

Well. I wrote over 30,000 words while in Australia, and War is not yet finished. There was much teeth gnashing and hair pulling and I am back in Toronto, still working on War. This means: I have not yet finished the (two) short stories that I have booked from the pixel project fundraiser, either =/. War had ‘two chapters plus epilogue to go’ when I landed in Brisbane. And… it still has two chapters plus epilogue to go, even with the addition of two and a half chapters. Alpha reader thinks that West readers will actually like the book, as written, which is a bonus, because the book isn’t finished yet. Ahem. I promise I have been writing, and will … Continue reading