First: Battle has been turned in to my editor at DAW. It is not finished in the sense that it is now a book — she’ll read it, and she’ll make notes of the things that don’t work or are not clear enough, and I’ll do a revision pass to correct the things I can address.
After which, it will go out to a copy-editor and from there, to production, which will then print out galley pages, which come back to me. This makes me cry (and I apologize in advance because I know I whine a bit on twitter when I am proof-reading). There is nothing worse than reading your own books looking only for your mistakes, typos, etc. All of the good things become invisible: you’re left with the sense that you have Failed Everything.
Not all writers do this. Violette Malan, on twitter, posted a “yay! Galley pages!” because their arrival means it’s a Real Book. Yes, I sent a tweet in response possibly questioning her sanity, but we’ve known each other as DAW siblings for a number of years, so I have hopes she’ll forgive me.
Second: the third iteration of Touch is, to my mind, a working book. It’s not a finished working book, but it is much closer than it was. I have been working on Touch in parallel to Battle, and when I finish Touch, will return to Cast in Sorrow.
I will also start the next House War book, which is tentatively titled: War.
Third: Some time ago, I self-published all of the West-related short stories as ebooks. This was because they’re almost all unavailable in any other format. I promised that I would do a print on demand version of the six stories in one collection, and I am now waiting on proof copies of that. The title is: Memory of Stone and Other Stories. The printing is done through Lulu.com, because: print-on-demand. I’m reasonably confident, unless something went wrong with the uploads, that I will, sometime next week, have a finished book that will not embarrass me in public.
This is because I did not do the typesetting or the cover-design myself. If I had done the former, it would look like an MS word document, but printed; if I had done the latter…well, crayon drawings from your five year olds would probably have better design sense.
I’m sorry this has taken so long, and is not quite finished — but for people who are print-only readers, I should have something to report by next week. I am literally only waiting on the proof copies to check to make sure that the printing of the file worked correctly.
Fourth: I have been posting on my LiveJournal account in the past couple of months. I use LiveJournal to talk about the non-book related things that occur to me, because sometimes readers don’t care about anything but the books.
I’m like this. I will visit an author web-site to find out about when the Next Book is expected, but I don’t actually want to read through — for an example entirely specific to me — 52 knitting posts. I’ve tried knitting. New stitches magically appear when I’m trying to knit a scarf. I’m also not a foodie. My cooking skills are laughably basic. Reading about gourmet cooking therefore makes my eyes glaze.
I assume that people are like me — but without my various interests. So: I post about writing, about my books and bits and pieces related to them in the various stages of their publishing life, and I answer questions about them here.
I post on LJ about the things that are not book-related but are of interest to me. Several of my LJ readers have probably never read a book by me in their life — they’re reading those posts because the posts are interesting to them, and they also probably don’t want to be interrupted with publishing information about books they don’t care about.