First of all: Happy New Year! Hope you’ve had a wonderful 2016 so far.
I know I’m a little late with the season’s greetings, but it’s for a good reason. I’ve been writing a lot lately - so much, in fact, that I managed to finish half of the first draft for Ayers in just six days and am looking to have the entire thing done by the end of January. Meanwhile, I've been busy finishing the outlines for the rest of the Mind Malignancy series.
Before I forget, Amazon now has a special page dedicated to the series, so check it out:
Anyway, one of my “resolutions” for 2016 (for lack of a better term) is to significantly increase my writing speed and stamina so that I can publish at least three novels this year. In the end, it’s about being able to work more efficiently and tell a greater number of stories. Speaking of working more efficiently:
I am happy to announce that I’ve started collaborating with an editor, who will proofread the manuscripts in the final stage before publication and make sure they are polished and error-free. Her job is to seek out any errors that could get distracting to readers, like typos, misuse of grammar tense and all sorts of other little inconsistencies that inevitably escape even the watchful eye of my beta-readers (not to mention my own). In truth, as anyone who has ever put words on paper will tell you: after a certain point, no matter how hard you try, you - the author - are simply unable to detect certain mistakes. Your exhausted mind knows what’s supposed to be there and just “fills in the blanks”, hoping to stave off your body’s complete collapse.
Having the help of a professional editor to proofread the manuscript before publishing not only ensure that I put out a better, more polished product, but also helps me save a lot of time I would have otherwise spent obsessively looking over the manuscript for the ninth hundredth time (because that’s my nature). I can now use this time to work on the next book.
That being said, I’d like to welcome the lovely Dj Hendrickson to the Andrei Cherascu publishing team, which consists of myself and Picky (pictured wearing a funny Christmas hat right below this article). Dj has done splendid work on the manuscripts for Mindguard and The Vintages, which I've re-uploaded to Amazon earlier this month.
There are no modifications to the actual story, dialogue or any other creative aspects, just a general smoothing out of language and grammar and making sure there are no distracting elements like typos, misplaced punctuation marks and other similar issues. You can get the newly edited versions of the books by updating the content through the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on Amazon.
If you run into any trouble, you can e-mail KDP support and ask them to push the new version of the manuscript.
Also, if you find yourselves in need of an editor, I highly recommend Dj’s work. Here’s what I wrote in a testimonial for her website:
Dj edited my scifi novels, skillfully navigating the alien terrain, removing all traces of “human error”. I’m not entirely convinced she isn’t a time-traveling Editbot from a future where linguistic errors have been declared illegal by a global grammar police.
Also, she met the deadline in spite of having to undergo an unforeseen surgery, getting the manuscript back to me in excellent shape literally a half hour before going under the knife. Badass! Dj will be handling all my books going forward for as long as she is interested.
You can reach her through her website:
Meanwhile, with my daily word count increasing, I’m hoping to publish Ayers sometime this spring (probably in April) and then immediately start work on the sequel to The Vintages, whose working title so far is The Weixman Paradox (but it will probably change by the time of its scheduled release in October 2016).
Afterwards, I’ll start work on the final chapter in the series. I've finished outlining all of the Mindguard-related books and can’t wait to share the stories with you. I think the finale will come as a great surprise to the readers, and I can’t wait to hear your reactions.
I also have an unrelated novel planned, which I will either write simultaneously or after I've “freed” myself of the Mind Malignancy, depending on how the writing goes in the next few months. For now, the plan is to release it as a six-part monthly series. We’ll see how that works out.
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In closing, as promised, the picture of Picky dressed up as Santa Clause: