Archive for May, 2008

Orphan’s Alliance

May 25, 2008

For all of you who have been clamoring (Don’t take that wrong-Orbit and I are flattered) for information about the next (fourth) book in the Jason Wander series, Orphan’s Alliance, here’s the cover.  The “November, 2008” release date has been moved up, minutely, to October 28, 2008. 

Orphan’s Alliance can be pre-ordered from Amazon, now, for delivery when it’s released.  Meantime, the first chapter of Orphan’s Alliance actually is included at the back of Orphan’s Journey, in case you hadn’t noticed. 


How to complete a New-York-published novel

May 14, 2008

One of my favorite people, famous Hollywood agent turned famous novelist Maggie Marr told me, when we were both unpublished and she went by Margaret, “There’s published, and there’s New York published.  We want to be New York published.”  And, only a few million words and a few zillion rejections later, we are.

A fan who was doing an English paper about Orphan’s Journey asked me how long it would take to “complete” the next Jason Wander book, Orphan’s Alliance, which Orbit will release in November, 2008.  My answer may be of interest to someone who also wants to be New-York-published.  Here it is:

When will Orphan’s Alliance be complete?  Not such a simple question.
It took me about six months to complete the manuscript for Orphan’s Alliance.  But there is no good writing, there is only good rewriting.  This is as true of English papers as of novels, by the way. 
So “completing” a manuscript isn’t “completing” the book you will see on store shelves.  I turned my manuscript in to my editor in New York on 1/1/08.  She and an assistant editor sent me back comments and proposed changes 1/31/08.  I rewrote some things, then sent the new version back to New York on 2/21/08.  Next a “copy editor” reviewed the revised manuscript for grammar, and for stuff like on page 2 this character has red hair and on page 200 he has brown hair.  She sent it to me again to decide which of those changes I would accept.  I returned the Copy Edited Manuscript 4/24/08.  While all of this was going on, I also submitted the first few pages of the next book, which will appear at the end of Alliance as a “teaser.”  And the publisher sent me the Orphan’s Alliance cover art and cover copy for comment (comment: the cover looks wicked cool). 
Soon I will receive yet another version, the typeset pages, called “first pass pages,” to review one last time for errors.  In a prior book, I noticed that the first pass somehow left out two lines on page 12.  Without them the rest of the book would have made no sense.  This version will also be bound as a small printing of Advance Reading Copies, also called “galleys,” that will be distributed early to reviewers at newspapers, at the SciFi Channel, and so forth.
Then, the first run of the books will be printed and shipped to booksellers in the US and the British Commonwealth countries.  On November 1, 2008, eleven months after it was “completed,” the book will go on sale in stores and for download in various ebook formats.



Write-in Candidate Steals Election!

May 2, 2008

Well, not exactly.  But the votes have been counted, and a clear favorite emerged between the Jason Wander series’ “retro red” original covers and the “nouveau tan”  photo-real covers that replaced them on April 1, 2008.

One vote for “nouveau tan” actually came from the Czech Republic, and also praised the swashbuckling art Fantom Print uses on its Czech-language translations.  Therefore, I counted that ballot also as a write-in for those covers.  Czech them out (sorry – who could resist?) for the first two books, Orphanage (“Sirotcinec”) and Orphan’s Destiny (“Sirotkuv Osud”) here:

Posted comments on this ‘blog favored “retro red” covers 3-2.  But most of you cast your votes via email. 

Overall Results, all ballots:  Nouveau Tan Covers:  64%; Retro Red Covers: 36%

About the prize:  It has occurred to me that most people who visit this ‘blog already have the books, and my autograph, trust me, is not that sexy.  So watch this ‘blog for a NEW contest with different prizes.

But, in this contest, the random-drawn winner of a free book is Paul T., an email voter from Chicago.  Paul, I’ll also email you to get your book choice and a snail mail address where you would like your choice sent.