Thursday night, several people decided to have a flame out in the comments of the two posts about Hugh. Comments such as “we sign your paycheck” and unreasonable demands were made in regard to the content of these future books, which prompted those two posts to be locked, two people being banned, and prompted the general announcement below. I should’ve prefaced that post with “To the people who decided to fight in the comments to previous posts.” But I was tired and irritated, it was late at night, and so it ended up being a general announcement instead.
So I do apologize if you received this post in the email and had no idea what it is about. I should’ve been more specific, which I have now ratified.
In regard to the people who decided to have a giant fight in the comments to the two now deleted posts:
I don’t know where you guys get this idea that you can tell me or Gordon what to put into a book or how to write it. This isn’t a book by committee. Let me explain how it goes: if we decide to write Derek’s novella and slit his throat at the end, then we will do it. If we decide to turn Hugh into Prince Charming and have him sing pretty songs to his forest friends, then that’s what will happen. Intrusions into our creative vision will not be tolerated.
If you want to discuss and complain about a book before it has been written, use the forum where we won’t see it. I am not going to tolerate any criticism of this future narrative, while I am sitting here trying to figure out if we are going to write it and how it will be written. You are trying to kill it while it grows. Wait until it’s written and then you are free to rip it up. Until it is written, hold your horses, please.
PS. The name is authorlord, not authordoormat.
To Do List
Finish developmental edit of Sweep in Peace. Done.
Now it has to go to CE, so if Anne can find a spot for it in her schedule, we are in business. Things I still need to do in regard to getting it to you:
- Format the art. Decide on the placement of the art. I don’t know if to do it within text or as several pages at the end of the narrative. Some people complained that the art was jarring, but I kind of like within text placement. In a paper book, you can flip to the art inserts. In an ebook, you can’t, or at least it’s more awkward.
- Figure out the specific publication date and advertise it. Figure out if we can do preorders.
- Roll a PDF for the ARCs. Find someone to send the ARCs to.
- Edit website to reflect the upcoming release. Luckily that means pretty much 15 minutes of widget juggling.
- Edit Innkeeper website. A bit harder.
- Run contest for the title of the next Innkeeper. Sweep something. Sweep? Sweep, Sweepitty? Ideally it would be nice if we started rolling out Innkeeper 3 by New Year.
- Eat some mangos. 😉
The first beta edits have come back and, contrary to my expectations, the book was coherent. And hot. 🙂 It’s a mess, but at least it’s a hot mess. See? See what I did there?
Okay, I’ll stop.
Today I am back in the saddle with reader questions, edits, and hopefully taking some continued education classes. I suppose it could be counted as continued education. I will report back on how it went.