Saturday, June 17, 2017

June update

My goal this year is to publish The Ashes of Home before the end of the year, hopefully in November.

There’s a lot of work still to do before then. I’ve got a group of critiquers looking at the novel in depth, but this is a long process. I don’t expect they’ll be done before the end of August, which leaves little time for final edits and multiple read-throughs.

Then I need to get the whole thing in the hands of the book designer, which from past experience will take a few weeks of back and forth before getting back the final product.

All this stacks up in terms of timelines, many pieces of which are outside my control. But I think it’s still do-able.

One thing I’m doing differently this time around is getting a head start on the cover art. Previously I went to the book designer with only rough drafts to discuss, which meant a month or two elapsed time slotted into the process while I produced the final artwork. This time I am being a bit bolder and settling on the artwork ahead of time.

I posted some drafts back in January, and the overwhelming consensus was for design #2, so that is what I’m going with. While the critiquing process is ticking quietly along, the artwork is starting to take shape.


  1. Fun to be able to watch that cover design develop.

  2. Hi Ian - at least you can change your skill set when you feel the need ... I'd love to be able to design and paint ... but no - not even going to try! Interesting art work ... and you're organised ... good luck with it all -cheers Hilary

  3. Is that going to be a spaceship in the middle? Cool.

  4. Stephen, it's good to be able to record progress.

    Hilary, drawing & painting was my first creative skill. I kinda drifted into writing very late on.

    Alex, that is indeed. The one shown in my January post, but finished off properly.

  5. Do what you can when you can, eh? I LOVE the ambiance so far. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  6. You're tackling a lot of the big jobs! Congratulations and good luck in meeting your deadline.


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