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Old 10-31-2008, 02:35 PM
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Hi there!

Just a quick Halloween note to let you guys know that the fourth Greywalker novel, Vanished, is now on my editors's desks for review. Since this one takes place largely in London, both the US and UK editors are reviewing it together. I'm hoping to hear back from them late in November with a request for revision.

This is the standard procedure for publication, not a slam on the book. It's always hard to get the first draft perfect and this particular book had a lot of obstacles to overcome, including illnesses, the launch of another book, two other stories that needed writing, the loss of my agent and publicist and the illness and eventual death of one of my pets just this week. It's been rough, but the book was in on time and I think it's not bad.

It is the darkest book to date, however. Things get rather grim near the end, but since I'm under contract for two more after this one, it's obviously not the end.

Meanwhile, I'm taking a few days off to relax and catch up to personal business that got put off while the book was in its final writing rush before deadline. And, of course, there is a Harper Novella coming out in January in the collection Mean Streets which is headlined by Jim Butcher and Simon R. Green. (yay!)
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Old 10-31-2008, 03:49 PM
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Congrats on getting the first draft done, and my deepest condolences on the loss of your pet.
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Awww.

Which ferret died?
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excited to find out what Harper makes of London.
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I would love to hear you ramble on and on and on about what the publication process is really like.

I like to live vicariously through others the things that I have not experienced myself....
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Dexter. He was nine and had a nasty cancer, but he was a sweet little guy right up to the end. And we still have Taz, the fluff-butt.

Starhawk: The publication process is different for every writer, even those who are with the same publisher or agent. I've got a page up on my site about the timeline for my initial publication and I'd say the five years it took to get into print was about the middle of the experience range. (Can't say "average" since there really isn't one.)

Every book has some quirk to the writing or editing that will make it a new experience from the last one. So even when you get to be an old pro, you'll find whole new ways to be frustrated or excited or surprised. I'm more than glad to talk about the process and all that jazz, but I don't want to bore anyone--a lot of it's dull as wet toast.
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Hey guys! Guess what I have...? And you're the first to see it!

The cover for Vanished: Greywalker #4 (click the image to see the full-size version.)



What do y'all think?

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gorgeous. Do you get any say on your covers or do you just have to hope your publisher is going to get it right?
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I'm more than glad to talk about the process and all that jazz, but I don't want to bore anyone--a lot of it's dull as wet toast.
I would just like to say that I, for one, would be MORE than glad to hear about your real-life experiences, and I wouldn't find them as boring as wet toast at all.
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OK, well... let's take these in order.

Covers: I get very little input. The editors ask for ideas and reference photos and a synopsis about a year ahead of the publication date and I hand that over. Marketing then decides what they think will look good and sell and they send that on to the artist (Chris McGrath). Chris usually does a couple of versions and they pick one, show it to me, just to be polite, and then tweak it a bit to fit the cover design elements like title, quotes, and so on, on it and make it all pretty and "oo... I want to buy that..." If you want to see more Chris artwork, you can visit his site: christianmcgrath.com/. It's pretty cool and you'll probably see a lot of familiar covers (Chris is a very hard working guy.)

Book 5: Umm... Andrew, you're going to have to wait until I'm done with the revision of Book 4 (due Jan 15). I promise to kill you. Gruesome may have to do. Generally I don't start writing the next book until the revision of the previous one is done. It's just safer....

Me: Umm... yeah it's really me. Because I'm less busy than Orson. And I like fans. And stuff like that. Author, y'know: insecure, hermit, spends all her time in front of a computer.... Someday I really need to get a proper link to this place up on the website.... right now it's kind of hidden. But yeah, it's really me.

Process and stuff like that: You might want to start a thread with a specific question and I'm more than glad to answer it in as much detail as you can stand.
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