Readers want to know:
Readers of my infrequent posts know that I didn't manage to make my summer deadlines (I moved from Indiana to Pennsylvania over the summer which proved to be too much for me to manage with finishing and editing a book). So, what's the scoop now? When can you expect Valence to arrive in the Amazon store?
As you read this, I'm finishing the story level (content edit) revision with notes from my developmental editor. That means I am working around the clock. No tv. No video games. I'm doing a little social media and drawing/watercolor with my kids for breaks. The manuscript goes to my line editor next, in 11 days. He keeps it until October 3.
When I get it back, I make corrections based on his flags in Microsoft Word track changes (typos and other errors). This can take a few days to a week depending on how many errors I've made (my manuscripts are quite clean compared to most authors, I'm told).
Then I format the book and upload. This usually only takes a day, unless I hit a technical snafu.
So… all that said… it's looking like mid October for final release.
Why no hard release date, like other authors?
I'm independent. I basically run my own publishing company. So while I go through all the same steps as big traditional publishing houses, I do not do this with hundreds of books at a go, just one. Big publishing houses sit on books for a year minimum, normally, after an author submits their draft in preparation for editing. They project release dates far into the future, though a book may be ready much sooner.
I see no point in doing that. I publish my books when they're ready and that can be unpredictable, at best. You never know when you'll hit a snag. It's a creative piece, organic, and sometimes things go wrong. You may realize you made a continuity error or a character reads differently to a beta reader than you planned and has to be reworked. Or you get sick. Lots of things can happen. Life happens.
Mid October, though! Yay! I'm so excited to have you read this. My editor tells me this is my best work yet. I absolutely love this book. I sure hope you will too.
In other news of my life, my children are settling into their new schools quite well and both boys seem much happier where they are now. My two cats are having a turf war with my partner's crotchety aging cat which leads to midnight screeching fireworks. I've gained a new fluffernoodle (canine person) in my life. You'll see a pic above left. She makes a very snuggly writing assistant. She's good people.
Link, five-pound fluffernoodle of my heart, is still trying to get everyone to play, though no one of the non-human variety will cooperate, so he compensates by leaving his toys on the stairs to see what will happen when the humans race up and down.
We're all settling into the new house quite well. I love Pittsburgh. LOVE. Though I miss my friends in Indiana dreadfully. I'm sure in time… when I have free time again… I will get out and meet lots of new people to hang out with.
What's that behind Emma, you ask? Why, it's a 25 foot wall o' books. This is what happens when a scifi author and a literature professor (who teaches scifi) mate for life. They breed books.
(This was an inexpensive setup consisting of Hemnes bookshelves from IKEA. Lighting also from IKEA. No sponsorship given or implied.)
So, until I have more news, Read On, my friends! Get your vitamin R!
10/8/2017 12:52:37 pm
Hi Jen! I had emailed you a few months back when you were just moving to Pittsburgh. I am glad to hear you are loving my home town! So much to do and see here. A lot of out-of-towners mostly ask me "What is so interesting about Pittsburgh?" Well we're not the smoky city anymore, as I'm sure you are finding out.
10/24/2017 09:05:22 am
Steve, I may do a signing at some point here in Pittsburgh but I really don't enjoy them. ;D
10/17/2017 01:56:02 pm
Don’t forget to visit the Carnegie Natural History Museum. Carnegie Mellon theater department puts on lots of excellent productions also, my son’s MFA.
10/24/2017 09:06:18 am
I've already been once but need to go back very soon! We also love the aviary! My youngest son, especially!
10/24/2017 08:32:26 am
10/24/2017 09:07:04 am
Thank you! It won't be long now! I'm expecting the manuscript back any day!
Dr Bill Bratton
10/30/2017 11:50:26 am
My wife and I both enjoyed the first two books in the Confluence series and have been awaiting the release of Valence. It is almost November and mid October has past....is there an update on the release of Valence? My concern is I will have moved to other books and will forget this series, I REALLY want to finish the series, is there any announcement mechanism you do to let us know when it becomes available? Thank you for your time, and your books, DrB
10/30/2017 02:24:27 pm
I'm so sorry. It appears that I made a typo above. Valence is still with my line editor, but I will have it back in just a few days. Release of book 3 will be within approximately 2 weeks.
11/3/2017 08:48:49 am
I just wanted to say that I just happend apon these books, and they're some of the best I've read in awhile. They were so well written with a great story and character building. I pocked them up and read both in 4 days. I was up untill 4am last night coz i couldn't put the last one down. I can't wait for the last to come out. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks so mich for sharing you talent with us.
11/18/2017 12:58:38 pm
11/7/2017 05:05:13 am
Hi, Jen. I consume nearly all books in audio because I have a busy schedule but a long commute. Thanks for helping to make that more pleasant. I'm hoping/assuming you'll put Valence up on audible, but cringing nervously about the potential lag time. These things may be unpredictable, but how much additional calendar time would you guess before an audio version goes up?
11/18/2017 12:59:59 pm
I haven't spoken to the narrator yet to see what her schedule is. Probably weeks to months. Sorry about that. But I don't see any reason to hold up the ebook when it's finally ready. Stay tuned--I'll be updating as I can!
11/15/2017 08:09:40 pm
I recently shared your first book the audio version through Audible I paid for it for myself I hope Sharon the audible one isn't piracy I wasn't trying to get someone interested in your books
11/16/2017 05:19:24 pm
Not at all! Thank you! That sounds like a wonderful gift to me! ;D
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.
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