It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated everyone on the progress of my writing. Here’s the latest.
The Brotherhood is in the final stages of preparation. There’s one more submission I’ll be sending out this year for that project, and with luck I’ll have copies in-hand early next year. Confidence, right? Cover art is being prepared and should be ready soon.
After that I have a couple of people doing a final critique on Ravid. Submissions should be ready in the first quarter of 2022. If the bigger publishers reject that the way they’ve rejected Brotherhood, I’ll start in on smaller houses. I haven’t approached anyone about cover art yet, but we’ll see how that process goes.
Ebony Sea: 1, First Mission is nearly ready to send out to critiquers. A few more details to attend to and then people will start seeing ES:1 in their inbox to give feedback. A couple of years ago I’d purchased a cover, and that only needs final revisions for book size. Back cover copy needs to be put in, too. The hope is to have that in print by Christmas of 2022.
The goal is three published works in print next year. That is pretty ambitious, but anyone who knows me knows how long I’ve been working on each of these. They know it’s not three in one year, but rather three more after twenty years.
Then there’s the collection I’ve been turning over in my mind. There are a number of short stories and poems I’m putting together. A small collection, to be sure - about half the size of Ebony Sea: Origins. In that there are ES stories never published before (and probably won’t make it into other publications), Brotherhood shorts, and stories from the upcoming series, “The Archives.” If I do decide to put that out it’ll be called Eclectia, because it’s a mish-mash of different stuff all crammed together. In other words, it’s a sampler. There’s even poetry. Yes, Mark wrote poetry.
So that’s the plan. I’m about a chapter into my first novel in The Archives, but switching from editing mode to composing mode is taking time. I’ve been editing Brotherhood, Ravid, and First Mission for so long it’s mind boggling.
Look for more news on The Brotherhood coming soon. It’s not like anything you’ve read before.