01 Oct

It’s a book!

I know, I know. Ebooks are real books.

It still feels different to hold your physical book in your hands, so I’m going to show you pictures like I just had a baby.

Look at its cute little wraparound cover!


And its adorable graphic title page!


Aww, it has its mama’s internal images for Part 1 and Part 2!


(Pretty little unnecessary things I can’t do in the ebook without increasing my delivery charge to the point of unprofitability.)

And my customary gestational timeline.


To think, this time last year, it was just a twinkle in a notecard’s eye.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to shove it in a box and get busy making the next one.

16 Aug

Status Report: Preorder Live

Ten Thousand HoursI set up the preorder for Ten Thousand Hours with Amazon for November 1.

There’s no Look Inside (thank god — the draft they have as a placeholder isn’t fit for human consumption) and only 10 pages so far are sort of ready to post here as an excerpt (not worth bothering until I get to a chapter break, at least). Of course I don’t expect anyone to order something they can’t even peek at.

So why set up preorder, particularly when I said I’d never do it again?

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10 Aug

Status Report: We’re Off to See the Wizards

Ten Thousand HoursTen Thousand Hours is now in the hands (or at least the inboxes) of Familiar Editor and Unfamiliar Editor, heralding the arrival of the certainty I’ve wasted the past year of my life. It’s a vulnerable period, being separated from any book for the first time, with the added strain of the separation being for the purpose of judgment. It would be so much more pleasant if the first outing was a play date with friends.

Unfortunately, that’s not how this works. The book needs to be better, and that necessitates constructive criticism from trained and experienced professionals, regardless of my neuroses.

I’ve already done the ebook cover. I can’t design the paperback cover until I have the final content file to give me the dimensions of the spine. Obviously, I can’t format for paper or digital until the book has undergone its final revision. Ergo, the only things I have to occupy me while I wait are working on the description, exploring infinite space in No Man’s Sky, and wallowing in insecurity.

One of these things is preferable to the other two. Can you guess which one?

If you answered “working on the description,” you would be so, so mistaken.

However, it needs to be done, so expect that to show up here in the next week or two.

And maybe if the first few chapters come back without being completely savaged, I can give you a preliminary teaser, too.

28 Jun

Cover Reveal: Ten Thousand Hours

November is a long way away, but this part of the project came together quickly once I had a title change, so I thought I’d post it as evidence things are moving forward.

Ten Thousand Hours

It felt kind of empty on the bottom until I drew little hands in the O and turned it into a clock.

Or, as my delayed pun reflex pointed out, an O’CLOCK.

*ba dum TISH*

Further details pending.