I have been remiss in posting this here, after blanketing my social media with the news. I’ve signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books to publish my next book, Soul’s Blood (and hopefully, the sequel, Gatecrasher, too) We’re in early days right now, in a bit of a holding pattern, but aiming for publication next fall. The ball is rolling though!
As promised, here’s a PDF of the revised first chapter of Soul’s Blood.
Please share any thoughts you might have when reading it over.
But be kind.
Well, I checked for the review in Publisher’s Weekly today and it had gone up.
It’s not exactly awful… just kind of… Meh.
And I was tired and off my game from the time change and the stress of waiting and a dozen other little life things, so, initially, it hit me hard. But I collected some thoughts from friends and Facebook folks and let it mull for the rest of the day. Some thoughts came to mind.
- Awkward pacing. What does that mean, exactly? Too fast, too slow, too both? It’s just sort of a vague comment that I can put into the mental filing cabinet, I guess. Note to self: make sure pacing in future is not awkward. Whatever that means. Flippancy aside, I thought I had paced well, so either my perception is way off or the reviewer’s is. Or it could be taste. As I move forward I may be able to take something from this.
- Reviewer seemed to think it felt dated, kind of like old school pulp fiction. My publisher referred to it as Golden Age. Okay. this I can form an opinion on. I grew up reading Edgar Rice Burroughs and Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein and Anne McCaffrey. That’s my era, and I fully cop to showing my age. In reflection, I think on some level, I was trying to write a more overtly gay version of that kind of book. A space opera feel without the pulse-pounding plot. I get that it may not be everyone’s taste. Sort of feels like saying “I didn’t like Jaws because it had too many sharks in it.”
- The comment about older readers. Srsly? OLDER READERS UNITE!
Publisher emailed me tonight. He’s entered the information on Chasing Cold into the Publisher’s Weekly database of books being published between February and June. I should have edits soon and we’re already batting around ideas for the marketing and for who we can approach to write reviews. Once the edits are done, I should get an ARC. Of MY book
Pretty darned exciting.