The Hard TruthTentative Release Date: November 2018
With his mother upstairs on life support and his personal life hanging on by a thread, a New York City elite finds himself trapped in his building's high-tech elevator where his ego is shattered as he is forced to witness a series of events that upend his perception of reality.
Current Stage: Developmental Editing
This is where an editor looks at it for substantive stuff: plot, characters, and the like. They send me back notes and I fix stuff and send it back to them, and so on. The book doesn't move forward until the Developmental Editor gives it the thumbs up. Must please Developmental Editor. I happen to know that he enjoys Canadian whisky, so that could work in my favour.
Next Up: Line Editing
This is where an editor looks at the document line-by-line for style (it MUST meet the publisher's style guide), grammar, spelling, and other such things. Then, I fix them. I can reject any number of changes for any number of reasons but if I do this a lot and it's not a great idea the publisher can put a statement in the book basically saying, "Hey, we tried, but he wouldn't listen. Don't blame us." I know my editor quite well and I'm certain it won't come to this :-)
On Deck: Cover and Layout
No Fixed Address
The "No" Conspiracies Book #1Tentative Release Date: September 2019
This is a book about a guy who has spent his entire adult life digitally erasing his existence to hide from a clandestine government agency that killed his parents and has now recruited a team of computer super geniuses to find him so that they can continue their assault on his life and leverage a medical secret he doesn't even know he has.
Current Stage: Re-writes
This is where I take the 80,000 or so words I have written in third person omniscient past tense and re-write them into first person present tense. It's easier than it sounds. Actually, no, it's not. It's really hard and time-consuming.
My target is to have this done by the end of March 2018, and I'm currently on pace.
Next Up: Developmental Editing
On Deck: Line Editing
No Known Cure
The "No" Conspiracies Book #2Tentative Release Date: March 2020
This book is what happens after the first book. You'll have to read it to find out what happens to our intrepid hero and our rogue government agency, but regardless of how the first book ends, there's still more story to tell and this book will tell it. In this one, we see a peripheral character from the first book take on a larger, more significant role.
Current Stage: On the shelf
This book as about 20,000 words behind it already but most of them are crap. I know how it starts and how it ends, though, so I'll just fill in everything in the middle. Once No Fixed Address goes into Developmental Editing I'll start writing this one.
No Good Deed
The "No" Conspiracies Book #3Tentative Release Date: September 2020
A continuation of the story from the first two books. That character from the second book pretty much steals the show in this one and tidies up the story quite nicely (or so we think) *cue ominous music*
Current state: Paper napkin
This has zero words written, but again, I know where it starts and where it ends so I'll just fill that stuff in and we'll have ourselves a book.
No Stone Unturned
The "No" Conspiracies Book #4Tentative Release Date: March 2021
Remember that peripheral character from the first book that took center stage starting in the second book and wrapped up our initial storyline in the third book? Well, it turns out there was a lot more to him and his story. This book is that character's origin story and hoo-boy is it a doozy. Missing women. Serial killer. Cults. I can't wait to write it.
Current State: Partial draft
This is actually a serial killer thriller I was writing as a serial a few years ago that I'm re-writing with the focus on a different character's interaction with the antagonist. I've got about 60,000 words written that will need to be re-written and then I'll add 20-30,000 more.
Leave No Trace
The "No" Conspiracies Book #5Tentative Release Date: September 2021
Remember the clandestine government agency from the first three books? This book is that organization's origin story. Military secrets. Murder. Human experimentation. Biological warfare. I'm totally writing in at least one big explosion.
Current State: Paper napkin