I finally got Deadeye finished up this week and out in paperback, which was very nice. I’m certainly not going to say that I didn’t like the story [because that would be silly in any number of ways], but I’ve spent so much time working on it this year and in the past couple of years that it got to the point where I was really tired of reading through it again. Being conservative, I’ve probably read through it at least a dozen times. It’s nice to finally be able to move on to something else! But I am satisfied with how it turned out and I hope you will be, too.
The second edition of Murder at the End of the World is still coming along. I’ve found that there were far more little errors and mistakes than I thought could possible be left. How does this happen?! Anyway, I fixed them all and I’ve done some tweaking and fixing and adding elsewhere, too. I’m also going to play around with adding the map I drew up into the paperback version. It will require a bit of work, but it shouldn’t be anything that I can’t handle.
Another week in the books.
Here it is at last:
Marshall Elias Watkins is brought in to investigate the massacre at an isolated outpost, where nothing was taken and none of the survivors saw a shooter. The only clue left behind is a line of spent shell casings resting atop a nearby ridge.
Marshal Watkins isn’t the young man he used to be, but a case like this needs somebody who’s seen just about anything and has the nerve not to turn away when the end is in sight. But he’s never seen anything like this before. Together with the best lawmen in the Known Lands, he determines to track down this killer and bring him to justice. Their quarry, however, is no ordinary man and his killing isn’t over just yet.
His trail leads them into raider territory and the irradiated zone and then across the mountains to the east, where no one has ventured near in almost a century. The marshall and his band come face-to-face with all the horrors of a world wrecked by war and radiation, where even a past that seems dead and buried can still come back to haunt the living.
Here are the new goals for this new week:
-Continue working on the second edition of Murder at the End of the World
-Release Deadeye in paperback
With the former, my focus is on fleshing out the investigative aspect of the mystery and giving the characters a bit more depth. So far I haven’t made any major changes, but right now I’m just mostly trying to get a feel for the story again and looking for places where I can do some work. More than anything else, really, I realize all over again just how well the story turned out.
For the later, I just got in the proof for Deadeye and I just need to look it over a bit. Barring anything that needs to be changed, it should be ready for release by the end of the week!
Work on the second edition of Murder at the End of the World is coming along smoothly. I’ve made a few changes and a few additions so far, not as many as I initially thought I might make, but I still have some ideas that I want to work on before I finish. A week or two more should get me where I want to be, unless some big ideas strike me during that time.
The paperback of Deadeye is coming along, as well. I got everything set up with CreateSpace and now I’m simply waiting for my proof to arrive so that I can make sure everything looks good. Depending on how fast it ships, I should be able to have the paperback launch by late next week.
It’s here! Deadeye, a scifi-western set in a world recovering from catastrophic war, is now available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords:
Amazon/Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00945B9YS
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168772
Shortly the paperback version will be available, as well, so anyone without an e-book reader will have to wait just a bit longer.
Starting this week, I’ll be putting up a post on Monday that outlines what I plan to do for the rest of the week. That way I can give everyone an idea of what I’m currently working on and working towards. For this week:
-Finish the final draft of Deadeye
-Release Deadeye digitally through Smashwords and Amazon Kindle
-Prepare the paperback release of Deadeye through CreateSpace
-If these get finished early, I’ll start back on the next Allison Newberry mystery
Work on the book has been delayed a bit due to other matters having to take precedence, though I’ve been getting in some work on it here and there anyway. As things stand now, I’m currently working my way through the final version of the book, correcting any lingering mistakes and punching up any sections that have escape being punched up in previous version. I’m happy with how things are going in that regard and I think it’s all really coming together in this last push. As of right now, Deadeye is approximately 74,000 words, or 296 pages.
Bear with me a little bit longer and I’ll have this ready for release pretty soon. Given my current status and rate of progress, I would expect that digital version to be ready next week with the paperback coming the week after.