Publishing independently is great because you're under no pressure of publishing dates - or are you?
Over the last half dozen years I've published a couple of books a year but this latest effort has taken a little longer. My proof readers are dead keen to get me moving and keep asking where the latest book is etc. I don't really feel under any pressure but I wonder about Ben Aaronovitch.
Aaronovitch has written a number of fantasy fiction books centred round a character called Peter Grant who is a policeman attached to the magical powers department of the metropolitan police force in London. To cut a long story short he was due to release his next book on 21st September, but I received an email today to say that the latest release date is 3rd November.
I have a mental image of Ben pouring over his computer with a blank screen and the publisher knocking on the proverbial door demanding chapters. It can't be much fun but that I don't have to worry about, self-publishing is in your own fief and stress free unless you put yourself under pressure.
A brief timetable would look a little like this for this 10th Patrick Steele novel.
First draft completed by the end of September
First edit two weeks into October.
Author's copies to proof readers by end of October.
Book ready for distribution mid November.
Well that's what I'm hoping it will look like. Having said that I just hope it is out for Christmas as it is a good time to sell books. Whatever happens I feel confident that it will be available 2016.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
Then another addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure. This is followed by Grace and Favour which is a slightly cynical look into the lives of the landed gentry and the opportunity for crime. The ninth and most recent Steele novel is a look at the possible demise of the Malaysian aircraft that crashed almost two years ago and is entitled Flight into Secrecy.
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