- The Artemis Device
- Smoke & Mirrors
Untitled Non-Fiction Book
- Untitled Science Fiction Book
The Artemis Device
I’ve been calling this one “gothic sci-fi”; it was inspired by Gormenghast and Dark City, among other things.
Current status: copy editing
~April 2015: The new “first” draft (I’m calling it that because from my publisher’s perspective, it’s a first draft) is now done and sitting in storage waiting for my copy editor to tell me she’s ready to see it. (She has at least one other major project on her plate at the moment, with a tight deadline, so Artemis is on her back burner, so to speak.)
07-Sep-15: That first draft went to my copy editor a while ago, and she suggested a bunch of changes. It took a while because of a lot of personal and work stuff going on, but I finally got that finished yesterday. Version 2 of the files are waiting to be uploaded to the publisher’s account.
07-Nov-15: I uploaded the files something like six weeks ago, but my copy editor is busy—for one thing, she had at least one other project that was coming up for release, and then she got married! I’m not in any rush; it can wait a while longer.
22-Nov-15: It’s more than a month since I’ve had any contact with my publisher. That’s anyone at the publisher, including my copy editor. Something’s going on there, I know, and I wish they’d tell me (and the other authors on their books) what it’s all about.
06-Dec-15: The publisher is not acquiring new titles, at least for the foreseeable future. That’s a potential problem; I’ve been giving some thought to the idea of making Artemis the first of two or three books, but that would mean submitting a script for a sequel to a publisher that didn’t handle the first book—and most publishers aren’t going to be interested. So I have no choice but to ask the publisher about cancelling the contract.
07-Dec-15: Writing yesterday’s update triggered something because I suddenly found myself working up a story for a sequel and AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, laying down some bones for a third book. And I found the ideas compelling and exciting, to the point where I’ve decided to put away the notes for the Urban Fantasy story I was working on and instead continue with this. I have a working title for the third story but not for the second (that’s the way it goes), but that should change soon. Watch this space.
11-Dec-15: The whole hoo-hah at the publisher turns out to have been a big nothing. There’s been a little change in management, and that’s all, but someone seems to have got the wrong end of the stick and thought that things were circling the drain. Not true. I should be getting stuff from my copy editor in the next few days, and I’ve been assured that sequels aren’t going to be a problem. Panic over; as you were.
12-Dec-15: The story ideas for the sequel are coming along, so I’m adding a new section (below) for that. Updates here will be specific to the first book from this point.
01-May-16: My copy editor has been out of the picture for the last four months, but we were in touch a few days ago and drew up a plan; in line with that, I broke up the original chapter files into one file per scene and organised those into directories. She has those now; let’s see what she thinks of them.
29-May-16: My copy editor worked on the files while I was in the UK, and there were updated files ready for editing when I got back a week ago. I’ve been too jet-lagged, and too busy on catch-up day-job work, to get properly started—until now; it’s Memorial Day weekend and I seem to be over the time shift. Getting on with it.
18-Jun-17: Christ, has it been this long? I have got very little editing done, and while there are a bunch of reasons I really don’t have an excuse. MUST TRY HARDER.
24-Jun-17: Pushed myself to make an effort, and actually made some progress. Spent forty minutes on the phone with mom, and another hour on a Google Hangout with my brother—routine Saturday thing, but it did slow things down. All the same, I almost finished Chapter One. No such distractions tomorrow—the plan is to finish Chapters One and Two at the very least.
25-Jun-17: YAY I actually got Chapter Two done. As much as I could, anyway—for some reason the file for the last scene is kinda weird, in that it looks like my copy editor bounced the file back at me without accepting or rejecting any of my marked up changes, and apart from correcting the alignment of the title line made no comments or suggestions. I think she might have accidentally sent the wrong file. Then I went to make a dent in Chapter Three . . . and hit a problem: the latest files I have are my own. It looks like I never got the next version from my copy editor. It’s possible she’s put them on Google Drive and I’m looking in the wrong place. It’s so long since I worked on it, I don’t remember where we’d got to. Email sent, so hopefully we can get ourselves back in sync. Meanwhile there’s one last little bit of Chapter One that I need to revisit—I’m still not happy with it.
27-Jun-17: That problem with the last scene file for Chapter Two . . . I don’t know what happened, but there was in fact a “proper” file with markups—I found it in the Google Drive shared folder that my editor and I use to send files to each other. (It had been so long since I did any work on the book that I’d forgotten where that folder was, and had to go digging for it.) I also found marked-up files for Chapters Three and Four. I was hoping to make some progress yesterday—and I did, but not as much as I’d hoped for, thanks to an extremely busy work day. But I was able to deal with that last Chapter Two scene, and today I’ve done the first of the two Chapter Three files and also made a big dent in the second. After work today I have a family commitment so I doubt I’ll get any more done. The plan for tomorrow, then: finish Chapter Three, and at least make a start on the Chapter Four files. I’m a little bit worried, though . . . my copy editor still hasn’t replied to my email, sent the day before yesterday, or the fact that I uploaded the Chapter One and Two files to the shared drive last night (she should have got a notification). It makes me wonder if there’s a problem I haven’t been told about. Later that same day: I finished Chapter Three and also did the first of the two scenes in Chapter Four. Not too damned bad. That just leaves Ch. 4 scene 2—and once that’s done I’m out of files until my copy editor sends more. Still no word from her. I’m wondering if the reply, when it does come, will say something to the effect of: they’re no longer interested because I went offline for so long. Well, once the last file is done and uploaded I’ll send a follow-up email and see what happens.
28-Jun-17: Chapter Four editing is done and (as part of the way my publisher works) I’ve updated the tracking spreadsheet with the version numbers and upload dates. Now I’m out of things to work on; I can’t do anything more on this until I get MOAR PHILES. So, I guess I can take a look at some of the other projects . . . see below.
29-Jun-17: Sent email to my copy editor to let her know about the file uploads and tracking sheet update.
3-Jul-17: Four days since sending email. Nothing back yet. It’s a holiday weekend so I’ll give it time—and in any case I’ve got plenty to do (editing Smoke & Mirrors, for one thing). Nevertheless if I haven’t heard back by Friday or Saturday I’ll send another note.
7-Jul-17: Still no word. I’ll be sending email tomorrow but I’m drafting it today—even if only in my head for now.
9-Jul-17: Sent email yesterday; got an acknowledgement followed by a longer reply today. My copy editor has a couple of higher priority jobs ahead of mine so can’t jump on Artemis right away (and I wouldn’t expect her to). Basically at this point it’s a matter of expecting the other chapters when I see them. So while I wait for that, I’ll make a start on outlining the Untitled Non-Fiction Project mentioned below.
19-Aug-17 07:49: No word yet. If I haven’t heard anything by the time I have the timeline for Untitled SF Project, I’ll send an email and see if I can get an ETA.
Smoke & Mirrors
This is a steampunk/SF novel with a twist. Primary inspirations were A Dream of Wessex and The Prisoner (the 2009 reimagining). (It wasn’t inspired by Inception—a first rough draft had been written well before the movie was announced). And I have a much better title, but I’m keeping it to myself at the moment. (Update on that: I might not be able to use that better title after all, because it’s pretty similar to the title of a 1970 collection of short stories by a well-know SF author. If I can find a publisher, it’d be their call.)
Current status: submitted to agents
07-Sep-15: First draft was completed some months ago and a preview copy sent to the publisher. They seem to be interested. Since then it’s had one editing pass but it’s going to get another one, probably with some serious rewriting of many scenes, before it’s in shape for submission. So I’ll be working on self-edits on this ‘script while editing Artemis.
19-Sep-15: Just finished another editing pass. The typescript is ready for submission to the publisher, but first I have to put together a blurb and a synopsis so that’ll probably be tomorrow.
07-Nov-15: My publisher isn’t acquiring new titles at the moment so I decided to go traditional; that is, I’m trying to find an agent. I found a couple through Writer’s Digest on Twitter, and sent queries. Then I signed up with QueryTracker and found a bunch more, and hand-picked seven and sent out queries. Of those nine queries, I’ve had five rejections so far. Of the other four (based on QueryTracker timelines) I’m expecting responses from two any time now. One in particular looks like someone I’d particularly like to work with and I really hope he’s interested.
11-Nov-15: I received another rejection email the day before yesterday. That’s the way it goes. Meanwhile that agent I mentioned in the previous update (the one I said I hope to be able to work with) hasn’t responded, and my submission is in the middle of a bunch of submissions from other authors, which he has answered (according to QueryTracker). Not sure if that’s a good sign or a bad one. I’ll give it a few more days, but in the meantime I think I need to check to make sure I followed his submission guidelines properly. (Update to the update: It looks like I might have misunderstood the submission guidelines—which is embarrassing, given how careful I usually am in sticking to them. In my defence, the guidelines are not as clear and unambiguous at they might be. I’ve drafted another query, and if I don’t see a response to the original query by, say, Friday, I’ll send it.)
19-Nov-15: I decided I’d given that agent long enough without a reply. Either he basically binned the query because it didn’t follow guidelines properly, or it got lost somehow. I re-submitted with the additional stuff, being more careful this time. And twenty minutes later I got a form rejection. That leaves a sour taste; this guy was on Twitter talking about how not updating other agents you’ve queried when you get an acceptance is rude, but to me a form letter on a twenty-minute bounce makes me feel like he didn’t even look at the thing before throwing it out. Also . . . so many sites talk about making sure you address queries to the right person the right way; but apparently it’s ok for an agent to send a form rejection that starts Dear Author. (I take the time to look up your name when I’m writing the query; you can’t take ten seconds to put my damned name on the top line when you reply?) These are reasons writers say bad things about agents. Well, fuck it. It’s still in the queue with two other agents. Patience.
06-Dec-15: Still waiting to hear from the last two agents. According to QueryTracker, one of those could respond any day now. Expect an update right here, soon.
07-Dec-15: The agent I was referring to in yesterday’s update came back with a form rejection. That leaves one agent, who (judging by what I see in QueryTracker) could easily be a couple more weeks getting back to me. So I’ve found three more agents to send out queries to (in the UK, this time) and those will be going out shortly. [Personal note: we all get rejected; that’s par for the course. But no matter how many times I say that to myself it still gets depressing, just getting form rejections with not a word of encouragement. So I guess I’ll try rewriting my queries a bit before doing the next batch. Maybe that’ll help. Maybe not. With no useful feedback of any kind, it’s impossible to know why these are being rejected. Is it the writing that’s the problem, or the query letter? If you’re an agent and you’re reading this, throw me a goddamn bone here.]
31-Dec-15: I found a publisher that doesn’t usually accept un-agented submissions but has an open submission period running until the end of January. After paring down the synopsis as much as I can, I’ve gone ahead and put in the submission. I might not hear anything for three months, so I’ll still be submitting to agents in the meantime. Watch this space.
01-May-16: Never did hear anything back from that publisher, so at this point I’m not quite sure what to do with the ‘script. I’m seriously considering self-pub on Smashwords.
18-Jul-16: I did eventually hear back from that publisher; they said it wasn’t for them. Oh, well.
28-Jun-17: I have another list of agents to try before I go the self-pub route. I need to check their submission guidelines and put together some emails. With a little luck I’ll get time for that today. Later that same day: Using QueryTracker I found seven agents in the UK that look promising. One of them has a response rate of only 4.4% (this is one reason authors have such problems with agents, I think—most agents aren’t interested in 95% of submissions, and that’s par for the course; but they can’t take two minutes to bounce back an email, even a form email, just to let the author know rather than letting them stew?) Anyway, all seven want pretty much standard stuff: cover letter, short synopsis, first ten thousand words as an attachment. Some slight variations. Since I already sent much the same to the US agents I tried I already have most if not all of the necessary materials so this should go pretty quickly, but it’s not a job to be rushed; it’s important to follow each agent’s guidelines to the letter, so it all has to be checked carefully before clicking Send. My plan is to get the queries out no later than tomorrow evening (I might even get some out today, if the day job doesn’t throw any last minute crazy stuff at me).
29-Jun-17: I was re-reading the typescript last night and came across a few glitches, so I’ve decided to hold off on sending any more queries out until I’ve done one more editing pass.
1-Jul-17: Yesterday was a wipe as far as writing work went; I had to pack in the day job early to go help number-two-son move house, and by the time we’d got finished I was too tired to focus. Now it’s Saturday morning, only the cat and I are awake, so it’s the perfect time to get some editing done. Just started Chapter Three; plan is to stamp out a quick blog post when I’m done with it. Took a couple of minutes to grab a fresh coffee and update this page; now back to work.
2-Jul-17: Yesterday, as I mentioned, I started on Chapter Three; I got most of the way through that (all but the last scene), then backtracked to Chapter Two and added a new scene to introduce a character that otherwise isn’t seen until almost the end of the book. Why? Because the scene at the end has two characters never seen until that point, and it comes across as a bit rough. The sudden introduction of one of those characters is unavoidable (part of the story) but the other can be brought in earlier. That way the scene includes a character that the reader should be a little bit familiar with, and that should (I hope) make that scene a smoother read. I’m planning on adding at least three more scenes involving this character, so the reader has her in mind—one somewhere around Chapter Six, then others probably around Chapters Fifteen and Twenty-Five. This morning: dealt with the last scene in Chapter Three and uploaded the updated files for Chapters One through Three to cloud safety, and made a start on Chapter Four. Updated a couple more of my web site pages (the Social and Contact pages), and of course this entry. Next: coffee and onward with Chapter Four. Later that same day (around 2pm): Chapters Four, Five, Six, and Seven are done. Those scenes with the new character I mentioned? Turns out the next one involving her will be going into Chapter Nine. Anyway, four chapters dealt with; not too bad at all. I’m calling it for today. Time to deal with some kitchen cleanup and see about some lunch, then I think I’m going to relax with a video game.
3-Jul-17: Last night I did Chapters Eight and Nine, including the new scene with Alicia that I mentioned. That was around 1am. This morning, reviewed the new scene and made a couple of tweaks, and I like it. Since then I’ve also done Chapters Ten through Thirteen. That puts me a bit over a third of the way through. There are thirty-five chapters, so I have twenty-two left; if I can average five a day I’ll be finished by Saturday. (And in fact I think I should be able to do more than that—I might be done as early as Thursday.) I’m not trying to rush it but the sooner it’s done the better, since I could get more Artemis files back from my copy editor any day, and when that happens I’ll need to switch over. (Although, if I’m really close to finishing Smoke & Mirrors I’ll probably just do it.) Later that same day: It’s now 4:30pm and I’ve done a marathon editing session; I’ve dealt with ten, count ’em, TEN chapters—Fourteen through Twenty-three. And I might even do more later. I’m on fire, baby. Later still: 9pm, and I just wrapped up Chapter 27. Only eight more chapters to go—and that means I might get them finished tomorrow. But that’s enough for now—I’ve been on this all day and it really is time to give it a rest.
4-Jul-17: IT IS DONE. I just finished the last chapter and uploaded it safe and sound to the cloud. Now, since it’s July 4, I have to deal with some chores since we’re planning on firing up the grill later; there are things in the freezer to pull out—some smoked sausage, some chicken breasts, stuff like that. We’ll be getting busy on that in a while. I might do the next steps with this book if I get some time later; I need to put together a cover letter, a one-page synopsis, and the first ten thousand words, since all of the agents I want to query ask for those. Before I do that, I need to check the details of exactly what each agent wants specifically—I have a feeling one wants a bigger synopsis and another specifies Times New Roman for the ten thousand words. I’ll gather that information in a spreadsheet. As far as the actual query letter goes, I’m pretty sure the one I sent to the first round of agents wasn’t as good as it might have been. I have a link to an article on Writer’s Digest that looks promising, so I’ll read that through and see what I can do to improve my query. That can wait a bit. While I’d really like to get the queries out asap, I’m going to take the time to do the best job I can. Anything to improve my chances.
5-Jul-17: I went through the list of UK agents; one is closed for submissions until September, and another doesn’t want any steampunk submissions. (Is Smoke & Mirrors steampunk? I suppose it depends on your point of view. Nevertheless, since it could be called that, I decided to strike that agent off the list.) So now I have a spreadsheet with all the details I need in one place—agent’s name, agency, and email address, together with specifics of what should be in the submission. I also have a file containing the first fifty pages, and another with the first ten thousand words, since the agents all ask for one or the other; I have a draft cover/query letter (based on the Writer’s Digest article I mentioned yesterday), a full synopsis that’s about six pages, and I’m working on a one-page short synopsis. Tomorrow I’m back to day-job work, so I’ll be grabbing a few minutes here and there to work on the query and the synopses to do what I can to polish them. I want to get those out to agents soon, but I’m not going to rush it. The plan is to get them all drafted in email, then let them sit for a bit and review them, then send them out Sunday afternoon or early Monday.
6-Jul-17: Got the query letters and synopses drafted out; I’ve copied those around and started on personalising them for each agent. I was going to try to finish that but frankly I’m too tired—today was the first day back at the day job after five days away, and as usual it’s hit me pretty hard. If I try to force it right now I’ll make stupid mistakes. We are not at home to Mister Cock-Up, so I’ll get back to it in the morning when I feel a bit more alert. The plan still stands—this lot doesn’t go out until Sunday afternoon at the earliest, so there’s plenty of time to take it steady and get it right.
7-Jul-17: I’m pretty much done with the first pass of personalising the query letters. I’ll be doing another pass, probably tomorrow, possibly Sunday, to make sure I got names and titles and the attachments that were asked for. I’d do more on it today, but I started a full virus scan this morning, and when I checked on it a little while ago it was about a quarter done after six hours . . . so it might have to be left to run overnight. I am really glad my important files have been backed up in the cloud; the laptop is getting pretty old and I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last. Hey, maybe I’ll make a few hundred bucks off Artemis and Smoke, and be able to buy me a new laptop. That’s a few months off at the very least, and there’s no predicting how many I’ll sell. I live on dreams. But it’s a nice dream.
8-Jul-17: Laptop finished the virus scan sometime around 2am last night. Today I finished drafting the queries and gave them a final check to make sure I’d added the right attachments and such. Having done that, the plan was to send them out tomorrow but I decided there wasn’t much point delaying. So I sent them. Watch this space.
11-Jul-17: First query response: Rejection. Keep watching.
15-Jul-17: No more responses yet, but I found another agency that looks interesting. Their submission process is one of the simplest I’ve seen; just five pages of double-spaced in the body of the letter. I haven’t submitted yet, and I may wait to give the others a chance. I haven’t decided yet.
25-Jul-17 06:28: While I was updating the bit below for Finish Your Book, an email response came in. I haven’t opened it yet. Here goes . . . it’s a rejection. “Not quite right for my list”. Meh.
7-Aug-17 07:10: I just checked Query Tracker to take a look at the timelines of the agents I queried. I have two outstanding. One I don’t expect a reply from (her response rate is appalingly low); the other seems to be taking around four months to reply, which means I might get a response sometime in November. I have two more agents on my list but they’re both closed for queries until September. I’m waiting as fast as I can, basically.
19-Aug-17 07:52: Still waiting. Queries have been out for forty-two days. For one of the agents, the average response time is around fifty-nine days — but that doesn’t mean much, since her longest was 224 days. Still, it’s possible I’ll get something around the end of the month.
Finish Your Book (previously Untitled Non-Fiction Book)
New as of June 2017; I just came up with the idea a few days ago when I was at a writing workshop and it occurred to me that most of the questions from people new to writing (read that as: even newer than me) were about the process of developing a story. I had the idea of expanding on a set of blog posts I wrote here, and building it up into a short book that I can self-pub on Smashwords.
Current status: PUBLISHED
25-Jun-17: Blog post text has been saved as Google Docs, as a start point to be expanded on. I’ve also written the first couple of paragraphs of an introduction.
14-Jul-17: Despite getting almost zero time to work on anything at all the last few days (between day job and then home and medical stuff my time has all been taken up by doing things for everyone but me), I did get a few minutes to work on the outline. It’s about 75% there, I’d say, and the “missing” bits are all in the last two or three chapters—and that’s basically because at the moment I’m not sure what exactly to put in those; I have a general idea but nothing detailed. I’m thinking about just getting on with writing the first chapters, and then (if things go the way they usually do) that’ll start to crystallise ideas for specific topics in those later chapters. Also: I’m trying to think of a better title.
15-Jul-17: I’m in the process of writing the first draft; so far the introduction and first couple of chapters are done. The next chapter covers timelines so it’ll get pretty detailed and quite possibly end up being the biggest part of the book. Nevertheless the whole thing is probably going to top out at maybe twenty thousand words. That’s good; I want a simple guide to get new writers started quickly, not a three-hundred page brick.
17-Jul-17: Pretty much finished the first draft; the next step is to edit. Once that’s done I need to put together the publication package so I can get it up on Smashwords. It’s only going to be a thin book but that’s the point. I’m thinking of setting the price at 49c. I have an idea for a title, but I need to think about it a bit more.
21-Jul-17: Editing is coming along nicely. I thought there were some bits I’d missed; when I checked against my outline I realised that somehow I’d skipped three topics I’d meant to cover, so those are in place now. I also moved some things around to avoid referring to a topic before it’s presented (except in a couple of places where that’s not practical without tying things in a knot). I’m pretty sure it’s about complete, but it needs another pass just to make sure it reads smoothly and to pick up more typos. I haven’t thought any more about the title idea I had; I’ll get to that soon.
22-Jul-17 13:33: (starting now I’m adding the time—24 hour clock, because I’m like that—to the posts, so I can keep better track when I update later the same day.) I’ve about finished. The main body is done, anyway. Rather than write it all up here, I’m going to write a blog post; I might as well try to fire up a little bit of interest ahead of releasing it (which won’t be far off, since this one’s going self-pub).
24-Jul-17 18:32: I finally came up with a title: Finish Your Book. The text is done and ready to upload. I even have a cover—I was going to do something in PaintShop Pro but I couldn’t get the damned thing to run on Windows 10, so I did a little searching and found a site called Canva, where you can design your book cover using stock images. I wouldn’t do that for a fiction book (well, probably not, but who knows—if I can’t find an agent for Smoke & Mirrors I might self-pub that, too), but it’s more than adequate for a little non-fiction like this. So all I need now is the long and short descriptions for the Smashwords page, and an ISBN (which I can get from Smashwords for free), and I’m ready to submit. I’m working on the descriptions now; I think I’ll be able to publish this little book tomorrow—or maybe even tonight, if I can come up with descriptions I like. Watch this space.
25-Jul-17 06:20: I wrote out a long description last night, then started with that to create the short description (by trimming bits out). I liked it and saw no reason to wait—so it’s published on Smashwords and available (and I sold a copy within half an hour). It’s pending review for premium status (which will make available on B&N, Kobo, etc.). That can take a couple of days. Unless it fails review and needs a tweak, this is officially no longer a work-in-progress.
26-Jul-17 12:40: It passed premium status yesterday evening, and within an hour I was able to find it on B&N, Kobo, and Apple. This morning I went to add those links to the Books page . . . and couldn’t find it on B&N any more, when I’m damned certain I’d seen it last night. No idea what happened there. I’m checking the site every so often. I also noticed that according to my Smashwords channel manager the book is listed as Will Be Shipped to Amazon—which is fantastic if true; having it in the Kindle store would be pretty damned awesome.
7-Aug-17 07:28: So it looks like the Will Be Shipped thing on the Smashwords channel manager is a little misleading. As such I went to KDP (I had an account still in place from when I published Pavonis, way back) and pushed Finish Your Book out that way. So now it’s out there (with a different cover; my picture editing software won’t run on Windows 10, and the cover image was wrong for KDP, so I used their cover designer to create a new one). There’s been some interest in the form of comments and questions on Google+, and I’ve made a few sales. KDP now makes it possible to create a print-on-demand version of your books, so I’ll probably do that later today.
19-Aug-17 08:01: I did create a print version of the book (slightly different cover; it seems there’s no way to re-use the eBook cover as a start point to create the print cover). I’ve been keeping an eye on sales and I’ve made a few. Marketing and self-promotion is tough, people.
Untitled Science Fiction Book
This is something I’ve been thinking about for a couple of months. I have a character I like, and four separate stories that follow each other to build into a bigger character/story arc. Very early days yet.
Current status: timelining
7-Aug-17 07:35: I’m working on the four stories, building up descriptions of the events in the form of a dozen or two paragraphs for each. The first one is essentially complete; the second is mostly there but needs more detail for the ending; the third is something like halfway done; the fourth is nothing more than a vague outline at the moment.
19-Aug-17 08:04: I have the stories complete to the point where I’m about to start building timelines TODAY.
20-Aug-17 14:41: I made a start on the first pass of the timeline for the first story. Seventeen scenes timelined so far.
Another steampunk/SF. This one was written, self-published and then unpublished, and I’ve been thinking about rewriting it completely for submission. Among other things, it was written in first-person, which in hindsight might have been a serious mistake. Or not. And the title sucks. It’s also badly paced (things like this are why we all need professional editors). However I still think it’s a good story with some good ideas, and I’d really like to have another shot at it.
26-Jul-17 14:40: After much thinking on this, I’ve decided not to rewrite it. In fact, I republished on Smashwords, warts and all (including the sections that somehow got underlined even though that wasn’t in the original files I generated the Epub file from). I might, if I can find the original files, clean up the content to fix that and re-upload a new file. I’m also seriously considering creating a new cover. But a complete rewrite is pretty much out of the question at this point. I might consider writing a sequel and publishing the two together as a single book; I’ve had some thoughts in the past about how the story might continue on. However nothing is going to be done until the Untitled Science Fiction Book project is done—and that could easily be a year away.
These had some work done on them but are now on hold, at least until some of the above projects are complete or close to it, and possibly permanently.
Mr. Gunn & Dr. Bohemia sequel : Unlikely this will ever happen, unfortunately (but not completely out of the question). I did have a preliminary timeline mostly worked out; that’s about as far as it got before other things got in the way (the main thing being that The Artemis Device was submitted for publication and took priority).
Artemis II & III: Again, possible but unlikely at this time. II has a partial timeline, and III was at the ideas phase as far as I can remember. (Note to self: dig out what I have and remind myself how far these got.)