The edited copy of The Sac’a’rith has just come back from our editor and as usual she tore apart my masterpiece of perfection (we awl knowe I tipe purfectley and awl editors due is incert missteaks of coarse!) Now begins the hard part of writing, working through her edits and making “yes/no” decisions on each one. This will take me far longer then it took her to do the editing. I never understand how she works so fast!
After that, I have to send it back to her because I need to fix a story issue in the ending, which I will want her to edit again. Once that re-cycle is complete I will have to work through formatting it for e-readers, which is a pain. Every e-reader is different, and the subset of HTML that the various e-readers understand does not give me a lot of options for adjusting to the different platforms dynamically. That means I have to guess my way through finding lowest common formatting set between the platforms. I still end up with 5 or 6 versions of the manuscript to submit to the various distribution channels and I will still not be happy with how it looks on at least some e-readers, but such is the price of progress.
Volume VI, Spectra’s Gambit, will be put back on hold while I work through this, but if all goes well I should be back writing that in a month or so. Spectra’s Gambit’s beginning chronologically overlaps with both volume IV and V’s endings so weaving them together is taking extra time. Plus I need to lay the groundwork for Volume VII. I am going to have to get that wiki (http://wiki.losttalesofpower.com) updated at some point (any volunteers?) if for nothing else then to keep my head straight!