Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Launch Day - The Far Time Incident

It's here! The Far Time Incident releases today in trade paperback, Kindle, and audiobook formats. Am I excited? Yes. Am I nervous? Yes. I feel I should say something deep and profound to mark the occasion, like that writing a book is like building a boat and that I've done the best job I could with hammer and nail, hoisted the mast and sail, carefully painted the name on the prow, and all I can hope for at this point are a calm sea and a good tailwind. 

Not for nothing is it called a book launch

The point, I think, is this -- that publishing means letting the book sail where it will, releasing it into the sometimes murky, sometimes stagnant, and sometimes wonderfully blue publishing waters. Yes, the publisher and you do what you can to help it along by sending out copies to reviewers and spreading the word via social media and other means, and hope that book finds a home in readers' hearts. But ultimately it means that the time has come to focus your efforts on building that next boat, and I have -- the sequel to the Far Time Incident is well in the works, with a nice solid draft sitting in my computer.


But today I'm here to watch a boat sail away. Here's to a great launch!