The new book is coming along swimmingly! When I signed up with CreateSpace to have them print and issue the paper edition of Damned Yankee, I complained to my assigned design team manager about the length of time it had taken for them to get my last book published. We futzed around with it for nearly three and a half months, which I thought was ridiculous. (OK, I know. Out there reading this are a bunch of writers who use traditional publishers, and they are shaking their heads at my innocence. "Only three and a half months? Why, my last book took three and a half years to get through an agent and actually appear!") But one of the reasons I run my own small publishing business is that I don't want to spend that kind of time waiting around.
In the case of Damned Yankee, I've been thinking about the story since 2010, and it has taken me two years to write it and get it edited. Its time has come, and I want it out there for people to read. Ergo -- the push to move quickly. I submitted the raw manuscript to CreateSpace on March 12th of this year. Today, 27 days later, I hit the final "Accept" button to start the presses. Immediately, the company returned with another question: "Do you have a cover ready, or do you need help in creating one.?" The answer was "Yes, I have the cover completed, thanks to the talented Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics," and I hit another "Submit" button.
Here's the completed cover layout. They have only to attach the cover to the completed interiors, and we will be in business. Even with Easter and a Lions Convention getting in the way, we're going to hit the May 1st launch date, so mark your calendars.