He also spotted a few goofs. They're being fixed, I swear.
But really, I couldn't have asked for a better review.
I'll be adding other formats gradually, but these are the big two that matter for now. I also have a CreateSpace/Kindle exclusive on the book for 90 days, as a way to take advantage of some promotions that are being offered, but once that's up I'll look into Smashwords, etc.
A post worth sharing in toto (I hope Tim doesn't mind):
My somewhat satirrical definition of Hard Science Fiction is “Anything that reads like a cross between an engineering textbook and a right-libertarian tract”. This might be one cause of the sexism in the SF world, in that few women are interested in writing that kind of stuff; they insist on having things like three-dimensional characters.
That was something that turned me off consistently with most of the "new hard SF" I kept coming across: it was a race between the techno-porn or the politico-porn to see which would constitute the bigger audience endurance test.
Now that I think about it, though, those two things seem to come joined at the head for a reason. The latter is the theory and the former is the practice.Read more
Looks like I picked the wrong week to
stop sniffing glue taking amphetamines release a novel. Right now I've got major preparations under way not only for a new fulltime job (more on that after I sign the paperwork) but for having major and meaty chunks of my house ripped out and replaced.
That said — if I'm lucky, Flight of the Vajra should premiere as a Kindle / CreateSpace exclusive sometime this week. I'm almost all the way there, I just have to make sure the formatting of the e-book version is up to snuff.
I have some other Vajra-related goodies to premiere as well, time permitting.
Plus: Later this month I might also start some blurbage related to the next book, which I'm betting won't take anywhere nearly as long to finish or release. Working title is still Welcome to the Fold.
Due to a whole bunch of stuff beyond my control, I've had to bow out of making my appearance at AnimeFest this year. That was where I had planned to debut Flight of the Vajra, but there's nothing that says it has to happen there. It's just what my plan was, and life is what happens while you're off making plans.
The book itself will be released in the next week or so, and you will hear all kinds of screaming about it right here when that does happen. I'm also going to be aggressively exploring some other, and what I hope to be far more directly fruitful, avenues of promotion both for that book and the rest of my oeuvre.
This isn't a slap at AnimeFest or any convention at all, really, but I think I'm learning a hard lesson about the ways to promote one's own work. Cons are great if people already know you; if you aren't a known quantity, then they all too easily become a place to get lost in the crowd. I thought that by building a consistent presence at a particular con I could get a foothold of sorts, but it doesn't work that way: the turnover in the crowd is too great, for one.
Also, my posts may continue to be slow for the next couple of weeks. I'm about to start a new job (more on that later), and I need to get caught up before that officially kicks in.
We've put up a playlist for the music that goes with Flight of the Vajra.
Four drafts and over 360,000 words later, Flight of the Vajra is finally done and off to the printer's. (The e-book version will need some more work and will debut later in September.)
I do not think I have ever worked this long or this hard on any one project that I have actually finished, and it has left me with a couple of convictions. First is that I was right for sticking to my guns about not doing sequels: as much as I loved writing about this universe and it's people, it's now a closed book for me, literally and figuratively. I don't think I could go back into it even if I wanted to.Read more
I'm going to be attending Otakon and AnimeFest! this year, although I'll only be selling my work at the latter. At both, though, I plan to distribute promo cards for Flight of the Vajra. Copies of these cards may also show up at other cons.
Go read it, duh.