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Last night, I met with Melissa Lytton and Eric Reynolds to work on a cover design for my upcoming novel, Transcendence. From left to right, here's Melissa Lytton (the book designer), me, and Eric Reynolds (editor of Hadley Rille Books) at our fabulously glamorous meeting at Aimee's Coffee House in Lawrence, Kansas, where creativity frothed and glittered. And stuff.

See the glamour and adventure of writing? Here we are moments after tossing back our last sips of 1912 Taittinger with some exquisite Russian caviar and a variety of cheeses from across Europe. Or perhaps it was some green tea and Italian soda, can't recall for sure.

Photo by Rose Reynolds using Eric's Droid phone.

Seriously, though, I'm getting really excited about the book now. Seeing the art we hope to use and imagining the design that Melissa is going to apply - and planning a very ambitious publishing schedule - is getting me all fired up, let me tell you!

Okay, the Publishing Schedule: In a few moments, I'll get back to addressing the last edits; then off it goes to Eric tomorrow, who'll format it to spec for his printer; then the formatted .pdf package goes off to Melissa a few days later, who'll apply the printer's template (with appropriate spine thickness) to the actual pages that will become my book (eeee!); then the .pdf flits off to a few hardy readers a week or so after that, who think they can eyeball 500 or so pages in the following week (any volunteers?); then back to Eric and me to make corrections if needed; then off to the printer in time (hopefully) to produce a very limited run of special Campbell-Conference-only ARCs that we (fingers crossed) hope to have by July 16; then the actual ARCs that fly their merry journeys to reviewers everywhere (let me or Eric know if you're a reviewer for the SF press so we can supply you with a copy); and, a mere three months after that, KAPOW! The actual hardcovers hit the streets!

Hopefully, I'll have even more news soon, but that's our target schedule at the moment.

Wowee! How awesome is that? I can hardly wait to see how it's going to look. I promise to supply updates as I get 'em, and if we can actually make this schedule, I'll be in heaven... er, I'll feel all transcendentally transhumanated or something.

Oh, and for those of you who haven't heard a description of the book, here's my (not official, mind you, just a sorta working descriptor) 75-words-or-less go at it:

Near-future cyberpunk/space opera/coming-of-age/new-wave philosophical action SF. Humankind rushes toward self-destruction, and we must evolve or die. Our perspective on the approaching catastrophe includes a teen-aged hacker lost in Minneapolis, a scientist who discovers an alien artifact on Triton, three actors who become catalysts for interplanetary war, the de-facto controller of the Western world, a soldier fighting in Africa to entertain his subscribers, an artificial intelligence facing a personal crisis, and a cast of billions.




( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'll proofread for you! I'm a really good typo spotter.
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Cheering you on. . . .
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Description of Book
"Near-future cyberpunk/space opera/coming-of-age/new-wave philosophical action SF."

Chris, I think you left out some adjectives. Better revise this description. There are still some genre archetypes you could include.
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Description of Book
Hahaha! I know! But if you read it, you'll know what I mean. Each of the major storylines have a different genre "feel," so it's the best way to describe it ;-)
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
I'll also proof read if you need more readers! Aside from beta and proof reading for other writer friends, I actually do adcopy quality editing for Microsoft.

Edited to add: Aside from touting my copy-editing experience, the whole comment I MEANT to make was that this is really awesome and exciting! I only thought to edit re: proofreading after reading another comment. :)

Edited at 2010-06-16 03:35 am (UTC)
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Awesomeness, thanks! And I used to work for the ol' MS, myself, bluebadge #83075.
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
I don't actually work for MS, I work part-time for Lionbridge but the client on the copy editing project is MS. Can't be having ads with semantic errors and missing punctuation making MS pages look bad! ;) (I also work on a project retraining the contextual ad algorithm so ads/pub pages actually match on a keyword level and make sense. They are great projects for someone -- me! -- who compulsively rapidly assesses details.)
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
It's ready! What's your email addy? Drop me a note at cmckit at gmail dot com. Thanks!
Jun. 16th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
RAWK! This is so exciting. ARCs, dude. ARCs!!!!! *clapping like an excited seal*

(I suck at line editing, therefore would not be a good volunteer. ALAS.)
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I know, right? W00t!
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