A quick update on all them books what I'm hoping to get squared away by the end of the year.
First (in my heart and this post), CHAOS TRIMS MY BEARD. Earlier this year on a whim I entered Chaos into the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, which is a 300 book/10 blog contest run by all-around good author chap Mark Lawrence. Chaos got slotted in over at Fantasy-Faction and, insanely, has not yet fallen under their review team's exacting axe. It has been nerve-wracking and exciting and a whole bunch of other emotions. Other people, people I've never even met, have read Chaos, and generously rated it and offered their thoughts. The responses have been heart-stopping, mainly because people actually seem to like the super weird thing that is Edwayn's weekend adventure.
And they've also been humbling in that, almost universally, each has mentioned the poor state of the book's edit.
And they're right. I completely own the fact that in some editions "else" is misspelled as "esle" on the first page, and that for some reason, gray/grey are used interchangeably, which is insane because two of the main characters are literally that color. I missed these things and more, and maybe in my fervor to get the book up to snuff for the contest, or because I'd worked on it for three years and I was done, these blemishes got through. Long story short, the version available on Kindle right now (and pretty much every other platform when my current Select period runs out in December--more on that later) corrects the most egregious errors. I'm engaged with Amazon to get an update pushed out to people who already have the book, but it's a somewhat inscrutable process having not done it before. So, I apologize to everyone who had to deal with the errors. An even cleaner, professionally edited ebook and POD paperback are right at the top of my list of things to do before the holidays. Growing pains, and such.
Moving on to HAMMER SQUAD. This book was a pain to write because I went from one POV in Chaos to three or four in Aerodance to even a bit more than that. And it's a fantasy military tale that is kind of Band of Brothers, kind of Tom Clancy-esque special forces technothriller, and also it takes place in Chaos's world like a thousand years before Edwayn. It's super weird, but I like it. I'm finishing up narrative edits by Thanksgiving and then it too is off to the scrutinizing surgeons for some professional proofing. Depending on the length of that process, I'm hoping for a late November/Early December release on pretty much every notable platform as well as Createspace paperback.
Also, let's take a minute for AERODANCE: A NEON SPACE OPERA, both as a series and the next installment. The three currently released episodes very likely need the same polishing love that Chaos is going to get, and making that happen is right at the top of the list. Episode 4: Call of the Void is going to be out just before Christmas as a standalone and as part of the first Aerodance bundle of four episodes. If you've been reading along with the story of the starship Dragosa and its crew but are thinking that maybe Tyto and Rock have gotten too much screen time and you want to see what's going on with Mira and Gunner, well, I hope you like the next book.
So, again, thank you to everyone who has read or is interested in any of these stories. I'm sorry for the sloppiness, and promise to do better. There's a lot books out there, and if you've found yourself reading mine, you deserve to have your time respected. Have a good turkey day if that's something you're going to celebrate, or just enjoy the insane snap-chats of the seething hordes bum-rushing Targets and Walmarts at 3am on Friday.