Yesterday I was asked how the writing on my new book, The Curmudgeon Code, was going. It made me realize that I have been a bit silent in recent months. It is time for a status update.
The novel is written and, for all intent and purposes, is completed. I am working on the audio book version. I find this process, while laborious, to be very helpful. There is advantage in being able to sit back detached from the act of writing and hear the story. It highlights weak points, and shines light on subtle ideas that might be enhanced.
At this time, the narration has been recorded and edited, as have all the character voices, dialogs and monologs. As such the text of the book is essentially nailed down, though I am giving myself the opportunity to make changes if, as I continue to work the audio book, I run across something I feel must be changed.
I am enhancing the audio book experience with sound effects and music backgrounds. Not only will this provide a more engaging experience, it gives me another opportunity to run through the novel page by page, line by line, but more importantly concept by concept. At this time chapters one to eleven are complete and in the can. There are 19 chapters total, leaving seven more to go for background effects. Given my recent pace with this task, I predict completion no later than mid-September.
Once the audio book is finalized, I plan a Kickstarter campaign to raise the capital for publication. The Kickstarter will be brief, no more than 60 days, probably 30 or 45 days. It will either succeed or not. Its success will result in a more robust printing and advertising approach than I had for On a Sphere’s Edge. If the Kickstarter is not successful, then I will resort to a more limited publication process, which may involve a little time spent collecting the personal capital needed for such a printing.
If all goes well, the novel may be released well before Christmas. If not, it will be released shortly after the New Year.