Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gearing up for Silverville Saga, #3!

So, we've finished the third book in the Silverville Saga series -- at least a draft we like -- but now the real
work begins: Getting ready for its release.

In about a month, we'll reveal the cover, and looks like we'll likely meet our publisher's schedule for an intended street date sometime before Thanksgiving. In the meantime, we're lining up reading gigs, blog stops, and promos.

And we've sent the ms out to reviewers for blurbs and also placed it in the hands of beta readers. (The residual typos and missing words have long since become invisible to us.) It's up to all these folks to find the gaps that creeped in when we revised, tightened, or expanded the flow of the story.

In the meantime, we want to share with fans and friends the names and backgrounds of those who have agreed turn turn critical eyes on our paranormal comedy.

In alphabetical order, here are our editorial heroes:

SF author Alex J. Cavanaugh (the beloved Ninja Captain in the blog-o-sphere), Amazon bestselling author of the trilogy CassaStar, CassaFire, and the newly released CassaStorm. A guitarist, Web designer, and technical editor, Alex worked for years in adult literacy. But we like him because he’s a totally cool guy – and because he shares our love of all things Preston and Child.

Charlie Craig, a long-time television writer and executive producer, who's served as showrunner on six network and cable primetime dramas, including Eureka (Syfi) and Traveler (ABC), a writer and supervising producer for Fox’s The X-Files, and a writer/producer for ABC’s Invasion and ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. He is currently supervising a pilot for MTV and teaching television writing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Stacia Deutsch, who's made the New York Times Best Seller list for the movie novelizations of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Smurfs. Her newest releases are Mean Ghouls from Scholastic and Batman: The Dark Knight Legend Movie Novel from Harper Collins. She’s the author of more than fifty children's books and the eight-book, award-winning chapter book series Blast to the Past. Her resume includes Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and The Boxcar Children.

 T.L. Livermore, an extraordinary copy editor and former journalist whom we've relied upon for years, and a beta reader for the first book in the Silverville Saga, Little Greed Men (we've only just recovered from his relentless and exacting comments. :) )

Julie Luek, blogger extraordinaire, a prolific freelance writer, a  regular contributor to the nationally popular column, She Writes, and co-editor of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' blog. Julie is also our fab friend and blog-o-sphere mentor!

Zac Thompson, a clever and talented writer and musician who did a super job as one of the beta readers for Silverville Saga #2, All Plucked Up. He's also fiction co-editor for the edgy and excellent online lit journal BloodLotus. 

We're also fortunate to have a strong copyeditor in our publisher, Larry Meredith who, for years, operated a media and publicity business before going on to become head of public relations for Western State Colorado University and then a district library director. Now, he directs the graduate Certificate in Publishing program for the university and at the same time wrangles a head-strong herd of authors for his own small-press house, Rapsberry Creek Books.

We also got an offer from one of Mark's former students (one of his best, he says), Arkadea Krabacher, to give the ms a close line-edit. (Now we'll see how good Mark is at teaching those skills!) 

We may write in the thick of many things ourselves, but we only get along with help from our friends, to whom we're so grateful that they'd be willing to take time away from their own busy pursuits to lend us valuable time and critical eyes!

Thank you all!

And so the next stage of the writing/publishing journey begins...