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The Wælcyrie Murders Update

March 23, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

Due to editorial issues, I am here to sheepishly announce a (another) small delay in the publication of book 2 of my science fiction series, The Wælcyrie Murders.

In that light, I have acquired a new editor who will reevaluate the manuscript and do an extra line edit. She is doing this now. With the awesome power of the internets and the convenience of Facebook chat, I was able to secure just the right editor for this book and series in a speedy and thorough fashion. I’ve spent time and effort (and in some cases, money) expanding my indie book network and here it paid off.

Since the manuscript was already line edited, this should be a short exercise.

I apologize to the fans who are waiting for this book. The year-long pause between releases  is not to my liking either, but I refuse to bend in any direction that results in a manuscript not up to my standards. In the future, I want to release a Lexus book every six months, in addition to my other book projects waiting for their attention (some with finished manuscripts).

There are some positives (besides making sure the novel is up to reader quality standards):

  • The audio book production will start as soon as the Kindle version appears on Amazon
  • We’re going to dump the large paperback format and offer a hardcover instead (the cost increase will be minor, too)
  • The cover-artist completed the cover art long ago and the new  graphics designer is simply waiting for the last template to finish the cover (the template is only generated when I have the exact printed page count)

Thank you every one for both your continued patience and interest in my science fiction book series. It’s a genre I love to read and publishing a science fiction book is a dream come true.

TWM cover art (web)

Debugging the Editing Process

July 14, 2012 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Plot, The Craft  0 Comments

I get out the knives and the manuscript is screaming.

“Was it something I said?” it asks.

“It’s not you,” I reply. “It’s me.”


The manuscript screams again.

Of in the distance, an editor laughs.

The cat licks her tail.

Small Writing Update

December 05, 2008 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

No snark comment on the below post but I can see it coming.

Anyway, it is a truism that I would rather be writing than editing, but I love editing. Such a fun task. A beta reader points something out that goes beyond the grammatical. Do I agree with it? What can I do to fix the problem?

Last night I came across a comment that highlighted a rather glaring problem in Bunny Trouble. I fixed it by adding ten words. Ten little words. Now, I would rather fix a problem by cutting ten words, but I’ve already done that. I’ve removed 20k from the version I gave my coveted beta readers.  This type of manuscript smithing tickles me to no end.

As much as I like my job, I would love to write full-time. It takes a non-zero amount of time to edit. Sometimes that time is expensive.