image border bottom

Book Status

October 26, 2016 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  0 Comments

Draft 2 of Book 3: halfway done.

First draft was fun but, ultimately, too rough around the edges, as first drafts are wont to do.

Get’n done.

Hey look, this isn’t a post about politics. Pffft!

2015 Publishing Schedule and Works in Progress

January 27, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  0 Comments

Here we go:

The Lexus Toulouse Mystery Series

Who doesn’t love a science fiction murder mystery? Or libertarian science fiction? The Wælcyrie Murders goes live on Amazon as a Kindle book on January 30th. You can pre-order it now. At long last!

Between January 30th and February 4th the first book in the series, Armageddon’s Princess, the Kindle version, will be free. Although if you are a Amazon Prime member or a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can get the book free now.

In February, I’ll start the production of The Wælcyrie Murders audio book. I have not worked out with the audio producer when she can fit it in her schedule, but it should be sometime this year for sure.

Also in February I will release the hardcover of of The Wælcyrie Murders. I don’t make much money off hardcover sells, but they sure are nice books and I use them in promotions like mad. There will be a Goodreads giveaway in March using the hardcover.

Book 3’s schedule is determined by A) finding a new editor and B) finishing the book. Mostly B. However, the cover reveal will be on February 5th. And what a cover it is!

And finally, sometime in 2015, not exactly sure, I will release The Woman, a novella about when Lexus and Arune met.

The Lightning Giver

This is a completed New Adult contemporary novel near and dear to my heart. It’s about gender, guns, guts and God. I’ve never written anything quite like it. While the book has gone through heavy editing from critique partners, I also need a new editor for this book. Once the edits are complete, The Lightning Giver will be released in paperback, hardcover, kindle and audio format this year.

I believe you all will like this book. It’s quirky and there is nothing quite like it on the market.

The Blessing

The Blessing is Space Opera. There will be aliens, a kick-ass dad, stuff blowing up in space, spaceships, snarky protagonists, and all-around butt-kicking under a humanity-positive thematic guaranteed to be so uplifting that I’m sure some dogmatic political correct asshole will leave me a 1-star review for being a non-leftist white guy that I will print out and frame. I’ve fully outlined this novel, but I’m not going to work on it until Death by Lingerie is in editing.

Questions? Discussion?

Leave it below in the comments. That’s it for 2015.

The Reader Again

The Wælcyrie Murders Production Update

November 09, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

I have submitted the final revision of The Wælcyrie Murders to the editor. It will take her about two weeks to do a line edit, give or take a week.

What’s next:

  • I have the cover art all ready to go (I’ve sat on it for a long time!). My graphics designer is cutting the Kindle cover now
  • Once I have the Kindle cover, I will put the book on for pre-order on Amazon
  • When the book comes back from line editing, I will process the edits

At this point the book is in release production:

  • I format the book for Kindle (2 hours)
  • I format the book for Print (2 hours)
  • I get back a proof from the printers (2 days)
  • The proof-reader goes over the print proof (2 days)
  • I correct the found typos (4 to 6 hours, which includes final interior layout work)
  • The Kindle and print version are published (2 hours)
  • Stay tuned for the pre-order link and then the cover reveal for book 3!

Note the Kindle version will go live before the print version (hint, hint) but I won’t officially “launch” the book until the hardcover is available from Amazon. That usually is a day or two lag, followed by another day for the titles to be linked properly.

The end is near!

TWM cover art (web)

The Wælcyrie Murders Last Draft: Done

October 23, 2014 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  3 Comments

Two years in the making!

Here’s the play-by-play

  • Draft 1: The core of the story: Lexus goes undercover. As first drafts go, it was much better than the Armageddon’s Princess first draft.
  • Draft 2: I decided to change the end of the book–dramatically. Action fans will love the new ending. I also ran the manuscript through AutoCrit, which was helpful in tightening up the prose. I sent this to my editor, who produced an editorial letter for the things she wanted me to change
  • Draft 3: This is the draft based on the editorial letter, and I then sent the manuscript off for line editing. Unfortunately, I had to let my editor go and find a new one
  • Draft 4: Sending the somewhat line edited manuscript to the new (and fabulous, woooooo!) editor, she sent me an editorial letter on what she would like me to change. Draft 4, which I finally finished, is the result. The first third of the book is new, with a distinctive police procedural mystery focus, moving the story to a solid science fiction murder mystery

I apologize for those waiting so long for book two in the Lexus Toulouse series. My focus is quality.

There are a few little things in book two that is shameless fan service:

  • If you ask readers who their favorite character is, other than Lexus, most of them will respond with “Vash and Juan.” Vash and Juan it is! You want the big bad boys, well, there you go
  • Now that I know how audio books work, I made sure the book was as audio-book friendly as possible
  • Somehow I reveal more detail about the Empress yet make her more mysterious
  • I have received personal commentary and read research that eBook readers like 150K science fiction books and bigger if they are fantasy! While The Wælcyrie Murders won’t reach 150K, it will be close

What’s next:

  • I have the cover art all ready to go (I’ve sat on it for a long time!). My graphics designer is cutting the Kindle cover now
  • Once I have the Kindle cover, I will put the book on for pre-order on Amazon
  • I’ll run the book through AutoCrit again, to cut down on the little mistakes for my editor
  • The book will go back to line-editing
  • I’ll get the manuscript back and process the line-edits

At this point the book is in release production:

  • I format the book for Kindle
  • I format the book for Print
  • I get back a proof from the printers
  • The proof-reader goes over the print proof
  • I correct the found typos
  • The Kindle and print version are published

As soon as the pre-order goes live (in a few days), I’ll let everyone know!

Thank you again for your patience. This book means a lot to me, and I wanted to make sure it was worthy of your hard-earned dollars. I appreciate all of my readers immensely.

TWM cover art (web)

Reaching for the Stars

November 17, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

In my day job, I get paid to do what I am supposed to do when I said I would do it.

I’m super good at that.

Obligatory Whining

I try very hard to be that good with my writing career, but this is an intellectual endeavor in which I am both providing the content and building the machine to produce it, and woo wee (woo wee being a technical term), it’s a bit difficult.

While we are here, that lone sentence above is really all I can drag out of myself in boo hoo land. I cringe when indie authors go on post binges on various woes, and to be blunt, cowboy up princesses and get’er done. In the interest of status for those who ask, I only went there to provide context to the below revelations.

Where We Be

All my original estimates are off because I took The Wælcyrie Murders and embarked on a slow process to improve my prose. And it worked. Where we last left off, I delivered a revised manuscript based on the (soul devoting) editorial letter my editor handed me. Based on that letter, I returned a substantial revision and Sofia is now doing the line edits. After I receive those, I’ll go through all the edits and produce the last revision that goes to the copy editor. The (new!) copy editor then checks for spelling, grammar and punctuation issues. When I accept the copy editor’s changes, then post production starts were we put together the book in quick order.

Where We Be, The Meta Discussion

It is my keen desire to put in a well-oiled machine where the above 270 word status never has to grace this blog again. That takes effort and time. I am building Team Anthony. Team Anthony is rocking right now. We’re pulling out all the stops; the quality bar for The Wælcyrie Murders is super high.

And that is good. I promise the results will please you and the positive impact will easily carry to book 3, Death by Lingerie.

Deep Mountain Studios is approaching 100% fully operational status.

Unforeseen Goodness and Resultant Publishing Date

My marketing plan was never designed to kick in until The Wælcyrie Murders was out. It’s not that I shrugged and moved on, it makes sense for me to put most of my effort when my published list has more than one book.

What I did not foresee were opportunities made available by Armageddon’s Princess publication in 2013. I can’t go into details right now, but the result is if I had the finished and produced manuscript in my hands right now, I still would not push the various  publish buttons until after January 1st. Deep Mountain Studios will publish The Wælcyrie Murders in early January 2014 or close to it. Hold on folks, I’m reaching for the stars here, and I appreciate everyone asking what the publishing schedule looks like.

Yours Always,
Anthony

Reach for the Stars

The Wælcyrie Murders is Off to Editing

August 27, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

For the terminally curious, here is what’s left on The Wælcyrie Murders.

  • Line edits (editor)
  • Line edit revision (me)
  • Final beta reader (beta reader who kindly does copy edits)
  • Copy edit (copy editor)
  • Print book production (layout designer and cover designer)
  • Proofreading (proofreader)
  • Print book upload to distributor
  • eBook production (layout designer, cover already finished)
  • eBook upload
  • Launch!
  • Marketing (ongoing)

Seems like a lot, but only one time consuming part remains, which is the final editing pass. The cover was done earlier.

I am constantly amazed at all the work that goes into publishing my novels and I appreciate everyone involved in the process. I call them Team Anthony and my books would go nowhere without their efforts and support.

In other news, the audiobook for Armageddon’s Princess was pushed back to the fall, due to crazy schedules. We’re shooting for quality here.

Write books. Make them awesome. Publish.

BOOYAH for Science Fiction Murder Mysteries

August 14, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

Things are a bit wild here at Chez Pacheco. End of contract madness (followed by new contract madness), lovely summer weather and (doot doot deet deeeeeeeee) editing.

Yes, I’m still editing the The Wælcyrie Murders, that post-apocalyptic red pill infused libertarian science fiction murder mystery.

The Wælcyrie Murders is the first novel where my lovely and ultra-smart editor has had her dainty and greedy little hands on it from the first revision. The prior novel, I fired the editor for non-performance halfway through the process and found Sofia, and what a find she was. Both of us are a bit of OCD when it comes to science fiction. She has exacting standards and I’ve bumped it up a notch.

That in unto itself does not explain the length of time I’m spending on revisions.

The big time suck is prose improvement, a time consuming process for an existing novel. Subsequent novels won’t have this time lag as I’m learning as I’m going.

The goal is to have The Wælcyrie Murders in everyone’s greedy hands in September-October. Right now, this is my all-consuming focus. Meanwhile, I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THE COVER GUYS THIS COVER IS AWESOME! WOOOOOOO!

Ahem.

The Wælcyrie Murders

You know she’s going to use that gun on bad guys.

Eeeeeeeeee…

October 01, 2012 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Awesomesauce, The Craft  0 Comments

Hey everybody! I am a little excited! You should go to my home page and check out my announcement and the massive website upgrade!

More later, but yes, Armageddon’s Princess, a sci-fi mystery will be published in Fall 2012, which is like really super soon now. As soon as I have an availability date I will post it here. The print book will be available via Barnes and Nobel, a bunch of other places you can special order it from and of course, Amazon.

The eBook will be available exclusively for the Kindle for 90 days in which Amazon Prime members can borrow the book for an unlimited time for free. How awesome is that? Afterwards, Deep Mountain Studios will post the book to to iTunes, Smashwords and the Nook.

Stay tuned for the mega-super squeeeeeee cover reveal.

Dudes. I feel like a chipmunk on crank slurping on a super-sugar Slurpee. I haven’t posted this anywhere else because dragging The Official Publication Date(TM) out of the Powers That Be is really difficult. Man, that imprint run by that guy in Redmond. He needs to GET WITH IT.

XOXOXOXO

The Most Human of Us All

September 10, 2012 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Characterization, The Craft  0 Comments

There my main character was, sobbing on the floor, having gone through hell tailored by a computer program, designed to make her confront the very thing she didn’t want to confront. She was done. She had nothing left to discover. She knew all that she needed to know about herself. Yet, why couldn’t she cope? Why did the tears still fall?

It was then I departed from the rails of my outlining process (which isn’t restrictive, but it is an outline) and had the character ask, plead even, with the program. Didn’t it feel anything for the pain she went through? Did it feel anything at all for her plight? Or did was it really an uncaring bit of cleverness, designed to be brutally efficient and cruelly honest at all costs?

At this point, I didn’t know what came next, but I was going somewhere. I typed answer after answer, scene after scene. None of it worked and was worthy of the question before us. One response was five pages of pure speculative goodness, an insight into future artificial intelligence programing born from an understanding of advanced heuristics and neural networks.

But it was missing something. I deleted that, too.

Finally, a week later, I sat down and reached for my poor main character. She deserved an answer.

“Lexus, there is no cure for the human condition,” the program told her.

That was not the answer she expected. She (and by extension, I) wondered if the program was still running. Still trying to make her see through the fog of humanity by stripping it away and replacing it with a program of its own.

Or, was it using logic to reach her, to tell her that bad things happen to good people, that in its own broken way, it did care. It cared a great deal. It cared more than it could say.

I don’t have the answer to that, just as Lexus doesn’t have the answer to being human.

Maybe someday we’ll both find out.

Who Are You People and What Do You Want?

August 16, 2012 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

Lately I’ve been so busy with writing projects, my blog posts are obtuse or, at least, without substance. A hello of sorts. “Greetings I am still alive, how are you?” Really lame stuff.

So what happens?

More people subscribe to my RSS feed.

Ha!

The interweb tubes.Love it.

ANYWAY, man, oh man am I working hard on writing projects. I have two books right now, one of which is in the final stages of editing, consuming my writing time to the exclusion of almost everything else except work and family.

So what I am editing, specifically?

STUFF.

Oh man, I kill myself.

ANYWAY, it’s really quite refreshing to get structural editorial feedback. I appreciate my editor mightily. She’s a bit of the awesome.

And tough! So tough the editorial letter stretched into the next book.

And now, I go play in traffic.

JOYS!