Some people have asked me what's next.
One thing at a time. First, I need to get Red Tide released. (Oh man, you authors will understand the awesome moment I just had putting my title in italics.) Assuming my editor's comments involve easily implemented changes I agree with, Red Tide should be available in a few weeks. As of this moment, I'm considering make Red Tide available exclusively through Amazon, but Red Tide will be in both print and ebook formats.
I have a second manuscript ready for the editing process. For me what seems to work is one or two self-edits, a couple of beta readers, and then a professional edit. This new book will reflect some old friends to people who read about them in a previous incarnation, but in some very different roles. It was the one I thought would be an easy rewrite, but ended up being a completely new story.
The last couple of days (in between swooning over the awesome cover designed by Patty Henderson) I've been getting a little more detail down on a third manuscript that I hope to begin writing soon. The insides of my elbows are itching to get going and that's a good sign.
Before any of this goes one more step, I need to say something.
What began as a dream headed in one direction—traditional publication—shifted. But the people who held me up then continue to do so today. The acknowledgement section in Red Tide is likely to be extensive. I have so many people to name. This book absolutely did not happen because of me. It happened because of a whole lot of people. And you humble me.
CR: The same book. I'm just so danged slow.
It's all better with friends.