I really always thought that was regrease me, let me glow… Today’s prompt from wordpress was ‘Who do you envy?’ My thought at the moment would be people who don’t have to play the waiting game for, it seems, everything going. I’ve never been much good at waiting, and it was always the trad author’s role in life: You were never the one to set timeframes, just to live with them. It seemed you were always waiting. Waiting to hear from an editor about a proposal or manuscript, waiting to get feedback from the editor, rushing frantically to do xyz because said editor/proofreader/junior factotum had not got it back you in a timely manner – and now you had to pull all-nighters to fix that. Waiting to hear what the release date would be (you never got told.) waiting for the book to be out, waiting for the reviews to trickle in, waiting – endlessly – for money, for royalty statements.
None of which you had the least control over, and losing your shit about did not help…
One of the attractions of Indy was that at least SOME of the waiting game just stopped mattering. You had a far greater degree of control. Of course, you can’t get rid of all of it, so here I am sitting waiting for the cover to be finalized. Waiting: if I got better at it, I’d be damn near perfect by now. It’s never going to be one of my strengths. Anyway, I have put some of the time to good use by getting DRAGON’S RING and DOG and DRAGON back up on Amazon, now the rights have reverted. I did no waiting at all for those covers!
Cedar Sanderson had them ready before I knew what hit me. I think she has done a terrific job. Baen are still selling the paperbacks – they have copies, but that too will change.
And yes, there are plans afoot for a third (and final) book although each of these stands alone.