Thoughts from the Cutting Room Floor

Well, after a lengthy hiatus and a birthday, I’m back in action. I suppose it wasn’t really much of a hiatus—I’ve continued to tinker with Pride the entire time. Don’t get too excited though. I’m a long way off from tearing through it. I’m still in the “experimental” mode, and I probably will be for some time. That said, I’ve written a decent amount of “keeper” material, and that’s exciting. Progress makes me happy.

As far as The Dagger Rose is concerned, I’ve begun one last round of editing. Having put it down for a little while, I’m able to approach it in a far more objective manner. It’s taking longer than I’d like, but it’s for the best. I’d hoped to publish it on my birthday as a present to myself, but that clearly didn’t happen. So, I’ve dispensed with deadlines, and now I’m simply going to focus on turning out a quality piece of work.

I’m not sure how long this last round of edits is going to take, especially given that my editor it will need another go at it (I absolutely don’t pay him enough). My hope is to wrap up by the end of March, assuming the cover art is completed. I still haven’t decided what to do about that. I’ve considered doing it myself or using a different artist simply to distinguish it from the Unwilling Kings series, but I remain undecided. If you have opinions, feel free to post comments on this post; I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

As a parting note, I’ve temporarily taken Crown off of Smashwords. Doing so has allowed me to join Amazon’s "Kindle Direct Publishing Select" program, which allows readers to "lend" the book to others. That suits me fine because, honestly, the more people that read my work, the happier I am. If I was doing this to make money, I’d be living in a cardboard box and living off scraps and ramen noodles (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

That’s all for now. I’ll keep everyone updated on my progress with Rose on Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. Tony
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I have an opinion on Dagger Rose cover art. While it’s not part of the Unwilling Kings series, it is related and relevant. I consider it akin to The Animatrix, if you know what I mean. Therefore, I would love to see SIMILAR artwork at the least if not in theme then in style (that interesting finger-painting look works).

    That’s my opinion. Oh, I agree that your editor is underpaid but I have it on good authority that he’s not dissatisfied with the arrangement 😉

    • Tony
      Posted February 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      By the way, the IC cover is a pair of hands made to look like a crown, yes? Creepy AND compelling…I do like it.

      • Posted February 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        It is. Originally, I just pictured it being a rough iron crown with spikes, but Veronica came up with the hands concept. It was truly inspired.

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    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.