I have submitted the manuscript for PMF #3: Dead Man’s Debt to my editor at Skyscape.
This in no way means it has been accepted, put on a calendar, or fully finished. It may require revisions. It may require big cuts. I’ll have to wait and see. But it’s a significant point of progress for anyone keeping score at home. It’s also a milestone for me, because this is the first time I’ve submitted an original work directly to an editor.
For what it’s worth, there has hardly been a day in the last…oh god, I can’t remember how long it’s been, but any day that I’ve been home, I’ve put work in on this book or one of the others. The re-launch of books 1 & 2 and the audio editions of my other works have been a slight distraction, but at 172,000 words after revisions and beta reads and all the rest, it has been a lot of work.
It’s also important (for me, at least) to remember how much of that work involves world-building; I had to consider whether or not everything made sense and was internally consistent. That’s much easier in my other books, where I can just say “Seattle” or “motorcycle” or “restaurant” and everyone easily knows what I mean. When it comes to a far-future spacefaring society, I feel like the default is that things will stay the same–people still make movies and rock music and go on dates–but I have to at least stop and ask myself at each step if this makes sense and whether or not it’s worth it to describe the future-versions of these things for the reader. Often, the answer is no, but the writer still has to ask and answer that question.
Anyway. Manuscript done, submitted, and presumably in the review queue. I shall now return to my indie urban fantasy short-storying…with some hopefully understandable breaks for Fallout 4, because the post-apocalyptic wasteland isn’t gonna save itself, yo.