Well, it's not really so much a work slow-down as adding time for additional work that comes from realizing I need to lay a better foundation before rolling out Escape From Pig Hill. The result is that my new goal date for releasing Escape is March 8, 2015. Of course the illustrations need to be completed in the next weeks and the book needs to be proofread and edited by the professionals whose services I have already procured for this project. Those processes are time-consuming, but even more delaying are marketing concerns that have come to my attention. I am considering re-categorizing the book as YA (young adult) with an LGBT focus. I am somewhat resistant to categorization of any kind -- I fear it will box me in down the road -- but the fact is that categorization can help a book find its audience. For that reason, I'll be making some hard choices in the next few months. I have also decided to publish under the Diva Press plate. Previous books have been published in my own name but I've decided to change that for the novel series.
My apologies to any who were waiting with baited breath for the novel to be released in November and to the many more who were likely hoping I would quit blathering on about the "creative process" rather sooner than later. You'll just have to bare with me a while longer.
In the mean time, I hope you enjoy seeing an illustration from time to time and hearing the occasional reading from Escape From Pig Hill, as I continue smoothing its edges.
|The Granger twins encounter "Mean" Margaret Adelbaum |
as they walk down the hill to school.