I’m happy to announce that my friend Dan Govar will be doing the cover illustration for Mutt. Dan writes and illustrates Azure for DC Comics and has done splendid work capturing everything from the DC and Marvel universes to Lord of the Rings.
I have a few leads in my search for editing (more on that when I have an actual agreement.) Editing is the last major step in getting the actual manuscript where it needs to be for publication. After that, I format the print and e-book versions of the novel, submit them for release, and begin the much harder work of marketing the book and getting it before as many pairs of eyes as humanly possible.
The past couple weeks have served to remind me that while self-publishing can be a much faster process than conventional publishing, there’s another side to that coin. If you’re not doing anything, nothing’s getting done. Between work, the beginning weeks of the fall semester at Temple, and most pressingly landlord troubles leading to an emergency move, I’ve fallen behind my self-imposed schedule for securing editing services. Hopefully things will calm down enough for me to get back on track and still have time for sleep. But even if life stays hectic, I’m going to have to buckle down and release this book. As the saying goes, there will be rest enough over winter break.