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THE RISING HORDE: Volume 2 Draft Cover; Edits Are In

Well, Jared Rackler has produced a pretty eye-popping and evocative draft cover for the second volume of The Rising Horde. Click on the image to the left and enjoy.

And, better news–I received the edits from Lynn O’Dell, and things could have been a lot worse. She’s not usually the kind of editor to gush to her clients about how great their work is, but she gave me a high five for The Rising Horde, which was awfully nice. Now it’s up to me to cruise through the edits, make the requisite additions, deletions, and corrections, and fire it back for her to deliver to one of her proofreaders for a final review. I expect I’ll be done with my part today or tomorrow, so that’s easy. The final proof could take as long as three weeks, since the manuscript is still so damn long–Lynn was only able to remove about 9,000 words, brining the total word count down to 177,000+ (from its formerly robust 186,000+ words). So far, I’ve not found the reduction compromises the story in any way.

Just the same, this ensures the product will be released as two books. I can’t reasonably deliver an 800+ page book to Lightning Source to print and distribute, since the costs would be quite high; no one is likely to be interested in paying $24.95 for a soft-cover book. And this way, I can effectively link the paper and electronic versions together, which helps ensure sales tallies are more accurately calculated, and that there’s a corresponding relationship between the two selections.

All that said, the worst case release date for the ebooks will be May 15, 2012 with the paper editions coming out about a month later. But I do expect them to be released sooner. It all depends upon when the final proof is released to me. After that, I pull the trigger.

Hope everyone is having a great day…we’re looking at temperatures in the 70s here in the New York City area.

  1. April 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

    That is GREAT news Steve!

    Ya know, as I was reading this post an image popped into my head–as they sometimes do without warning :P.

    You ever see the movie “The Right Stuff”? There is a particular scene from that movie that’s stuck in my head. I don’t wanna give it away here, right now. I want to see if you or some of the others that’ll read this are of the same mind. LMBO

    \m/ write on my friend \m/

    • April 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Hopefully it’s not where Scott Glenn/Alan Sheppard is running to the latrine after receiving a large enema!

      • April 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        “hurry….HURRY….please!…..PLEEEEEASE!! puH-leeeease hu-u-u-u-urry-y-y-y!

        oh god…ohhhhgaaaawd pleeeeeeeze……….” ROFLMBO

  2. April 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I love your writing! Very cute style (I mean that as a compliment!). Future success to you, my friend!

  3. Keith Meyers
    April 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I made the mistake of reading “Left With the Dead” first, now reading “Gathering” (and have “City of the Damned” next to read in queue)…all I have to say is…where/when can I buy the “The Rising Horde”???

    I cannot compliment you enough on your work, sir! It is THAT GOOD! And as far as the film, I humbly volunteer my services for anything you need, that movie would ROCK!!!

    • April 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Hey, thanks! I don’t think you broke any major rules by reading LWTD before TGD, so you hopefully weren’t lost or befuddled by the goings-on. The Rising Horde will be out around May 15 at the latest.

  4. Adam
    April 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Hi Stephen, I was just on Amazon.co.uk and noticed they already have ‘The Rising Horde’ on sale! It seems to have been released on the 28th. As this is way before the May 15th date you posted above I have to ask if this is the finished article?

    • April 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Yep, it’s out early. A case of underpromise and overdeliver.

  5. April 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    HUH?? It’s out on dot uk??

    • Keith Meyers
      April 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      And SURPRISE!!!! It’s out on Amazon in the US too! I just bought it!!! And I HATE eBooks!!!( I am old school and will buy the book as well at one point) but I wanted to read it THAT MUCH!!!!

    • April 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      released YESTERDAY (Sat) on dot com…no WONDER I couldn’t sleep last night…just Vol 1 so far but still…..YEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWW

  6. April 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    holy CRAP…it’s on .com also released YESTERDAY (Sat) just Vol. 1 so far…

  7. November 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Just finished the second volume of The Rising Horde.
    Great story, I hope you continue working on that theme.
    Best regards from Brazil!

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