First off, a correction for a previous post on this topic. Below is one of the alternate covers that was presented of Hastings bailing out onto the train. Wolf and I discarded it, not because it’s bad or anything, but just because it wasn’t sufficiently dramatic. It is good work, though!
Now, back on topic. We already agreed upon a format, and the next revision Marc sent to us is below:
Good stuff, but the main character seems a bit out of scale, and unless the Chinook is drifting sideways, he’s kind of away from where he should be. Another guy was added, blasting away at the dead. But Wolf’s major problem with this: the stars on Old Glory aren’t right. But as you may remember from this earlier iteration, it’s generally all sorts of good.
Marc’s latest revision…
…has a different sky, a modified aspect, more guys, guns, and zombies–and oh yeah, Hastings actually kicking the head off a zombie. That was an unexpected surprise, and if he can get enough brackish gore in there, it’ll be perfect! Flag modified, our crew chief is whipping out the pistol, and some neat-o spark effects thrown in for good measure. Wolf approves, and so do I, so this is the launching pad for the final.
Now…if only I could deliver my pages so Mr. Wolf can start his slice… 😀
For your consideration… I have twelve paperback editions of These Dead Lands: Immolation signed by myself and the erstwhile Scott Wolf. I’m notoriously crummy when it comes to things like this, but at the moment, I do have twelve books to pass on. That’s 519 pages of military-on-zombie goodness!
If interested, the cost (including shipping) is $26.99. Payment can be made through PayPal to immolationllc at gmail.
In the not-so-distant future, I’ll be providing poster-sized versions of Marc Lee’s fabulous artwork, without title text–just troops bugging out in CH-47Fs while the hordes close in. It’s bangin’ artwork, I gotta say!
Going about it differently this time, got the cover pulled together before the story. Ladies and germs: Danielle Kennedy, one-legged Marine and Iron Chef, going to guns on the stenches. Still slated for an August release, though. 🙂
Final cover version, finally. A tip of the derby to Marc Lee, Singaporean artist extraordinaire who’s got to be blur like sotong at this point. (That’s Singlish, for those who might be curious.)
Text is still being worked up between Wolf and myself, but it’s pretty much ready to roll into final edit/proof/format and then release. Maybe next week?
Been lying low in the trenches as of late, but managed to churn out the final part of THESE DEAD LANDS: IMMOLATION to the tune of over 180,000 words, which is one fat book. Scott Wolf is interested in halving it, which would keep print production costs down. I’m considering it, but we haven’t made a final determination yet.
As of now, the product has been proofed by the erstwhile Dianna Cox, and it’s currently in the able hands of Lynn McNamee, who is my editor of choice, since she’s ex-Army and isn’t put off by acronyms and military maneuvers in general. She’s also direct and to the point, which is something I like. For those of you who have read the works of Keith Blackmore, she has done many of his titles as well. I anticipate the product being returned to me within a week’s time, after which we’ll import the corrections. Scott and I will gather around and do a final salience review and whatever rewrites are indicated, and then it will go back to Lynn for a second once-over and final proof. Without having seen the first edits yet, I don’t know how much work lies in store for us, but I remain optimistic for an April release. The tremendously talented Marc Lee continues to work out the cover, and I present his latest work for your perusal here.
That’s all for now, other than to mention I’ll have a flurry of releases coming up, along with IMMOLATION: THE LAST TOWN #3, DEAD IN THE CITY OF ANGELS, with Jarret Liotta, and the post-EMP adventure story CHARGES, which will eventually pave the way for its sequel, RAVAGERS. And near the end of the year, EARTHFALL 2 should trundle across the post-nuclear landscape, bringing Andrews, Mulligan, Leona, Laird, Jordello, and some new SCEV team members into contact with one of the last bastions of human society. Don’t worry–Rachel Andrews gets left in Harmony this time.
And, of course, THE RETREAT series is in motion again, with Joe McKinney doing his magic as I write this, and Craig DiLouie has already plotted release #4.