More Evidence of the Final Stage
"these developments speak for themselves"
The image at left is more than yet another exercise in vanity and shameless self-promotion. It is a harbinger of impending publication of The Just Beyond. And it's only one among many strong indications that the book is finally heading to market.
The picture was provided at the publisher's request for use on their website. They also asked for an author's bio, a list of personal interests, a "back cover" description of the novel, and a tag line for the crawler on their site that promotes their books. Even before that, they relayed to me some specific questions from the cover artist. These are the most convincing developments to date that the project really is at the end of the pre-release cycle, and they came a week after 48fourteen had my second round edits in hand.
I'm still not predicting anything, and hopeful signs--even specific time frames predicted by the publisher--have in the past proven premature. But these developments speak for themselves. I'm hoping that some time in the next few weeks I'll have a release date I can announce with confidence. - Mark
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