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November 10, 2018


Greg Daniel

Hey Steve -- the one thing that I didn't see in your litany of excuses -- uh, er, "right reasonable reasons for delay" -- was the non-writing responsibilities of self-publishing. Did editing, designing, marketing, etc. and/or thinking about those things have much impact?

Regardless ... the wait is nearly over and it sounds like waiting is not the hardest part, writing (and not writing) is.


Great question, Greg! I'd say the editing (in this case gathering feedback from test readers and going through the book again) added a couple months to the process, while the design and formatting stage will take up another month or so. The marketing (what little of it I have planned) I'll do concurrent with the release, so that won't even kick in until December. In the end, the delay really does boil down to (A) I wrote more slowly than I wanted to and (B) I got distracted by other projects. The next time I do a self-published novel I'm hoping I can stick to the original plan for this one: keep it short and don't dither with it. But I don't know...that's probably just not how my brain works!

Eric Schuck

Thanks for sharing about all your struggles, Steve. It's somehow comforting to hear that a talented, successful author such as yourself still has some of the same issues that I have when writing a story. I've already got this HOTR book on the list for Santa to deliver, if he ever forgives me for the gluten free cookies I left him last Xmas that is.

By the way, do you have any update on a new Tarot book? I know I asked you this a while back and I think you said you were a bit stuck getting the rights back to those books. Anyway, happy writing on the new project!


I'm sure Santa Claus will forgive you for the gluten-free cookies, Eric. But if you'd left him *vegan* cookies, your holly jolly Christmases would be over for good. Remember: Nobody likes a skinny Santa. The man needs his butter.

I've made progress on the tarot front: The rights to the first book in the series will be returning to me and Lisa Falco shortly. (Technically, they already have, but I'm still waiting for the original publisher to pull the e-book from Amazon.) It'll probably be a couple more years before the other two tarot mysteries are back in our grasp, though, so the waiting game continues. I'm this/close to getting the rights back to another of my books, however. If all goes according to plan, it'll be mine again in the spring, after which (hopefully) I'll be announcing the release of a new edition. Stay tuned....

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