The Great Wall of Edits
The test readers have finally finished their labors, and we're now coming down the home stretch of Walls of Men.
This project really got out of hand developed beyond what I expected. Based on my experience with Long Live Death, I figured I could hammer out a concise military history of China in little over twice the time it took me to write about Spain. I was wrong.
Target completion dates kept slipping backward, from March to May to July to September. I'm now reasonably confident that I will at least have a proof copy printed in November.
On the plus side, the feedback is very positive, which is great. On the other hand, I've got a bit of work ahead in terms of cleaning things up. I'm not really bothered by that because almost every one of my books has required a post-publication update as new typos and mistakes are brought to light. Given the scope of this particular work, I'm willing to delay final publication until it's as clean as can be reasonably expected.
What next? I'm not sure, but I need a break from the non-fiction realm. Things are too stressful and disappearing into a world of my own creation will do me some good. Both Vampires of Michigan and Battle Officer Wolf are long overdue for sequels, and I've been thinking about both of them.
I'm also looking at a revised one-volume version of Man of Destiny with some new content added to it (along with improved cover art).
To put it another way, I've still got stories to tell and things to say and with my impending retirement from military service, I'll have a lot more time to do it.
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