Well, this has been an interesting week.
On Tuesday, we get an email from David Pomerico, the acquisitions editor at 47North and he wants us to provide some short descriptions of each of the 6 episodes of the Pirates of the Outrigger Rift serial. I still equate these to the TV Guide listings. “Fonzie jumps a shark with his motorcycle and ends a great career.”
Of course, he needs it by the next. No problem. I love a deadline. All my mental cobwebs vanish in an instant and I get right to work. I did a version of all of them, Gary did a version and to be truthful we had both independently come up with almost the same descriptions. How is that doable? LOL
Those first two episode descriptions are now on the preorder site so you will get an idea of what is in store. Here is the Amazon description:
September 24, 2013
This book is a Kindle Serial. Kindle Serials are stories published in episodes, with future episodes delivered at no additional cost. This serial currently contains one episode out of an estimated six total episodes, and new episodes will be delivered every week.
When the security director of the powerful corporation Nebulaco dies under mysterious circumstances, courier Sai Collins has one last top-secret delivery to make for him. But she has a secret of her own; she’s a computer telepath who can connect to the grid without hardware.
It’s a talent she needs when she arrives at the drop point to make the delivery and is ambushed by heavily armed goons, barely escaping with her life. Now, caught in the crosshairs of feuding lords, unrelenting security forces, and dangerous outlaws, she’ll need some help to make it out alive. Enter a pair of unlikely allies also caught in the mix: charming, down-on-his-luck pilot Hank Jensen and jaded PI Mike Chandler. Their mission: take down the ruthless pirate who is bringing the galaxy to its knees with his bloody hijackings of corporate trade routes.
Unfolding at a break-neck pace, Pirates of the Outrigger Rift is the rollicking new sci-fi adventure of corporate espionage and interstellar piracy.
An additional episode will be delivered every week until the book is complete. New episodes will be added to the same book on your Kindle, keeping your place and retaining your notes and highlights. You’ll be notified via email when a new episode has been delivered.
Episode 1: September 24, 2013. 51 pages. A simple job for Sai Collins goes south, pitting her against corporate hit squads while P.I. Mike Chandler puts his life on the line to save her.
Episode 2: October 1, 2013. 48 pages. As a security squads close in, Sai must fight her way to the starport and convince Hank Jensen to help her escape…or die trying.
The other big event is that David sent us a PDF copy of several different title treatments of the cover superimposed over the in-progress cover art from Christian McGrath. WOW! The art was shaping up nicely.
Gary and I are both very appreciative of David for asking us for our input. Some houses won’t do that at all and I think we ended up with a much better produce as a result which is good for all involved.
I have the original PDF and perhaps I might be able to share it at a later date, but right now the cover is a secret until the big reveal and I don’t want to spoit the surprise.
There were three versions of the title:
A-Large title with a cool ghost or phase effect on the lower portion of the cover across part of a hover cycle ridden by Sai and Hank and our names in dinky letters across the top which was a bit of starport cityscape.
B-Large title on top with a less cool font effect, or a bit harder to see at least, and tiny names on the bottom, but plenty of detail on the hovercycle.
C-Large title on top with another less cool font effect, but large easy to see author names.
They liked A, but we thought it covered up too much of the foreground characters. We liked C, because you could see our names, but we would like the cool font on the top of the cover.
They ended up taking our advice about the font effect and the placement of the title, but they left our names small…I am only a bit upset because my name is in white over a light background bit so I fade to obscurity…kinda hard to develop a brand name that way. Gary, luckily is on top of a dark area of the book cover and his name pops.
I will post the final cover as soon as I get the go ahead!