Whaddaya mean it’s August already? How the HELL did that happen?
No. Don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.
Things are definitely busy here at Castle Ward. I’m at that teetering point between enough work to keep me busy and too much to handle, or as I like to call it, “the Sweet Spot.” That said, I’m always on the hunt for the next project, so if you’re an editor or publisher reading this and you need an ace word pusher to help you out, give me a shout.
In the meantime, here’s what went down on the writing front in July:
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Available Light – Yay! In case you missed this, the announcement about Pocket Books’ renewed publishing license for Star Trek novels was made at the ginormous Star Trek convention currently taking place in Las Vegas. For those who keep track of such things, Available Light picks up the action in the aftermath of David Mack’s novel Control and my own TNG tale, Hearts and Minds. I started work on this back in early July, and I’m a bit shy of a quarter of the way done with the manuscript. My delivery date is the end of October. The book is currently schedule for publication in April 2019. Pre-order links and official back cover copy are inbound, so stay tuned!
Unidentified Tie-In Project – Yep. I can’t say much about this one just yet, other than it’s one the “burn hot/burn fast” variety, requiring quick turnaround on my end with respect to pretty much everything. After delivering a manuscript to my editor back in May, we received feedback from the licensor on July 11th and I returned an updated version of the ms. on July 21st. Now I’m awaiting further instructions. At present, the publication date is still aiming for May 2019, along with….
Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – A companion to the previous entry. I know what you’re thinking, and neither of these are Star Trek titles. Sorry! As with the previous project, there’s a need for me to be quick with my deliverables. I delivered a manuscript on June 7th, and received editorial feedback on July 11th. After taking care of the other manuscript, I made my changes and tweaks to this one and sent it back on July 29th, and now I’m waiting to hear what the licensor has to say. As with its companion, this one also is slated for publication in May 2019.
Star Trek: Kirk Fu – An Introduction to the Final Frontier’s Most Feared Martial Art. YAAASSSSSSS. This is a project I pitched a couple of years ago, and it sat in limbo forever before a new editor at Insight Editions, Paul Ruditis, came aboard, and things started cooking with gas. The book was officially announced on June 14th, including some peeks at concept art, and of course it’s all totally insane, as I originally intended. I delivered the manuscript for this on February 21st, and I’m currently waiting for copyedits and other next steps. The book’s publication date has been pushed back a month, to April 2019, so you should start limbering up now.
A Not At All Tie-In Project – See what I did there, sneaking this one in between all the others? I was contacted a couple of months ago about doing some writing work for a new endeavor that’s currently in development. It’s work for hire, in the sense that someone else is developing the property rather than this being my own idea, but the person in charge is giving me wide latitude so far as I what I write. We’ve had one conversation and I’ve been sent some reference material, but I’m otherwise on my own…within reason, of course. This is something that’s sort of gestating, so I have no real idea just yet when it might be announced or made available. More info as I get it and am allowed to share.
And Another Tie-In Project – I can’t really describe anything about this one without giving away hints as to what it might be. It’s definitely an interesting endeavor – one I’m pursuing with a friend and fellow writer. I’ve only written a sort of “proof of concept” manuscript, and I still need to make some changes based on feedback from my partner in crime. There may be an announcement coming about this very soon, but until that happens the only thing I can say is that this is a slice of pure fanboy fun. Stay tuned!
Other stuff in the pipeline:
You Guessed It! Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – Though this was something discussed with other parties back in the early spring, I’d thought it was DOA and promptly moved on to other things. A conversation came in the wake of “revived interest” on the part of the client, after which I fired off a list of potential story ideas to support the original pitch. We’re in a sort of limbo at the moment, but if this goes forward it’ll be a lot of fun, so keep those digits crossed!
And Still Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – For a new client. I’m calling it a “tie-in” not because it’s based on an existing media property, but because it’s a concept they’ve developed and pitched to me to help them flesh out and act as a “lead writer.” I sent an outline along with the first three installments of the actual story to its editor back on February 12th, and I’m presently awaiting feedback and direction on how to proceed. More details soon!
Yet Another Unidentified Tie-In Project – After submitting a revised outline to my editor last August, I’ve been in limbo since then while we await a response from the licensor. I’ve attempted to follow up a few times in the intervening months, but so far I’ve had no luck. I guess they’ll find me when they’re ready. It’s not like I’m drowning in free time or anything, but I’d really like to get on with this one. Here’s hoping.
Possible future projects:
Original SF novel concept – Something I’d started a while back, refreshed some older notes and added some new ones. This one’s been on the back burner for a while, because…well…look up at all that other stuff. I’ve been giving this one some thought lately, as it’s the sort of thing I can scribble about during lunch breaks and such at work. I’d like to get it to a point that I feel comfortable approaching at least one editor with it. I guess we’ll see.
Original e-Book concept – I’ve been pondering an idea for a new series – something akin to the “men’s adventure” style books I loved back in the 80s and 90s. It would be a setting for which I could write shorter tales – novellas, likely – for e-Book distribution. It would be something of an SF-ish/action bent, with (I hope) lots of humor. Not quite campy, but definitely lighter in tone. This is still very rough at the moment, but it’s something I’d really like to get into once I get some free time (HAH! HAH AGAIN!).
So, August, uh? Here we go.