After completing my first draft right before going on vacation--to Saskatchewan, no less--in late June, I have just completed my second major draft of the book and have just sent it out to my beta readers--my wife and four children--for review. The cover is nearly complete, so once I get their notes back, I'll do one more pass and then proceed to layout. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this book should be ready to release by the end of August. I couldn't be more excited.
When I was but a wee lad, probably about nine or ten years old, a distant relative pulled into our farmyard with a helicopter fuselage on a flatbed trailer. It was an exciting moment for all of us, having never seen a helicopter up close before. I was just at a family reunion in Saskatchewan when I found a picture of it. It was cool timing, seeing as that moment actually inspired an aspect of Unlimited, which I had just finished writing.
I had a chance to visit the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh last week and thought you'd like a look at the place that first planted the seeds of "Unlimited" in my mind.
I couldn't be more excited to announce that I've just finished my first draft of Unlimited, book two in the Milligan Creek series. In case you haven't heard, in this book, Matt, Chad, Andrew, and Dean--with a little help from Matt and Chad's older sister, Joyce--launch their own pirate radio station and soon find themselves piling up just as many foes as fans.
Now that the draft is finished, I need to do an edit, a polish, and a proof, and then it's off to layout and design. All that should be complete by the end of August, with the book ready to launch as soon as the new school year begins. I've already given you a sneak peek of the cover creation process, but here's one more look.
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