This is a frustrating blog post to type, and one that’s overdue as I didn’t post anything last month. Despite the project eating my available free-time, progress editing Out of the Darkness has been slower than I’d hoped. Assuming the rest of this edit goes at the same pace, the book will be out later than I stated in the Kickstarter (March, 2014). It’s most likely going to be summer before this draft is complete and ready for Frontier to review. For that, I apologise.
The reasons are many and varied and I’ve mentioned them in previous blog posts. Add to those some household hassles that needed sorting and the usual run of winter germs, and things are behind.
On the positive side work is progressing—version beta-2 is a much better read. The word count is dropping, meaning it’s tighter and faster; consistency problems have been sorted; large sections have been re-written so they flow nicely; in fact, about the only thing that hasn’t been changed is the basic story, it’s simply told a lot better.
Is beta-2 the final draft? Unfortunately not. Drew Wagar reported in his interview with Lave Radio that implementing the changes Frontier required to Elite: Reclamation took six weeks. Without the starmap, I’ll have to figure out the placement of every location in the book with Frontier and make sure the written descriptions tally with the planets in-game. That could take a couple of months (?). After that come more editing sweeps for proofreading and final checking. Will the book be out in time for the game’s release? I can’t predict that; it depends on when Frontier bring out the game.
If any of you were wondering why I did not go with Fantastic Books as my publisher, this is the reason. They were running an integrated advertising/Kickstarter campaign and are coordinating all the books for release at the same time. With them, I would have been the spanner in their works. Without them, I can give this book the time it needs.
I’ve said it before: the most important consideration for me is quality. I’m sorry the project is going to overrun, but I want to deliver the best reading experience and memorable story that I can, one worthy of you and the Elite universe.
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