Life is good. I really believe that if you work hard and manifest good things, you can reach your dreams. I've managed to reach mine after years of hard work and diligence.
Wow, things are going great here. I found out today that my publisher wants to give me a contract for book three. My editor told me when I arrived. They just signed me for book two a couple of weeks ago, so this is a great step. The book is selling really well and is about to go into its fourth printing. I'm the fastest selling fantasy author they've ever had and I am their best selling author.
Then I went to a panel presented by the folks at DAW Books. They mentioned three of the anthologies I have stories in and discussed upcoming releases. I love DAW Books. They are awesome.
After the panel, my editor made the introduction, then I pitched The Golden Cord to one of the major editors at DAW, a woman I've met before a couple of times--Sheila. My hope is that they will pick up the paperback rights and The Golden Cord could go nationwide in every bookstore in America. That would be fantastic. I'm going to send Sheila a copy of the book when I get home.
Then I went to dinner with friends, one of whom is an agent. She really wants to talk about signing me on as her client now. Sweet.
The pressure is off now. I don't have to worry about the rest of the con. However, I did hear from my editor that he wants me to get him book two very soon. No deadline yet, but soon. So, I have to kick ass and get it done quick. Then he wants book three as soon as I can get that to him. Right after I finish rewriting book two I'll dive right into book three--rewriting it. The old manuscript will need lots of work.
When I get home I'm going to hit the book hard and get lots done. I'm 60% done with the rewrite and need to redo the last half, then get it off to my alpha readers, then my editor.
World Con has been wonderful. Seeing friends has been great and everything is falling into place. The promotion won't stop, but I really need to get to the writing now.
Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series