Where are the Books?

Hello readers!

It’s mid-April (happy spring, btw), and the books are still not published. So, Jack, where are the books?

It’s a good question, but I have a really good excuse. There is an old adage in indie publishing. It goes something like this:

The best way to market your book is to write another one.

There is another, similar mantra that goes something like this:

Newbie Indie Writer: “Ok, I’m done with my book! Now what do I do?”

Sage Indie Writer with Many Published Books: “Write another one!”

While I was waiting for the final edit of The Russian Assassin to complete the editing process, I started writing Max Austin #2, tentatively called First Kill. About a week ago, I submitted a 90,000 word manuscript for that book to my editor for the first part of the editing process – the structural edit. I edit my books in three steps. First is the structural edit, which examines the elements of story, pacing, character development, plot, and generally makes sure that the story works. The second and third bits of editing are what you’d expect – line editing and proof reading.Cherry Blossoms

Because the books in The Russian Assassin series are so closely tied together, I want to ensure that the transition between book one and book two are tight. There are story lines that continue between the two books, so I decided to hold off on publishing in case I have to make any minor revisions to book one in order to support story lines in book two.

What does that mean for timing?

Good question. I expect to get the manuscript for the structural edit of First Kill back from my editor this week or next. If things go according to plan, that means I should be in a position to publish The Russian Assassin and Cat & Mouse as early as April 30th.

I’m as excited as you are, dear reader, so rest assured the books will be available very soon.

Thanks for reading,


February 18, 2016

Oh my, where has the time gone? Middle of February, and so much to update on. Let’s see, where to begin…The Russian Assassin, book one, staring Max Austin

My first novel, The Russian Assassin, Max Austin number one, is at the editor for a final polish and due back TODAY! I know. I’m excited too. I also have a 20,000 word novella, tentatively titled Cat & Mouse, at the editor for a final polish. That is also due back TODAY!! If all goes to plan, both stories should be published by end of February.

I’m pretty happy with how the novella came out. It’s a prequel to the first Max Austin novel and he gets into some high jinx in his hometown of Paris. I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ll be giving the novella away to anyone who joins my email list – if you’re so inclined, you can signup in the footer and I’ll send it to you for free when it’s ready.

I am also busy banging out the first draft of Max Austin number two – because I know everyone will want to know what happens next, and before you can know, I have to know. As of today, I’m 58,221 words into a draft that will end up at about 92,000 words. In editing, that will get cut down to 85,000 words. I have a date with the editor for this draft the first week of April. The book should come out mid-summer.

What else? I’m concepting a new series staring a young, brash, female lead. The series will take place in the same ‘world’ as the Max Austin series, but the settings will be primarily in Asia. Each story will tackle a global issue and will be faster paced and more action packed than the Max Austin series.

Other than that, my wife and I moved to Philadelphia in December, and that took up a huge amount of my energy. I’m just now recovering, and getting back into the flow of things. Hopefully getting settled will lead to more creativity and more consistent production.

Max Austin, Book One, Goes To The Editor

Well, hello everyone. Jack here. September is upon us, and up here in the Rocky Mountains, the air is crisp and fall is on her way. A couple yellow aspen leaves fell onto my car window the other day and my early morning runs are in the low 40s.

Today, I’m thrilled to report that Max Austin, Book One goes to my editor for the first round of content edits. I’m super excited and proud of myself for reaching this milestone. Last week, I sent the manuscript out to my beta reading team, and so far, I’ve received very good feedback.

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