Updated February 25, 2014
Unmasked Hearts ~ Volume Six ~ Progress Report
Anticipated Release Date: September 2013
February 15, 2014 - I'm sending all of my faithful followers a large thank you for being so patient for this volume six release. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted any current information, and I apologize for that neglect. I’d like to let you know that I haven’t abandoned this sixth volume – Erik is still alive and well and working hard to secure a good future.
June 29, 2013 - For all of you who have been sending me such nice notes about my version of Erik’s life, I want to say a humongous thank you. You’re encouragement warms my heart and helps to keep me focused on Erik story. I do have some bad news though. For many of the same reasons that I couldn’t get the fifth volume out when I wanted to, I also can’t get this sixth volume out on time. I have five daughters with families, and all of them are living through stressful times. So I’m trying to be a good mother, grandmother, and friend by helping them. This is taking away from my writing, but I will try my best to get “Unmasked Hearts” out by the first of the year. Right now, I’m about halfway finished with the rewrites and edits. I’ll also add to this post on a more regular basis to keep you informed of my progress.
I’ve had to take on a secular job to not only help one of my daughters with her business but also to finance the publishing of this next volume. I’m close to finishing the rewrites and the first three rounds of edits, perhaps another two-three months.
I’m also in the process of finding a location and the props for the sketch of this volume. As of right now, I have the models and a possible location for the sketch. In addition, I’m preparing the first half of the manuscript for the final editor. My goal is to have the manuscript and sketch to my publisher by the end of May, with the final goal of a release sometime in September of this year.
Once more, I apologize to all of you for the delay in releasing this volume.
Organization and rewrites – started - April 22, 2012
1st round of edits – started – May 15, 2012
2nd round of edits – started -- July 20, 2012
3rd round of edits – started -- Oct 9, 2012
4th round of edits – future event
Final round of edits – future event
Author’s final read through – future event
Interior sketch – future event
Manuscript sent to reviewer - future event
Manuscript sent to publisher – future event
Book available for pre-sale on this site - future event
Author’s approval of publisher’s book block – future event
Author’s approval of book cover text – future event
Book sent to printer – future event
Book being sent to distributors – future event
Christine ~ Volume Five ~ Progress Repost
6/22/12 - I’m sorry to say, there’s going to be a slight delay in the publication of “Christine,” the fifth volume in my “Through Phantom Eyes” series. My number three editor has been in a car accident. Everyone is okay and mending, but it will slow up the process a bit. In addition, my number four editor’s son is undergoing some serious health issues, which is also slowing down her progress. I love both of these people and want the best for them, so I can’t push them to work harder or faster. Their health and the health of their loved ones are much more important than my publishing schedule. I hope all my readers will understand. When we get back on track, I’ll let you know where we stand – schedule wise.
6/28/12 - Another setback. My son-in-law had a stroke on the 23rd, and I’ve been in the ICU with him and my daughter since then. My daughter also happens to be my #3 editor – need I say more. Yes, she is also the one who was in the car accident a few weeks ago. However, it’s been decided that I'll forgo her edits if they can’t be finished by the time the 4th edits are completed.
7/8/12 – The worst has happened, my dear son-in-law died on the first of this month. It was a terrible shock and a great loss to face this horrible truth. I don’t believe I need to explain in detail what this has and will do to the production of “Christine.” I’ve been staying with my daughter most of the time to help her through this period of mourning. While his death was an unexpected and crushing blow that we will never completely heal from, time moves in only one direction and helps to sooth our broken hearts. I’m now trying to get back to the business of continuing Erik’s story for my readers. I should have some good reports coming up soon. I thank all of you in advance for your understanding.
8/16/12 I’m feeling grateful and hopeful this morning. Yesterday I received a group of chapters back from my editor. I’m now working on plugging them into the manuscript. I believe I’m finally on the road leading back to the release of this volume.
8/21/12 - Erik believed he had a curse, and that something bad would happen to anyone who came in contact with him. For those of you who’ve read the first four volumes in my series, you know why he felt this way. If I believed in curses, which I don’t, I would believe this fifth volume, Christine, has that same curse. So many horrible things have happened to the ones who are working on it. Now one of the models for the interior sketch has just received news that his closest relative hasn’t long to live. Therefore, there’s been a slight lag in the preparations for the sketch. But, undaunted, we’re all pressing on the best we can. I’ll keep everyone posted when the materials are sent to the artist.
8/28/12 Update on volume five’s (Christine) production. I’ve now received and I’m finished with the first half of my main editor’s corrections. This first half has been printed out and ready to send to the reviewer for her critique. Since this volume is so long (56 chapters), I’m letting her get a head start to help speed up this process. I’m still trying to get the models together for the interior sketch of this volume, and things are looking good to have that happen soon.
9/8/12 I’m afraid I have another setback. The daughter who was in the car crash and then lost her husband now has her father-in-law in the hospital preparing to take his last labored breath. I spent all day yesterday with her in the hospital and will spend just as many as she needs me to spend. I also have another daughter who is 7 months pregnant with twins. She has been put on bed rest for the rest of the term, so I will also be there for her when she needs me. I am, however, determined to have everything ready to send into the publisher by Sept. 17.
9/9/12 Despite the tragedies in the life of my third editor, the third round of edits for TPE’s Christine is completed. Now on to the fourth, that is over halfway completed.
9/29/12 Hurray! TPE’s fifth volume, Christine, has been submitted to the publisher. Shortly, I’ll receive the price for this volume, and then I’ll set my website up to accept pre-orders with a 15% discount. Also, the reviewer has the complete volume now and I should receive her comments soon. The artist also has all the material she needs to complete the sketch. Soon I’ll add it to the other sketches on this site. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me.
10/21/12 The first author’s approval of the book block and cover has been completed. Corrections have been noted and are now back at the publisher for implantation. The sketch is finished and can be seen on various pages on this site shortly. The price has been set, so the discount and pre-order will be available soon. It looks like the November release just might happen after all.
10/23/12 The sketch has been sent to the publisher and is being inserted in the book block. It's also available on several pages on this site. Our site is now ready to accept preorders with a 15% discount.
10/28/12 The proofing is finished for Christine. Shortly, all the materials will be sent to the printer for setup.
11/5/12 Good news! This volume is set up at the printer. My advanced proof copy is on its way to me. After I approve it, the title will go live, which means it will then be ready for book sellers (such as Amazon) to purchase. Then it will take them a few weeks to set it up on their site before it will be available for the public to purchase. We’re almost there.
11/10/12 This title is now live on Amazon.com, iUniverse.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and other retailers. It’s also still available on this site along with the preorder discount. I’ll have my shipment of books around November 24th, and, for those of you who have preordered, I’ll get them signed and out to you at that time. From this site and through Stores.eBay.com/DangerouslyCurvedFashions is the only way to get them signed by me. It’s been a long road, but we’ve finally reached our destination – a live title for this pivotal volume – and I thank all of you for your support.
12/1/12 Both the hard cover and the paperback versions of this fifth volume, Christine, are now in stock, so there’s no waiting for shipment when placing an order. However, the preorder status will remain in place until the first of the year, January 1, 2013, so this is a great time to order a signed volume. This is the last post for this volume. From this point on, the release information will be for volume six, Unmasked Hearts.
Organization and rewrites – finished - April 22, 2012
1st round of edits – finished – May 11, 2012
2nd round of edits – finished - June 4, 2012
3rd round of edits – finished - September 9, 2011
4th round of edits – finished - September 27, 2012
Final round of edits – finished - September 27, 2012
Author’s final read through and manuscript preparation – Finished 9/29/12
Interior sketch – Sketch finished 10/17/12
Reviewer finished - 10/13/12
Publishing contract with publisher - finished - June 22, 2012
Manuscript sent to publisher – September 29, 2012
Book available for per-sale on this site - October 23, 2013
Author’s approval of publisher’s book block – October 29, 2012
Author’s approval of book cover text– October 29, 2012
Book sent to printer – November 2, 2012
Book being sent to distributors – November 10, 2012
If you wish to purchase any of our volumes from your favorite neighborhood bookstore, you can request that they order it for you. Most of them have access to the book outlets and know the procedure for ordering through them.
The first five volumes are now available in all formats (including all e-books) at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com iUniverse.com, and many other online stores.
The only way to receive an autographed copy is at ThroughPhantomEyes.com, and Stores.eBay.com/DangerouslyCurvedFashions.
The Pre-Publishing Process
While each volume has already been written and the rough sketches for each of them have been completed, each volume is put through a pre-publishing process. First, the author organizes the text and makes any additions or subtractions as needed. Then the manuscript is sent to four different editors, each with their own specialty, for any changes. Once that is completed, the author and the grammar editor read through it again for additional corrections. Then the author goes through it once more for any last-minute changes before it is sent to the publisher.
During the editing process, pictures are taken depicting the sketch for that volume. Then the author’s sketch and the pictures are sent to the artist. After the artist’s sketch is approved by the author, it, along with the finished manuscript, are sent to the publisher. Toward the end of the editing process, the manuscript is sent to a reviewer, who reads it and critiques it. Her review will then be posted on the Readers’ Review page of this site and also in the finished volume.
The process at the publisher takes approximately three to four months, which includes one last edit by the author. Once the author approves the publisher’s setup of the manuscript and any changes to the cover text, then it will be sent to the printer. Once the author approves the printer’s setup, the volume goes live and its information is sent to online bookstores and can be purchased.
It’s the author’s desire to release one volume a year, but sometimes time and unforeseen occurrences get in the way. That is why this page was designed – to keep Through Phantom Eyes readers informed.
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