Volume Six - Unmasked Hearts
Updated May 12, 2017
Expected release date: August 2017
May 12, 2017 ~ Update on Unmasked Hearts, the sixth volume in my Through Phantom Eyes series. The manuscript has been sent into the publisher. Now I wait for them to send me the book block for me to read through—one final time. We’re getting so close.
April 30, 2017 ~ The day has finally come! The manuscript is finished and ready to go to the publisher. I just need to talk to my contact at the publishers on Monday before I actually send it. It's all done electronically; the minute I hit the send button is the minute they receive it. I don't have to wait for the snail male. Now, the next project it to get the sketch (for the interior of the volume) finished, so they can insert it. I also need to make a copy of the manuscript to send to the reviewer.
April 12, 2017 ~ I've found the new location for the photo shoot for the interior sketch. Since the last location was washed away by high water, I had to find a new one. The picture of it (minus the cars and people) is below on the left. It's located near the Duck Lake in the William Land Park in Sacramento, CA. We took all the pictures I need to send to the artist so she can do the final sketch. Now I just need to choose which pictures I want to use. We're getting there
April 7, 2017 ~ I'm now halfway finished with compiling the manuscript. I"m still on track for the August release date.
March 26, 2017 ~ I've just received the last of the chapters from the final editor. That part of the editing process is complete.
March 19, 2017 ~ The author is one third finished with compiling the manuscript. She is still on schedule for sending the copleted manuscript to the publisher in April.
February 10, 2017 - Hello my fellow Phantom phans. At last, I have some good news. After a long illness, (hospital stays and the whole 9 yards,) I’m now back in the swing of things. I’ve started redoing the chapters that are posted on my website so that they read smoother. At the same time, I’m compiling the chapters into the final manuscript so that I can send it to the publisher. My schedule is to have that finished in April. My publisher estimates a 2 or 3 month processing time before sending it to the printer. They take about 2 weeks to set it up for printing and shipping. If all goes as planned, I should be able to start taking orders in May and start shipping in August. I’ll periodically post updates on my progress. I thank all of you for your patience and loyalty.
September 9, 2016 ~ I've purchased the props for the interior sketch. You can see them on the left side of this page. The next step is to get my models together and take the pictures for the artist.
August 28, 2016 ~ The author has begun the compiling of the chapters into one manuscript in preparation for sending the finished product to the publisher and the reviewer. Hopefully, that will be completed by the 1st of October, 2016.
August 20, 2016 ~ More good news! The third editor has finished her work, and the last editor only has 7 more chapters to finish. She could be finished in about a week, and then I can start compiling the chapters into one manuscript, which will make it ready to send to the publisher and the reviewer.
July 16, 2016 - Finally some good news! I've signed the contract for volume six with my publishers. They are starting the preparation to receive my manuscript as I write this, and I'm hoping to send it to them within the next three months. Baring any additional unwanted events, this volume will move along quickly.
August 13, 2015 - I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, again, but, because of serious events in the lives of my editors, the editing of the sixth volume has come to a standstill. One of my editor’s father has died, and for anyone who has had a parent die you know all the work that’s involved in taking care of their estate, not to mention the emotional grief of all concerned in the family.
Another editor has received notice that she has to move, (she is the one who had her husband and two other family members die almost at the same time) and she has 30 years of married life to sort through and contend with.
Another editor has had several medical issues to heal from, and they have all taken a toll on her energy and time. I’m also having personal medical issues that are slowing me down; or is that my age, I say with tongue in cheek.
Another editor has had serious family issues that have hit her so hard that she was never able to commit to editing this volume, and she was my main and final editor that I really counted on to make certain my writing was in order. The void her absence has made makes it necessary for the rest of us to pick up the slack and try to fill her shoes, which is time consuming and impossible but we’re trying our best.
All of the above situations have made it necessary for me to change the October release date. I wouldn’t even venture a guess at a new one, and this makes me very sad for all of my faithful readers. It is for this reason that I’ll be releasing a new chapter from this volume every month until I finally have a release of the entire book. I hope that in some way this will help soothe your disappointment. If the chapter releases get that far, I will also release this volume’s sketch, and you know a picture says a thousand words.
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June 15, 2015 - The last of the chapters have been sent to both the second and third editors. The next step is to get the entire manuscript to the reviewer.
May 23, 2015 - Finally, I have good news to report. I've finished the compiling of the scenes into chapters, and I've also finished the first round of edits. Things should move along faster now. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
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 - finished May 23,2015
1st round of edits – started – May 15, 2012 - finished September 15, 2015
2nd round of edits – started -- July 20, 2012 - finished June 16, 2015
3rd round of edits – started -- Oct 9, 2012 - finished August 20, 1016
4th round of edits – started -- November 11, 2015 - finished March 24, 2017
Author’s final read through & manuscript preparation – started August 28, 2016 ~ finished April 30, 2017
Interior sketch – Started, found new location ~ April 30,2017, purchased props, 9/1/16, gave materials to artist 5/11/17
Manuscript sent to reviewer - future event
Manuscript sent to publisher – 5/6/17
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 ready for sale from 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, 2012
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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