I have an update on release dates.
Del Rey has decided, with my blessings, to push out the release date of THE DARWIN ELEVATOR from February 2013 to July 2013.
Though it's a bummer to have to wait even longer to get my first novel out into the wild, I can't argue with their motivation. The plan, originally, had been something like:
Book 1: Feb '13
Book 2: Aug '13
Book 3: Feb '14
Six months between each. Now it's looking like this:
Book 1: Jul '13
Book 2: Aug '13
Book 3: Sep '13
Yes, that's right, all three books will be out in a 3-month span. This is a release model they've tried with other authors recently and it works very well, so they asked if I'd mind going with the same model. They're pushing DARWIN out a bit to give me the time I need to finish Book 3.
Waiting isn't fun, but the benefits are there. DARWIN might be five months later than we'd all hoped, but the third book will be six months earlier. It turns out that readers, especially the "gimme NOW!" eBook contingent, respond well to getting the next book in a series quickly. In addition to that, it lets Del Rey put all their marketing oomph into one big meta-release. As an author who wants to sell books, I like marketing oomph. They chose July to coincide with Comic-Con next summer and continuing over August and September. This gives the series a lot of love while the spotlight is hopefully on it, a win for all involved.
It also means Comic-Con 2013 will be awesome.
As such, there won't be much to reveal in terms of covers, titles, free chapters, and all that good stuff until around the beginning of the year. Consider yourself forewarned...