Federated Freight

federate_freight_newSome time ago I got a Galaxy Note II and I love it. One of the very first things I did was make a “ship’s tablet” background for it. One of my Tweeps as a new phone and reminded me that I never gave this thing out so … here ya go.

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Happy Hollandaise!

ETA: I had some requests for larger formats and different aspects.

federated_freight_laptop_skinHere’s a really large landscape version ( 2940×1934 ).

federate_freight_largeHere’s a larger landscape version ( 1600×1280 )without the variations in color banding.

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Yule Tide Greetings!

In a few short days it’ll be the shortest day of the year. After that the real work begins.

During November I worked on the final book of the Tanyth Fairport trilogy and set up the model that I want to shoot for in 2014. Here’s the plan.

This month I’m going to finish recording and producing Zypheria’s Call for podcast.

Starting next month, I’m going to write a new book every other month. I’ve already done one book (Hermit Of Lammas Wood) and the next book will be the much awaited Cape Grace – Sarah Krugg’s story leading up to her departure for the spaceport and her new life on the Lois. This is going to be a tough one because it’s sandwiched between South Coast and Half Share.

I’ve also planned a three book series featuring Ishmael Wang in a new role. He’s no longer a ship captain, but has a new mission. The series is tentatively titled “Seeker’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper.” Those of you who’ve listened to Owner’s Share know he has some unfinished business to take care of.

Also a three book series featuring a new crew. The main character is Natalya Regyri and she’s a…well…she’s an asteroid miner. Sort of. She has some side jobs that she does for people now and again. This series is tentatively titled “Smuggler’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper.” The rationale for this series is that we haven’t really seen what’s under the surface of this universe. Natalya and her friend, Zoya Usoko, don’t work the bright and shiny space ways that Ishmael knows. They live where the corporations have little sway and where “Confederated Planets” is a curse. I’ve been planning this for a long time and I’m really pleased to begin unfolding it for you.

So that’s eight new titles on the table – the first of which – The Hermit of Lammas Wood – went to the editor today. Tentatively scheduled for a February delivery date, we’ll see how fast we can whip this into shape.

I’m working with a collection of editors to try to keep new stories coming even when one of them gets bogged down and buried by life. Right now, all the books I have finished are with editors — Owner’s Share, South Coast, and Hermit of Lammas Wood. As soon as any of those come back, I’ll get them published. I’ve got covers for all of them already and just need the books to put behind them.

In the off months, I’m planning to record, publish, and generally get caught up on the part of the work that you all depend on me for — getting the work out to you.

Can I do it? I really don’t know. I’m going to try and we’ll see how far I get before I collapse.

Stay tuned.

PS. YES! I am working on paperbacks and YES, I’m still planning on doing a hardcover set. No, I don’t know when that’ll all happen. Paperbacks are fill-in work. Hardcovers are well down the road.

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November Update

Not good news, I’m afraid.

Owner’s Share is still stuck in editing. I’m still bogged down in paperback markups.

And I’m going out of my mind.

So, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo this month and write the last book in Tanyth Fairport’s first trilogy in preparation for new Golden Age stories starting in January.

Hang in there. New books are in the pipeline.

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October Update

I’ve posted a general update over on NathanLowell.com but for those who only look here…

Owner’s Share is a bit behind on editing. I was hoping to publish it yesterday but only have 2/3rds of the edits back. I’m working through those while I’m waiting on the rest. I don’t have a new delivery date. Things here in Colorado are a bit unsettled still. I’m cautiously optimistic that it’ll be this month, but whether it’ll be mid-month or more of a trick-or-treat? No idea.

Somebody asked in the comments about paperbacks. Yes, I’m working on re-releasing the paperbacks in the new formats. I will do hardcovers as well, eventually.

Quarter Share is out in paper and I’m marking up Half Share now. It’s a tedious, slow, aggravating, and soul-sucking endeavor but if I don’t do it, I’ll hear about it for the rest of my life. Originally I thought I’d get all the books established in all the formats before moving on. I can’t do that. If I don’t write something new pretty soon, I’m going to asplode.

Zypheria’s Call is still on the table for audio production. Soon, because I want to use that to re-acquaint myself with the universe and the story before starting book three.

Several people have written to tell me that Amazon still has the old books up. Yes. I’ve written to them but they can’t/won’t take them down for some reason. The paperback versions have to stay because of the used book market, but the ebooks should have come down months ago. I’m contemplating filing a DMCA takedown. It may come to that.

That’s about it for now. If you have any questions, leave a comment – and I’ll try not to wait weeks before checking in again. :/ (sorry about that.)

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Labor Day Update

It’s not quite Labor Day but before I get sidetracked by the long weekend…

Old Business:

The Trader’s Tales books thru Captain’s Share are now available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. They are working thru the labyrinth toward iBook as well.

Quarter Share has been re-issued in paper and you can find it on Amazon.

The links on Get The Books should be correct. If I’ve botched one, please let me know.

Owner’s Share is with the editor. It should be back to me by September 15th and I’m shooting for an October 1 release. A lot will depend on just how much work I need to do with it. It’s a huge book (more than twice as long as Quarter Share) so I’ve got my fingers crossed.

South Coast will be next in line. I haven’t even done the pre-editor cleanup pass yet, so probably November at the earliest. It’s a much shorter work and I’m planning to get it out ASAP.

I still haven’t gotten into the booth to record Zypheria’s Call. Sorry about that.

Current Business:

I’m grinding through the paperback galley proofs for each of the published books. That’s why I haven’t gotten the recording done yet. I’m hoping to get Half Share done today and Full Share underway for next week. I get a lot of requests for paperbacks so I’ve made that a priority. It’s also part of my overall strategy of getting the entire backlist up in all the formats.

Yes, hardcover, limited editions are on the slate but not until 2014 sometime.

New Business:

Cape Grace – the sequel to South Coast – and The Hermit of Lammas Wood – the final book in Tanyth’s first trilogy – are both on the slate for this year. This assumes that I’ll actually finish publishing the backlist sometime in the near future. I know those of you who are all caught up want me to stop messing around and give you new content right now, but this is something I have to do to get the house in order so I can move forward. It’s just one of those things. Given how much stuff I’ve managed to clear in the last 6 weeks, I’m feeling pretty confident that we’ll have new content very soon.

Looking ahead to 2014, I’m planning another Ishmael Wang trilogy and a second trilogy set in the Golden Age universe featuring a new cast and crew. Those two will intersect somewhere near the end. I’m not sure how that’s all going to work yet, but I’m planning on a book every other month next year. It’s good goal for me, but it’s the reason I have to get all the old work off my desk. I can’t afford any distractions once this new production cycle gets going.

That’s it from here for now.

Safe voyage.

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