I am extremely proud to report that The Sequence has found some shelf space in my hometown bookstore, Armchair Books. Nestled in nicely between Tchaikovsky and Tolkien, the red and purple looks cozy and comfortable. I'm not sure why this placement is so important for me, and without diminishing other bookstores who have happily stocked my book, Armchair represents something more for me. Like winning on home ice, it's just somehow better.
I’m pleased to announce the physical placement of The Sequence in stores! Fincher’s books in Kincardine, Ontario; Möbius Books in Port Alberni, BC; and WindowSeat Books in Nanaimo, BC. Some exciting times for me as I posed with my book on display for the first time. These placements came alongside a few rejections, but overall I have been met with positivity and support for local authors, and having moved past the moments of dread that preceded each of these meetings, I now look forward to many more. Bookstore owners are an intriguing and charismatic group I’m finding, and I’m excited for what the next encounters bring!
It’s all happening but very little is happening.
Amazon continues to juggle their pricing (Note I have zero control over this) and I eagerly await the appearance of the kindle edition. Good news is that they have reduced the hardcover price from over $100 CAD!
Hardcovers are best purchased through the FriesenPress bookstore, and offer the most financial support for the author.
I feel this is the proverbial calm before the storm. Having re-read my promotions strategy document I most certainly have some catching up to do. Electronic Press Kit? Ummm a work in progress. For you other authors out there, read your documentation thoroughly and ask tons of questions of your promotions team, they are there to help!
One day soon a large quantity of books are going to arrive at my door, and I will need to begin the process of becoming a salesman, peddling my books to indie bookstores across the province. I’m looking forward to the unboxing, check back here for the video in the coming weeks.
Just a few additions from the Reedsy newsletter and making their best of the week lists!
I got a cool writeup in the Reedsy Discovery weekly email, but I'm not sure what to do with it.
Will discuss options with promotions next week, however for your previewing pleasure, here it is:
"In the dystopian future of Lucien Telford’s The Sequence, scientists have started editing the human genome. Leading geneticist Kit McKee is hiding out in China, having faced backlash for her startling discoveries. Now, she’s working on a secret project that could change humanity forever — but for better or worse? When two detectives discover a string of genetically edited corpses, they suspect the latter. As the mystery unravels and combines multiple narratives, the morality of scientific innovation is brought into question: Does the betterment of mankind justify any means? What happens when innovation falls into the wrong hands? Trust me, you won’t be able to put this thrilling sci-fi down."
It's happening. Day 4 of 6 starts tomorrow morning. High drama in the skies as we save the simulated aircraft from exploding engines, fires, and failed critical systems, over and over again.
It's exciting/stressful to be back in the seat, but I am enormously grateful to be returning to the air after a long and arduous hiatus on the ground. I don't know how you groundies do it :)
The Sequence should be available for purchase later this week! Check back here often! As soon as you can buy it, there will be 'buy now' buttons right here on this website.
My first ever live stream Q & A is accessible here, with Vince from Boomers On Books.
I feel like it went fairly well, largely due to Vince's kind demeanour. Have you ever been interviewed online, broadcast live? I was terrified. Imposter syndrome ran cold through my veins, leaked from my pores, chilled me from the inside. I shivered throughout the entire discussion.
I'm getting close to publication. Maybe two weeks to go now. A small miscommunication has meant further but minor delays.
Check back soon, there's plenty more to come...
I’m proud to announce a positive Kirkus review!
This moment of letting go, of relinquishing control is mind-bending and much more difficult than I envisioned. Now it’s up to the opinions of others to decide if they have enjoyed my book. Reading a professional review of your own work is unnerving to say the least. And now that I have them in my back pocket (one review was positive one was neutral) I feel as though the work I’ve put into this novel is beginning to see some real world payoffs.
It’s an odd day. Mixed emotions doesn’t begin to describe it. This afternoon I received my advance physical copy, and to date the only physical copy in existence, of The Sequence. Yet I’m anxious. I look at the book, I pick it up, flip through pages and put it down, out of easy reach. I could rewrite it again and again. I know that my writing has progressed since the submission of the final draft. Perhaps it’s because I am so intimately aware of every page. Perhaps it’s because I am so elbow-deep in the sequel, False Ignition, that the story now reads as historical. At any rate, I am also over the moon to be in possession of this physical representation of my active and ongoing imagination. Release date, August 2021.
My manuscript came back from that lofty evaluation with over 16000 individual edits. Some as simple as punctuation, some more involved with plot, character, structure. This was a struggle for me.
I stared at both versions, the manuscript I had submitted and the returned, edited version, for a week, paralyzed by the entirety of it. And then I set to doing the work, changing my story and making it better thanks to the efforts of my editor. Three versions lived on my monitors, submitted, edited, and the version I was working on. I was in foreign territory, but working within its borders.
I spent weeks rewriting. During one unforgettable phone call with Kevin, I asked if it was PC enough to write, “…at least it was made by the Japanese.” Kevin’s response was that the statement itself isn’t offensive, and anyway it sounds like something Dallas would say. This momentary comment on a character I had created, that someone else now knew well enough to predict their mannerisms, blew my mind.
In essence, for the first time throughout this process of artistic creation, I felt I had succeeded at writing.