Status Updates and a New Review

Hello once again! A few things worthy of note this time around. My ongoing effort to get all of my books professionally polished has taken another step forward. As of late yesterday, Amazon and Smashwords accepted a revised version of The Great Convergence. It should trickle out to the Smashwords Premium Catalog over the course of the next few weeks. I’ve already shipped out the next manuscript to the editor, and if all goes according to plan I’ll be signing the payment agreement soon and the edit should be ready for June. Unstable Prototypes is still in the approval step for Premium Catalog, too, so you Nook and iPad users are unfortunately going to have to wait a bit longer before you can purchase it through your dedicated bookstores.

The paperback edition of The Book of Deacon (Book 1), I’m sorry to say, has not taken any steps forward since I last mentioned it. I’m of the opinion that the cover needs a tweak or two, and until my highly skilled (and therefore extremely busy) artist can take a look at it, I don’t want to send it off for production. This isn’t an ebook, after all. I can’t provide free corrections if it makes it into your hands with glaring errors. Thus, I’m taking it very slowly, though I have no doubt in my mind that it will have plenty of errors despite my best efforts.

While we wait, though, I suppose I’ll ask a question, and I’ll probably toss it up on the Facebook Fan Page, too. I’ve had a number of requests for autographed copies of the paperback when it becomes available. Now, I’m always happy to try to find a way to oblige requests like that, but my options are fairly limited. I’m not one of those big-shot authors who can traipse across the country doing a signing tour, I’m afraid. I could potentially set up an address for you folks to ship your books once you buy them, then sign them and ship them back, but that’s a major hassle for all involved, and kind of pricy thanks to all of the shipping. Another option would be for me to pick up a pile of books myself, then you buy them directly from me, and I sign them and ship them off to you. Yet another possibility would be for me to have some fancy stickers or cards printed up, then sign and mail them out when requested, and you can stick them in the book yourself. What would you folks prefer? And more importantly, how many of you would be interested?

Finally, a while back a blogger by the name of Small Blonde Hippy posted a teaser from The Book of Deacon, and today she posted a review. Check it out.

Thanks for reading.

18 Comments

  1. I would have no issue pay you for a signed book and then you sending it, if you have the time. Although, I would still really enjoy a hardback version. You are on my favorite story list and i like to collect my favorites 🙂

  2. You know I’m interested! 🙂 Hardcover would be sweet! I too vote for buying them from you and getting an autograph that way. I’d pay for the book + shipping costs. The fancy stickers and cards sound neat, but just not as personal ya know?

    1. Another vote for hardcover. I’ve got to warn you, with the amount of time the paperback is taking, you may have to wait a while for the hardcover, if it turns out I can even pull it off. I’ll definitely keep everyone in the loop, though. On the subject of the direct autograph, I’d say that’s how it would probably have to be priced. Book price, plus shipping. Oh… and I’m probably going to have to figure out what’s the deal with sales tax. Complications… The important thing is, I’m going to do my best to keep the cost of the autographed version the same as the retail version, which SHOULD be achievable.

  3. Dear mister Jallo,
    I just stopped by to tell you l spend al these great reading hours with the first Book of Deacon. You painted a fantasy-world for me, where I could easily dream away, so to me you are a master storyteller. You made me a happy Dutch lady and I want to thank you for that.

    sincere greetings
    Dirkje

    1. Hi Dirkje! I’m truly happy to know that you’ve enjoyed the first book. I believe you are the first Dutch fan I’ve heard from. It boggles my mind that my books have found their way to so many people from so many different places. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I just finished The Book of Deacon. I would like to follow the stories but I cannot find the sequence of the next book of the series. I am reading the book on a Kindle and would like to download the next book so that I have the proper sequence. I hate jumping from the first book to the third book without having read the second book. Thanks.
    Russell

    1. Hi. I can appreciate your concern about reading the books out of order. The trilogy (and associated books) are listed in order on the “Books” page of this site. The order is “The Book of Deacon” -> “The Great Convergence” -> “The Battle of Verril”

  5. well Mr Lallo I will have to disagree with some of the reviews of the editing a few places but not many to my eyes. Just finished the first book and I liked it very much.Just downloaded the second and will start it shortly. (and there is editing problems here as well if someone is an english professor) but the story is a good read.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you approve of my grammar. I’ve lost count of how many corrections I’ve applied since the first book was released. Thanks for picking up my first book, and I hope you enjoy the second.

  6. Your books have definitely made my top 10 list! I really love when a book catches me to the point where I can’t put it down. Even more I love when I am so engrossed in a book that the world around me disappears and I have shifted into a whole other world. This is what your books have done for me. Thank you for writing and I really hope to see another book in this series. I’m just starting Jade and I am already excited! Thank you for sharing your talent!

    1. Thanks, I’m glad my books were able to capture your imagination. I’ll do my best to expand the series in the future. (I’m working on some prequel material right now.)

    1. Currently, the order of the Books is:
      The Book of Deacon
      The Great Convergence
      The Battle of Verril
      Jade

      The next book in this series is probably going to be an origin story for the character named Lain.

      There is also an unrelated sci-fi series:
      Bypass Gemini
      Unstable Prototypes

      Hope that helps.

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