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Rollin’ Toward the Finish Line

So way back in November, I wrote an email saying that I’d pushed my date for launching Son of a Liche to the middle of this year, and that I’d be writing status updates in January and March. I’ve clearly missed the boat on a January update, but the launch date hasn’t moved and here we are in late March. Two out of three ain’t bad, right?

I don’t want anyone to think I’ve been slacking. If anything, I’ve been putting more hours into my publishing work over the past six months. (This may or may not have something to do with the motherboard of my PC frying late last year, leaving me with no way to play Overwatch or RPGs.)

I’ve built out the ebooks. I’m creating marketing materials and some other goodies to share with readers. Advance reader copies are with advance readers. I’ve spruced up my website a bit, and optimized it for speed. And… that’s it. My checklist is getting shorter and shorter by the day.

Oh, and this guy is in the recording studio.

Doug Tisdale Jr. in the Recording Studio reading Son of a Liche

That’s Doug Tisdale Jr., narrator of Orconomics (and Son of a Liche).

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Son of a Liche: A Progress Update

Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” I can relate to the sound of a passing milestone, but for me it feels more akin to the buzzing of a bullet grazing my cheek. I really, really hate missing deadlines.

The other way that deadlines are like bullets is that in both cases, bigger ones generally mean more trouble. And that’s largely been my problem with predicting when I’ll launch Son of a Liche.There’s a tremendous amount of work in editing and revising a book of this length, let alone formatting it, making an audiobook, etc. Guessing how long it will take is incredibly difficult. At the very least, I can say I’m bad at it.

So I found myself heading into August with a goal of publishing by the end of the year, but no real milestones. And so I sat down to map out the remaining work and answer one pressing question: “will I make it?”

Spoiler alert: No.

But now I have a plan.

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