Big News x 2: Mike’s Updates July 2020

Hear Ye, Hear Ye,

I have entered phase 2 testing. No, I am regrettably not referring to a Coronavirus vaccination. My news is on a less grand but far more personal scale. At long last,I’ve completed the first draft of the Parlor City Payback manuscript. Hold your applause. There’s still plenty of work to be done. I’ll take a couple weeks to sort of let things simmer. Then, the initial round of revisions will begin. I tend to work slow but clean; so, unlike many other authors I know, I actually look forward to the editing process, and I expect it to go smoothly. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself. Anyway, Phases 3, 4, and 5 involve beta readers, further revisions, and then copy editing. At this time, I anticipate a release date in early fall. I’ll certainly let you know when I have more specific information. The heavy lifting is done, and I feel pretty good about things moving forward.
In other top stories, I’d like to congratulate a few winners in my recent Parlor City Payback photo contest. As indicated in a previous Mike’s Updates newsletter, I was looking for a single image that captured the best and worst of Binghamton, New York, where the novel is set. I received some fantastic submissions, and I am grateful to all those who participated. Both Kaitlyn Hession and Maureen Walsh will have their photos incorporated into the back cover design. They are also being given the opportunity to name two of the primary characters in the book.
As for the front cover, I find myself in the somewhat awkward position of having to congratulate my own dear wife. She had not planned on entering the contest, but a recent unfortunate event in Binghamton gave us an idea—an inspiration if you will. I’d rather not elaborate any further right now because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. What I will say is that her photo was one of several finalists that were then shared with a small group of people whose opinions I value. None of those people knew where the photos came from or who submitted them. No one in my family was allowed to vote. What can I say? My wife’s picture was the clear favorite and will literally end up front and center. Congratulations, Sue. I hope you enjoy this public acknowledgement, because I’m not sharing my royalties. And again, thank you to everyone that took part in the contest. Your creativity is an inspiration.

Mike S.

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