Jeff J. Peters

Map Progress

Received the first digital version of my map today and I’m thrilled with the results. The artist really did a terrific job converting my hand-drawn sketch into something amazing. I need to make some minor modifications, and add in a few extra features, but am looking forward to seeing the final result. I’ll post it once done, and you can take a look and let me know what you think.

Update: Here’s the work-in-progress version of the digital map (click to enlarge). Hope you like it!

Cover Finished

I finally completed my cover! And I must say I absolutely love the result. I really think it represents the story well. I hope you enjoy it. Keep watching my site for an early reveal.

Story Editing Completed

I’m thrilled to have just completed the final round of comprehensive story editing. I continue to be impressed by how the novel improves with each new round. But I think I’m finally done, and I love the results. I hope you do too. Next up is line editing to help ferret out those pesky little redundant words and unnecessary phrases. Looking forward to getting the results back in November. Once done, we’ll do some final proofreading before going to press. Stay tuned for future updates, which should become more frequent as I approach production. It’s getting closer!

Second Story Edit

I just received the second comprehensive story edit from my professional editor. She unfortunately started late, so it took longer than I was expecting. However, I’m looking forward to reading through and seeing what she has to say. It’s always a challenge deciding what to keep and what to cut. As mentioned before, she’s inclined to want to focus exclusively on the main story, and cut most everything else. As my novel doesn’t have only one plot line, it’s often difficult to remove sections that I feel are important to the overall experience, especially scenes that set the stage for future books. Regardless though, it’s a good exercise for me to go through, as it really forces me to decide what’s critical to keep, and what can go. So, onward with the editing. I’m sure the story will be better for it.

Cover Update

Continuing to work on the book cover. I’ve narrowed it down to three layouts with some minor variations (primarily text placement). Major differences revolve around the main “focus” graphic as well as the fonts for title, series, author, etc. I was very fortunate to have worked with a fantastic graphic artist last year, who created some stunning artwork. I also have an excellent layout artist, who is adding in the text and positioning to really make the cover come alive. It’s been an extremely rewarding experience, and I continue to be excited to see it evolve. I hope to narrow down to two finalists (from the current dozen or so), and may reveal the runner-up (to be used in a future printing) in another post. So keep watching for the design.

Story Editing

I’m really excited to have just completed the first round of comprehensive editing with my professional editor. I definitely think the story is stronger for it, even though I’d had the manuscript edited before. She’s an excellent editor and has given me a lot of great input, suggestions for changes, and things to consider. However, she is quite focused on ensuring that everything directly moves the plot forward. While I agree with this conceptually, I personally enjoy books that also provide additional world building or character development, even if not always directly related to pushing the plot ahead. What do you prefer? Are you the kind of reader that likes a lean story, one that constantly focuses on the main plot, or do you enjoy books that provide more background, world building and details on perhaps secondary characters, etc. While I realize this is not an entirely one-side-or-the-other type option, but a good balance of both, I’d like to hear from you. So post a comment below.

Cover Artwork

I’ve been working with my graphic artist on the artwork for the cover of Cathadeus, and I must say I’m really excited about how this is coming along. I can’t wait to get it completed and posted to my site, as I think it really fits the book nicely. Hopefully once done, I’ll also be able to post the first chapter for you to read as well. Stay tuned.