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Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Here!

After two long years, the day I have dreamt about is here. Wayback is now available to the public. I hope you enjoy it, but perhaps more to the point, I hope it creates a lot of discussion.

Today had a strange sense of finality to it - somewhere between the graduation of high school and college and less intense than the birth of a child. This is the end of the creation process and the beginning of promotion and sales. The book ended up better than I could have hoped.

Here I am opening the first box of influencer copies...

Two dozen "Waybacks" all nestled together!

The gratuitous "author and stack of books shot."

I even had a well-wisher on-line from my editor, Rachel Starr Thomson



Friday, April 24, 2009

The Timeline for Writing Wayback

Since this blog over time becomes a kind of diary, I wanted to post the timeline of events that led to Wayback being published. I know that during the process I always wondered what was next and how long that particular task would take, so perhaps this will help other writers who are curious.

Oops, blogger doesn't give us much space here - here's an enumeration of the events:
  • May 2007 - Manuscript started, originally titled "Chronology"
  • May 2008 - Manuscript submitted to Manuscript Submission Network
  • July 18, 2008 - VMI Publishers extends contract
  • Endorsements - from Aug 2008 to Nov 2009
  • Edit - from late November 2008 to Feb 15 2009
  • Web Site development - from December, 2008 to Feb 2009
  • Typesetting - March 2009
  • Printing - April 2009
  • Available to the public May 1, 2009!



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

All Systems are Go! T-Minus 8 days!

I just got a note from the publisher that the books are almost done with printing and will be shipping out to warehouses and booksellers on May 1,2009 (which was the originally planned ship date).

If you've not already ordered your copy you can go to any of the following sites to order it...

...and many, many more.

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  • Ask you local Christian bookstore dealer to carry some copies
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Phone: 1-800-289-2772
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Covers - what might have been

It's always interesting to consider "abandoned" paths in life - as long as it doesn't cause discontent and fixation on that path.

Since the cover is now done and the book is at press I thought I'd show everyone what the covers could have been...I'm very happy with the "Blue Concept" choice that we ended up with...but the others are interesting too.



Full Color Cover of Wayback

This is it! The book is off to the presses!

Here's the full color cover...