Got my first call from the editor at Ace who I’ll be working with on RISE. Her name is Jessica Wade, and she has had some very nice things to say about the book. She seemed as excited as I am to be moving forward and I look forward very much to working with her. It looks like the timetable will be close to what I expected (in excess of a year before seeing print) but honestly since I’m kind of nitpicky about my drafts this will give me time to obsess properly over the second book. I’m not completely sure yet what the process will entail; I only have the non-fiction book to go on, and the majority of the work on that was more making sure all the technical details were completely correct and less my breathless narrative about how User A found himself unable to communicate with User B because of a missing entry in the corporate router’s routing table.
It’s exactly for that reason though that this is so exciting. Although it was satisfying writing a book like that, people bought it because they wanted access to the information inside of it and not for any other reason. People buying that book didn’t care if User B made a life-altering decision that she would have made differently if User A’s message had actually gotten through (User B never got over that, by the way), it wasn’t the point so it never came up. People who read RISE will be reading it for a completely different reason and the story, the characters and what happens to them will be all that they care about.
The contract should arrive in roughly a month (I’m assured this is normal), and then it begins in earnest.