I am pleased to announce the completion of my five-part post-apocalyptic novel The Becoming. After nearly two years of hard work, blod, sweat, and tears, I have reached what I believe is the end of the novel. And what a ride it has been.
There were many times during the course of this novel that I believed it would not be finished. There were several points in this novel that I found myself ground to a total halt, unable to continue; there were even times when the subject matter in general nearly overwhelmed me. The research I have put into this novel is the most I have ever done, and I have strived to make it as accurate as possible. Once I begin releasing the novel, I hope that everyone will provide me with whatever feedback you deem necessary, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
There were also times where I wondered if I was just plain nuts when I decided to draft this thing out on my BlackBerry. I’ve been through several models of smartphone in my attempts to draft out the basics of the story, everything from a Bold 9000 to a Curve 8900 to a Bold 9700 and now a Torch 9800. And the durability of this particular brand of smartphone will always amaze me.
So here’s how this is going to work: The novel is long. Ridiculously long. It currently runs at over 200,000 words. This is after editing and cutting out and moving around the things that needed to be edited and cut out and moved around. Due to the sheer massiveness of the book, The Becoming will be broken up into five novellas that will each be released separately over the span of the next year. At the end of that year, all of the proceeds from the sales will be used to do a print-run of the novellas in a complete single volume, on a preorder basis.
The novellas will be available soon for sale here on this site and on major eBook retailers Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The pricing will run at $3.99 for each novella on B&N and Amazon, but they will be available for $2.99 if you purchase the eBooks directly from me; they will be emailed to you in whatever format you choose, and payment methods will be performed exclusively through Paypal. I hope each and every one of you will purchase the novellas and follow the saga of the seven people who band together in a struggle to survive as the hoards of infected threaten to overwhelm the world.
Further information — such as the release date and summary for the first novella, The Becoming: Outbreak — will be available soon.