Edward Hancock II
The Imperfect Blog
|Posted by EHancock2 on December 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM|
Has it really been since JUNE since I last blogged? Wow! What in the world is wrong with me?
Well, I have to say this one's going to be a relatively short one, but it's Christmas time and I wanted to be sure to wish everyone a VERY Merry Christmas. It's been a very weird year for me. The publisher with whom I contracted Heart Beatings still has not released the book for publication. Not really sure of the details behind that. But it's rather sad because it is, no doubt, a great book and one I was looking forward to sharing with my readers. I still hold out hope that the matter can be resolved, but we'll have to see what 2014 brings.
In the meantime, I AM proud to announce that I decided not to wait on the publisher to release Heart Beatings. Rather than put my entire writing career on the shelf, killing God's plan for my life, I decided to push forward. Two years is long enough to wait for Heart Beatings.
While you will miss what is, in my opinion, a great story in its own right, you won't miss many things chronologically-speaking. In Heart Beatings, I introduced readers to Josh Sutton, the nephew of Alex's friend, Moe Sutton. Josh is a relative rookie FBI agent and, as we open Connection Terminated, has struck up a relationship of sorts with Lisa's cousin Alyson Warner. I look forward to exploring that relationship in future books.
Also in Connection Terminated, we find an injured Danny Peterson sitting at home, angrily trying to adjust to the possibility his days as a police officer are over. In the hopes of avoiding too much confusion, Danny was seriously injured during Heart Beatings. I dare say this is not the last we'll hear of Alex's best police buddy, but you'll have to read Connection Terminated to find out what happens.
I had finished Connection Terminated in October and was on the verge of releasing it. However, the presence of a group of childish stalkers/Eddie-impersonators compelled me to push back the release a few days. I am HAPPY to say that the roll out has been met with great success. I am proud of the results I am getting and I look forward to seeing this story take wing. One good thing that came out of being stalked is that I'm researching how to launch and run a non-profit that would exist to aid adults (disabled and elderly in particular) in dealing with online bullies. Facebook didn't want to to jack squat about the idea until I cancelled my account citing the fact I didn't feel comfortable being online anymore. Thank GOODNESS for the federal authorities that were willing to take me serious. Thanks to them, I didn't have to put Connection Terminated on the shelf with the missing story, Heart Beatings.
It wasn't an easy decision going out on my own with Connection Terminated. I had 3 publishers in a bidding war over the thing. Ultimately it came down to the vision I am trying to follow. It was a tremendous ego boost to be in such high demand, but I felt like I had something to prove. It's nice to see that feeling come to fruition.
I honestly don't know what 2014 will hold as far as my books go. I PLAN on publishing at least 2 books if possible, maybe more. We will just have to see how it goes. I've all but committed to the idea of doing it myself. In fact, I'm really in the process of researching all the ins and outs of having my own publishing company/imprint. I think that would be great, personally, and I have a friend that just might be interested in joining me in that venture. We'll see though. No promises yet!
It's always fun meeting my readers face to face, so rest assured I will have a number of personal appearances in 2014 as well. Among them, I'll very likely be at Funky Finds in Dallas, November 2014. (I may go to the Spring Fling in March. I haven't decided.) My first signing will LIKELY be at the Gilmer Library. I haven't put anything in stone, but I plan on it after we get Christmas behind us.
There are a few other events I enjoyed this year and will likely return to in 2014, but if I tried to name them all, I'd likely forget something. And, truth be told, I am going to have to wait and see what gets scheduled.
I've said this before, but I will say it one more time. I will TRY to blog more frequently in 2014. Between touring, writing and trying to maintain a household all by my single, disabled dude self, well, there's not a lot of time for much else.
Thank you to everyone who has made my 2013 so awesome. I appreciate those who've stood by me through the hard times and been there to celebrate my good times.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, E-listers!
Till next time, this blog is brought to you by the letters W, E and H and by the number 2.