Rob Rests (Sort of)

I’ve been pretty terrible about updating this blog, but if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that the past few months have been rather grueling for me. In May, I quit a day job that was driving me steadily toward a nervous breakdown, and then I spent a couple of weeks catching up on everything that I hadn’t had time for since I started that job in January. Then I flew from San Francisco to New York for BEA, flew back to San Francisco, and then immediately got on another plane to fly to London to talk about self-publishing at The Literary Conference.

Now I’m finally home, and for the first time in several months I have no immediate demands on my time. As I am congenitally incapable of relaxing, however, I’ve already dived back into several big projects.

The biggest side project that I’ve been working on lately is something called New Wave Authors, which is a collaborative blog/website run by yours truly and several other authors published by Amazon Publishing. The site is about our books, our experiences with publishing, and pretty much whatever else we feel like talking about. Have a look, won’t you?

Speaking of books and my own successes and failures, I’m tentatively planning on releasing my humorous memoir, Not Living Up to My Potential, in July. Yes, this July. It’s going to be a challenge getting it out that quickly, but the book is very nearly finished, and if I don’t publish it now, I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I’ve just got too many other books in the pipeline, and if I try to leave three months or so between them, NLUTMP either has to come out in July or wait at least another year.

The biggest item in the pipeline is, of course, the conclusion to the Mercury trilogy, Mercury Rests. Dave Simmer from Blogography made a fantastic cover (which I’m not allowed to show you yet), and I’m currently going over copy edits. It’s too bad that you can’t use your copy editor’s comments in promotional materials, because she really liked it. Given her reaction and those of my beta readers, I’m confident that Mercury Rests is the best book of the three. I can’t wait for it to come out on October 23. (By the way, you can pre-order it now.)

NLUTMP Cover

Besides Mercury Rests and Not Living Up to My Potential, I’m also working with Joel Bezaire (of the now-defunct Crummy Church Signs blog) on a book compiling over 200 of our favorite crummy church signs. The book will be available in paperback and Kindle formats, and we’re aiming to release it in early 2013. The working title of the book is Temptation Bangs Forever: The Worst Church Signs You’ve Ever Seen.

Finally, I’m about 16,000 words into my first post-Mercury novel, a humorous fantasy I’m calling Disenchanted. If I can finish Disenchanted by this fall, then it should be available by late spring/early summer 2013.

And then maybe I’ll relax. Maybe.