Earths in Space: We Must Evolve … coming January 30

Earths in Space vol. 2: We Must Evolve will be available in paperback and e-book formats January 30, 2015.

This is a conservative estimate. I’m hoping to wrap things up sooner and unleash it on the world before then.

Good news for readers who like long books — Volume 2 is more than twice as long as Volume 1. It features four novellas that combine into a novel-length arc. More than 116,000 words of science fiction excitement are coming your way soon.

It’s about this:

Life can evolve. Amena saw the evidence on an ancient Earth. It wasn’t pleasant evidence, and it wasn’t evolution into sentient life, but she saw evidence.

So okay, she accepts that no little green men exist on alien worlds, but maybe one of these other Earths holds evolved humanity.

Evolution faces a powerful obstacle, however — humanity itself.

Volume 2: We Must Evolve begins with the discovery of a mysterious ark full of refugees caught in orbit over Pluto…

Wait, an ark full of refugees…?

Well, that’s one Earth that’s not evolving. But another could be doing better. It’s possible, Amena keeps telling herself…
Continuing the action-packed Earths in Space series, We Must Evolve features a novel-length journey told in four novellas — “The Pluto Factor,” “Worlds to Save,” “The New World,” and “On Hold.”

Right now, a cover is being designed by Michael Messina, the same talented designer who produced the current covers for Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men? and RIP: Choices After Deathand I’m sure this new one will look just as great. Expect a thrilling cover reveal in the coming weeks.

The manuscript has received positive comments from beta readers, and I’ve just handed it over to editor Todd Barselow, who will no doubt offer great suggestions for cleaning things up further.

By the way, I’ve also submitted comments to Todd for his upcoming book on editing. Here’s a quick excerpt from my thoughts on the self-editing process:

A writer’s ability to self-edit is just as essential as getting a professional editor to examine the manuscript. Your editor can’t do it all. Even if you hire five editors, they collectively can’t do it all. It’s your story—you’ll be able to notice opportunities for improvement that no one else will, especially in the earlier stages of revising. Before you send it off to any editor, you should have gone through at least ten drafts. That doesn’t mean ten drafts from scratch, but at least ten passes through the entire thing, giving a critical eye to factors such as plot, dialogue, grammar, structure, characterization, and so on.

Perhaps that explains why it’s taken me so long to get the new Earths in Space ready.

Oh! And I’m permanently reducing the price of the first Earths in Space e-book to 99 cents.

So while you’re waiting…