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I’ll be at the Ladysmith Library this Wednesday!

I’ll be at the Ladysmith branch of Caroline Library, Inc., in Virginia this Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

So what’s in store? Perhaps some reading. Perhaps some Q&A. Paperbacks will definitely be available, and I will sign my name to them if so desired. It all depends on who shows up and what they want. I don’t like to give speeches, so we’ll keep it informal.

The Ladysmith Library is located at 7199 Clara Smith Drive, Ruther Glen, VA 22546.

By the way, I’ve donated one paperback each of RIP and Earths in Space to Caroline Library. A copy of RIP is also available in Henrico Public Library in Henrico County, Virginia. If you’re in those areas, please check them out so they’ll remain available.

Hope to see lots of nice people this Wednesday.

Hark! ‘Tis a Cover Reveal!

Yes, we have a cover for Earths in Space vol. 2: We Must Evolve, which comes out January 30, 2015.

Nothing quite screams “Evolution!” like a fish with feet, so…

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Designed by M.W. Messina.

And here’s the blurb:

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.”

Keep an eye out for a Kindle pre-order page next month!

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…

Excerpt time! Sci-fi goodness from the upcoming Earths in Space: We Must Evolve…

teaser thingWork progresses on Earths in Space vol. 2: We Must Evolve. Trusty beta readers are going through it right now and have begun providing great feedback to help me bring it to the next level.

The book is already taking the Earths in Space series to the next level, with (currently) 116,000+ words of sci-fi adventure — a cross between Star Trek and Doctor Who, with a team dynamic along the lines of The Avengers.

The first volume is a fun romp. This one should turn out far superior in every way. We could say it’s evolving

For now, here’s a work-in-progress excerpt:

Copyright 2014 Daniel R. Sherrier

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It’s almost not really cold outside

Temperatures are warming up, aside from the occasional relapse, so it’s time for my “It’s really darn cold outside” sale to come to a close.

This weekend is your last chance to download the Earths in Space e-book for a mere 99 cents. Monday, it’ll be back up to its usual $1.99.

Just think of all the amazing parts of things you could buy with that dollar. You could get Earths in Space and still treat yourself to one-third of a latte!

My books pass the Bechdel Test

The Internet taught me about a little something called the Bechdel Test.

Basically, the test asks, “Does this work have (1) at least two women (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man?”

Granted, there are excellent movies and books that fail this test, such as Back to the Future and The Dark Knight, but male characters tend to dominate the fiction landscape. Balance is a good thing.

I’m pleased to report that Earths in Space easily passes the Bechdel Test many times over, and the upcoming sequel will continue that.

RIP seems more ambiguous. Of the two main female characters, one can’t directly perceive the other. Nevertheless, even if we disqualify any Serissa/Kalli interactions, there are still scenes of Kalli talking with female students, and not all of Serissa’s chats with female ghosts revolve around Rip. It might not earn the ‘A’ Earths in Space does, but it passes.

So, in Kermit the Frog voice, yaaayyyyy!!!!

Presenting the “it’s really darn cold out” sale

It’s freezing, but there’s one force in the known universe that will warm your mind.

Imagination! Imaginary warmth is hot stuff. Where do you find imagination? Why, in a book, of course!

So, to help take your mind off the cold, I’m putting the Earths in Space e-book on sale for 99 cents (down from $1.99).

And remember, the RIP: Touch e-book is permanently free at Smashwords.

Both Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men? and RIP: Choices After Death are enrolled in the Kindle Matchbook program, by the way. This means if you purchase the paperback edition through Amazon, you can get the Kindle version at no extra charge.

Now get in from the cold and spark the fire of your…imagination!

(It’s fun being cheesy, isn’t it? I don’t know what that cheetah thought was so hard.)

Evolution begins here

We’re still in the season of giving, right?

So I’ll give you the beginning of Earths in Space: We Must Evolve. This second volume will contain four connected novellas, and those four novellas will constitute a full novel of more than 100,000 words.

It’s still a work-in-progress. I keep thinking of ways to improve it, and I won’t publish until I’m sure it’s the best it can be.

Nevertheless, the beginning, as it currently stands, lets you get to know the characters, and I’d like you to meet them…or meet them again. It also has some spoilers for the first book, Where Are the Little Green Men? If you’d prefer to start with that book (which, by the way, is now available in paperback) I’ll direct you here.

But if you’re ready to dive into the second installment, then please enjoy this PDF link, and let me know what you think…

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Hypothetically casting Earths in Space

I’ve been busy lately.EIS-v1-front-cover-resized.jpg

Both my books are available in print for the first time, and I’ve released a new edition of the Earths in Space e-book.

You see, while proofing the paperback of something I had written a year earlier, I realized I could improve the writing with minor tweaks throughout. I didn’t alter any plot points, just cleaned up some of the prose. That ebook is now available at Amazon and Smashwords with its nice new cover. Distribution will expand once I finish disposing of the original BookBaby edition.

Just for fun now, I’ll play a game called “Let’s cast the hypothetical Earths in Space movie or television series.” Sounds like a swell time indeed.

I never write with a cast in mind, so I’m making all this up as I type. Continue reading