I must have proofread the draft at least a dozen times and now it is in the secure hands of my naturist writing colleague P (Paul) Z Walker. I thought that I had ironed out most of the wrinkles, but no, Paul has proofed the first 5 chapters and has identified lots of improvements that I had missed. The benefits of proofing by another set of competent eyes. Thanks very much. Paul.
The title for New Albion 3, yet to be confirmed, is "Farewell To Summer" and completes the tale of our friends from the first two volumes. Those of you who have read them will remember some of the characters and Charlotte and Todd, Lucy and Jake, Molly, Dana and friends are all featured. So too is the "baddy" Ben Spiralli, who finds himself being manipulated and turns to nudity for help.
Some readers also felt that NA2 teased too much about the Solomon and Perks families and didn't develop their stories sufficiently. Mea culpa, but NA3 redresses this.
So now what? When Paul has weaved his proofreading magic, I will publish, initially through amazon, but I am going to do more this time.
Paul helped with the cover for NA2 - I am not artistically competent - and I hope he will have suggestions for NA3's cover. However, I hope to also engage the help of a publishing agency this time. The reason is that I am ready to expand my horizons and, in addition to amazon, publish through other book sellers (paperback and e-book). I will re-publish NA1 and NA2 through these sellers too.
I want to reach a wider audience, not for financial reasons (writing contributes little to my pension plan), but for the satisfaction of knowing that my writing is more widespread. Egotistical? Maybe, but modestly so - there you are - an new concept - modest egotism!
I also hope to be more socially competent than I have been in the past. I don't have any more time as my semi-retirement remains on hold because of the long-term project with which I am engaged (which is why NA3 has taken so long to write), but if I set it up properly, I feel that I can regularly post. I realise the importance of this.
I also want to gauge whether to continue to write about New Albion. I have several books planned, with new characters and old, and I look forward to writing them. Whether this is for my pleasure, with limited publishing through amazon as now, or more widespread, I will see from the reaction to the upcoming campaign.
So that's a full update. Stay tuned for more updates. It's getting closer and I will personally let
my correspondents know by email when I publish and I will update this blog and social media too at that time.
The truth of the matter is that last year my semi-retirement was exactly that, giving me adequate time for the enjoyment of authoring the first two books in the New Albion trilogy.
Book 3 is well-advanced but has hit a road block because as the year progressed, I became more and more busy, ending the year with a six month move to work in the Middle East, which is where I am now. My treasured writing time had to take a step back. I took the assignment as it is interesting and exciting, and of course, the money is powerfully attractive too. Far more than my family in New Albion is ever likely to contribute to my pension…!
I had hoped that I would have sufficient spare time to be able to progress, but that has turned out to be wishful thinking.
I will finish this assignment in mid-April. Until then I fear that I will be doing little more to finish book 3, but it won’t take long after that I hope. Proofing is the longest time unfortunately, so right now it seems that mid-year is a realistic target.
Please bear with the delays caused by my diverse life activities. Your enjoyment is high on my priority list and I’ll be sure to update this blog with progress reports from time-to-time.
Yours in naturism
Apologies for the long absence, everyone, and for my failure to keep you all updated. An unexpected day-job work project arose in early December that has taken me abroad and filled my time (12 hours a day) - and it's not over until I get home at the end of January.
This has meant that New Albion 3 is still in progress. The words are nearly all down on (electronic) paper and I now have to tidy them up (which I'm doing in the little spare time I have this month), read through a few times (crucial) and beg my naturist writing colleague, Paul Walker, to make time to proof read it.
Still some weeks to go I regret to say. I'm eager to resume. My non-working thoughts daily turn to NA3 story lines and my desire to drop everything and get on with it for the moment has to be tempered.
Nest post will be at the beginning of Feb.
Thanks for your patience. I don't want to rush things - the final episode must be perfect when it goes out.
Oh, and a belated Happy New Year to you all.
An additional section has been added to the end of New Albion Series Book 2 THE NAKED TRUTH Shall Set You Free.
It has been added to tie up loose ends to some of the story lines in Book 2 and to give a hint of what is to come in Book 3. I hope that this helps those that feel the ending was a bit open-ended.
This is what it says: