Three years, seven months, and six days ago, I took the first notes for what would become THE LIMINAL MAN. Today, I’m proud (and relieved) to announce the TLM manuscript is finally finished. The publication date is slated for October 30th, 2012. In just a few short months, you will finally be able to read the next chapter in the story of Donovan Candle.
But first, the spotlight:
Before I go into the details, I want to take a minute here to recognize my editor, Amelia Bennett. This may become a broken record at points, but what I have to say is worth repeating. When I sent the book to Amelia in early 2011, it was a mess. There were plot problems all over the place, thanks to the long development cycle of the first draft, and loads of inconsistencies. It was also bloated, clocking in at 116k words–over 20k longer than I wanted it to be.
She took all these issues in stride. Amelia believed in these characters I’d created, in the story I wanted to tell, and the message I wanted to convey. She saw through the mess, picked out its flaws, and helped me restructure the story into something a little more concise without sacrificing the book’s subtext. The end result is a final draft that is 16k words shorter and much closer to my desired target. If this book is strong, it’s because she made it so.
I can’t thank her enough for all the hard work she put into this project. She’s as much a part of Precipice Books as I am, and I’m honored to have her as a friend and colleague.
So . . . about that book.
Here are some details:
The slated release date is 10/30/12. Unless something catastrophic happens or gets delayed, this date will not change. Since I can’t actually set a future release date through Amazon’s KDP system, the Kindle version may become available prior to print. You’ll be the first to know if this happens.
Digital ARCs went out to several folks last weekend for blurbs/early reviews. I expect I’ll be sending more out in the coming weeks. I’ll be updating the TLM page as these blurbs come in.
What’s TLM about?
Well, here’s the jacket copy:
Following the unsettling events of A Life Transparent, Donovan Candle has struggled to redefine himself after escaping the Monochrome, a colorless reality mirroring our own. Nearly a year later, his efforts have finally paid off: his wife, Donna, is pregnant with their first child, and his novel is complete. Life for the Candle family is good—for now.
Working as a private investigator alongside his brother, Donovan has witnessed the startling number of Missing Persons cases occurring around the city, familiar signs that something more devious is at play. His fears are confirmed when the bodies of several young men and women are discovered, apparent victims of a brutal murderer.
At first he’s hesitant to act, but when Donna’s nephew is abducted by the suspected killer, Donovan finds he has no choice but to face his fears. This time there is more at stake than just his own happiness, and doing the right thing may come at a terrible price . . .
In The Liminal Man, Todd Keisling continues the terrifying fable of Donovan Candle, entwining him in the ominous plot of a sadistic new enemy, and keeping readers enthralled until the very end.
The book will be available in hardcover ($24.95), trade paperback ($13.95), and exclusively on the Kindle platform ($4.99)–for now.
Per reader request, limited edition gift sets will be available for pre-order for a very limited time prior to the holiday season. Price points have not been determined, but they won’t be cheap. I’ll post here with more details once I have them.
TLM will have its own website similar to ALT. Erica and I are also working on (finally) setting up a proper site for Precipice.
More to come.
As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do, but all of this pales in comparison to what’s come before it. The manuscript is obviously the linchpin for everything, and now that it’s finished, the most difficult part is over. The rest is just icing.
The next few months are going to be very exciting.