I am moving ahead with the IngramSpark printer/distributor. Yeah, the learning curve is steep due to my non tech mentality. I'm going to try Dead & Dead For Real as my test case. Why it instead of Dead Again? Well, IS has different distribution. I didn't want the third book in the series to show up somewhere with no access to the first 2. Will this make a difference in my sales? WE WILL SEE.

OKAY, Looks like talk before Casa Grande students on Nov 15 is set. Also Book signing on Nov 5 at Oro Valley Public Library. Took a first step to publishing with IngramSpark. I bought ISBNs and assigned the first to Dead Again. SO we're moving ahead. Today I'm going to try to get the book uploaded into their template.

A few events are on the horizon. I have a book signing at the annual Oro Valley Library  November 5 from 1 to 5. also I'm going to talk to a Creative Writing class in Casa Grande Nov 15. I'm looking forward to that. Why Casa Grande? Because it plays a prominent part in the last two Dead books. It'll be fun.

I haven't published either the rewritten Sea Species or Dead Again. I'd like to use IngramSpark but the submission is more difficult than CreateSpace. There's a learning curve and I haven't climbed that mountain yet. HELP

It's done! Dead Again is edited by Tall Grass and will go on to my copy editor. It will definitely be out next month. I think I would like to try publishing through Ingram-Sparks rather than Create Space. I feel that I might get better service from them. Now Steve and I have to get cracking on the cover.

Whoops, Risen from the Dead took a twist I didn't see. By the time I finish, I'll have every major religion pissed at me. And I'm only 40 pages into the writing.

Steve did a great job on the banner for the latest newsletter. A variation of that will be the cover for Dead Again. First set of edits should be done next week, then on to the copy editor. I'm hoping to have the book out next month.
Meanwhile, Sea Species redux should be out early next month. Tall Grass Editing Co Op, liked the tie in with the Dead series. This is so much fun.

WHAT A SURPRISE! I opened the newspaper to find a review of Dead Reckoning. Here it is:


DEAD RECKONING:DESCENT INTO DYSTOPIA  By R. L. Clayton (R. L. Clayton, $14.99)

 In this second of his "Dead" series, retired Tucson engineer R. L. Clayton reprises his crack Afghan War sniper Kathleen (Kiki) Russell and his interrogator -par-excellence Nick Sabino (along with their demonic whisperer The Director) to try to save the US from a two-pronged bio-and cyber attack. 

Gone underground—and presumed dead—after refusing a government assignment they could not countenance, Kiki and Nick have been on an extended sail around the world. They briefly surface for family bereavement just as a lethal strain of smallpox is unleashed on an unvaccinated American population, and a computer virus shuts  down the country's infrastructure. With people dying by the millions, cities without electricity or the capacity to pump water, and the rule of law breaking down, Nick's particular form of psychological interrogation becomes vital. Nick and Kiki are called upon to uncover international plots (think nuclear states) and to address the descent into anarchy within the U. S. itself.

Book Three's on the horizon.

Christine Wald-Hopkins


Hope I see a spike in interest.


Editor came back regarding Sea Species rewrites. For the second time, an editor has commented that she had problems determining who is the main character. Once I pointed out that Kihhim the community is the main character, got some great comments. It is worrying that I have not portrayed that strongly enough, or perhaps they are quite traditional. Neither is a sci-fi reader. Comments from those of you who have read it would be most welcome.

First installation of Sea Species is at the editor's. We'll see what she says. I'm open to suggestions for publishing. My thoughts as of now are to go through Ingram-Sparks for the print versions. I need to talk to Bookbaby about a promotional release.

Meantime, Dead Again is 60 pages for completion of the first edits. I'M ON TO WRITING RISEN FROM THE DEAD. Yeah!

Since the Sea Species rewrite is almost rewritten, I'm going to send it off to an editor for a final look. I'm thinking of a subtitle for the Evolution River series. How does An Atheist's Guide to God strike you? Those of you who have read the complete trilogy know where this is coming from.

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