The book has entered the layout phase (layout/design by your pal & mine, Professor Cardyhouse himself)! Now we find out if all this stuff will fit…
The beta version of Adventures with the Mojave Phone Booth is now in the hands of the beta readers for a second round of editing! w0000000000000000000000000000000000t
I’m currently 1/4 into the second round of editing, which I hope to finish within a couple of weeks. After the third round, I’ll begin laying out the book and getting it ready for printing and publishing!
Making a book sure is a weird process the first time through. Thank you all for your continued support and patience.
In a week or slightly more, champion Editor Heather will be finished going through the manuscript and making her comments & editing suggestions. I don’t know whether they’ll be extensive (as, of course, probably every writer expects) (and I do expect), but Heather said, “I’ll save my comments for when I package things up for you, but I certainly am enjoying the read.” So that sounds promising, doesn’t it?
I’ll start incorporating the edits as soon as I have them, and you’ll hear from me again when I’m at the next stage. By then I’ll have a solid idea of when the words will hit the streets.
Thank you all again for your support, patience, and understanding!
It has been in some ways a trying couple of months. I had hoped to be the Kickstarter exception, rather than (as I’m told) the Kickstarter rule, but it appears that I drool, which is to say that there will be a delay in the publishing of Adventures with the Mojave Phone Booth. I hope this won’t occasion the lighting of torches and the taking up of pitchforks. I asked my terrific editor-to-be for a “note from the doctor” on the subject:
“Hey, all you lovely Adventures with the Mojave Phone Booth Kickstarter backers! Editor Heather here. I bit off more than I could chew this Spring and am therefore singlehandedly responsible for the delay of the deliverables on Doc’s book! Rest assured that doesn’t mean that Doc is idle … he’s working on the other rewards while I clear some obligations off my plate in order to give the project the attention it deserves. Thanks for your patience!
— Heather McGee Lackey”
I apologize to you all. At the same time, this short delay will be for the best. Trust me, you do not want to read an unedited book (if you’ve ever read my website, Deuce of Clubs, that’s me without an editor–fine for a website, less than optimal for a book). I’m very happy that the very busy Heather will be able to work with me at all. She made suggestions months ago, after reading the first chapter (the one you’ve read) that improved it immensely. The extra time will make for a better book, one I can be more proud of and you’ll be happier reading. (I promise it will be funnier and more entertaining than this announcement.) The editing phase begins May 5th. The Kickstarter rewards will go out with the books this summer. I’ll keep you posted.
Thanking you for your support and patience and understanding,
Tonight I emailed the first chapter of Adventures with the Mojave Phone Booth to the Kickstarter backers whose reward levels included it.
If you should have received the chapter and have not, please check to see whether it might have been routed to your spam or junk mailbox. If it’s not there, please contact me and I’ll get it to you via another method.
To all of you backers, once again: thank you!
We have reached the Kickstarter goal! My deepest thanks to all of you who are participating in this project!
In fact, not only has the goal been reached, but slightly surpassed–which is excellent, because I would also love to produce a full audiobook version (including excerpts of actual Mojave Phone Booth calls from the collection of recordings I made during my visits).
It’s noon as I type this, so the Kickstarter lasts for exactly three more days (until noon on Saturday the 20th). I’ll post another update then. Again, my thanks to all for your support and encouragement and making this happen!
Here’s Joe Cool, totally not concerned that the Adventures with the Mojave Phone Booth book Kickstarter is at 74%, with a mere 9 days left…but Wagner appears significantly ruffled!
(It would be a huge help if anyone were to post the Kickstarter url, which I’ll post in a comment on this post, in places that might be interested in the Mojave Phone Booth–any international forums, discussion groups, online Burning Man hangouts, et al. Muchisimas gracias!)
Derek Roberto and Kaarina Cleverley Roberto have kindly made available, in its entirety, their short documentary Mojave Mirage (2003), on YouTube:
“`Mojave Mirage’ documents the phenomenon surrounding a lone phone booth in the Mojave Desert. The booth constantly received calls from all over the world, while people from all over the world began to travel there to see it live. The film captures a day in the life of the booth and the controversy spurred by its popularity. The phenomenon which originated on the Internet, serves as a provocative metaphor of the Information Age.”