Why finally? Because, true believers, Young Nostradamus has been in development for nearly 12 years!
It was supposed to be my follow-up novel to Epoch, my 2007 apocalypse comedy. I wrote YN very much in the same style, and my intention was that readers would instantly recognize the book as one of mine. The publishers weren’t interested in Michael Nostry’s adventure, though; they felt it was too similar to Epoch. Which, as I just said, was entirely the point. “We like our authors to grow and evolve with each project,” they told me, suggesting that each novel should be a departure from the last. I thought the way to grow a readership was to create a brand for myself, and let growth and evolution happen naturally as my career went along. But that’s publishing for you.
As a result, Young Nostradamus sat on my hard drive for a very long time, and I concentrated on other stories.
After that publisher dropped me, and I entered the self-publishing world, I remembered YN and decided it would be in good company with The Five Demons You Meet in Hell and Apoca-Lynn. I even included the prologue for YN at the end of Apoca-Lynn (a post-credits scene?), thus announcing that Young Nostradamus was next in line.
That was a while ago. Basically, life got in the way, some painful stuff happened, and I came out the other end shaken and stirred. I did not forget about Michael Nostry, though – a bunch of friends agreed to beta-read it for me, and three of them actually did! I was extremely grateful for the notes/suggestions/edits they provided, but it would still be a couple of years before I was able to implement them.
This year, I decided I was going to release the book. I got cracking, revised and rewrote, and published a draft I was happy with. It took a while, to say the least, but I did it. Yay me!
Now I just need to promote it. This blog post is the start of that process. There will be more.