Hello friends, it’s been a while. I have some big news: I have a new novel coming out at the end of February. It’s called See You in the Cosmos, and it’s about an eleven-year-old boy trying to launch his iPod into space. You can pre-order it here: http://jackcheng.com/see-you-in-the-cosmos
You’ll notice that the book’s coming out through Dial Books and Puffin, which are both part of the Penguin Random House company. How did this happen? The short story is that I met a literary agent as a result of this Kickstarter campaign, we shopped around my new manuscript, and it got picked up by publishers.
The longer story is one I’m telling through my new podcast, called See You on the Bookshelf. I’ve attached the 3-minute preview, and the first few episodes are already up iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/see-you-on-the-bookshelf/id1192838597
Much like I did with the Kickstarter updates for These Days, I wanted to answer the question, What’s it like to publish a novel? Only this time, I wanted to lift the veil on a somewhat different process, one that involved (spoiler alert) a staggering number of people. I wanted to introduce you to some of those people, and present their voices instead of just my own. And audio felt like the appropriate medium.
Have a listen, and thanks for your continued support.
p.s. If you’re interested in my musings on the decision to go with a traditional publisher instead of independently publishing my second book, I wrote a bit about the subject in my weekly newsletter: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.