In an effort to clear the decks before kicking out the rest of my Blood Bowl novel, this week I took care of some details for Marked for Death, the first in my upcoming Eberron trilogy. I got the galleys (final author’s proofs) in late last week and turned them around right away. Reading through the book again, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. The first draft was a real mess, written more like a screenplay than a novel, but now the book breathes like an epic adventure should. It’s slated for a March 2005 release, and I can’t wait to see it.
I also revised a “Novel Approach” article about the book for an upcoming issue of Dragon Magazine. This comes complete with stats for a smaller, party-sized airship and a living fireball spell. This article should appear in the same issue as a prefatory short story that introduces four of the characters from Marked for Death as they investigate a mysterious crater on the edges of the Mournland.