Today, we reviewed my first draft for a short story called The Fool and the Crocodox. The short story will be a digital download (free) to interest people in the first volume of A Tale of Light and Shadow, which you remember as Flight from Blithmore. They liked it and offered some great feedback, which I'll be working on immediately so I have time to get Psion Alpha formatted and published as soon as it's back from editors.
After going over their suggestions, they introduced me around the office to their Art Director, Richard Erickson, and his team. Then I met their marketing directors and publicists. Very cool. As usual, I left with an arm load of free books, and an appointment to go back Thursday and pick up my contract for review.
This whole process has happened so slowly that I'm not really in shock. I'm just glad and grateful. It started back in March when they contacted me about their interest in Flight from Blithmore, now 7 months later, my first book deal. I'll put up a post next week about the contract process.