If you were wondering why Extinction Point took so long to write …

06 Mar
03/06/2012

So, Extinction Point was supposed to be finished and released by the end of December. If you’re wondering why it took me so much longer, here’s the reason…

His name is Duffy and that’s my mouse and hand he’s sitting on. He’s my harshest critic.

27 replies
  1. gertie says:

    Ha! You’ve probably been wise not to disturb him; Cat always knows best. (Or at we pretend they do, because of that whole “I’m so much cuter than you. Obey me.” thing they have going on.) Looks like he went through a rough patch, glad to see he has found a good home with a warm computer mouse to lie on.

    Oh wait, I don’t mean to sound like I am condoning your taking your time with the writing. Screw the cat, write the next book! (Sorry Duffy.)

  2. Salt says:

    I just finished Extinction Point and went to your facebook to add you. Four months isn’t too long, well, for my standards. I know professionals have to crank out work far more often. By the way, what’s Extinction Point’s word count?

    • Paul Jones says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. EP is approximately 85K words… most of which are, happily, in the right order ;)

  3. Andrew Riddell says:

    Hi there,

    When will you complete the next book. Really enjoyed and looking forward to seeing what happens to Thor and Friend. Also really like to see what happens in this new world.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    • Paul Jones says:

      Hi Andrew. I’m glad you enjoyed Extinction Point. I’ve just finished plotting out the sequel (that’s the hard bit) and I’ll be settling in to write the book starting April 1st (a bad choice of days, I know, but it’s not a joke, honest). The book should be ready for release some time around the end of June(ish). That “ish” means give-or-take a month :) If you haven’t already, use the form on the side of this page to sign up for my mailing list. I’ll let you know when the book is close to release and I’ll also be dropping the occasional plot hint and maybe even a sneak-peak excerpt.

      Thanks again and I’m so glad you enjoyed meeting Emily and you-know-who.

  4. Brenda says:

    Hi Paul, I don’t normally read books based on the extinction of humanity but I enjoyed reading your book. It was more like the scifi I used to read and less like what passes for scifi these days. Great book and I look forward to reading the next book in Emily’s adventure. I’m also glad you have priced your Kindle books reasonably. Smart move. I do not mind paying $3 for an electronic book but too much more is where I think it becomes too much. Will definitely sign up for notice of Emily’s continuing saga.

    • Paul Jones says:

      Hi Brenda. I’m glad you took a chance on Extinction Point. The sequel is underway and should be available in a few months. If you get a chance, I’d love it if you would leave a review of EP at Amazon. Every review helps to boost the visibility of the book.

      I’ll certainly try to keep my prices around $2.99 for as long as possible; it seems to be an acceptable price-point for both the reader and myself :)

      Thanks for stopping by.

      P.

  5. Bruce Smith says:

    Duffy rocks
    Like Extinction Point a lot
    Hate waiting for books 2,3,4

    Bruce

    • Paul Jones says:

      Hi Bruce, and thanks for the review you left on Amazon; much appreciated. I’ve already started writing book 2 and that should be ready by the end of June (fingers crossed). Book one has been such a great success for me that I’m thinking of rolling the last two books into a single edition so you won’t have to wait. What do you guys think about that?

      Duffy says “Hi”.

      • Joy Blaine says:

        I just finished Extinction Point. The only bad part of the book was that it ended way too soon. In answer to you question: Do I want one “cookie” in two months or do I want two “cookies” in ?months——I would have to know how much longer I will need to wait for two “cookies” before I could answer that. If I have to wait twice as long to get two “cookies” then my answer would be —– Give Me A Cookie Now! Oh! and tell Duffy to find another warm place to lay…..I’m waiting! :D

        Joy

        • Paul Jones says:

          Morning, Joy.

          Duffy says, “That ain’t gonna happen.” ;)

          Okay, well, you will definitely be getting a new “cookie” at the end of June(ish). I started work on Extinction Point: Exodus on April 1st, so only a couple of months left to wait. I had planned in releasing a total of four books in the series but, seeing as the book seems to have caught on, thought I would pull the last two books into a single release and put it out in October or November. That way I could wrap the whole series up by the end of the year for you guys.

          Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list (it’s on the right side of this page) if you haven’t already, and could I ask you to drop by Extinction Point’s Amazon page and share a review of the book, if you have a second?

          P.Morning, Joy.

          Duffy says,

  6. Missy says:

    Amazing book! I read Extinction Point on the flight from Maine to Florida for vacation with my snoring sister, 4-1/2-month old niece and my two 13-year-old kids and never knew they were there!! Read all night till I finished the book. When it was at 95% I was praying it was not going to be a quick dumb ending, and when I saw those beautiful words TO BE CONTINUED I was so happy! I will be impatiently waiting for the sequel. I also read Towards Yesterday just before the trip and enjoyed that very much. That was what sent me on a search for more of your books and led me to Extinction Point. Kudos on the excellent editing/proofreading. I am a medical transcriptionist and proofread for a living, and this was so refreshing :)

    • Paul Jones says:

      Missy. Thanks for your comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I’ve sent you a message via Facebook regarding your question on getting into editing.

      Thanks again :)

  7. Pam says:

    Just want to let you know how much I am enjoying Extinction Point. It sounded interesting and it was free so I downloaded it and started reading. I was so engrossed that before I knew it I was a little over halfway through and it was 10:30 at night! If I have made it that far through a book without realizing how far I am and what time it is, then I know it’s an excellent book! I am definitely signing up for your mailing list so I can find out when the sequel is available! I won’t wait for it to he free either, that will be one of the few Kindle books I will be willing to invest money in! Thanks for a great read and keep ‘em coming!

    • Paul Jones says:

      Glad you’re enjoying the book, Pam. The last half, I think, is the most fun. I’m hard at work on the sequel. Thanks for signing up; glad to have you on-board

  8. jlynn says:

    Are you giving heads -up on the sequel? Would appreciate the opportunity to preorder it. Thanks

    • Paul Jones says:

      Hi. Glad you enjoyed the book. Yes, I’ll be giving early notice to my mailing list subscribers (you can find the form over on the right side of this page). I’m aiming for an end of June mid-july release.
      :)

      Thanks.

  9. Ben H says:

    I loved Extinction Point, even more than Towards Yesterday, which is saying a great deal, because that novel impessed me and was a great read itself. Now I eagerly await the next installments, along with everyone else.

  10. BJ says:

    Loved your book, Paul, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment! Thanks for pricing it low enough that I took a chance on Amazon (felt in the mood for post-apocalypse reading) and when Extinction Point turned up, thought WTH and got it. I’m not sorry I did (enjoyed your other book, Towards Yesterday, as well!). When I like an ebook, I will acquire it in paperback once it comes out so I have a “permanent” copy (electronic media can be fleeting but paper is practically forever). I do hate to pay twice for a book when the ebook costs as much as a hardback, so your introductory deal of $2.99 on Amazon really works for me. This first book stops so abruptly that it would be great if the first two installments get published as a nice fat paperback! Thanks for a scary good read with a story so good I’m perfectly willing to overlook any glitches in editing and the use of British phrases rather than American terms for the American setting, LOL.

  11. Henriette says:

    i loved the book, but i was disapointed when i found out it ended before the whole book was finished (the fact that there where a second book in it).

    I hope when the second book comes, you will have a reason that Emily is the only survivor in NY. i think i will become very disapointed if theres no reason in the seconds book as well…

    • Paul Jones says:

      Hi Henriette.

      Glad you enjoyed the book. Extinction Point is the first episode in a series of books. I’ve got at least another three books planned in the series, possibly more; the story I want to tell is just to big to fit in one book, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view).

      Thanks for stopping by and look out for the next edition toward the end of August.

    • Henriette says:

      im looking forward to that (:
      all the best of luck!

  12. Jan says:

    Just finished reading your epic book ……please don’t make me wait until end of August , it’s the summer break I’ve got children to ignore and that’s hard in the UK it rains alot !!!
    In all seriousness it was a brilliant read and the character Emily was one that anybody could identify with on all levels.

    • Paul Jones says:

      Thanks Jan. It never gets old hearing how much people are enjoying Emily and Thor’s story. I’m originally from the UK myself so I know allllll about the rain (from Cardiff originally). I swapped it for sunny Nevada … where it’s 110 degrees one minute and hailstoning the next.

      Seeing as you’ve obviously got your hands full with the kids, and assuming you haven’t read it already, drop me an email at Paul AT Disturbeduniverse.com and I’ll send you a voucher for a complimentary copy of my first book, Towards Yesterday.

      PAUL

  13. Mandy L. says:

    I absolutely LOVED Extinction Point. I’m usually only attracted to zombie apocalypses, but this one had me hooked from page one. I started it this morning and just finished it, my family has not been happy with me today! Lol! I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one. Fabulous job!!!!

    Think I’ll be adding you to my list of favorite authors :)

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