Things seem to be working out. I got an awesome designer who has worked up cover concepts for the series, and they are excellent. The hard part was picking one concept.
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Meanwhile, the publisher told me that they were working on a rights reversion letter, so at least there’s that.
By the time I get the rights to the first two novels back, I very much suspect that the third novel will be finished. I hope it doesn’t take that long. But I’ve formatted the manuscripts for digital publishing and they are ready to go.
The only thing is, I noticed two typos in the second novel and I didn’t mark them when I saw them so I may have to re-read the whole thing to find them again.