Counting down to book o’clock…

May 27, 2022

Counting down to book o’clock…

May 27, 2022

Hey gang! It’s been a while since my last update, and quite a lot has happened. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that we’ve saved Daredevil! While there is still a lot we don’t know, a new Daredevil project that appears to be some kind of continuation of the old show is in the works. For more information, check out the Save Daredevil website. You’ll find links to all the write-ups in the trade press there!

Another source of personal excitement lately has been my finally nearing the home stretch with the publication of my book. After talking about this for a decade, my manuscript is finally in the hands of a professional editor and due back next week. After that, I will spend about three to four weeks revising, proofreading, and all that jazz before making it available in seven to eight weeks, just in time for San Diego Comic-Con. I will be attending, so if you see me there, please say hi! I will hopefully have a few copies of the book for sale too. Keep an eye out for the Save(d) Daredevil crew!

This whole process, during the past year in particular, has been quite a ride. After planning and dabbling with the book for many years, with intermittent bursts of intense reading of the relevant research literature, I finally got to that point of “now or never.” I realized that if I had been told that I only had a year to live, finishing this book would have been on the top of my list. When you feel that strongly about something, you owe it to yourself to try to make it happen. I also realized that I was at a point where I could scale back on my regular professional career for a while to carve out time to write. And I finally got it done.

That it’s taken me this long to get to this point hasn’t been all negative, though. When I first started thinking about this project, there was no Daredevil TV show, for instance, and being able to address more takes on the character beyond the comic and the 2003 movie has served to add some overall variety. There is also the fact that a lot has happened on the research front in the last decade, some of which has impacted how I’ve addressed specific topics along the way. I also stumbled across a newly released book as recently as six or seven months ago that radically changed my best guess for how the early radar sense was conceived. If you’re curious about this, you’re just going to have to wait until the book comes out!

I’ve also realized that self-publishing has become much easier over the last decade. And yes, self-publication always seemed like the logical route for me. This does not mean that I don’t think my book is good enough for a “real” publisher. I’m convinced I could have gone the traditional publishing route if I had wanted to, but that would also mean introducing even more of a delay (months to years), with less control of the overall process. Besides, one of the reasons people go the traditional publishing route is for help with marketing. In my case, I’m something of a known entity in the fandom and am not going after the mass market. This is a niche book, but it’s a niche I know well. Self-publishing doesn’t mean going it alone, though. While using a professional editor is not cheap, I feel like I would have been an idiot not to use one. The same goes for cover design and all the rest. I’ve taken this very seriously and learned a tremendous amount.

If you are a regular TOMP reader (or at least were in the past, when I posted regularly!), you may be wondering whether I’m just rehashing old points. Haven’t I been over all of this already? And the answer is no. The material in this book is virtually all original content, and I haven’t really looked all that carefully at my old posts here on the blog. Obviously, I know my opinions on various science-related topics, and those have remained pretty stable. Still, I have revised some of my understanding of how some aspects of the comics have evolved. This has come from revisiting the source material in great detail while reminding myself not to consider where we ended up decades down the line. I wrote about some of how I’ve come to evaluate early Daredevil in this in a post from a few months ago. I will say this; if you’ve enjoyed any of my writing on this topic here at The Other Murdock Papers, this book will be for you.

Well, that’s it for now! If you have any questions, please comment below. I. I will also be looking to give this site a bit of a makeover as I’m getting ready to launch the book, even though I will also set up a separate website. So if you see any housekeeping happening, you’ll know what’s what.

9 Comments

  1. skmetalle

    Looking forward to buying your book.

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    • Christine

      Thank you! I’m happy to hear it. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. Elizabeth

    I am looking forward to reading your book. I’m sure you will post a link in here when it’s ready so I’ll keep an eye out.

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    • Christine

      Thank you Elizabeth! I’ll keep you all posted.

      Reply
  3. Robert

    I’ll definitely check it out. Hope all else is well.

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    • Christine

      Glad to hear it! All is well with me, and I hope the same goes for you.

      Reply
  4. antony

    Hurrah! I won’t be at SDCC, but I look forward to buying a copy mail order πŸ™‚

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    • Christine

      Thanks Antony! I will be happy to send you a book though. I think I’m going to make it a rule that anyone who’s ever worked on Daredevil can have a free copy. πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  5. Adele Ottinger

    Comment *Hi Christine, would like to buy your book but I am not on social media so please send me the link.
    Many thanks
    Adele

    Reply

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