Jaunt Publications 2019 behind the scenes gallery
Posted 11 months ago and submitted by Erik Kreffel | Share link: http://illo.cc/87949

Jaunt started as a figment of a time travel daydream back in 1993, when I was still in high school. Two years later, I began the slow process of story building, at first a few pages of a bad screenplay (since lost, titled Temporal Retrieve) that came to be rewritten as the novel Jaunt beginning in 2000. After 18 months a first draft was completed, and sat dormant for a few years until I did an edit, threw out several chapters, and by 2007, had the first self-published version of Jaunt. I revisited Jaunt in 2010, revised the cover, but did not do any story editing. This was as I wrote the character-continuation Ether (after scrapping an earlier sequel named Chimera) and published it in 2011.

For some time, I let the two books languish while I focused my efforts on my comic series/graphic novel Agent Maya. In 2018, after losing my full-time job, I decided finally to truly revisit Jaunt and re-edit it to fully integrate with Ether, which I never gave a great effort at promoting, let alone designing. The two would be given similar trade dress to show they were part of a unified narrative and from the same press, which I renamed Jaunt Publications to form an umbrella for all my subsequent creative endeavors.

There, the challenge lay in doing another edit gloss over Jaunt (Ether was fairly the way I wanted it after 8 years) but Jaun, being my first creator-owned effort and written when I wasn’t as experienced, needed some finesse. I took out the comic book-y prose habits I had picked up in my teens and scaled back many of the speech tags that signal a novice writer. Pages were redesigned, a better cover illustration was worked up, and the two novels finally looked of a piece…

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Erik Kreffel
Indianapolis, USA

Author, cover illustrator and designer of my novels JAUNT, ETHER and AGENT MAYA NEPTUNE'S DEADLIEST RING and THE MOONS OF ICE AND FIRE. Editor, cover illustrator and designer of my… Show more.

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