This novel is a serious drama focusing on personal relationships. Science fiction is all too often not taken seriously, even by professionals in the publishing business who should know better.
Years ago, I attended the first ever Editor's Intensive conference in Ohio at the headquarters of Writer's Digest Magazine and presented a draft of this book to one of their editors. After she read it, I got a puzzled look from her when I said it is a drama.
"It's not a science fiction?" she asked.
"It's a drama in a science fiction setting," I said.
Her eyes glazed over and I changed the subject. In all fairness, she did give some good advice which confirmed my fear...the book was too long. I have since edited out 40,000 words and had my writer's group review most of it. There's nothing like getting a fresh perspective.
I am eagerly waiting to see what my graphic artist will come up with for a book cover, and the print version of Between Earth and Arcturus will soon be available in both ebook and paper.
In the mean time, I will be working on the next book.