Future Plans

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What does the future hold, you ask?  Why everything, of course.

Things are moving along at a decent pace. I have my next release mostly set up to go and my timeline for all that fun stuff has been updated. As far as I know right now, I have all my T’s crossed and my I’s dotted.

With the next one essentially prepped, I am now working through the next set of releases.  And they dearly need the attention.  Editing, editing, editing, oh as far as the eye can see…

Oh, and I am back to work on the last of the Matilda series as a first draft, because it wants to be done and I want it done too.  My collaboration story with Tyson K. Lane is making its way along as well.  Whew.

On top of all that, I have a few new stories in the works with a plan to revisit some older ones and flesh them out a bit more.

Why?  Well… because they won’t leave me alone.

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Other Exciting Tales in the Pursuit of Publishing Pt. 2

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Progress, progress, progress…

While there were still a lot of the legal steps to go through, things are slowly moving forward.  I have released my first novelette!  I also have some releases that are mostly ready to go (not just yet, though.  There’s a bit of license agreement bits to work on).

And to make all of this happen, I have become a business!  Well, as far as the government is concerned.  This turned out to be much simpler than I had expected and then much more difficult than I had anticipated.

So, celebrations are in order.

Next on my long list is the creation of the rest of my seller licenses.  The first one was easy, but there are multiple ebook store fronts out there.  And while these appear to be simple, if I have learned anything, it’s that taking things at face value will leave you unprepared.

I have my notes and numbers in a huge bundle and all the bits and pieces I believe that I need ready to go.  Here’s hoping this isn’t like a visit to the DMV where you stand in line only to find out you forgot that one form at home.

Anyway, here’s to taking these last few strides forward and setting this bird aloft.

Woo!

My Search for a Book Cover Pt. 3

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I’ve continued my journeys into the headwinds of cover design…

But clear waters may be ahead!  I am currently sitting on a book cover, a completed book cover… many actually if the truth were to be told.  I’ve done a ton of research and I believe (!) I am good to go concerning its Licensing Agreement / Limited Use Agreement.

The formatting is solid and if I decide to actually get a print run done, there is minimal tweaking needed.

All in all, I am pretty happy right now.  This took much longer than I had initially expected.  I had covers created for my four books, which as you know, I have split out into shorter works and they have been changed to something better.  At least I think so.

I got so excited about it that I even made a cover for the Nun with a Gun!

Now comes the long period of getting the episodes out there!

(image courtesy of Ryan McGuire of http://www.gratisography.com/)

Other Exciting Tales in the Pursuit of Publishing Pt. 1

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What else should I know?

I have learned a great many things in my pursuit to become more than a writer.  More than I thought I would possibly need to know to actually segue into the world of an author… like publishing.

This all started as a gamble to see if I could write a book.  Then it swelled into the wonder if I could write another, and then another.  Once I had the first three in various stages of completeness, I wondered what was next.

What would it take to get published?

I read everything I could and checked with multiple publishers, but the genre my books were in was not the one they were looking to fill.  The other shoe dropped when I found out that my stories were considered too short for the science fiction genre.  I thought about padding the stories out, but it would absolutely kill the flow.

Each of my stories were between the mid fifty thousand words to over sixty thousand words, but the genre I was working in regularly requested between eighty thousand to one hundred thousand words.  These two things pretty much curdled the publishing plan.

But what about Self-Publishing?

And so began my great search for information into what was needed to make that happen and as you already know, I have hit on that mission in previous posts.  I’m finalizing some steps before I hit the next bigger ones and then it hit me, what is the hardest part about being a new author?

Being known.  You’ve written a book, but who knows who you are and why would they buy your book?  A cover and a byline will give you some traffic, but that’s it.  I started this whole blog to work on that (plus its good writing practice in a different format).  How is that going?  Only time will tell.

So what’s another hold back from someone buying a book from an unknown author?  Expense.  I have thought long and hard on this one and you have no idea how many algorithms I’ve read for pricing it out.  I’ve looked into the KDP Select and how that works.

How can I make stories intriguing without a lot of cost to someone?  Then it hit me, the initial idea had been for a TV show and each full length book represented a season.  So why not break each season down into three episodes?

The shorter length fit the lower cost algorithms for buyers and I can release them relatively quickly which should give me the time to complete the fourth one and get a final rewrite on the third one.

So, I’ve got my plan, my calendar and I’ve got all my ducks lined up in a row.  I will be knocking them down one by one sooner than later.

How bright can the future be?  Let’s find out!

Collaborating with Tyson K. Lane Pt.3

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As you can see, I have now listed the other writer as Tyson K. Lane!

Once this whole project took a huge step forward, he no longer wanted to lurk in the shadows like some puppet master.

And by a huge step forward, I mean that the peoples of the world have more structure, world is more fully realized (there’s even a map of sorts) and there’s more detail in how the locations function.

Beyond that, the main character has more of a back story as well as a direction forward.  And in the words of Mr. Lane himself, “She is finally talking to me and I think I like her…”

To top that off, we even have a few first draft chapters in the pile now.

Huge.  Step.  Forward.

Collaborating with another Writer Pt.2

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Progress!  It feels good!

I haven’t written anything fantasy based in a very long time, but it’s one of those genres that I have enjoyed many times throughout my life.

Where am I going with this?  Well, this collaboration is going to be in the fantasy genre!

And I got bit hard by the idea bug.  Ideas flowed like water and we were able to hash out a more descriptive world and the main city in which the story will take place (at least the beginning of it).   Maybe I’ll draw a map!

We’ve got a finger on the pulse of the races that would populate this world and what their abilities would be.  We’ve even got the semblance of a series of magic systems and how they would interplay in the world and with each other.

Even a semblance of the religions of this planet has been cobbled together!  I think we also got a touch of the mythology of the world in place too!

We’re still throwing the pitches back and forth to see what stays, what changes and what new things are added, but man, I am so excited!