And 2 to edit!
As quiet as I’ve been believe it or not I am only running slightly behind schedule!
Unfortunately I’ve also attended a family wedding, coo-ed over becoming a real Aunt instead of just an aunt in law, and changed jobs! All of it involved holidays, celebrating, consumption of brain power and not much else.
While farewelling the old role was hard, I’m enjoying my new job and hopeful that the amount of writing hours I can cram into my day will grow, especially over the coming months. So no, I haven’t done as much as I would like, but I think I’m still on track for my six books for this year.
And I have good news, first of all one of my six books is done, a personal one and a long overdue promise, and I’ve been having fun working on the others in dribs and drabs.
The other piece of good news, for you guys anyway, is that To Chase a Prophecy has been through preliminary editing, and needs some changes that involve a bit of a hack saw. They weren’t quite the direction I saw coming, but that’s what I have Scott for, and he’s really very good at getting the best out of me.
He’s also sinking his teeth in A Phantom Presence, so all of you excited about the Last Prophecy direction, its well on its way… ahaha, that’s never getting old, I am so terrible.
We should also be compiling the COMPLETED promo video for the start of the series and I hope to upload it here along with all the fancy artwork, dramatic music, and serious voice actors! Look out for it next month!
Queen of Spades: Darkening, the second installment of the Queen of Spades series is definitely not on the backburner, and a chunk of it is already done, I look forward to showing you more of that towards the end of the year, as while its complete, I trust my beta readers when they say I better show up with the sequal. Oh yes, and for those who remember from the last post, the third book better be out too.
Speaking of the last post, I didn’t talk about the other book I’ve been writing, but wanted to play a little game with those paying attention – post a comment below about what you think this other project is, and correct guesses will earn themselves a free copy of To Chase a Prophecy when it comes out.
It’s at this time of year that I look more towards the new year than what has passed before, and I cannot do that this year.
I released the first book in the Last Prophecy Series, The Well of Youth. From that came my first book launch, and it told me that I had made it.
I wrote three other books, totalling some 280 thousand words. Along with a yet as unfinished piece of work for Queen of Spades series, and a new series, it’s more like 350 thousand words.
After successfully running a Kickstarter I got to not only hold my book in my own hands, I got to give the first copy to my father.
I lost Pronoun and republished anyhow.
This year I get to be even prouder of my accomplishments than last year, and with this sense of accomplishment my goals for 2018 don’t seem so hard.
I want to write six books. 2 for the Last Prophecy, 2 for Queen of Spades, and then there is this other series I have developing in the background. It’s not a bad goal, and while I won’t make it with other plans (finding/building houses!!), I will be endeavoring to try.
As this year draws to a close I am always optimistic for what tomorrow will bring and to do better, but this year is different, I am far more proud of the progress I have made. That self publishing has thrown some pretty hard curveballs at me, and I’ve managed to not only survive them, but understand I am not giving up in spite of those setbacks.
I hope when you make your goals for 2018 you don’t forget how hard it was to accomplish what you did in 2017, and that it was completely worth it.
Happy New Year – hope it’s a corker!
I mentioned in a previous post that I would be moving across to KDP and Amazon, and have now done so, the books were only down for about 24 hours or so on most platforms, but – I have lost all my reviews.
I am waiting to see if Amazon can put them back, but if you don’t see your reviews within the next week for any of my books *please* put them back up!
Also, the links on this website for the books don’t currently work, but I am working on fixing that soon, I just had to get all the new links in order!
As I posted recently I’ve been awash in the wake of Pronoun coming down. For those of you who don’t know but want to understand the implications, they can be summerized thusly:
- The books ALL come offline until I find another way to self publish them
- I lose all my ISBNs
- I potentially lose all the reviews on those sites for my books
- I lose all my promos on various sites linked to those specific URL
- I lose the benefits of Pronoun (here are a few; Emails whenever I sell/get a review, excellent support, full 70% profit from sales, cost free uploading, 0% of sales taken… the list goes on.)
Sulking aside, its not been great.
To add to that there have been numerous problems with the hard copies of the books; because of the delay on when I received the funds, and the launch of the book not long after its been a bit difficult to get it all organised.
As I had to wait for several things to align (stars, planets… designers), but I’ve run into some serious problems on formatting both fronts; the Indesign stuff for the core text was tricky, and I wanted to do it myself because it is possible and I didn’t want to waste the ludicrous amount of money on paying someone to format it.
I told all the Kickstarters I’d be using Ingram, who don’t format. I then spent some time investigating, and then reporting my finding to the author’s alliance (hence why I ended up doing it myself), which got a little messy and complicated.
We should have been all ready to print this week, except from late October the designers of the book cover haven’t come back to me with the print cover indesign files and are not answering my emails. And I don’t know why. *sigh*
I paid them several hundred US for this service but it was done a long time ago and I can’t get it back. Its tempting at these times to just throw in the towel!
I will find someone else to do them because I want these books before Christmas! I am very determined to get the print order in by the end of the week, and am looking at some other fiverr artists who’ve done promo work with me before to get the cover for the hardcopy up to scratch.
I am also very unimpressed at the price hike over the last 18 months for book covers; a whopping US$99, they have now jumped to as much as US$300 which is more than I can afford. I am persuing other designers, have paid several, and overall been very disappointed with the results. I mean, I don’t require original artwork, if I want that I’ll go to my artists, (which right now is on the cards), but it would be nice to find someone who can give me what I need. I guess I’ll keep looking…
Kickstarters: The other problem is you! I have emailed a few of you a number of times asking for addresses to post the books! Please give them to me, or if you aren’t sure about it flick me a message through the website or Kickstarter page!
In regard to where my books will go next, I have decided on two platforms; with KDP (Amazon direct) and D2D (Draft to Digital, who cover everything else).
My reasoning is that I can advertise to a *much* larger audience with KDP, and if I join them it will make it easier to transfer across my reviews to the new URLs.
D2D list their books everywhere that Pronoun did except Google Play, but that hasn’t been a great platform with me, and D2D offer a host of other retailers I will be investigating.
The profit margins are far lower than Pronoun, and there is a 10% take on any earnings, but otherwise they are the best that are currently out there.
Its been a long couple of weeks, and I’m supposed to be on holidays writing!
Which brings me to Nanowrimo.
I have knocked this out, and the next novella in the Last Prophecy series (set for release in 2019) is done; The Tumbling Spire.
I will tell you more about it… late next year.
In the mean time I am progressing on the next book in the Queen of Spades Series – the Darkening. I know nobody really knows anything about these series yet, but I won’t be shutting up about them soon!
I am anticipating (hopefully) for the release of Queen of Spades – The Awakening towards the end of the year or maybe early next year, please keep your eye out for it, because it will be a .99 cent book for the first month and then go up to $2.99!
In other, fabulous news, I’ve been awarded a Gold Star Rating for the Well of Youth by the BGS team! It’s a combination of a computer system called Autocrit, and measures word repetition, mistakes, readability, development and a host of other stuff.
If any one has anything they want clarified in regards to the Kickstarter feel free to send me a message, I am more than happy to answer, and believe you me I need to do as I promised and give my father a copy of the book for Christmas, so they should be done before then!
I’m ordering a banner, right now, I’m waiting for it to load in the background.
I sent an email to the cake lady about when to pick it up.
I’m about to put an update on the Kickstarter page – the print book won’t be ready in time, the funds haven’t come through for print copies to be there at the launch, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t coming. I’m sorry backers, but you will get it soon!
And… I’ve just fixed the last note that the editor made to the script.
Scott – I couldn’t have done this without you. This wouldn’t be this story without you.
I’ll never be able to thank you properly for all this. I’m going to try, but I don’t think anything will cover my gratitude for your help.
The Well of Youth is done. 129 thousand words. 233 pages.
If I thought I could I’d weep tears of blood.
I feel like I’m about to fail, about to disappoint everyone with my attempt at becoming an author.
And then I look at this manuscript. Two years of work.
We’re ten days away from the launch and somehow I want for it to be here now, and another part of me is scared silly.
I don’t think I’ve ever been proud though. That sounds so stupid, you’re proud of doing well at school, at getting a job done. Somehow those things just don’t compare to what is happening inside me right now.
I keep telling myself not everyone’s going to like it, its not a story for everyone and that’s OK.
Its not perfect and that’s OK.
But right now its perfect to me.
And Scott helped make it perfect. If I’m proud of what this story has become its because of all his hard work.
My Dad, my sister, and my husband helped make it perfect.
Perfect to me right here and right now.
Its been a long time coming and I can’t wait until those final moments and I publish. I look forward to seeing those of you that can make it to the launch to celebrate this with me. Thank you.
When you’re doing something like writing a book you often feel alone.
You can be surrounded by people and you can feel alone.
People say that what you’re doing is awesome, and it doesn’t matter how many times they say it, and mean it, my anxiety often tells me that I’m full of it and what I do doesn’t matter.
And I am saving something rather special, a very special story, for my book launch, and its about the wonderful people who came together for the Kickstarter. All the backers, please tune in, there is something special I want to share with you all.
We’ve been fully funded since day one.
And then more, lots more, and I couldn’t believe how quickly it all happened. I was so overwhelmed, not because people we backing me, because people wanted to hold my book in their hands too. It wasn’t just about the support, people wanted to see what all the work had been about. And suddenly I didn’t feel so alone.
Years ago a friend of mine asked me when I’d think of myself as successful as an author. This was one of those precious times, times were a liked status or an everyday comment was more, that it was someone I hadn’t heard from in a long time saying: Yes, I want to read your story.
I can’t say the words enough, but thank you to all the backers.
We have 70 hours left on the Kickstarter, and there are only **2** copies of the hardback left.
If you want a copy now is the time, thanks to the generous backers we’ve made the goal so this is just if you want a copy to hold in your hands now!