Okay. This looks silly. I don't know how to get rid of this post. It doesn't contain anything at all. I advise jumping to the next post. Sorry about that. A big ooooops.
Happy New Year! Akemashite Omedetou! Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo! Sun nien fai lok! Selamat Tahun Baru! Manigong Bagong Taon! Feliz año nuevo! Buon Anno! And forgive me for missing quite a few more.
I have made some changes, tidied up a little, and generally reorganized the house. Hope it is an improvement. Nothing major. Another book soon. Not quite as soon as I hoped. It is a couple of chapters away from a final draft.
I have to say, a trilogy is much more complicated than I thought when I made the decision to write three books in a series rather than just one. After all what is the difference between writing three stand alone novels and a trilogy, I thought. Ha ha. Well, I can now say after many rewrites of book two and a rewrite of book one that we are talking about the difference between three Mercuries in the case of the stand alones, and three Nibirus when thinking about the trilogy. I mean there is just no comparison. It is the Moon compared to the Sun. And really, the Moon is supposed to be quite large.
A trilogy needs an over arching plot, even if only a strand among several. Readers want continuity, and they don't like to see characters they have followed in the first book disappear without a trace or explanation of a kind in book 2 and 3. Or for that matter, characters that apparently have split personalities. They want plot development and world building that doesn't implode with the inconsistencies of a story that is planned on the fly. I didn't want to be lost by the time it came to winding up book 2 and plunging into book 3, and left with the choice of winging it or stopping at the second book. What kind of trilogy has 2 books? So, here I am with book 2 almost completed, and book 3 already on the way to a first draft.
2016 was a heck of a year, wasn't it? Looking forward to 2017.
Just added a Link page. So far it includes a (very) few promotion sites I think are good value if you are an author looking to submit an advertisement. I plan to add to these as time goes by and not just promotion sites.
An idea reinforced to me over and again upon entering the world of independent publishing is the importance of good faith. Indy authors, for the most part, are do-it-yourselfers, without the muscle provided by the traditional publishing houses. We not only create the product, we then have to market it, not to mention a whole lotta other tasks that all take serious time away from the all important writing. We look for value, just like our readers do. As do too, the service providers we work with; the promotion sites, the retailers we sell through, and so on. So, I'm looking to find ways to provide more value for all. To give something back in acknowledgment.
Readers, what about the readers? I will be offering a free book for all subscribers to my newsletter. The newsletter will go out at most four times a year. Yes, that is 'will' because I am yet to post any. I've been waiting to release my third novel. All subscribers will be offered a free ebook of their choice on subscribing to the newsletter. More about this soon.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours all the best for the New Year to come.
This baby is now officially overdue. I'm happy with it, even if the editing and proof reading process has take more time than anticipated. It always does.
I look forward to receiving the book cover in the next few days. When I finally have the cover up on the page everyone will have an idea of what the book's about. Only an idea though. You will need to read it to know what it is about. It is a fairly genre specific novel compared to my first so I anticipate promoting it will be far more straight forward. Presales will be available from Amazon in the following days.
Jubilee Year is Book One in the three book series titled Erelong. Writing for the follow ups is progressing. I envisage the follow up books will not be quite as long as book one, but each will also be able to be read as stand alone novels. Book Two is due to be published in early November. Earlier still if I can manage it. Originally I was planning on having all three books published this year. What a dreamer.
That's it for now. Hope you are doing well and living the most you are able everyday. My advise for myself over the next few days is to get outside as much as possible. Unfortunately it isn't possible while birthing this book but that is the thought. Might have to lose the book baby analogy, it's old already.
'The Girl With Two Names' is available for reviewers.
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This promotion will run into the book release, and will last for two weeks only. Last day to request a free book to review will be Sunday, August 16th. I might close the promo earlier if I get enough reviewers ahead of Sunday.
I aim to add a comment column under the samples chapters from each book. I think an opportunity for reader feedback is totally necessary. But, I might have chosen a difficult theme to work with for this website. It is beginning to feel more than a little clunky. This one doesn't appear to allow me a way to add a reader comment section on the sample pages. The problem is getting something that works as well on mobiles as it does on the screen of a laptop. It seems to be impossible to find a tolerable compromise.
Any helpful suggestions you fire this way are appreciated. That ‘s a strong hint. I invite you to comment on any of the content on this website and my meagre attempt at a blog.
Well. Beautiful weather for Sydney for another six days apparently. At last! Now if only I can get some writing time in. Talking about giving birth. Bringing a book into the world surely is a painful task. Sitting for hours straight drinking coffee until I find myself grinding teeth, tapping away at a cold keyboard for hours on end, or just staring at it when my muse has decided to call time often makes this writer want to be somewhere else. Then there’s the tedious endless nature of proof reading.
But all of the labor is definitely worth it when the baby starts kicking. Those little you get once the characters have become more or less fully developed and you just know what they are going to do and say. Yes, well after nailing down the themes and plot, more or less. Getting a great cover from the designer is a definite kick. A kick that tells you the baby is healthy. And then the day arrives when the book comes out into the world. And there it is for everyone to see.
That’s where my analogy ends though. Because a book is nothing compared to a baby.
Congratulations Lorena and Ben! and HELLO, Arlo!!
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