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Let’s talk about what I’ve been up to.
I apologize for being so mysterious about things as I tend to be, but I simply have a good deal of work both IRL and on projects that have been taking up my time.
Also that new Super Mario came out, but we don’t need to draw that into the equation.
I’ve been spending most of my time since Eminence’s release working with Stonecastle, which is Woodcastle’s (formerly Kingdom through the Swamp) sequel. The project is roughly halfway done, and you can expect it either late December or early January. It will be a bit darker than KttS, but not so much that it would turn away those charmed by the original’s comfiness. Just be ready for way more necromancers, a bit more fighting, and plenty of hurt feelings.
So, newer news, I’ve decided to participate in this year’s nanowrimo!
Yes, yes of course it is during one of my other novel projects, but I feel like this will be a welcome change of pace for me to explore a story idea I’ve had for a good while and haven’t yet had the pleasure of sinking my teeth into full-speed:
Verily so, I’m going to (((attempt))) to write the novel’s rough draft from scratch, with more characters, a cooler main character, a dash more romance, and a severely badass villain! There’s a good chance this one could get done before Stonecastle, so apologies in advance to you Cooking Minion fans; you’re going to have to wait a little bit.
Project calendar as it stands:
1: Halloween Knight Book One (Holiday Rebellion) slated for December 5th
2: Stonecastle for December 20th-January 10th
3: Insurgence (VS Empire’s third book) February 30th
4: Walking the Scar (Pushed back again lol) sometime in April
Perhaps it’s notable that I have quite a few lined up in just six months, but do be aware this is closer to my preferred workload. Now, if only you wonderful readers would all buy each of my releases, perhaps I could get even closer to my desired speed and put out a novel a roughly one a month, so tell your friends! Really my speed is heavily dependent on my outside-of-writing worklife, so the less work I have to do, the more I can write! ❤
Also, to you writers out there, allow me to recommend How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen. This is a wonderful, wonderful book that has revitalized and sharpened my blurb-writing skills, which are useful for both traditional writers and indies alike! It focuses on making the sale (which good writing in this form should) and is chock full of helpful examples and in-depth explanation to craft blurbs that readers love. It’s absolutely worth the small price tag, as it’s an investment in your future skills.
Sorry about that aside, reader, but I’ve really enjoyed it and thought more should know. It seems like I’ve really underestimated the selling process for the longest time, because I want people to read my stuff, but I don’t want to pay tons of monies to make that happen! I’m steadily learning, however, that for people to experience my writing, I must make the investment of making a product as attractive as possible, because in this cutt-throat writer world, it’s the very best looking products that buy the coffee. Preferably, the best product should be the best looking one, but that isn’t always the case.
Regardless, from now on expect fancier covers, more-striking descriptions, and razor-sharp tag lines. I’m committed to looking indistinguishable from traditional publishers, because the writing’s worth it, the stories are worth it, I’m worth it, and you are worth it. No more of bowing to the big publishers, I’ll be my own publishing house!
It’s time to shoot for the stars, reader. You and me, we’re going to make a world where people can write what they want, and get paid for it. People will be able to spread the wonderful stories and messages they have day by day, without the crippling weight of the 9-5 workday. It’s only a matter of time, reader, you can join with me, but regardless of what you decide on, I shall one day touch the stars.
… and then die because stars are super hot…. maybe I should use a different analogy next time.
Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day, and that you work hard to make our world a finer place for the good and the righteous; maybe the evil too, but I’m sure that part of being evil is not liking it when good and righteous folks have fun.