I casually remarked to a fellow Rotary member today at lunch, “I thought things were supposed to calm down for me after the summer.” I must be a terrible judge of these things.
Regardless, I’m keeping on task with my edits. Fear in a Land Without Shadows should be sent to my editor by the weekend. I had a blast signing books and meeting people over the weekend at one of my few out-of-state events over the weekend at Iowa’s longest running comic book store (thanks Oak Leaf Comics) who had their 40th anniversary celebration.
Hopefully, after this week I can start outlining The Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion… I also have need for a few people to beta read the second Wolves of the Tesseract novel and the third Kakos Realm books. Contact me if you want to read them and provide feedback!
I probably sound like a broken record… but I stay pretty busy. In a period of 11 days (starting a couple days ago) I have two library readings, a television interview, a comicon, and a gust appearance at an out of state comic book store. Luckily, I have a few days’ vacation in the mix to help my sanity.
If you are in Marshall on Thursday evening come hang out at the public library. If you’re in north Iowa, on Saturday I’ll be a guest at Oak Leaf Comics’ 40th Anniversary in Mason City and it sounds like it’s going to be a big deal! Don’t let them fool you–there is more than corn in IA.
Last week’s editing stayed mostly on course. I’d hope to be done with Part 2, but didn’t quite make it. I’ll be there this week, though, so I’m going to keep pressing forward. Lots to do!
gaaa! I meant to write this in the morning… life has been crazy lately! I’m still editing and doin all the stuff i need to, though. I have been trying to do about half a dozen chapters per week on a quick rewrite to tighten up phrasing, etc, on Fear in a Land Without Shadows so I can send it to a line editor to check it over one final time before I send it to the agent who has requested it.
In the meantime, I’m also plowing through some of Mark Dawson’s programs on platform building and it’s really good stuff! I’m getting excited to start using his methods/models to increase my author brand awareness.
However, it would be a lot easier if the world would just shower me with money. And that’s why I never carry an umbrella. It’s also why I tend to get wet in the rain.
Lots of housework over the week, but I’m still editing and working on other projects including trying to wrap my head around the specifics of a click funnel (I’ll report on that once I’ve given it a try.)
An agent is still interested in my manuscript for my post-apoc story so I’m polishing it up more to make it the best it can be and I launched my Indie Author’s Bible over the weekend!
I do feel a little like life was tough last week. In addition to other struggles I broke a tooth while flossing. That’s a little like drowning in a drink while on the verge of dehydration. Crazy—I’m hoping I can finally get it fixed this week.
I set some big goals last week… and then smashed them. I edited like 45,000 words last week–lots of late nights but The Kakos Realm (book 3) Death Upon the Fields of Splendor is done with my revisions and will be heading to beta readers soon!
Not much for my goals this week after such a big one. I’m monkeying a little this week with Fear in a Land Without Shadows and hope to query another round to lit agents with it. I’ll maybe work on some outlines for future TKR books and the Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion. The Kakos Realm has blown open on a Game of Thrones-like epic scale (in the second book the crew spread into diaspora and now there are multiple main storylines each affecting each other… time to compile the 50 or so pages of notes into something a little more streamlined for the next 4 books).
I hope for two chapters in my TKR3 revisions–I actually got 3 of them done and I’m very optimistic that I’ll be done on time (before Oct) so I can get it to Betas asap. On top of that I also got the Indie Author’s Bible proof into editing, scheduled some new events (which are always posted to my Amazon Author’s Profile under the events calendar), and got my main website redesigned. If you haven’t seen it, go take a look!
Hopefully I can get another two chapters completed this week and stay on course or even get ahead of schedule!
I’m coming off a con and into a holiday weekend, so I’m hoping I can use that energy to do two chapters in my edits for TKR3 this coming week. I’m also dithering about with some Smashwords stuff (keep giving my comic errors and delaying release cuz they don’t like my bleed margins–they do comics, but they aren’t really optimally set up for them.)
I’ve also got revisions going on for my Indie Author Bible by the end of the week when my proof copy arrives–and in between those two spots John in the John releases–that’s actually tommorrow!
I’m back in the swing of things this week for work. I kept on good pace with my edits as I wrote last week. The Indie Author’s Bible should be done with revisions at the end of the week and then onto final edits by reviewers in the coming future.
The part that excites me most about it (besides the fact that I will get back into the revisions for the Kakos Realm 3 that have been on hold for two weeks) is that I have a few upcoming speaking engagements on the topic of writing. The first one is at a series of panels I’ll be talking at during LionCon. If you’re in the MN area, come out to the even in St. Cloud MN. It’s a relatively new comicon that could use your support and attendance!
My last week went off the rails. I spent the better half of it putting out fires. My biggest fundraiser of the year (I work for a nonprofit) was set in lemming mode and kept trying to self-destruct. Keeping up with the chaos was difficult since my cellphone was destroyed by gokarts on the friday prior. Five days and half an ulcer later I wrapped up and went into my weekend at the MN Fanfest comicon which was pretty fun, but sales were pretty low and attendance was somewhat starved due to the Renfest and MN State fair also opening the same time. Still, got to hang with lots of cool people and hit my sales marks, so all went well.
That said… I didn’t do much for writing except finish up some of the more difficult article edits in the Indie Author’s Bible. I’d like to have it polished up and ready for editing in two weeks (I’ll have to forego working on fiction, so I’ll need to come back to TKR3’s revisions with a lot of gusto).
Also, somewhere in the mix I’ve got a new book coming out: John in the John should be released within a month!
Of course I’d have to go ahead and write another book this year! That’s the big project announcement that I’ve been waiting to make. I have so many people asking me questions about the form and process of writing (and I’ve even booked to speak about this on a few occasions) and so I decided to start compiling many of the things that I’ve learned into a nonfiction book–it’s something like 90 articles long and will be titled The Indie Author’s Bible. On a sidenote, I have my writing advice column now written and scheduled for every wednesday through the rest of the year.
Back to fiction, I got my chapter edited and also got my comic book done! Wolves of the Tesseract: Taking of the Prime should be available soon!