This week didn’t produce as much as I’d hoped, but I did manage to complete the edits on my other WIP, the crime comedy. Marketing took up a big chunk of my free time this week. I’ve been working on a cover redesign for Wolf of the Tesseract (for a huge promo push coming next week) and facebook ads and list building (so many giveaways).
If I get anything done this week, it would be to prep for that big push (and maybe talk to some betas about reading my current WIP). I wouldn’t mind beginning the audio recording of the final Dekker’s Dozen book or perhaps writing a short story, but we’ll see. Work has been weird with all of this snow and missed school days.
Lots of big things happening… I’ve got most of my next WIP edited. I’m hoping to have it done or almost done after this week.
Mostly I’ve been spending my time on my SciFi. I completed the last novella in the Armageddon Seeds cycle and compiled it into a new paperback that ought to release in a week or so. I also got my Dekker’s Dozen boxset listed and linked through my website.
A lot of my energy right now is going into preparing for a huge push on my Wolves of the Tesseract series. It’s taking up most of my energy at the moment… hopefully I’ll be back to some meaningful writing in 1-2 weeks.
SUCCESS. I finished my audio recordings and I also completed the next Dekker’s Dozen story, The Seed Child of Sippar Sulcus… editing has already begun. It’s similar in length to my last installment, which means there ought to be a compilation book of the Armageddon Seeds coming this spring! I’m quite pleased how the book turned out, over all, and I’ve got extensive notes for another full-length installment, Dekker’s Dozen: Austicon’s Lockbox (the title is a huge hook if you’ve read any of Seeds books other than Arbolean Moon.)
This week I’ve got lots going on, but hope to revise another draft of DD:SCSS while doing some of the background work necessary for my new ACX installment (Wolves of the Tesseract 2). If I can get audio uploaded for WotT2 this week I’ll be happy. That, plus getting some prelim copies of Dekker’s Dozen into beta hands would be great.
I ALMOST met my goals last week. It was a busy one to be sure, but most of them really are. I did write well past the half way point mark of my newest SF book. I’ve been promising a new installment for Dekker’s Dozen for a while and said that I would have a new print book in 2019 for my fans to buy at conventions. My novella series (called the Armageddon Seeds) will be available this year—but I have another 10k-12k left to write in it (of a projected 80k or so total) and I hope to be done with the last 25k novella by the end of next week.
I got about 3.5 chapters of audio recorded last week. I had some time budgeted for it, but my mic began picking up a 60cycle hum and I didn’t want to keep recording until I was able to get a clean input. I’ll try again this week. I really want to complete the audio recording of Wott2 by the end of the month as well. I’ve got lots of projects with notes pending and I’d love to jump into them, but these come first.
Also, convention plans are booked—come hang with me at comicon and lets talk fiction!
Last week I got my new fantasy, Ashes of Ailushurai off to the trademark holders. This book. Is. Awesome. I rather surprised myself with some of the subtle themes that thread through it, though it’s written as something of a coming of age quest in a very D&D like world (which is in a trademarked universe). Like most of my books, it really spiraled into something all on its own and I’ve got more ideas than I can reasonably pack between the pages… that may lead to an eventual two more books. I’ll wait to make any decisions for a while. I need to let the trademark holders and their team look over it first to see if it’s a thumbs up or down or needs significant changes to make it into a shared universe. Mums the word until then.
I’m still spinning my wheels somewhat on my audio book recording for Wolves of the Tesseract 2… I’m at about 70% done… I just keep bouncing back to other projects that are also very important and timely. My goal is to record at least 5 chapters this week.
I’m up to 4 chapters on the final Dekker’s Dozen (all of those prequels I’ve been writing are in one series called The Armageddon Seeds. I hope to be at about 30% completed by the weekend, in addition to those audio chapters. Most of my writing plans and goals are already mapped out for the entire year. We’ll see if I take any major detours, but my next two major goals are the audio book and the scifi in the works right now.
I spent most of the last two weeks working on the business end of writing related projects. While my mailing list has been operational for a while, I trimmed over 500 names off the list for inactivity and reworked all of my workflows (basically, I made it better, cleaner, and it offers better content) all in preparation for a future ad campaign as I try to get bigger and better in 2019.
My mailing list now offers 5 free books for signing up. You can get there by clicking here.
I also got a few of my series set up in boxsets (in addition to launching my newest SF book in the Dekker’s Dozen series). Oh, and I read a lot. Couple of novels for my own enjoyment.
Hopefully, by next week I will have final edits on my current draft ready for review by the trademark holder and then I’ll know if I have good news to report. It’s over half done at the moment… and then its on to my next SF project J
I feel like I’ve had success this week. I’m still plugging away at the audio for Through the Darque Gates of Koth (It’s really a big book) and I have revisions done for Dekker’s Dozen: Spawn of Ganymede AND the cover is also completed. I have one more round of revisions, plus any relevant edits following the last report from a beta reader due this week.
Perhaps my biggest success, or one that feels like it, is that I finally got Kindle to release Shadows of a Superhero from ebook jail where it got stuck on some weird technicality. It’s been stuck in publishing limbo since summer. I was able to get it restored while working on my books following the Createspace/Kindle forced-merger.
More to come. I’m excited for the projects I’m working on right now!
Dekker’s Dozen: Spawn of Ganymede is in the can… or at least it’s in the final stages (and then onto recording for audiobook and release). I’m also still editing like a madman… more of that this week.
This week, I’m hoping to complete my worldbuilding notes for my new fantasy, Ashes of Ailushurai, so I can fill in some blanks and round out some spots during the next round of edits (and then on to my next short story.
Also, I’m hoping to send out a couple lit agent queries for Fear in a Land Without Shadows.
I finished my new story, Ashes of Ailushurai in November. Not much more left to write this month… but I’m editing like crazy. I’m working on my daughter’s YA fantasy edits plus getting my nano project smoothed out with some editing software before a revision I’ll send to beta readers.
This week I’m hoping to get a few blogs loaded up and ready for publishing. I’m also hoping to watch a few modules from Mark Dawson’s course. I’ve got to learn how to market online better.
As for writing, I hope to finish recording at least half of what I have remaining for the Audible book on Wolf of the Tesseract 2. I also want to get my next round of edits done for my newest Dekker’s Dozen installment. I’m hoping to get it out before the end of the year (and I hope to be writing the final leg of the 3-story prequel set while I’m on winter vacation… end of Jan at the latest).
November is almost done and I thought I should give an update on my Nanowrimo project. I hit the winning 50k word count before Thanksgiving on my fantasy story The Ashes of Ailusurai. I’m hoping to complete it this week… the rough draft ought to be complete at about 75-80k…
I should also be back with my regular blog in December.