Author Services

8 Aug

Editing to Perfection

For the first time, for my third novel, I have enlisted the help of a woman who delivers author services. Her name is C.L. Cannon and her website is here. She is also an author and her website is here. I found her through another author, Melissa E. Beckwith that I converse with every now and then. Her website is here. I recommend her fantasy books. They are available on Amazon here. She has two books in her series available.

Author services provide a means for authors to get their latest book out and noticed more. I will be providing her with Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) mid-August. This is my deadline for getting Stoc finalised. I am currently pouring through the second draft. This is a lot of work people!  The first draft is relatively easy. Moving toward final draft is where you decide which of your children get in the life raft. Not really as harsh as that but sometimes it is difficult to cut and slash. My dialogue tends to drift toward banter and I need to tighten that up. And confirm continuity and that I don’t break/change anything from the first two novels.

Stoc

Stoc: Volume Three

The release date for Stoc remains August 31st, 2017. 

I have the week off work to get myself situated. So wish me luck. And mourn for the parts I shred…lol.

Ciao!

Stoc: First Draft Completed

2 Aug

Stoc

Stoc: Volume Three

Well, readers, I’m very pleased to announce that the first draft of Stoc, Volume Three of the New Druids series is now complete. I just wrapped it up and now begin the arduous process of cleaning it up and getting it to the final draft.

Like my other novels, I have finished them while relaxing at a cottage by a lake. This time in lovely Prince Edward Island. I am pleased with this latest novel and very happy with where the story is taking itself. I feel I am merely the conduit for a story that needs to be written. The characters speak for themselves and I merely dictate the words.

Stoc takes the journey down to a climactic confrontation and sets the stage for the next novel, Freamhaigh. The current story arc will complete and then I can pursue other ventures in Belkin.

I have hired a PR lady this time and I am very excited. I will be getting ARC copies out mid-August and will have Stoc up for sale end-August.

Back to my wine.

Ciao!

Quick Update

21 Jun

So I have stopped my review request campaign. Turns out that this is rather rude. It’s like telemarketing. Luckily, one of the first people I sent an email to is an author who has a rather acerbic wit. She led me to her website that deals with authors who would spam others. It had excellent advice and I am in the process of implementing the advice.

On a more positive note, I have now included a widget on my website. It’s on the right-hand side and it is a graphic from Pacemaker that shows how many words I have written in my novel Stoc. I need to write about 50,000 words to finish the novel. I finished Part One yesterday at around 48,000 words. That will bring the novel to around 100K words which is the right number of words for my novels, I think. 120K words is a little too much.

Anyway, now you can track my progress!

Ciao.

Review Request Campaign

19 Jun

Reviews Needed

I’ve started a massive book review campaign. Over the next several days I will be mass emailing potential readers to one, read my novels, and two, kindly leave a review. If you’ve received an email from me, it’s honest, and hopefully not annoying.

Independent authors are dependent on reviews. See the irony there? Can’t write that stuff. If you’ve read my novels please take the time to leave a review on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Goodreads, or wherever you like. They make a massive difference on visibility and sales. Reviews lead to greater prominence on Amazon, and that leads to more sales, and more sales leads to me writing more.

As an aside, I used to have many more five star reviews for my first novel, Duilleog. Inexplicably Amazon took down about 5 of them. No warnings or reasons provided. I’ve since read many explanations but nothing makes sense to me. It is annoying.

Inspirations

You probably won’t believe me but there comes a moment whilst writing when great ideas and storyline events happen and the world lines up and you are pretty impressed with yourself. That’s why I write – for those moments. Doesn’t matter how well you outline – something new and wonderful will come to mind and next thing you know you’re immensely happy with yourself.

Update on Stoc

I’m sorry to admit that I am severely behind with Volume 3 of the New Druids series. I am still fully employed in the military and work is draining me at the moment. I’m trying to make a change in my work and life and that has my focus. End of summer is my goal for release. Certainly by mid-August. I’m pleased with the story and the outline and the writing is much easier this third time around. It’s now all about getting ink on paper (or bits on screens) and forming sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and worlds. I’ll be in PEI this summer fishing on a lake [yes, there are lakes in PEI] and I expect to crunch out the remainder of the novel.

Ciao!