Category Archives for "The New Druids Series"

Sep 07

So What Happens Next?

By donald | Duilleog Volume One

The fact that I have bothered to actually create a cover for my novel pretty much means that I am getting close to publishing the novel – but, that is a pretty relative statement – I’ve been writing it since October last year.  So almost one year of writing…and maybe three to four months more of effort based on my free time these days. To be honest though, the work has been written in bursts of activity and that is the best result of trying to balance real life with writing – it is hard. If I could just prioritise to writing all the time I would have no worries!  Anyway, I finished the first draft only about two weeks ago when I realised that I was actually well into writing the second novel. It was a weird kind of discovery. I couldn’t wait to finish my first draft and then I went and wrote right past it!  Long story but it can be summarised by saying I didn’t divide the novels up correctly. Too big for one – so I had to split the story into two.

But that is boring stuff. What I can tell you is that I have written over 300 pages in the first book. It is comprised of two parts for which the first part has been picked at by me many, many times. So the transition from the first draft to the second draft shouldn’t take much time. For this reason I hope to get the first novel up for sale on Amazon before Christmas 2014.

The second volume should be out about six months after that. I can tell you that I have about three more novels in my head for this series. Which surprises me.

Also on the back burner, is my first actual attempt at writing a novel. It’s sci-fi and I love the story and can’t wait to finish it.  I wrote myself into a corner and found a way out during my vacation in Canada. But the New Druids novels take precedence now.

After that comes my first urban fantasy novel. That book has been brewing in the back corners of my mind for several years. That will be a hard write.  Its not all flushed out in my head yet. Probably because I read so much urban fantasy these days and I am so much in awe of the tremendous talent out there.

Its late and time for bed.

Leave comments – be honest – keep watching this space!



Sep 06

Kindle Book Cover for Duilleog

By donald | Duilleog Volume One

Kindle Cover

Kindle Cover for Duilleog

This is the Kindle version. On a kindle you only need the front cover – not the spine and back cover.  So much easier! When doing a full cover you need to determine what the spine width will be and that is calculated based on the number of pages and the type of paper you use.  Fun times building the full cover.  Tell me what you think about the tree in the middle. I thought it would catch the eye, but it might be cluttering things.  Ciao!

Sep 06

The First Book Cover

By donald | Duilleog Volume One

Full Cover

Duilleog Full Cover

Well here it is. This is my first book cover.  Hopefully this will stand out against the thousands of other books on Amazon.  It was fun creating this and now I have a template to use for future books in this series.  I’ll post the single cover page as well in a moment. That will be the cover for Kindle uploads.  The empty white box is where the bar code gets printed by CreateSpace. Just in case you were wondering.

All images and graphics were obtained from – a royalty free website full of images and such.  So I paid a fee for each image and then I need to credit them – which I do under the copyright page.  I had to ‘modify’ the images a little – hopefully that doesn’t piss off the artists.  Shouldn’t.

I was so surprised when I stumbled upon the top image – the one with the castle in the background. It popped up with another search string and shouldn’t even have appeared. But it did and I immediately knew it was right for my book. I love it.  I stretched the image across the front and back – some is hidden off page and below the lower section.  If anyone is interested I’ll post the image up on its own with artist credit attached.

This is not a cheap adventure in hindsight, but my goodness it has been fun so far.  I begin working on the second draft today.  That will be hard work. I’ll have to trim a bit and that will be like cutting a couple of inches off one of my children…le sigh…



Sep 03

Duilleog: A New Druids Novel, Volume One

By donald | Duilleog Volume One

Duilleog Draft Cover

Duilleog Draft Cover

I hope to publish Duilleog before Christmas 2014.  I still have so much to learn about getting a novel ready for an audience. The hardest thing to learn is to STOP changing the words!  The second volume, Stoc, I hope to publish six months after that.  I have already written about a third of that volume and the whole story sits in my head.

The two volumes will complete the early portion of the New Druids story.

Here is the test book cover I created using CreateSpace over at Amazon. Unlikely to be the final one I use – its too … green and busy?  I need something simpler.

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