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.
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.
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.
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.
By the Word! I have Too Much Material! My wordsmithing skills are getting wordier. The more I write the third novel in the New Druids series the more I have to say. I outlined Stoc months ago and now that I am finally putting pen-to-paper [a colloquialism] I am rapidly discovering that the story can’t be told in 400 pages. I could – but I would be removing so much. You might remember that this happened during my first novel. I had an epiphany and realised I was well into my second novel.
Quite possibly I simply suck at creating outlines…
In any event, decisions will need to be made at some point. I’ll know more once I complete Part 1: Parry. This is not a bad thing. It just means that the final closure on the main story arc will be delayed somewhat.
The good news is that I have written over 25,000 words. I’m in the groove and loving it. I love this story and the characters. I hear their voices in my head when I write their dialogue. They surprise me often. Words come out of their mouths that I did not expect.