Where Have You Been, Young Man?

So, okay, one year anniversary has come and gone, and my posts have become a little less regular.

 

Okay… a LOT less regular.

 

But that said, I’m still here and still working on stuff.

But it’s been a back breaker lately, I just want you to know.  My job has been cranked up to Nightmare Difficulty.  I’m having some big problems dealing with getting the paperback book published which might descend into a legal fight if I cannot get a resolution this week… I don’t wanna have to get a lawyer to get my intellectual property back!  And the hardcover’s dustjacket problem has been almost fixed… I hope.  I will know this week.

So, know that I’ve been trying to move forward, and it has been happening, slowly.  Much slower than I wanted, and that may be okay.  All the delays thanks to scattered focus, lack of energy, working on health issues, and trying to de-stress from my job have made the second book far harder to push up the hill.

On a positive note, a few “no-dustjacket” hardcovers were sold and made it to customers before it was pulled, so a few people inadvertently got a collector’s item.  LOL  listen to me pretend this is a collectible already.  I’m also learning to not make announcements till it’s already in the bloody online store!  BLARG!

I am also going through a lot of chaotic thoughts about marketing and how to get the word out for my awesome book.  I don’t want to do the things I get pissed at myself.  Spammy mailing list?  ummmm, why do I need one of those?  I barely hack writing out my blog?  Why not just use the blog and worry about the rest later?  I dunno.  It would be nice to know from readers how they like to be marketed to, so if you have an opinion, please share.  How do you want to be told about new books and products without me being spammy and sleezy like too many authors have become lately.

Junkfood for thought.

Gloria in Excelsis

 

Akiniwazi Encyclopedia

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Now that things are moving forward, some housekeeping had to be done.  I realized very quickly I had my database of all my glossary, places, and more are scattered about in too many files and need to be consolidated.  So last night I spent a lot of time putting together all the definitions, locations and names I could find for part one of my Encyclopedia.  There are two more parts to this, as well refining the main atlas. In the future, if I see interest, I may release this as a freebie for everyone who signs up for a mailing list or maybe just joins this website.  I dunno.  I haven’t thought about a platform yet because the idea of marketing and even more social media just rubs me raw.  I’m quite a private person, and social media distracts me too easily.  I have to be very careful about that stuff.  How the encyclopedia is breaking down is so:

Part 1: The Encyclopedia Proper

The glossary or the definitions or explanations of everything in Akiniwazi with a proper noun attached to it so far.  Therefore, it is going to constantly grow over the progression of the series.

Part 2: The Timeline

The history of Akiniwazi is the most finite thing so far, but I’m not finished compiling it right now.  I’ve been too distracted with other stuff, plus moving the story forward in Book 2.  Currently, it is laid out from the year 800 AD to about 1350ish AD?  Somewhere in that range.  About 175 years before the time of the story.  There are some significant events that happen in that time and shape things.

Part 3: The Atlas

Yes, there will be maps coming.  Not only is there the main geographical map as included in the first book, I plan to add other maps to the collection like political maps, possibly zooming in on individual lakes once I have more places named.  And of course, maps for each novel as appropriate.  Of course, if I can get legal clearance to release the novella (Currently titled “The Price of Mendacity”) I will not need a map for that.  Other ideas for maps include Timeline maps tying part 2 into the Atlas.

My last part which may be more important than I want to admit is going to be a cast list, so I can keep track of all my characters out there.  I tell you, I have 3 books worth of characters (yes, remember book 3 has its first draft done, but needs heavy HEAVY editing).  And I’m starting to introduce some of the characters into book 2 as I write.  What can I say?  I like some of these people and feel they deserve a little cameo up front or set them up better for book 3.  I’m chaotic, go fig.  It is also the part I probably will not release to the public for too many of them will be riddled with spoilers.  Maybe I’ll do character bios someday.  Call it a to-do list or something for Patreon if I start doing that.  I dunno.

Anyway, that’s the stuff that’s going on right now.  I’m happy to be doing it, but so frustrated that my inner Veruca Salt is back out running amok screaming “make time go faster!”  (of course as long as someone else can do it.  BOY work and focus suck.)

 

SURPRISE BOOK RELEASE!

Yep!  As of this morning, I have a hardcover of my book available to purchase!  Hooray!  Now available on Amazon.  I was under the impression it would be a month.  How little I understood!

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I has a happy place

Get your copy today!  Read it to pieces and leave a review!  Seriously now… I want to know what you think and don’t be shy.  🙂

The Horror… The Horror…

Yes, it’s Colonel Kurtz time here on the old farmhold.

I’m on the quivering, bleeding edge of getting the book out in print (Both Hardcover and paperback), but to steal a quote from another witty luminary:

“My path is strewn with cowpats from the devil’s own satanic herd!”

So, no idea when I will finally have my book available through KDP, to which I have found a MASSIVE error in Amazon’s software that refuses to complete the publishing process.  To wit, I am waiting on their crack team of customer service and tech support to fix for me.

Also, I have not been well informed as to how to get the hardcover, now completed with Ingram Spark, to be available for purchase ANYWHERE!  So patience, contact customer service, and be ready to follow instructions.  I’m also quite shocked with how high the price has to be to actually earn anything for myself.  I’m not a charity you know, Signore Printero!

Just so you know, the price of the hardcover when it comes out is not that high so I can pocket a ton of dough.  I will be earning less than 10%.  Of course this is fantastic when you consider traditional publishing, but if you compare it to the profitability of a hedge fund manager (over 70% on average)… I’m kinda getting the short end of that stick.  Which for a book that costs around a fifth of that to print… I gotta wonder where’s it all go?  Ahhh, good ole shipping and handling I guess.  pfft.

I said it before, I’ll say it again… please forgive the hysterical sobbing in the corner.  I’m just trying to survive.

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On a positive note, I’ve had to rename one of my main villains because well… I’m not about to give him a girl’s name.  “A Boy Named Sue” be damned.  The positive was the new name I found in Old Norse is epic.  It just nailed it, and with it came a whole slate of personality.  I remember some writer… really good one too… that I can’t remember his name (Oh yeah… Elmore Leonard!) who said he had this same problem with a character he had created.  Gave the guy a good creole name for his murder mystery and the guy just wouldn’t talk to him.  Changed him to an Irish guy and he couldn’t get him to shut up.  I loved that story.  Just perfect.

In the downtime from writing Book Two I’ve been tearing at a lot of foundational philosophy for my setting, and realized its a deep deep DEEP construct for me to explore philosophically, as well as theologically.  Yes, lots of lectures on medieval religion and faith have been watched, as well as getting into the Apocryphal books some more.  Learning tons about Medieval life and how it would be altered by the nature of Akiniwazi and more.  One of the most startling realizations I had is that the discovery of steampower may not have been quite what I thought it was.  It adds a more… complex?  Sure… I can go with complex nature to the growth and evolution of the Forsamling society.

More fun is how I’m starting to understand the Skaerslinger culture a bit more and the history of the sects.  I swear, I thought I knew pretty solidly how this was going to end up.  I still kinda do in broad strokes, but writing this project has been like going into thick woods and popping out half way up a mountain with a vista of a huge world beyond yet to go!

I’m very excited to keep moving on, and in some respects this delay has been good and bad at the same time.  The frustration level is through the roof, while the learning has been phenomenal.  I wouldn’t say that I’ve become an expert on anything, but I have had my eyes opened to how much I do not know.

 

 

Becoming Like a Child…

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A local youth pastor was at the youth Bible study I sponsor on campus every Tuesday after school and he said something pretty profound.

“The devil is always wanting to bring up your past … he wants to take you back and hold you there.”

OK. I confess. That is pretty simple on the surface, but the more you think about it the deeper it gets.

The devil uses the past in two different ways:

  1. Regret: he takes us back to how we blew it and makes us relive it time and again to make sure guilt washes over us in an effort to cripple and restrict us from moving forward.
  2. Pleasure: he reminds us of how good something was so that it cripples and restricts us from moving forward as well.

Now I have had my share of regrets, let me tell you. But the biggest problem I have had…

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…And They’re Off!

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It’s official… “A Light Rises in a Dark World: Book One of the Akiniwazi Saga” is now in paperback on Amazon.

The book should be available for purchase in the next 12 hours, but I was so excited (see attached pick for how I feel) I couldn’t help but let you all know right away.

The goal is still to release the hardcover on Kobo (and possibly Smashwords, and by extension Barnes & Noble among many other places) by the end of the week.  I hope it won’t be quite as hard to set up THAT final formatting too.

Oh!  And as a final bonus, you are getting an extra map of the land in the Paperback.

Just a little sumpthin’ sumpthin’ for all those that buy the physical copy.  😉

Thank you all for your support!