Writing Update 2018 week 51

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Early in the week I put the 3rd pass editing capstone on my thriller book 2, and fired it off to my Dad and Ailz – Ailz got back to me within a day and said she thought it was great, better than the first! Thank you Ailz! Much needed relief there – the topic matter skirts an edge, and I didn’t want to tip over. I moved straight on to re-editing Mr. Ruin book 1 – going over this again after writing the 2nd thriller has definitely showed up how much I’m learning about pace and story. I already …

Me on the Fantasy Fiends podcast/video

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Last night at 1:30am I woke up from a brief slumber to take part in the Fantasy Fiends podcast, with hosts Andy Peloquin and Stevie Collier. My first time to do something like this! It was a blast – I guess I never talk to other fantasy authors, so what a pleasure it was to dig in with them. We talked about: how our real-world adventures and travels (Japan, Canada, ruins) have inspired us in our character and world creation. our writing processes and productivity schedules (1 book ever 2 momnths for Stevie, 1 a month for Andy!). our various …

The Rot’s War out in audio!!

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Book 2 of my Ignifer Cycle, The Rot’s War, has now been released as an audiobook by Podium Publishing! I never once imagined a day like this would come. I first wrote this book hard on the heels of The Saint’s Rise maybe 10 years ago, way back in the mists of my time in Japan. I sent The Saint’s Rise to agents and publishers in multiple rounds, hundreds of them in total, and only ever came back with rejection.  What chance did a sequel have? Then I discovered self-publishing. I rewrote, published, rewrote, published several times. A year ago, …

Agent hunt news…

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Yesterday I had two bites on my thriller from agents. One was for the full, which is the first time so far, and one for the partial (they responded to an initial query to ask for the first 3 chapters). That is exciting. Of course I’ve had bites before, and know not to get too excited. Regarding my potential haikyo/ruins book – I’ve had THREE solid bites over the years, and none finally panned out. The first was in my exploring heyday – a Kodansha publisher in Japan arranged a meeting and we chatted about the prospect. I later found …

Writing Update 2018 week 50

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This week has been jammed with editing the thriller book 2. It capped off at 95,000 words last week, which was disappointing, but as often happens I have found the word count to bloom a little as I edit. Why? Well, it seems to be a habit of mine that I race ahead a little in writing – which means some important details of setting get slightly left behind. Sometimes I don’t explain concepts or bits of logistical plotting quite clearly enough. When I do the first ironing pass I catch these and fill them out.  It can lead to …

Podcast time!

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I’m gonna be on the Fantasy Fiends podcast Dec 20 with Andy Peloquin and Steve – pretty excited as it’s my first time to be interviewed live. They send a preview kit which I just filled in – and of course I put forward my days as an adventurer as my topic. Yeah. I don’t talk about my ruins exploring days much – but of course I still know all this stuff, and remember all the adventures. I suppose I carry it all around with me, and even though I’m not actively exploring/adventuring anymore, it absolutely drives who I am …

Trying my damnedest…

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For the past couple of days I have been trying my damnedest to join Amazon uk’s marketing scheme. My word, they don’t half make it difficult. First I signed up for an Amazon Advantage Account. Then I used that to sign up for the AMS Marketing account, waited a day, and got rejected! In the rejection they sent me a link to the Amazon US marketing scheme with the advice that I ‘re-register’ with a new email. But my US AMS ads are working fine! I want to be in the UK AMS! I emailed their contact person. We have …

Writing Update 2018 week 49

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Today I almost finished my 2nd thriller! It’s a helluva feeling to put the capstone on a book. Euphoric, really – even more so because I woke up with a real sense of unease about the story this morning, which carried through until I wrote this pivotal scene. I’d pushed things to a really grim extreme yesterday, left on a cliffhanger. I still have my doubts that people would want to read this degree of horribleness. Today I closed it out, and yes, it feels good. Just desserts reverberate back throughout the story – leaving the reader in no uncertain …

Story Craft #21 Research!!

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As a science fiction and fantasy author – which is all I ever wanted to be until recently – I never once thought about going out into the world to do primary research. Other sf/fantasy authors don’t talk about it. You don’t have George R.R. Martin explaining how he went to mental asylums and wrote letters to psychopaths in order to better write Ramsay Bolton. Tolkien’s research was entirely his own enormous invention. That approach always appealed to me enormously. You just make it up. Yes, I would get inspiration from an interest in science, history and politics – but …

Writing Update 2018 week 48

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I haven’t released a book in 5 months! That is the longest I have gone since I started publishing seriously in 2014. I’m currently selling around 1-2 a day, with around 1000 pages read. That’s about $10 a day. Not terrible, considering I’ve done no promo in months. Here’s the update on thriller book 2: Word count: 77,000 – up by 16,000 from 2 weeks ago. Around 1,000 words a day. Not much, but OK. At that pace, it’s a book in 3-4 months. 3-4 per year. Number of vehicular crashes: 2 big ones plus 40 small ones – I’ll …