Independent vs. Traditional Publishing

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The other day on twitter a fellow writer was tweeting about how one of his co-workers was critical of his writing status. “When are you going to become a real writer?” he had asked. Implying that independent publishing was an also-ran in the publishing world.

I responded by telling him to ignore such an ignorant comment, for it was made by someone who knows nothing about publishing.

Independent publishing has done wonders for so many writers who otherwise would’ve found themselves forgotten by the gatekeepers.

In the past ten years it has seen a massive influx in sales, and many independent published writers that I know have outsold traditionally published writers.

What does this mean for you and me?

It means that the stigma that was once associated with independent publishing is gone.

So the next time someone tells you you’re not a “real” writer just because your book isn’t published by a big press, make sure you set them straight.

Or better yet, just ignore them.

Pre-order stage begins!

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Ok. Let me apologize first before beginning this post. Yes. It’s shameless promotion of THE LEOPARD APOCALYPSE. But dear audience, it has to be done. Last week I put the book on sale for the November 5th release date. It was the culmination of an odyssey I had begun in 2012.

Now it’s done! Just a few more tweaks and one piece of artwork and we’ll have the final product out there on amazon world.

You can click HERE to learn more about THE LEOPARD APOCALYPSE.

I’d like to thank everyone who reads my blog, and appreciate any support you can offer my upcoming release!

Respectfully,

T.A. Uner

Formatting Stage underway

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I recently submitted the pre-edited manuscript for THE LEOPARD APOCALYPSE to my formatter before the Beta-Reading stage commences.

I’ve lined up a half-dozen folks to Beta-Read for me. For all you budding writers out there, this is the most critical part of publishing. Beta-Readers help weed out typos, grammatical errors, and most importantly, give feedback on the story.

Of course, it helps to have folks you trust, and these great people have been with me since the beginning.

More information to follow. The release date for The Leopard Apocalypse is projected for November 5th!

Update on The Leopard Apocalypse

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After many months of editing I’ve finally completed the editing stage for The Leopard Apocalypse. The only thing left is to insert some quotes and the book will now be turned over to my editor, after which Beta Readers will have a chance to comment on the story and make suggestions.

The release date is set at November 5th and we’re still on course. Fingers crossed of course.

Stay tuned for further updates on The Leopard Apocalypse.

What influences you?

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As a writer I get asked this question a lot: “What influences you?” Well many things actually: family, upbringing, favorite shows, etc.

In my experiences, most of the writers I know were influenced the most during their childhood. These experiences, combined with other occurrences along the way helped shape their writing skills.

I would say whatever influences you to write, allows you to bring forth your best writing, since it comes from your true self. For example if you’re sarcastic, comedy might be your thing, or if you were exposed to reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy, you’d write within this genre. Exceptions due occur, and by no means is my statement set in stone.

So what is your passion? And what has influenced you the most in your life?

Beta-readers needed!

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As many of you know, I’ve been working on my latest creation, the Third Book in my Leopard King Saga to be titled, THE LEOPARD VANGUARD.

Well I’m winding down the first wave of edits before the beta-reading stage begins. This is where I let the readers help out. So I’m looking for folks who love history or fantasy to lend me a hand.

If you’d like to beta-read for me, please contact me at tuvan.uner@yahoo.com. Once the book is formatted into ebook form, we can discuss your part and how your volunteering can help enrich the story before I take all beta-reading imput and incorporate it into the novel. Then my editor will wrap everything up with an edit and it’s on to be published.

I expect the beta-reading stage to commence in early 2019. But as is everything in life, this is subject to change.

I look forward to hearing from you!

When adversity strikes Authors

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As many of you know, I’ve been working on my latest novel, The Leopard Apocalypse, which is the 3rd and penultimate novel in the Leopard King Saga, my flagship Historical Fantasy series.

I’m coming to the very end of editing, and nearing the stage where I send the book out for beta-reading before sending the final work to an editor to polish off the book and make suggestions.

Normally this would be a happy time for any author. Especially for a novel that is close to 200K words and has taken half a decade to complete.

But adversity struck last week when I realized my funds for interior artwork and editing services was not adequate to continue.

It’s a major problem, and will undoubtedly cause delays. I still have hope of publication in early to mid 2019.

So what do you do when you’re nearing the finish line, only to be slowed down by inadequate funds?

Well, the only thing to do is remain calm, and try and do as much work you can to move the editing process along, even if that means the interior map and editing stages may have to take a back seat.

So for now, I’m in a jam, but like all setbacks, it’s only temporary.

Do you have a story you’d like to share about an issue that has delayed a project when you were so closed to completion? If so, I’d like to hear about your experiences in the comments section.

See you next time!

Pre-ordering campaign kicks off!

Kill Zombies Coming Soon Spotlight

The wait is over!

Some of you might remember me mentioning my two-book deal with Kensington Gore Press back in February 2017. Well the wait is over. The first of two books, Kill Zombies, will be out August 27th.

This is the 3rd edition of Kill Zombies, which was first published November 2013, followed by a 2nd edition in 2014. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done here and the folks at Kensington Gore have been great and will be helping me promote the novella worldwide.

Why not see for yourself? Click HERE to view the pre-order page!

Stay tuned for more release information and the chance to win an autographed copy!