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!

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What are your Fall Writing Plans?

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Well Summer is almost over (bummer, right?) and with that the hot, humid writing days.

Things are looking up for me. I recently got hired as a Technical Writer for a Defense Contractor and am looking forward to my first day at work this week.

But what about you? Now that summer is over what are your writing plans? Are you working on a short story, novella or novel? Is this your first work? Are you considering going the self-publishing route or traditional path by seeking a publisher/agent?

I’d like to hear from anyone.

Here’s to the end of summer and the beginning of a productive fall writing period!

The long, and painful road to success

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Alex Ovechkin, Captain of the Washington Capitals, an NHL Club based in the USA, lifts the Prestigious Stanley Cup, one of the most important sports trophies in the world.

I must admit, these past few days have been pure ecstasy for me. Especially today, June 12th, 2018 when the entire city of my hometown, Washington D.C. created a spectacle honoring the achievement of its hockey club, the Washington Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup, the holy grail of North American Hockey, that has been awarded to NHL champions since 1892. It was the first championship for the expectant Capitals, and the first major sports title for the Washington, D.C. area since 1992. The parade today made me think real hard about my own journey, especially where my writing career was concerned.

Why am I blogging about this? Well, if you think writing, or art for that matter, is connected with the Capitals’ first championship, you guessed correctly.

But the story would make little sense if I didn’t delve deeper into the Capitals’ once-turbulent playoff history. A past filled with so many tragic seasons where the club under performed in the playoffs despite high expectations. To make matters worse, every year when the playoffs rolled around almost always resulted in another premature exit at the hand of one of their rivals, thus adding another sad page to the club’s tortuous playoff mishaps.

Honestly, this team wasn’t even supposed to win a Championship, let alone make the playoffs. But this group of resilient players persevered, and managed to overcome the decades-long playoff failures that had plagued the club since the late 1980s.

This is where art, or writing for that matter, comes into play. You can write for many years, and wrack up an unhealthy load of rejections along the way. Just like the Capitals you can gain strength from your failures, instead of letting the failures define you.

It’s cliche to say it’s the journey that counts, not the destination, but the fact is that there is no greater teacher of life than the failures you encounter, and a team I have followed since I was a 13-year-old boy proved that to me.

So learn to accept failure as a healthy gauge that can be your compass to bigger and better things.

Just ask the Washington Capitals.

What are your Summer 2018 Plans?

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Well with Winter 2017-18 in the books, and Spring moving along, we can all start looking to Summer 2018. I’m now working on the Outline For the 4th and final book of my Leopard King Saga series, The Leopard Resurrection. In addition, I’ll soon begin the arduous process of edited Book 3, The Leopard Apocalypse.

Last month I earned my Business Communication Certification from Duke University and now I am taking another online course on Technical Writing. Whew! Just writing all that down was hard work. LOL.

So what are your Summer 2018 plans? Anything you’ve started working on or would like to begin? I’d love to hear from everyone in the comments section below.

Here’s to a strong Spring finish and a great transition into Summer!

How is Life and Writing similar?

As a writer I get lots of feedback regarding my work. Take my debut novel for example: The Leopard Vanguard. Despite receiving top-notch reviews on both amazon & goodreads, many have complained about the “slow-start” and “difficult” beginning. I’m fully aware these days the diminishing attention-span that plagues most readers, if a book doesn’t grab their attention in the first few pages, it’s time to move on.

This is when I often tell them that they need to read on, to be patient, for once they get past the “difficult” beginning, they’re rewarded with a great middle and ending.

While I take into account every piece of advice, there are just some scenes or prologues that cannot be changed.

So how does this tie into life? Read on and I’ll gladly explain.

Let’s say you’re learning a new skill for the first time. Is it easy? Maybe, but for most of us we struggle with the task until we finally accomplish our goal, learning it, and then we flourish doing it, enjoying it in the process.

That’s how I see it.

If you’ve got a comment, I’d love to hear your feedback, whether you agree or disagree.

See you next time!

T.A. Uner

The End of a Journey

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I’m happy to announce that after five long years of writing The Leopard Apocalypse, I’ve finally completed it.

What a relief! The journey I started back in October 2012 wrapped up only the other day. It was the most challenging book I’ve ever written, and definitely the longest. Clocking in at over 192 thousand words.

Editing will begin late-winter or early-spring 2018.

But I’m not here to gloat about my accomplishment. I hope that my experience writing The Leopard Apocalypse will inspire other budding writers out there to finish their own challenging works.

Of course, within the five years it took me to write this book, I had other writing projects that demanded my attention, but that didn’t take away from the challenge that The Leopard Apocalypse presented.

Anyway, 2017 is almost over. Hope everyone had a great Christmas, and I wish you the best in your writing for 2018!

T.A. Uner

November brings fall challenges

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. But wanted to let everyone know it’s been a challenge holding down a busy day job and working on two books.

As most of you know I’ve been working on two books for the past few months. The first is Kill Zombies, a novella I self-published back in 2013, and has since been signed on to Kensington Gore publishing. My new publisher wants it expanded into a full-blown novel, and it’s been taking up some of my time.

The second work is The Leopard Apocalypse. The third book in my Leopard King Saga series. A book I’ve been working on since 2012. It’s now swelled to 176K words and I still have 2 plus chapters to complete.

But I’d have to  say the biggest challenge is realizing that it may be time to move on from my day job and pursue a career that would enable me to write more. It’s been a difficult choice, but usually when we are faced with adversity, that’s when fundamental changes occur. And it’s usually for the better. I’ve kept a positive outlook throughout this entire ordeal, and believe me, I’m ready for whatever fate awaits me in my future pursuits.

What type of struggles have you faced? And how have they changed you? I’d really like to know. This blog exists for everyone’s benefit. Not just mine. As always, I’m looking forward to reading your comments!

 

Back at it

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As some of you know, I recently took a break from writing due to eye surgery. On August 1st I got the go-ahead from my Doctor to resume writing.

What a relief! I began by resuming work on The Leopard Apocalypse, and yesterday I returned to my novella, Kill Zombies, and resumed working to expand that into a novel for my new publisher, Kensington Gore.

Is my right eye at 100% yet? No. That will take some time. But I’m more than ready to resume writing. After almost two weeks of no writing, I was happy to be back at it.

More updates to come.

Summer Writing Advice for Writers

Just came back from my Summer Trip to Ocean City, MD and it did a world of good. Why? Because taking a trip from home to a different locale is always good for your writing.

Why?

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Ale is proven to help writing. Just make sure you drink responsibly.

Ok the ale tasted great but that’s not what I meant. Taking trips to recharge the battery we call the brain is helpful. It helps release clogged up creativity which otherwise would not make it into our manuscripts.

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While at the pier, I thought about becoming a pirate. No seriously! There was a huge sea battle I was working on before I decided to take my summer trip.

It also helps if you can find a writing spot at the hotel you stay at. Someplace where you won’t get bothered much. It’s alright if there is some noise. It helps train your mind to block out noises when you’re writing and focus on the task at hand.

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As I looked out from my writing spot, I dreamed of words to come.

Where do you like to go write? And if so, why do you like going there. Chances are you don’t have to take a 3 hour drive like I did to find one. But, if you do, make the most of it.