Announcements

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.

Announcements

July update on The Leopard Apocalypse

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As most of you know, I’ve been working on the third book of my flagship Historical Fantasy series, The Leopard Apocalypse. Well I wanted to give everyone out there an update on what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.

Well, in a nutshell, I’ve been writing up a storm for the past month. Almost every single writing session has yielded at least 1,000+ words per day. I even managed 2,500+ words written down for two days straight.

I hope to be done writing the first draft by late August to early September. This has been the most ambitious work I’ve ever undertaken, and I’ve already set a new personal record for word count. I’m closing in on 150K words and that’s with only 80% of the manuscript written.

Stay tuned for the next update, and I hope everyone’s having a great summer!

Epic Fantasy

More fantasy, or more history?

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As most of you already know, for the past six months I’ve been writing the 1st Draft of the 3rd Book of my Leopard King Saga series, to be called The Leopard Apocalypse. This book has already cemented its place as the longest I’ve ever written. At the time of this article, I’ve got 120K words down, with eleven more chapters left to write. This will easily eclipse my previous word count high of 124K words which belonged to the previous Leopard King saga book, The Leopard Stratagem.

As with all books in this series, the genre is Historical Fantasy. But I would like to know from my audience out there which elements would you like to see more of in The Leopard Apocalypse? More fantasy, or more history?

Thanks for your time and help, and I look forward to your comments.

Self-Improvement

Feedback needed

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I’ve been contemplating this idea in my head for quite some time now, so I thought I’d share it with everyone. I’m considering writing a self-help book for aspiring writers. It would also double as a self-improvement book on life as well, drawn from my past experiences in writing and personal life.

I’d appreciate any comments from anyone out there.

Thanks!

Writing Advice

The Road of life

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As many of you know I recently signed a 2-book deal with Kensington Gore, a publisher in the UK. But what was my writing life like before that? How did I arrive there?

Well it started back in 5th grade. 1985 was the year. It began with a story about a character named Jet-thrust. He was a robot that traveled the universe looking for adventures and fighting all kinds of evil doers. I then added a brother for Jet-thrust, calling him Fighter, and then we had a duo of do-gooders.

Then. For whatever reason. I stopped writing. I went through life without writing another word, that is until 2003 rolled along. I was looking for a hobby that would take up a lot of time and was relatively inexpensive. At first I didn’t know what to write about so I wrote a bunch of novels as a learning experience. None of those got published. But I learned a lot about myself and my writing. I read more books, and read books about writing. Then I wrote some more.

Finally I decided to self-publish. That was in 2013. I learned the value of having a good cover, and hiring a good editor. And I always made sure that each book was the best I could make it. Editing was a thankless job so I settled on a great editor named Amanda Horan. Later she recommended my writing to a publisher in UK called Kensington Gore. After waiting a few months they decided to acquire the publishing rights to two of my books.

So that’s been the road map to my writing life. And I’m sure there’s still more to come.

What about you? Think about your life in perspective. Your journey, wherever you are right now. Where do you want to go? And what great things do you want to achieve?

Announcements

What’s in my future with Kensington Gore?

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Now that Kensington Gore has acquired the publishing rights for my two novellas Kill Zombies and The Bloody Ripper, what does this mean for the future of these two books?

Well for starters, they’ll both need to be expanded into full-length novels. The publisher has made this a requirement. So I’ll probably be copiously studying the notes and suggestions sent to me by their editor-in-chief. That’s not a bad thing really, it will give me a chance to expand the stories further, and add some more depth to both books. Maybe even throw in a few new chapters.

Second, another round of editing will be necessary after each book is expanded. This is a given. But that also is a great thing, I mean, who doesn’t like finely-edited books?

Overall I think the reader will benefit from this. Both books will be refurbished, and hopefully enjoyed by a new wave of readers. Stay tuned for more Kensington Gore information when it becomes available.

Announcements

Have you seen my new Kensington Gore Author Page?

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A few days ago I mentioned signing a two-book deal with UK publishing house Kensington Gore.  Now I would like to announce that my new author bio page is up and running. Click HERE to check it out. It features 7 fun facts about me.

Announcements

Leopard Apocalypse update

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As many of you know, I’ve been working on The Leopard Apocalypse, the 3rd book of my flagship Leopard King Saga series for the past few months now. It’s been a challenge. I first started writing it in 2012 and since then haven’t had time to complete it. Mainly because of all the editing on my other books and new projects that have popped up in between. Then there’s the fact that in 2013 I embarked on my Independent Publishing journey which took up a lot of time. Can’t forget that!

Well things are proceeding slowly, but surely, and I hope to have regular updates for everyone.

Thanks for your patience, and Happy Holidays!

Self-Improvement

Work versus fame

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Most of us have heard the phrase “it’s the journey, not the destination that shapes who we become.” It’s been repeated countless time to be considered cliche. So why write a blog post about it?

Simple. There’s a lot that goes into writing that is out of a writer’s control. Sales for instance.

With the indie author movement in full swing, gaining traction in publishing has become an ever bigger challenge, as countless books are released every day.

I’m not here to discourage anyone from entering the overflowing cup of would-be writers. But let’s face it, you’ve really got to take this as a journey in publishing, not a measure of payout for each book you release.

This was a problem I had trouble accepting when I first started my publishing journey over 3 years ago. I found out the hard way that folks weren’t going to be lining up to buy my books. After my harsh awakening, I made a pact with myself that I’d learn everything about the publishing business.

I invested in editors-this was another trying experience-and realized that not all editors are equal. You’ll meet some pretty crappy ones along the way too. But I kept at it and soon weeded out the bad ones.

Now is being a mega-author impossible as an indie writer?

Of course not. But let me tell you the truth,  it’s something I learned from speaking to many successful indie writers out there, and that’s  it takes a lot of luck to hit it big.

Many of you already know this, but to all the newbies out there, there’s no other way around it. It’s luck that plays a major part in discovery and bog sales numbers.

The good news is that there’s a way to increase your luck, it starts with publishing books, great books and getting them to market. But before you do that, never underestimate the power of an excellent editor and top-notch artwork for your book cover.

But seriously folks, money and fame is nice, and we’d all take it if offered the chance, but you know what’s even better than all that extraneous hoopla?

It’s the feeling you get when you get words down. Priceless!

 

Announcements

Author Interview coming soon!

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I’ve been asked to be interviewed by literary blogger L.M. Durand. This should prove interesting as I discuss writing and other helpful tips for writers. More information on the interview release date coming soon!

Meanwhile, you can check out L.M.Durand’s twitter profile HERE.