Update: July 2019

Hello there and welcome back to my blog. It’s been a while since I’ve had any kind of formal update, so I thought now would be a great time to let you in on some of the things I’ve been working on these past few months.

This January, I released my book everywhere; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, even the trunk of my car. The following months were spent doing my due diligence to promote the book everywhere I could. Needless to say, it’s been a lot of hard work, but I’m happy to report that in the first 6 months I’ve managed to sell 100 copies!

As someone who’s never seen a single thing through from start to finish, this has been a huge personal accomplishment.

So what’s next? That’s a great question. I’ve been throwing a bunch of ideas around.

Sequel? Prequel? Expanded universe? Sellout the creative license to corporate? There are a lot of options!

Well, I’m not doing any of that. I’ve got a few other ideas in mind. For starters, I’m working on an anniversary edition of the book. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It will be a special, limited edition version of the book with lots of extras but only available in small quantity for anyone interested. It’s currently in the works and you’ll learn more about it once I have more to show.

This month, I’m also headlining my second author talk & book signing. It will be on July 27th at the Fort Lee public library at 2PM. I would love to see all of you there!

But what about the actual writing? That’s a little less straightforward. Right now, I am working on a short story and will mainly be focusing on that for the time being. I have a lot of ideas, many of which are in no way related to The Tower of Blue or that type of story. But I want to get them on paper. My plan is to release each completed short story for free for anyone to enjoy and later on if any of them speak to me or inspire me to flesh it out more, I’ll turn it into a more traditional long-form story.

Rest assured, this isn’t the end for The Tower of Blue. It’s still my number one focus and there is more in store for it this year and in the future. I’m very thankful for all the support I’ve gotten and the words of encouragement. Seeing the feedback, positive or negative, from readers has made this long process worth every second.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers

November Update

Hey there, thanks for stopping by! It’s been a while since my last official update and a lot has been going on in the last few months. I’ve had two successful test prints of the book, gotten my first official review, approved the final draft of the manuscript and finalized the cover design down to the last detail. It’s been a wild ride and I’m very excited and anxious for the next few weeks.

So what’s next?

Publishing.

That will be the main focus of the next couple days, making this bad boy official. I get a lot of questions about what publishing means and if it will be available when published. The answer is a little complicated. When the book is published it will be an official searchable thing, however it won’t be available to buy just yet. After publishing comes pre-order. That’s where you can reserve your copy (physical or digital) and start the countdown to the official release date, where you’ll be able to hold it in your hands.

I urge anyone who is interested in reading the book to subscribe to the mailing list. Not only will you be notified once it’s ready to pre-order, I’ll also be giving out some bonus content. The details of that haven’t been ironed out yet, but rest assured you’ll get a little something.

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days and thanks for reading!

The best laid plans

Editing is tough work. Nobody can deny that. But, it's very important work. In this writers opinion, it's the difference between an idea and a plan. An idea can take you as far as you can imagine, but a plan can take you as far as the end goal. Editing is the necessary evil that I think every writer has to confront at one point or another. And for me, it's a beast I've been fighting for quite some time.

For the past year I've been hard at work doing just that; taking the ideas, characters, plotlines and backstories I've written and hacking away at them with a hammer and chisel. It's been a very grueling process and it's made even harder when the editing process involves professionals who are doing the critiquing. It's been a test of patience and commitment, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

That's what I keep telling myself. When I read a bit of feedback that challenges my preferred method of storytelling or I'm told that I'm flat out doing it wrong, it takes a toll. It's verbal blood, sweat and tears.

I'm almost there, and all the feedback and editing are in service of creating a better finished product than I could have ever imagined.

It's all part of the plan.

 

If you have or are currently in the process of editing your own work, what's your experience been like? I'd love for you to share it!


Originally posted August 22nd 2018

Update: May

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by!

It's been a crazy month working on the book. But I'm happy to say that the editing process is going very well! Right now, the manuscript is with a second editor, getting looked at for anything that may have slipped through the cracks. More of a proofread, if you will. The goal is to get a revised draft back in the next two weeks.

After that comes some technical stuff. This includes things like formatting, setting up pages before and after the book (like dedication page, table of contents, etc.) and other technical things. This is where the polish and attention to detail really matters.

When all that's said and done, I'll be uploading the manuscript and cover to do a test print. And if the test print is a success, you can bet a release date will be coming shortly after. This, of course, is assuming everything above happens in a timely manner. I'm crossing my fingers, and working as hard as I can to make sure it all happens soon.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel and for the first time, I can see it! I'll be sure to update you once I have more news to share.

Thanks for reading and thank you even more for your continued support!


Originally posted May 3rd 2018

Update: April 04

Hello all!

As April begins, I thought it would be a good time to give another update on the status of the book. I am currently working on another round of revisions based on a second read-through and round of edits from my editor. Needless to say, this process has been immensely helpful. Time consuming, but immensely helpful. The book is in much better shape than it's ever been and it's got me even more excited to share it with you all.

After I'm finished with this round of edits, I'll be looking to recruit another editor to give it a read through with a fresh pair of eyes. This will help to identify any inconsistencies in the narrative and connect more dots throughout the story.

I'm still aiming for a summer release, which, at this point, seems a little ambitious considering all the work that still needs to be done. But, I'm continually encouraged by your support. This is truly a labor of love and I want it to be done right, more than done on time. But a deadline is a deadline so I will continue to do everything in my power to meet it.

Thanks for reading,

Cheers


Originally posted April 4th 2018