The Broken Shield Chronicles

Stirring from Hibernation

Greetings to Archer’s Aim readers! I haven’t been working on the blog for a while much to my own frustration. A combination of factors have kept me tied up so the blog has not been active too much in recent months. If you’ve noticed more activity recently it’s because I’m putting a little more time into the site. My focus slipped on a number of activities last year with a thyroid issue that has been addressed over the last few months.

I had hoped to have one or two books released long before now but the issues I had over last summer and fall really affected completing projects. When my doctor told me the problem, I reacted with, “That explains a lot.” I probably should have noticed from some symptoms that are familiar but they were not pronounced enough to make me think it was anything other than just being worn out from work, writing and other responsibilities. But it was enough to noticeably hold up my writing schedule. Lesson learned.

With the little health problem, I was often physically and mentally tired so the blog suffered as well as my writing productivity. I’m happy to say that it’s all taken care of and I’m back in the saddle of late and doing much better with my energy for life in general. It’s much like waking up from hibernation and I hope things stay a little more even for a while.

Of late, I’ve re-doubled my writing efforts and made a lot of progress with several projects. I have one book, All Things Forgotten, back from my editor and plan to begin a serious overhaul of the manuscript sometime next week if all goes well. After that, it will be more editing and some feedback from readers, working toward publication during the summer.

Otherwise, my longer novels code-named “Mage” and “Glove” were recently pitched to a few publishers while on a working vacation cruise/conference. Both of these manuscripts have been requested to be reviewed by publishers present at the conference and my agent is also submitting them elsewhere. I should know more about the fate of these WIPs in terms of how they will be published within a few months.

I‘m also hiking forward with another book starting the Broken Shield Chronicles. This manuscript is soon to be finished and will go to my editor. My hope is to publish this book later in the year.

Otherwise, I’m also beginning plans for some sequels to The Bow of Hart Saga. I’m not yet certain the extent of the work but I’ll share more as the planning moves along. The current plan is to publish a novella series that bridges the events of the first series with those of the second series. This shorter series will use new characters with a few existing ones in a parallel story-line into which the next events involving Athson, Limbreth and others will flow. Some of the work for the novella series was started a few years back and were scratched to keep The Bow of Hart Saga as a more concise plot. But with the sequel, there are details that need revealing through this short series to help create context for the main sequel.

I keep pushing onward because I simply love reading and writing books. It’s hard to explain how much better I feel but it is noticeable in how much I accomplish so things are moving along much faster than just a few months ago. There is also the intention on my part to update this site when I can afford it so look for news about that change along with others as the year progresses. Follow me here, my newsletter, my Amazon Author page, my BookBub page or request access to my private Goodreads group for more specific news and opportunities for pre-release copies of new books and some possible freebies. Following on BookBub and Amazon are great ways to receive notifications about my latest books. If you’ve already read The Bow of Hart Saga, please share the books on your social media accounts.

 

Announcing BIG Writing News & More!

Greetings to all the Archer’s Aim readers! There have been few posts during the last couple of months, mainly because I’ve been on a break while I’ve been hard at work on my newest books.

There are number of new developments since the last updates but I want to thank the thousands of readers of The Bow of Hart Saga for all the support. This has been an amazing journey and it’s wonderful to have so many people along for the fun. It’s hard to explain how unusual it is for a first book, or first series, to capture the attention of so many people but I am humbled by the number of readers who have taken a chance on a newer author such as me and found the writing enjoyable. My sincere hope is to provide even more entertaining fiction in the near future.

Speaking of the future, here are a few updates about current and future books:

The Bow of Hart Saga is coming to audiobook on Audible on 9/25 ( the free books, Trading Knives and What Is Needed will release to audio on 9/20). Podium Publishing has the series in post-production and will send me the pre-order links as soon as they are available. It’s exciting to expand the availability of the series to audio and I’m looking forward to hearing the production soon for myself. Additionally, there will be some new artwork associated with the audiobook so I look forward to sharing that within a matter of weeks.

Since the series will expand into audio, I’ve decided to also offer the books in print. The series is self-published so I have few choices and lack true distribution channels to bookstores. With that in mind, I’m currently at work to release The Bow of Destiny in print on demand starting in September. An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow will follow soon after during the fall. I’ve received quite a few requests for print so I’m happy to oblige!

Work on “Mage” (this is a codename) continues and I’m likely going to give Inkshares at try very soon. When the time comes, I’ll share more about the project and how it works on this hybrid publisher format. My decision is based on the need to publish in as many formats as possible upon release which is beyond my means to accomplish. Inkshares is a hybrid publisher which can release “Mage” in print, e-book and audio with full distribution to bookstores. A sample will be posted in the coming weeks with an opportunity for readers to support the project through pre-orders. Editing for “Mage” is progressing and, as things develop, I’ll share more about the book. Based on some early reactions, I think readers will really enjoy it. Take a moment and follow me on Inkshares where you can be sure to find out the latest about the book as it happens!

After some additional consideration, “Glove” (this is another codename) will likely also be given a chance on Inkshares. While this is a much shorter book than Mage, I believe it will be just as entertaining. However, since I have done so much dictation on my morning and evening commutes, I now have quite a backlog of editing. I’m working to get around to putting some time into this book, but it may be a couple of months before I actually get there.

Both “Mage” and “Glove” are exciting projects for me and I’m trying to take as much time as possible to properly develop them. Work on these books may be somewhat slow but I believe that they will turn out to be very rewarding novels for readers. I’m equally excited about sharing more regarding these books as time goes by and I can hardly contain myself. However, I do need to keep these books a bit under wraps until it’s much closer to releasing these two books.

I have two additional books that are starting two new series that I have also talked about. These will both likely to be LitRPG books. One of these is the first book of The Broken Shield Chronicles. I’m developing these two books in my spare time (like I have any) and I’m equally excited to be able to share more about them as soon as possible. Again, getting to these two books may take several months but I think they will also be very fun to read once they are ready.

There are so many new books in my writing pipeline and I look forward to releasing several beginning later this year or early next year. I don’t know my exact release schedule for the next sixteen months but I should be very busy constantly working to provide some fun, quality novels within a matter of months. I will have more information available over that time and hope to begin sharing about these novels as soon as I am able.

Look for more information about The Bow of Hart Saga audiobook and print release news within the next few weeks or so through the later part of September. Thanks again to all the readers and fans, I know that I would never have made it this far without you all. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Behind the Scenes Writing Updates

Hello to all the Archers Aim readers! The blog has been a little more quiet than usual the last week or so, but that’s because I’ve been busy writing elsewhere. Last week, I did have some freelance work that needed to be completed, but that’s not the really big news. It’s just one reason why I’ve been distracted, but the others are much bigger. Here are the top items:

Mage

As most of the readers on this blog will remember, I finished the rough draft of this book last month. Since then, I’ve been spending my evenings editing it to a more polished draft so that it will be ready for proposals that may require an initial reading by publishers. This particular fantasy novel is quite a bit longer than normal, so it will take some time to complete this process. However, I am about 25% through the book and I’m really creating a lot more consistency in it. I’m able to make notes about details that I had forgotten since writing on the manuscript began in March 2017. I was forced to write the early parts of the book for my agent around publication of An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow last year. It’s been good to get back to this book, finish it, and now begin to create a sense of cohesion throughout the manuscript. I’m having a lot of fun with it and hope to share more about it over the upcoming weeks.

Glove

Writing did not stop once I finished Mage. I immediately shifted over to completing Glove which I also began during 2017 to get to my agent as well. This novel is much shorter, so I’ve already finished it over the last week. Dictation has made completion of both of these novels much easier around my regular work schedule. I’m pleased to have completed Glove and look forward to editing it very soon.

Publication

Regarding both of these books, I don’t have a specific news at this point. It would be good to have some decisions from traditional publishers so I will know how to plan for the rest of the year in terms of editing and such. However, I’ve decided that I will be as prepared as possible if one or both of these books are turned down. With that in mind, I will prepare some proposals for hybrid publishers and also engage my editor’s schedule just in case I need to proceed in either of those directions. For me, a rejection from traditional publishers is not a big deal. It would be easier to handle the publication with a traditional publisher, but I understand that not all books fit a publisher’s needs at any given time. So, being self published means that I am willing to go that route if necessary. I’m confident in my editor and my cover artist so that I know I can produce a quality book. However, this time around I would like to be able to do more than initially publish in e-book only. For this reason, I am considering hybrid publishers so that I might be able to produce one or both of these books and release them in multiple formats, which is my preference.

What’s Next

I may have finished Glove and Mage in terms of writing the first drafts, but since I now dictate during my commute time, I still have time to write. So, even though I am editing in the evening, I’m also dictating while I drive. I have quite a few shorter books that I would like to see published as soon as possible so I’ve also started a LitRPG-style book which I hope will become the first of a series. I made quite a lot of progress so far, and, since it’s a novella that probably will be no longer than 50,000 words, I’m already about one third finished with the rough draft. This e-book may be done so quickly that it may wedge it’s way into my editing schedule so that I can possibly publish it within the next few months. I’ll share more news about it as work on it progresses, but I should have a faster schedule with this novella, considering it will most be likely self-published as an e-book.

Audio and The Bow of Hart Saga

Last week, I was also working on some of the details for my audiobook publisher, Podium Publishing. We had a number of regular email exchanges about various details of the upcoming production. I have been able to provide all of the pronunciation and character notes that should help the narrator and other people on the production team getting started. I’m pleased to announce that production will begin next week and it sounds like the narrator has a number of wonderful ideas concerning character accents. It should make for a very interesting audiobook production. It’s very exciting to be able to work with a professional narrator like this and it will be just a few short months until the series is released in this format.

Also regarding The Bow of Hart Saga, I have begun discussions with a hybrid publisher so that the series can make it into print, possibly this year. Since the entire saga has sold so many copies, and I have had a fair number of requests for the book in print, I feel that I should pursue every avenue possible to gain bookstore and library distribution channels. So I’m going to try a hybrid publisher and see how that works out. The series is pretty much ready for print so I don’t think that it would be a major project to get ready within a few months. The main work would probably be marketing. As soon as I find out more I will be certain to share it here on the blog.

Writing has become a very busy venture for me. I did not anticipate my first series carrying me as far as it has as an author. I always like to thank all of the readers because all of you are the reason that the books have done so well. Readers are also a big reason that I am pushing very hard to complete my next projects. I am very thrilled to have the reading audience that has come my way and I really want to share more of the stories that I have, including a possible sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga as soon as I can get to it.

I mentioned several months back, that I do have a lot of projects that need my attention. I’ve only mentioned three new ones in this post, however I do have at least two other series that I would like to start as soon as possible. It may seem that I’m juggling quite a lot of different projects and some people might even wonder how I’m doing all of them (or will be able to write well), but the dictation helps me keep moving with all of the projects that I have. I’ve learned quite a lot from the three books that I’ve published so far and I’m moving along very well with the editing. I certainly do need professional editing regardless of what direction these projects go. Since I have several ways that I can go to accomplish production of these books, I am confident that they will be of high quality.

Thanks for stopping by today and checking in with my writing progress. If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave them in the comments section and I’ll be happy to reply as soon as I can. I’ll share more about what’s happening behind the scenes in coming weeks so readers can have a good sense of what it’s like to write and publish fantasy books.

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