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Archer’s Aim Weekly Progress Report – Thru 5/16/2022

Read about this week’s progress by P. H. Solomon with The Unseen Hand and other projects.


Hello and Happy Monday to everyone! PH here with a weekly progress report. This weekly post is meant to keep me honest about how much I’m doing as well as keep readers informed. As such, the post format may change as some projects progress or roll off the active list due to completion. Regardless, my intention is to keep everyone informed of progress on various items, especially new books up to release. Let’s get started!

Apologies for last week’s missed post, but there was an unforeseen issue with an incident on the highway. Just to be brief, my car was struck by a pick-up truck bed-liner which came out of the truck bed in the wind. There was a spool of weed-trimmer line inside the liner so the windshield was smashed along with a nice dent in the hood. I was blessed to walk away with hardly a scratch. That incident could have been worse. The car is in the shop for who knows how long.

The previous week was rather up and down because I wore myself out with a busy prior week writing as well as other events. My brain fog and fatigue shifted me into low gear. I’m trying to pace myself otherwise and stick to my tried and true revision format.

The Unseen Hand

Work on The Unseen Hand has been uneven. I’ve taken measure to work on pacing myself and shifting back to a familiar revision format that keeps me on track (maybe at some point I’ll discuss the specifics). With a slight shift in approach and taking breaks, I’m back to making steady progress.

I expect to make good progress this week and stay on track with the schedule which is completing the revision by 6/15 and publication by mid-August. This is my main priority, but I’m willing to let the date slide due to fluid developments (see more below).

Pushing this series forward is a big deal since so much content has been written already. I also want to free up time to begin work on additional books in each series I have in flight.

A Charm in the Hand

Work on this manuscript sputtered with my up and down life of late. However, I’m using my revision approach on this phase of the book to get it to my editor ASAP. There’s really not that much left to completing the current phase, so I want to get this off my plate this week, if possible.

There, I set that goal and we’ll see if I can make it or not.

I’ll need a cover soon, regardless. I need to brainstorm ideas for my artist.

Added Project: All Things Forgotten

A sudden opportunity has crossed my path through SFWA. I can submit a book to a promotion starting in October. Since the planning is months in advance, the submission deadline is 5/31.

All Things Forgotten is a draft I’ve had in my back pocket for a couple of years, but the plot fits the promotional theme. Since I have a fit, I’m going to give the book a chance and try to complete a whirlwind revision for the submission. It won’t be the final version, but it will get my foot in the door for the promotion. I’ll still have time to complete the book for publication by no later than 10/22. I’ll give it a whirl and see if I can make the deadline. If I do, this will be injected into the publishing schedule and I’ll order a cover for it (requiring another brainstorm).

More news about this one next week if it’s going to make it or not.

Miscellaneous Projects

The same projects remain on my radar:

  1. Upgrading Archer’s Aim (this site) to a newer theme. However, I want to really take the site to a new level, so with the  other priority, I’m considering a business upgrade…
  2. Archer's Aim PressThe imprint is well underway at this time:
    • I delayed my ISBN purchase due to some business decisions.
    • Business cards did arrive.
    • Design plans for the imprint website are decided.
    • Print editions will be in preparation rather soon (depending on the ISBNs)

However, I’ve decided I need to improve my business along with the creation of the imprint and upgrading this site. To that end, I’m considering either crowdfunding or securing a small business loan to better cover expenses for the business including marketing and book production. It would mean having the chance to hire out the upgrade to this site as well as the creation of the imprint site. Contracting work on the sites and some other details would create a large time savings allowing me to produce the books while not taxing my available energy. It’s a consideration for taking the next steps forward. If I move into crowdfunding, I’ll share the details and how anyone can lend a hand.

There’s no update from Podium at this time. I don’t know how long the evaluation will be, but it could be several weeks before I know something. If the result is positive, I’ll share ASAP.

Here’s the past post about the subject for those who are interested:

The Unseen Hand submitted to my audio publisher, Podium Audio

I might also mention that I’m looking into a few other changes including production of a few more short books including another anthology, a few prequels for each series and some bundles of these in different combinations, plus some extra Cursed Mage cases for fun. Regardless, I do have a total of 4 new series underway with more to come from The Bow of Hart Saga Cycle. Moving to a larger business model will help me get back to mainly writing rather than spending so much time on other details. It’s time for a change!

That’s all for the week that was. I hope readers get an idea of what it’s like for a self-publishing author, let alone any author. It’s always busy since this post doesn’t cover the rest of what needs my attention, as well as my health concerns.

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Balancing Act: What About the Other Formats?

Good morning everyone! I’ve had a few questions question bouncing around from a while back about various other formats for my writing. One was about media rights for live action in film or small screen. The other was about graphic novels. Quick answer, I’m very open to both of these. I’m also open to other formats and looking for ways to move forward with them. The long answer is more detailed so I’ll split it up by each format. Moving into other formats can take time from my main goal of writing more books, but they can be worth the effort too. It’s all a balancing act.

Film/Small Screen

I’m more inclined to small screen mainly because I think a seasonal series creates a format that covers more details than a film. However, I’m open to either one. What’s more likely? Small screen because streaming services are looking for content.

The main question with this format is more one of getting noticed enough for it to happen. It’s no easy step and requires some introduction into the industry through more formal means. Here’s a rundown of my writing regarding small screen:

The Bow of Hart Saga, The Cursed Mage Case Files, and The Black Glove series were all pitched to a streaming service a couple of years ago. The result was interest in all three. However, the submission process was muddied by circumstances beyond my control so I was never sure that was completed. I remain open to another opportunity for all three of these series to be pitched/submitted which is something of a project. However, some of this requires more name recognition among other things.

It also might help to write out episodes for the submission as the concept might come across better. I’m not a scriptwriter, so there’s some learning requirement, though there are some useful tools to get it done. Still, it would take some effort to churn out a season but I’m for it given the time to write it.

Graphic Novel

I was approached by an independent graphic novel artist several years ago to publish The Bow of Hart Saga in this format. I’m very interest and do believe it would translate into the format very well. Unfortunately, graphic novelization is expensive and would require some crowdfunding. I’m no stranger to raising the money, but there’s an involvement in time. However, I do have some access to an artist, so this avenue is possible.

One of the issues aside from money for an indie publication is writing a script. I once thought this would require sample artwork, but it works better as a writer if I produce a graphic novel script. Again, this is easier said than done and also requires some learning curve. I’m willing to learn a different writing skill given the time. The upside to gaining this new skill is that it actually makes it easier to submit to graphic novel to traditional publishers in this format which I view as more viable for my time. I’d like to work on this at some point, but it’s just not in the cards for the short term since I have so many books to publish in at least five different series.

I also believe, in addition to TBoHS, all five of my fantasy series in the works would translate well to graphic novel, even those with some LitRPG elements. This format is one into which I’d like to expand long-term, but it requires a little more time investment than traditional audio publication. It’s always nice to see a new format on one of my Amazon book pages so it’s a thumbs up under the right conditions.

Audio

The Bow of Hart Saga is already in audio format thanks to interest from Podium Audio. I love this format and want to expand my catalog within it. However, this is another format that costs time and money to produce independently and I prefer to go the traditional route with it like graphic novelization. I am prepared to approach Podium for each of my five upcoming series and I’m not far from doing just that with The Cursed Mage Case Files. It may take several months but I think this will work out. My original goal was to gain Podium’s interest with pre-order sales of The Order of the Dark Rose but that plan was derailed by the oddities of last year which ate up time and energy, not the least of which was getting sick and staying that way for a while. I’ll work on that plan with the next couple of books as well as upcoming series releases. Audio good!

Video Games

I have not investigated this format, but I assume it requires a licensing agreement. I’m completely open to video games based on my books and want to investigate it more. It’s a near certainty this will require at least a lawyer or an agent, maybe both. The upside is good, especially with something like LitRPG. This is more of a long-term goal unless an opportunity falls in my lap – which can always happen. This one is food for thought.

Hardcover

Yes! It’s not a huge advantage, but it can be useful. This is doable as an indie and something to work on in the near future. I’m also interested in exploring ways to access bookstores (it can be done) as well as libraries, both with as many formats at possible. Look for more news on the hardcover front in the coming months as a side-project.

Conclusion

As far as I’m concerned when it comes to publishing formats, the more the merrier. I love opportunities to move into these differing products. Fantasy is always relatable in video games, film/small screen and the times have changed for more fiction opportunity with these. I’m established in audio and print so both will move forward ASAP. Graphic novelization is a go but not immediately. For me, it’s best to write, publish, and expand as each format becomes and open door. For now, I’m balancing my efforts at writing and publishing with moving into additional formats based on the time, effort, and cost each may take. One idea I have is creating each book and series in such a way that it makes writing scripts for graphic novels and film or TV/streaming – maybe even the requirements for video games – easier to accomplish. I’ll have to look at what it takes for each and keep these formats in mind for quick development of adaptations. It’s certainly worth a try.

 

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An arch-mage can handle almost anything. Unless he’s cursed, lost his job and facing an unknown enemy.

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Alright, that’s my status and perspective on other formats as they relate to my writing. Thanks for stopping by today. Please share this post everywhere you feel appropriate. As usual, I’ll look for your reaction and thoughts in the comments section and will reply as soon as I am able.

 

 

Progress Report on New Books

Good morning to all the Archer’s Aim readers. Taking a break from my fiction writing today to share some of what I’m working on with my newest books. There’s quite a lot to do so it’s sometimes difficult to parse it all out well. Even now, I’m beginning my plans to release the book and I haven’t even completed the edited version for my editor.

First, I’m going back to complete as much of the world-building for both Reformed Mage (aka RM) and Black Glove (aka BG). My main focus is on RM at the moment but BG will soon have my focus too. I’m using World Anvil and Notebook.ai which are development services which can be used for free or pay. I can keep my notes there and play around with the details as well as record what I’ve already written down to very specific levels. The main problem is that I wrote these originally at a very fast pace such that I never spent enough time on the world-building. Now I’m going back to fill-in the proverbial blanks.

In addition to the world-building, I’m working to split my initial book for RM into three books. Yes, it was that long and required I make the move after consulting with my editor who has been a big help. In conjunction with the world-building, I’m creating consistency throughout the books and include all the various points that occur in the books so that they don’t jar a reader with mistakes. Likewise, and I don’t want to share too much at this point, the book is organized in a different story-arc so I must create a balance of understandable progression that avoids confusion. It’s a challenging book in many ways with the depth of characterization, world-building and story details that it seems like a very tangled mess at times. Organizing the content and the details is a frustratingly slow process at times because I’m dedicated to making the book as fun and excellent as possible. Developing a user guide and writing some blog posts to use in the future help ground my thinking about the entirety of the series and the first book afford me clarity about it all. I am dedicated to completing and releasing the first book this year, maybe a second or third since I have the basic content available. Once I have the first book developed and edited enough, the next two books should be much easier to complete. But I’ll have to get there to know for sure.

Additionally, working with my artist regarding a thematic set of series covers is on the to-do list. Likewise, I’m going to print upon launch so I’ll be working with a formatter as editing on the first book progresses. Interestingly, I’ll also approach my audio publisher with the books in hopes they will pick the series up in time for launch or soon thereafter. My feeling on audio is that this will depend on possible pre-launch sales so it may well arrive several month later than the first book. But, if the series is accepted, the next two books may will be in audio when those are launched. The production of the series is it’s own job but I’ve done it previously and know what I want to do with this series more than my first one.

All that is just with RM but there’s more to work on this year too. BG is on the back-burner at the moment but needs to be run through a series of edits to get to publication. It’s already well along in the process and I’ve considered even placing it on Inkshares which is a hybrid publisher (meaning the expense is shared). If this book were accepted, it also gets full placement in all of the different sales venues just like a traditionally published book. I hesitate to give up the royalty percentage and any residual rights so I’m still thinking the option through at the moment. The plus side is that it’s doing something while I’m working on RM and increases the possibility of getting both series launched this year. I still think launching both is doable but the possibility of publishing two different ways is intriguing.

BG is a solid project and I want to get to it as soon as possible. Along the same lines, I want to begin planning a sequel series to The Bow of Hart Saga for next year, possibly dictating it on my commutes to get it going. That will take some doing as I want to improve the accuracy of my dictation software with some work. There are other series I want to launch that will be solid projects too but doing all of them requires more time than I have just now but I’d like to eventually get to where I’m releasing a book a quarter from a different series which is likely just a pipe-dream. I have at least two other first in series novels completed as rough drafts, both of which require more world-building. These are long-term projects but something I’m interested in completing as soon as possible over the next couple of years.

That’s what my writing looks like these days. The calendar is full and there something constantly in need of my attention. I’ll start sharing some of my related work on the series as soon as I can along with artwork, a release date and other news. Look for another progress report soon.