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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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Behind the Scenes: The Latest Developments

Things have been a little slow here on Archer’s Aim but I’ve been very busy. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes developments over the last few weeks.

As I recently announced, Podium Publishing has cast a narrator for the audiobook production of The Bow of Hart Saga. I am still working on the full list of pronunciations for the narrator, and a few expanded character sketches. However, I have found out that, while the release date is not yet specifically decided, the most likely month will be September. That’s very exciting news to know at this point and I expect to have a specific date within a few months since production is soon to begin.

Otherwise, in addition to my day job I have also been working on a little bit of freelance writing. I take these freelance assignments to help supplement my writing income and assist with any costs that I incur with my writing. The assignments generally are not very long so I can work through them within a matter of days. When I alleviated my recent logjam, one the things which I decided was that my freelance work would be an acceptable pivot from fiction for a short period of time, so I don’t view these as a disruption, just a temporary shift from my main projects.

Even with the freelance assignment, I am still making progress on some of my books. I have two code-names for the novels on which I am working now, both being the first book of a the series. One project I call “Mage”, and the other one I call “Glove”. I completed Mage some weeks back and have been busily working on a polished rough draft for proposals to traditional publishers should they be requested. Of course, I have no expectation that traditional publishers will choose either of these books, so I am considering my options otherwise. Since Mage is a rather long book already, I am thinking in terms of approaching hybrid publishers should traditional publishers bypass this book. I believe that, since this book is longer, I may be able to produce it at a lower cost but with a bigger, broader production in a variety of formats. I don’t have any word yet from proposals, but I do hope to make some decisions with it in the next month or so.

Glove is still in progress, but I am getting very close to completing the rough draft. Since it was a much shorter book, it is taking a lot less time to complete it than Mage. Regardless, the dictation has made a big difference with the pace of progress for both of these projects. Like Mage, Glove is also being offered to traditional publishers. I am more likely to self-publish this book if it is not traditionally published, since this shorter book will cost me less. However, it may be advantageous for me to use a hybrid publisher since I can more easily gain print distribution to bookstores and libraries.

This leads me to another consideration which has been on my mind. Since The Bow of Hart Saga will be published as an audiobook later this year, I am very interested in going to print. I originally only published the series in e-book format because it was far less expensive for me to accomplish. However, since the series has sold so well, and considering that I had never published anything else while the first two books have won some awards, I am very interested in seeing the series distributed to bookstores and available to libraries. This goal is much easier to achieve if I go through a hybrid publisher. However, it means giving up the high royalty rate for e-books. I have found one hybrid publisher which does offer a much higher possible royalty so I will probably approach this one about taking over the series since it is largely a shovel-ready project. One of the main concerns which I have at this point regarding the series is that I may will be reaching the ceiling for managing the self-publication. Since I have gotten back to a day job, my time to dedicate to my writing is far shorter so I’m interested in getting more out the series with the most effective effort.

Additionally, as I expect to finish Glove sometime this week as an initial rough draft, I will be moving on to developing and dictating a novella. This next project will most likely be a LitRPG series which will be a bit different for me. My approach will likely be to compose the major part of the story-line, and then go back to fill-in all of the various details for this type of book. It will take quite a lot development to make sure that it is a worthy story for the genre. I also have several other LitRPG ideas that I would like to develop in this manner, as well as some regular fantasy.

I have quite a lot to work on and keep me busy but I am thankful that I have discovered dictation as an incredibly handy tool for me so that I can accomplish quite a lot very quickly. My goal this year is to increase the amount of content which I offer to readers, while providing quality. My forays with traditional or hybrid publishers is included in my goals where possible.

Look for more announcements as soon as I have any information but consider that Glove is pretty much completed this week. I will begin dictating a new rough draft very soon and I’m excited to be able to move through projects so quickly and hope to begin releasing shorter projects as quickly as possible. Otherwise, if my novel projects are picked up by a publisher, those will be dependent upon production schedules beyond my control.

Thanks for reading today. As usual, your thoughts and questions are welcome any comments section.