Inkshares

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.

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.