Podium Publishing

Audio News for The Bow of Hart Saga!

Hey everyone! It’s been a busy few weeks for me and time has been short. There has been some interesting news from my audio publisher, Podium. First, a little background.

Podium Audio discovered my work back at the end of 2016, something I almost missed at the time. Suffice it to say that in early 2018, I signed with Podium and they published all three of The Bow of Hart Saga books in audio by the end of that year.

The audiobooks have always been distributed through Audible only. Since the company’s inception, Podium preferred this retail platform over all others which has been their business model that’s worked well for them as they’ve grown quickly. They were even part of the SFWA virtual conference production this year. Lately, they’ve been gaining partnerships with more voice talent which is excellent news.

This past week, I received and email from my Podium representative informing me that all three books are now non-exclusive, meaning they are no longer exclusive to Audible. That’s right, you can find them most anywhere audiobooks are sold including Chirp, Apple, Kobo and Overdrive.

This development was a surprise to me but I welcome seeing the move to wide distribution of the audio format. Who knows, maybe they will got to physical copies too, but this is one change I like. I’ve wondered if I needed to go back wide with The Bow of Hart Saga and this has me seriously considering the change. I moved the series to KDP Select and access to Kindle Unlimited. The move was very helpful at the time but I’ve still wondered if it was the best move over time. I’ve also considered the move back for other reasons and this might just jolt me into a decision. I won’t be hasty, but it is worth the consideration.

For now,  I include the links for the audiobooks at the retailers I know about at this time. As I discover more, I’ll get them posted.

That was the big development for the moment. However, I’m also considering another move with the site to further develop it and also bring in more fantasy related posts between my own. It’s another move that has been on my mind for a while and one that, if I make the right moves, I think will enhance the site for readers while making it easier for me to manage engaging posts regarding the genre.

Anyway, here are the new links and I’m in process of updating the audiobook pages too so bear with me on that front.


The Bow of Destiny

Chirp  Apple   Kobo  Overdrive  Audiobooks.com Barnes & Noble (Nook Audiobooks)


An Arrow Against the Wind

Chirp  Apple  Kobo  Overdrive  Audiobooks.com Barnes & Noble (Nook Audiobooks)


The White Arrow

Chirp  Apple  Kobo  Overdrive  Audiobooks.com (not available yet)  Barnes & Noble (Nook Audiobooks)


That’s all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by. I will announce the site changes when the time comes as well as the print release of The White Arrow. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments and share this post wherever you wish.

Nominations & Edging Toward a Release Date

Good morning Archer’s Aim followers, PH here this week with a few more updates for my writing projects this year. Last week I reported on a few points of progress with the book and there are a a few more updates this week.

I started work on that new beginning for RM and it’s coming along steadily as I make sure to express all the important details necessary for this opening scene. It’s a bit of a shift with some increased action involving more characters upfront, but it should set the stage for the book – and the series – pretty well once I have it completed. Having some changes to the opening stages based on some of my world-building in recent months will also provide more of a guide for what needs to be added in other parts of the book.

I’m also turning my sites on a few small projects with The Bow of Hart Saga. First of all, I’m not entirely satisfied with the cover I used for the series bundle, so I’m working on an updated version that should be a bit more friendly to the eye.

Secondly, I do have a goal of releasing An Arrow Against the Wind and The White Arrow into print this year. I’m beginning work on those releases and looking forward to the entire series finally being in print. On this list is an overall goal that meets several goals together. I’m thinking seriously about attending a local science fiction and fantasy convention during the summer. My hope is to have all those print editions ready to make an appearance as well as some freebies to hand out to the crowd. If my schedule will allow the release of Reformed Mage by around the convention or just before that time it would be good, otherwise it should be out in the fall. That part of the goal is still up in the air, but I am thinking seriously about the release of a new book and the timing.

 

Of course, I still have quite a lot do with this book including settling on a cover concept with my artist. Cover art will be a concern in March or April to make sure that I have that soon enough. In terms of cover art, first comes the needs for the print books, then will come the new cover. Of course, depending on the progress of the first three books of the Reformed Mage series, I may be getting three covers ordered very close together.

I received news week that my audio publisher has re-branded from Podium to Podium Audio. Not a big name change but authors and narrators have a chance to be directly featured on the new website so I’ve submitted information to be included. The publisher has been excellent to me all the way and I’m looking forward to possibly working with them again with another series if possible.

One last item of note; the deadline for the Nebula Award nominations is upon us. As a member of SFWA, I have the privilege of nominating up to five works per category. I don’t have nominations for every category but I did include three for the main award for novels. I’m not telling which books my choices included but I’m pleased to have gotten them sent from among the many titles (including an indie book) I enjoyed this year which I thought were deserving.

It’s a busy time of year, but work is progressing nicely and I look forward to sharing more about the projects and releases as the year goes along. I’ll be back next week with more information and I hope to have a a few minor pieces ready to begin sharing about Reformed Mage in the next several weeks. Thanks for reading today and checking in on my progress. Please share this on your social media or re-blog it. Your questions and thoughts are always welcome so please leave those in the comments section. If you are interested you can also join one of my private groups on Facebook for Goodreads where I’ve posted plenty of information about my current books and will get more in depth with my works in progress – just ask to be added in the comments and I’ll get back to you.

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.