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.

 

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What’s on the Horizon?

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I posted anything except sharing other posts and helpful information. It’s been busy of late so my time to write anything for Archer’s Aim has been very limited. I may have mentioned some weeks back that I was dealing with a health situation that sapped my energy. I’m happy to report that I’m feeling much better and have been able to accomplish a lot in recent weeks.

The recovery is just in time for a working vacation on a cruise with the literary agency where I’m represented. I’ve been making preparations for the trip and everything on the docket for the onboard writing conference, including the opportunity to make some pitches to industry representatives. I’ve been developing all the necessary documents and sharing them with my agent which has taken needed editing time so I hope it will work in my favor when the time arrives. It may be a working vacation, but I’m looking forward to taking time to relax since I really had no opportunity to take any vacation for several years due to my time unemployed and then working as a contractor the last year. I’m looking forward to the break.

Otherwise, I’ve been hard at work with writing, trying to catch-up on projects that progressed far slower than I wanted last year. I’m happy to report I’ve completed a revision of my longest novel code-named “Mage” and turned it over to my agent. Regardless of the submission outcome, I’ll continue working on the project and progress toward publication sooner or later.

I have another project entitled, All Things Forgotten, which is a YA Fantasy Adventure with some possible gamlit elements to it. I’ve completed a revision of the manuscript and turned it over to my editor who will do me the honors of ripping it to shreds so it can be vastly improved. The work may take several more months but I’m targeting late April for a possible publication date though that might be wishful thinking and it slides into May or June. I’ll share more about the book as things progress but there’s a lot of work to complete before it’s ready.

Next is my other full-length novel code-named “Glove” which has been at a standstill for months due to my flagging efforts with the other books. I restarted work on this manuscript on the first of February and I’m well over half-way through the revision. I’m very excited about all my books but this one has been on my mind for a few months and I think it will turn out well. It will go to my agent for submissions which is why it and Mage have code-names at this point. If nothing changes, I’ll work on publishing this book around September or October but there are a number of decisions to be made as with Mage.

I have another book that is nearly completed as a rough draft. Honestly, I’ve shoved it aside for a while to fully focus on these other books and I’m just about ready return to work on it. It’s my Hopeless Knight book and the manuscript is likely only a few days of dictation away from being completed, after which, I’ll delve into revising it to send to my editor as we work through rounds of editing. This book is more of a sword and sorcery with some possible gamlit elements mixed into it. I like it a lot and hope to publish it during the mid or late-summer. I’ve got so many books in the mill from my work last year that I can start releasing them as soon as they are ready and this one will be in the mix.

What’s next? Well, I will continue editing but I’m also going to begin plotting the next books for each series that I’ve started, then dictating them. Additionally, work on the parallel short sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga will go into development for possible publication late this year, probably early next year. Likewise, I will begin plotting and developing the longer, direct sequel to The Bow of Hart Saga for publication sometime next year. The short sequel is necessary to set-up some of the elements of the sequel that involves Athson and Limbreth so that’s the delay and not all the other books in the hopper.

Dictation will become a daily process once again as I begin work on all the next books. I expect to churn out quite a few rough drafts throughout the rest of the year and then editing for publication throughout 2020. It will be busy but, as long as I retain my energy, I should accomplish quite a lot since I’ve proven to myself how much editing I can accomplish in a short time. I’ll keep moving forward and share developments as soon as I can. Thanks for reading today!

Fun Friday Pre-Made Cover Choice Pt. 3

That last few Fridays I’ve share several pre-made covers that I’m considering as possibilities for my Broken Shield Chronicles. This week, I have another that I think will be interesting. Have a look and please leave your comments:

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Personally, I like the color and the image of the knight but it should possibly have a bit more of his face showing for the impact. The fire at the tip of the sword implies something is happening so a facial expression would be good. But it is a solid cover.