The Order of the Dark Rose

Cover Overhaul for The Order of the Dark Rose?

You be the judge of these covers for The Order of the Dark Rose


I’ve been taking a long hard look at things lately with The Cursed Mage Case Files. Sales have been pretty good, but there still seems to be something of a disconnect with readers. .With that in mind, I’m looking for the cause of any problems where readers might not connect with the current book.

First on the list is the cover. Today, you get to help choose whether the cover should be changed by voting in the poll at the end. Click your favorite and let me know:

#1 – The Original

#2 – The Print Variation – this is one based on a print variation that I never used:

#3 – Bright Gold Panels – just playing around with the colors, not the artwork:

#4 – Rose Panels – my wife prefers this one as a rose theme:

Please feel free to share this around. The more votes and interaction there is with the post, the better I understand reader preferences. Also, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Which Cover Version is Your Favorite?

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.

Thanks for stopping by the site today and reading this post. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section. Like what you’re reading? Feel free to follow this site, you can even view the site from the WordPress reader app. Looking for more information? I’m growing a text club for faster, shorter announcements and exclusive specials. You can also join me in Marston’s Station, my private fan group on Goodreads where you can read about more non-public development news and additional exclusive special deals. Look for me at these additional sites too. There are plenty of ways to follow and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Archer’s Aim Weekly Progress Report – 4/29/2022

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


Hello and Happy Friday 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!

The week was unusually busy for me. There was an online conference I attended. Likewise, I had several follow-up appointments. The house phone (yes, I still have one of these) went dead and needed repairs. Other repairs were needed which took services visiting the house. All these distractions and more took up valuable time. I’m almost ready to stay up into the wee hours of the morning and work on project because it’s quiet. Victor Hugo used to do the same thing so maybe I should try it!

The Unseen Hand

The good news is I worked on editing this book everyday and made significant progress. I completed most of the work on the epilogue adventure. The bad news is the work took longer by several days than expected – distractions. Still, I made significant strides with the book and that’s a win for the week.

Next week will provide a more solid picture of how soon I expect to be finished with the book as I take on the first case. On the plus side of revising this case, it’s already been significantly edited, so I expect to move quickly with further revision as I update the book with newer elements to the story and the series. Fingers are crossed regarding the progress, but I’ve cleared up a lot of appointments and broken things around the house.

A Charm in the Hand

As noted last week, this book needs to be polished for review by my editor to have a hope of getting published this year. I’ve made progress on it every day this past week so I expect to complete the immediate work on it this upcoming week and send it off to my editor. If all goes well, that book should be back within a month or so and be awaiting revision once The Nine Jewel Heist is completed. Just finishing the current phase of work on this title is significant and will free more time for TUH and other projects. Expect this project to roll off the weekly report for a while and that’s a good thing!

Miscellaneous Projects

Foremost on my list of these projects is upgrading this website with a new theme as well as some advanced bells and whistles. The other main concern is launching the Archer’s Aim Press imprint.

  1. I toyed with hiring WordPress to handle the site upgrade. I dropped a proverbial line in the water to get a quote on the work. It turns out this work is very expensive, and with all the recent repairs around the house, the project falls back to me rolling out the improvements. I have created several bite-sized projects to space out the work so it can have several functional plateaus on which to rest. A more gradual approach will create additional time for book production.
  2. Archer's Aim PressThe imprint saw probably my most effective progress this past week. I addressed several bottlenecks in my understanding of developing the imprint such that I’m free to push forward on several fronts at once. This change in outlook about developing the imprint led to an updated project list and several details being quickly addressed.
    • Registered ISBNs will be purchased as soon as my latest royalty payment arrives tomorrow.
    • A business card design was completed and a box was ordered.
    • Design plans for the imprint website are being addressed (it won’t be that extensive as I plan to keep it rather simple and straightforward).
    • I’m prepared to push forward with print production of books on Ingram and hope to advance re-publishing The Bow of Destiny in paperback from Ingram (there’s already an edition, but I used a free ISBN and need to re-published with one owned by the imprint).

I’ll share briefly about the additional steps in upcoming weeks as I address them, but I foresee this imprint project making very steady strides for a while and being completed in time to help bolster the release of The Unseen Hand over the summer.

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

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.

Thanks for stopping by the site today and reading this post. Please leave your thoughts in the comments section. Like what you’re reading? Feel free to follow this site, you can even view the site from the WordPress reader app. Looking for more information? I’m growing a text club for faster, shorter announcements and exclusive specials. You can also join me in Marston’s Station, my private fan group on Goodreads where you can read about more non-public development news and additional exclusive special deals. Look for me at these additional sites too. There are plenty of ways to follow and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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