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Looking for Beta Readers

Before you get excited and jump at the chance to read material in the editing phase, before it goes to the publisher, I just want to explain what it is I’m looking for. To me, a beta reader is someone who can provide feedback that either improves or verifies the strength of a story. Not only do I need extra eyes to help me find typos and possibly errors in grammar (some of my grammar choices are just that, choices), but I need to know if I’m getting my story and characters across in the best way that I can.

In other words, while it’s nice to hear “I liked it” or “it’s good”, that’s not entirely helpful. I also need to know what you didn’t like and why, what wasn’t so good and why. I don’t need suggestions on how to fix things. I only need to know what doesn’t work for you and why...

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Fiction Prompt

Every week, either Bob or Amber from Brick Cave will send out a writing prompt for everyone, an idea or topic meant to encourage us to keep our blogs going. Personally, I’m terrible at posting with any frequency, but I thought I should give it a try. I’m currently working on two different projects, and The Division just came out, so…

Anyway, here’s my prompt for this week: Describe a bond or emotional tie you have to a holiday or tradition.

I thought I’d use it to continue the story from the last blog prompt, since I’d rather make things up than talk about myself.

All of these blog prompts are rough first drafts, made up as I go. Don’t expect polish. Typos build character.

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Rather than head back to the alley or look for Cipher so ear...

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Now on Patreon

With The Ascension trilogy completed, I’m working on a new novel. I thought I’d try something different, a web serial of sorts. Through Patreon, I’m currently releasing sections of the new book for patrons to read and comment on. My plan is to publish material every Monday and Friday, with the possibility of another on Wednesday. The first section was made public, so that everyone could read it and decide if they’d like to continue. Subsequent posts will be in the patron area.

Once completed, the novel will be published by Brick Cave, and patrons will receive either an ebook or paperback – depending on tier. If all goes well, I’ll immediately start posting a new novel.

My Patreon page can be found here.

Thank you, everyone, for your support!

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What’s Next?

Out of the Dark is done!


The next step, from what I’ve been told, is to send it to the printer. Then it’s off to book reviewers and a public relations campaign, where readers will be able to pre-order and a hard-cover box set of the entire trilogy will be made available – in a limited run. Release is set to be sometime in January of 2016.

I’m about 50 pages into a new novel that still remains untitled. I usually don’t come up with a title until I’m close to finishing, so I can choose something with the most impact that doesn’t fully reveal what’s going to happen. I’d considered putting the first section in OOTD as a teaser, but it didn’t feel right without a title.

I can give a small teaser here, though. The story is a bit of a reversal on the boy finds dragon egg trope...

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Out of the Dark (Book Three) Progress

Pages: 291

Editing Passes: 5

Release Date: Fall 2015

I don’t want to put down any sort of eta on the final draft, but I average 2-5 pages a day (usually 5 days a week). One advantage of my painstakingly slow process is that the first draft is only two to three editing passes from done. Which means, when I send out the first draft for typo checks, the book is within weeks of going to print.

Once I’m in the process of squashing typos, I’ll try to get Henning to do the interior illustrations.

Who knows, we could be looking at a Summer release.

March 8: The book’s length isn’t working out to what I expected, so I may be adding a few scenes I originally wanted to include but didn’t think I had room for.

March 16: Working on the last chapter...

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