Project Update

I wanted to give a quick update on some of the things I’ve been working on.

The second story of Virgil McDane, DITF (you’re not supposed to know what that stands for) is coming along well and I am shooing for an early May deadline. That should be more than enough time to get everything completed, get it to readers, and make last minute edits. It also will give me time to get a cover together. I am doing something different than last time, so we’ll see how that goes. Details will be announced as soon as I have them.

I am quite happy with the way the second one is coming. There are some very rough parts that need to be completed, some plot holes filled in, and a general tightening, but it has been a lot of fun to write and I think will be a lot of fun to read. It’s a very different situation for Virgil than Sorcerer Rising, but retains the over the top quality I’ve tried to bring to his world. If you thought Sorcerer Rising had a lot of monsters, too many supernatural things to pop up, well, you haven’t seen anything yet.

I am also working on another project. This is my first attempt at fleshing out Virgil’s world and it’s an idea I’ve had for quite some time. It’s set in the world of Virgil McDane but set hundreds of years prior, encompassing a whole different situation and cast of characters. I think it will be longer than a short story, maybe even my first novella, but either way I want it done and published by the end of January.

I was serious when I said I wanted to write a ton this year. My dream goal would be to have DITF published this year, as well as a third and fourth Virgil McDane novel, with at least a dozen short stories and a few novellas. I’ve implemented a new schedule for my writing and the only thing I’m not really sure about is the fourth novel this year. Everything else is at least remotely possible.

Looking forward to giving it a shot though.


Editing, Covered in Editing, With a Side of Editing

Sunday night I finished editing the 44th page of my weekend goal. I didn’t do double or a hundred like I hoped, but I got my planned goal taken care of and I was satisfied.

I have 113 of my 308 pages completed, with a month and a half left to get the rest done. At 44 pages a weekend and 10 on a day during the week, that will take about three and a half weeks, ending in July, with two weeks for a final run through. Honestly, I want more time to do a final line by line spelling/grammar check, as well as formatting for publication. I know I’m underestimating that by tenfold and will need every ounce of time I can muster up to complete it.

(I just used tenfold and muster in the same sentence. Remind me to discuss Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon and how I tend to absorb the language of books I’m reading.)

But I’m not postponing that date (August 12th!!). Not for this. Something may come up but unless it’s something serious (car wreck, Rapture, Cthulu) I’m sticking to this date. So, I intend on increasing my pace. With the wife and son gone this week and a four day weekend, editing will be the goal.  A lot of editing.

My goal: 195 pages.

In case no one did the math, that’s the rest of the story. It’s lofty, but attainable. I’ll have one after work night without family (easily 15 pages), Wednesday night as late as I want ( 30 pages) all day Thursday and that night (honestly, don’t know, maybe 50-70 pages???) part of Friday, and the rest of the weekend (44 pages as stated, but I think that is low considering I won’t work Friday). That doesn’t add up to what I want, but I think it’s a low ball figure anyway, and I am pushing myself as hard as possible.

At this point, I am tired of editing already. I’ve read about authors getting to the end of the book and hating it, absolutely sick to death of it. That’s a good assessment of where I am. It’s not the first time either, I was tired of it when I was polishing it for my beta readers. It’s just surprising, reading through it after almost a year and seeing the rough edges. I’m happy to report, the last couple of chapters (after the aforementioned BAD chapters) are pretty good and I was really happy with them.

All that is left is to see it through.

Ebooks VS. Hardcover Books

Writer Unboxed has a pretty important article up that I haven’t really seen elsewhere. Basically, it details the price and royalty comparison between hardcover books and ebooks, and how it effects the profit margin of publishers and authors.

Basically, it comes down to a publisher explaining in an earnings meeting that they make more off ebooks because of lower royalties and lower costs. That would be fine if they brought absolutely anything to the table, had to take more risk, anything, but they are facilitating what most people can accomplish for free on their own.

It’s definitely worth a read.

A Couple Articles by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Read this and this.

I talk about Dean Wesley Smith a lot (or I did a lot on the old Story Arcs) but less about his wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch. I don’t really know how that happened, but I am going to correct it.

Personally, I think if you take her Business Rusch posts and the Shatzkin Files, you pretty much have everything you need to know about publishing as an industry. They’re well informed, experience, very analytical and sit on different sides of the publishing spectrum. Note on that, reading Mike Shatzkin is a bit like reading H. P. Lovecraft. Not so much the supernatural aspect, more like, “What the hell did that paragraph just say?”

Anyway, Ms. Rusch has an incredible way of being brutally honest, and being uplifting at the same time. If you have anything to do with publishing, no matter its form, read her stuff. If you don’t agree with her, it will at least serve as a counterbalance.

Also, the first article is about her path to publishing her Smokey Dalton series. I don’t want to endorse it before reading, but it’s set in Memphis and there just aren’t enough stories set in this area. Love to see it and am looking forward to checking it out.

Announcing Sorcerer Rising

SorcererRisingIt is with great pleasure that I formally announce Sorcerer Rising. I have been working on this story for over four years and finally, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m going to continue to do some posts about the series as a whole, what I learned about it, etc, but here is the gist of it:

Sorcerer Rising begins the story of Virgil McDane. Once he was a powerful Wizard, an explorer, scholar, and soldier.  Outcast from the Wizard’s Guild, stripped of his power and relegated to a lowly Sorcerer, he finds himself more and more desperate.

His world is much like our own, only magic is an everyday occurrence. The greatest resource is Aether, patches of raw magic that spawn whole dimensions. Forged from emotion and thought, the possibilities held within these worlds are endless. Some are featureless nightmares, others whole planets filled with their own people, magic, and culture.

Only expert mages can extract these otherworldly resources from the mist, namely the Wizards with their global Guild, or Sorcerers, rogue mages powerful enough to work the Aether.

Now, a unique phenomenon has provided Virgil with the chance he needs. The Arcus, a column of light and energy that stretches half the world, has landed just outside his home city. Cyrus Aberland, millionaire inventor, is funding an expedition, and with a vendetta against the Guild, he comes looking for a Sorcerer who can do the job.

Now Virgil must guide a team of explorers halfway across the world, protect them and himself against the dangerous arcane threats of the world, and reclaim his power.