Status Updates

Status Updates

King Henry Short Pack One Release Date = September 1st!!!

Main Focus: Gush (Fantasy YA) Novel, First Draft = 10k out of 80k estimate (13%)

Side Focus: King Henry Short Pack 2, Three Novella Pack, First Draft = 1k out of 60k estimate (2%)

Back Burner: Where do Dreamers Go to Die? (Fantasy/Spec Fic Trip) Novel, First Draft = 3k out of 80k estimate (4%)

Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM1-FM5 print-on-demand editing and formatting, FM3-FM5 concordance updates, Updating of Amazon Blurbs

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sky-Island and The Betrothal Join KDP Select


As I said early this month, Sky-Island 1827-E and The Betrothal have both now been placed in the KDP Select program, making them exclusive to Amazon reading devices and Amazon reading programs.  That's the slightly bad part of the whole deal, the good part is that if you have Amazon Prime or are a member of Amazon Unlimited, you can now pick up both books under the "borrow" feature.  Which makes them, Kinda-Sort Free at all times.

In addition to this, The Betrothal has gotten an updated 2100 by 1400 pixel cover and a new 2015 edition with the fewest number of typos in its rocky history.  It being my debut novel, I did not have a beta reading team at the time, and it was SO OLD that it even got published back when Amazon only required 600 by 400 covers.  THE DARK AGES.


For those that don't know, The Betrothal is a Bromance New Adult Romantic Comedy that was written just for me to learn how to write and finish a book before I moved on to more serious stuff and characters dearer to my heart.  Don't go into it expecting King Henry, all the curse words are even BLEEPED out.  The horror!

As for Sky-Island, to celebrate and just cause I can, I will be enrolling it for a Free Promotion that anyone can pick up on Amazon, from August 3rd to August 7th.  So if you're a fan, old or new, keep an eye out on that one.  If you read the book and like it, or have read the book and like it, then please think about leaving a review.  It only has 5 reviews!  Bad fans!  Letting  your author down!

Check them out:
The Betrothal
Sky-Island 1827-E

Minor Update:  Wrote a little bit on Gush and Short Pack 2 before I got into this publishing side stuff, going to start in on them again tonight.  Had a dentist appointment Thursday and have two more to get through in the next month (boo cavities!).  Plus...TI5 starts next Sunday, so...yeah, that always kicks my ass.  King Henry Short Pack 1 looks like it will come out the first week of September.  I'll be doing a lot of updating of files and blurbs that same day, so the "books by RR" sections are all updated and everything.  After that I'll probably get into working on the print-on-demand edits for FM1.

As I warned, lots of stuff happening, not exactly the fun part that I love about the job:  writing.  But, we'll get there.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

First Sentences, Jury Duty, and New Beginnings

Jury duty has been survived.  Was pretty much on call all week until they made me come in today.  Some coffee, metal-detecting, and a forced watching of "Night at the Museum" later (including having to listen to Ben Stiller blaring out of speakers while in the restroom)  I survived being picked for two possible trials and am free from Fresno County's tyrannies for the next year.

July 4th is of course this weekend...which for you non-Americans means I get to enjoy explosions and gunfire and dogs and cats trying to sit on top of my head, not exactly prime writing situations, but after that on the 5th I will begin work anew on Gush!  Which is awesome.

Gush is based on a short story I wrote in 2009 called "Down the River" about two women involved in a magical death race who concoct a plan to win the race by "running" a river that bisects the course zone.  The idea of turning it into a full fledged novel was always one I liked and "Down the River" was expanded and outlined and became "Gush" during my 2010/2011 brainstorming period for stand alone novels to write.

I wrote the first chapter which takes place during the start of the death race and made two false starts at continuing work on it, both of which went backwards in time to when our two leads met and then when our two leads returned home for the pre-race festivities.  Both times I felt like I was overdoing character motivations and missing the point and thus tossed out the chapters I'd written.  Instead I've come to the conclusion that the story must be about the race and only what happens during the race and that everything surrounding it will be left to clues and mystery and the occasional character comment.

So it really does feel like I'm starting the novel all over again.

Which is great, because I love starting novels!  I'm getting to start 3 of them in the next year, plus 3 more novelette/novellas and there's a bunch more novels I have sitting in the queue to get done in the next few decades.  Something I do even before I "start" is open up the Word file, type in the title, do some formatting and maybe even outlining, and then come up with a first sentence for the book.  Perhaps it stays the same all the way to release, perhaps it will be changed, but it is there as a placeholder.  The story exists outside of my head, have to put in the work one day and give it a shot at being finished.

So to honor all the new beginnings here's some first sentences for you from future books that will hopefully one day be completed, for you fans to salivate and gnash your teeth over.

Gush:  Ullie's feet itched to be away, but the thick lines of pennants blocked any hope of getting an early start on the Great Course.

Where Do Dreamers Go to Die?:  Have you ever woken up and felt like you were in the wrong dimension?

Scalesword Overdrive:  Sparks of unused magic drifted outside of the trolley's clasped window, the ward-lines surrounding the glass crackling each time a spark drifted too near.

Driving Miss Vicky:  Every time Tyson Bonnie descended the ladder, he was never sure what he would find below.

Shadow Running:  Today was the day, today was the day that Eva Reti lived or Eva Reti died.

No Man's Land:  "There's the pearly fucking gates, Mini," he told his passenger.

Rii Enslavement Book #1:  The slave's first mistake is getting caught.

The Five Gods Series Book #1:  He knew exactly how he was going to die, he was going to die choking, gasping, and pleading for one more breath.

Eat the Future:  Aricia's legs hung over the side of the walkway, dangling like skinny, brass-colored worms.

The Foul Mouth and the Artificial Court:  Can't say I'm a fan of getting arrested.

Will be writing for the next few months and not posting many updates.  Everyone have a fun summer!  Stay cool!  Kill ants!  Watch good movies!  Read good books!  Be the Batman!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quick Notes #4

1.  Still fuck ants.

2.  Fresno is really hot in July, who knew?

3.  Finished the formatting and editing on King Henry Short Pack One, should be up for sale in late August/early September.

4.  My side novels (Betrothal, Sky-Island, and Gush when I actually get to write it) are no longer purchasable on Smashwords/Apple/B&N and will be joining Kindle Select in July.  This will allow me to do limited free and bargain runs on them, allow you to pick them up through the Kindle Owners Lending Library if you have Amazon Prime, and even let me do advertising directly through Amazon if I so desire.  99% of side novel copies have been sold on Amazon, seems silly to not take advantage of this change up.  The King Henry Tapes and anything related to The King Henry Tapes will be unaffected.

5.  Kind of in standby mode at the moment waiting to see what happens with Jury Duty next week.  If my pleas for them to not take the poor-as-dirt self-employed writer are not met with kind ears, please do not be crazy fans and threaten to abduct any judges or lawyers like you always threaten to duct-tape me!

6.  Sales have been amaze-balls this month.  I have a chance to TRIPLE my best month ever.

7.  The Witcher 3 was awesome.  Good thing it released during this kind-of-vacation.  That sucked up some hours.

8.  Batman Arkham Knight is also crazy good.  More "holy crap Batman" moments than the Witcher 3 already and I'm only 1/5th of the way through it.

9.  Battlebots are back!

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Long Wait for FM6

So, FM5 is out, everyone at the very least enjoyed it, if not was ecstatic about it, and now we move into the Next Novel phase of the writer-fan-please-stop-threatening-me relationship.  Only, that novel isn't going to be FM6.  At least not right away.

For three reasons.


REASON ONE FOR YOUR PAIN

As the most self-published of Indie authors on the planet, I'm the only guy who really works on this stuff and I've been letting the writing part of that job push everything else to the side.  It's paid off.  My sales doubled last year.  They look like they might double this year too, or at least come close.  But, there have been problems and "chores" if you will that I've kept pushing off to the side.

"New material, new material, forget about everything else" has created a backlog of writer garbage if you will, that fans really don't think about much.  I've got my own files for all the information in the series and they haven't been updated since FM2.  So I need to take the time to work my way through FM3-FM5 and update them.  This way I can look at the information files, instead of trying to skim through every book trying to remember what the damn name of the European mancer school is or if Catherine Hayes had blue or green eyes or just millions of little continuity questions that pop up as you're writing.

It has also meant that everything I've written is still only digital because I've never taken the time to go through the Createspace process of making Print-on-Demand versions of the KHT.  So that's also on the list.

Third, I've been asked quite a few times to take all the King Henry Shorts and combine them together in a single anthology.  Especially now with "Meet the Bonnies" I have about 60k words in shorts and feel now is a good time to do so.  So formatting and editing KING HENRY SHORT PACK ONE and making some kind of cover of course is on the radar as well, probably August/September.

Chores:  Update Concordance Info, Format and Edit Short Pack One, and at least start the process of getting print-on-demand versions of the books done.


REASON TWO FOR YOUR PAIN

I'm fucking exhausted after FM5.

I always knew it was a bridge novel to get us to FM6, always knew it was the novel to move King Henry from college kid to actual adult, but I didn't expect it would take so much out of me or that it would be such a large book.  FM6 I know is going to be insane, knew from when I started the series was going to be insane, but if any novel in the series was going to be accused of being "filler" (aka: character stuff and not explosions) it would be FM5.  For some reason, in my head I connected "bridge" with "short" and...nope, not at all.  Was SO MUCH to get done and set up and resolve.

So the King Henry Price part of my brain is just wasted at the moment.  So wasted I had to take a break to write "Meet the Bonnies" WHILE WRITING FM5 or instead of finishing when I did I would currently be running naked through the streets screaming about shapeshifters.  So wasted that the King Henry Price part of my brain needs even more of a break.

Which is why the plan isn't to start in with FM6 right away, but to pick up on my other projects.  GUSH which I've already talked about, another shortish Fantasy/Spec-Fic novel called WHERE DO DREAMERS GO TO DIE? which is also set in the "Prisoners Cycle" overworld but just like GUSH and SKY-ISLAND will be stand-alone, and KING HENRY SHORT PACK TWO.  No more shorts by themselves.  Not sure how many short packs I'll be doing, but I'm going to do this one for sure.

It's kind of FM5.5 and all three novellas in it will be taking place on the same day, two weeks after events in FM5.  One will be a T-Bone story called "Driving Miss Vicky" (that's racist!) about T-Bone and Vicky visiting the Coyote Compound.  "Shadow Running" will involve Evelyn Strange and the Lady performing some high level stuff to bring Eva out of the coma, complete with flashbacks to the night in question.  Last, a novella I'm currently calling "No Man's Land" from King Henry's third person view like "Griefing" was, it will be about him visiting the Asylum and particularly with Plutarch, but maybe with some other people too.

I don't have A PLAN for which of these three books I'm putting priority on, probably GUSH if I was forced to pick one.  But mostly picking one would defeat the "take a working break" thing I'm trying to do here.  In fact, outside of SHORT PACK TWO coming out sometime before FM6, I have no expectations on any of these novels.  It's not a "write these three THEN get to FM6" scenario, so don't freak out that you're three or four or so years from FM6.  It's a "take four or five months to work on this stuff and recharge" scenario.

Because I'm going to need to be recharged.  FM6.  Man.  Need to be 110% percent for that one.  Probably start writing it in November or December.  Looking to get it out to your guys late 2016, very early 2017 (it's called the Long Wait, not the Non-Existent Wait!)

REASON THREE FOR YOUR PAIN

Jury Duty in July.  Booo!

IN SUMMARY

I hope you're all understanding on why I need to clear out the chores and also need recharged after three years of constant writing and ya know...blame the judicial system too.  Maybe I'll get a case about a guy having sex with a barnyard animal?  Here's hoping!

Trust me, the Long Wait for FM6 will be worth...the wait.

Friday, May 29, 2015

FM5 Question and Answer Session

Spoilers if you haven't read FM5, obviously.

Ask anything about FM5 or the series as a whole.

I reserve the right to RAFO you, but will try not to.

Don't be shy!

And don't leave me hanging!

Edit June 1st:  Taking a couple weeks off the net to get back into writing a little bit.  Will answer any more questions when I get back and also probably have an update on what I'll be working on for the next three/four/five months.