How my editing process goes

Hello everyone,

Since I am in the process of reviewing the first draft of The Sorcerer’s Gamble, I thought I could let all of you know how I approach my editing process. I don’t believe I have written this out before, but it would be interesting to see what you all think.

I begin my editing by re-reading previous entries (in this case the first two books). Then I sit down with my first draft and begin creating the second draft. I call the process that I employ a “read edit”, this is because I literately edit the book while I am reading through it. I only do this for the second draft, otherwise a book would never be finished. During this process I am primarily looking at story flow, character voice, context of existing explanations, supporting details, and if the general goals of each chapter are being accomplished.

Whew that’s a lot huh? ha ha. To top it off once I start the “read edit” I try to complete it in a short window (typically less than two weeks, though I aim for five days). Since I tend to write in spurts (sometimes taking months in between writing sessions), this helps smooth out the story. This whole process provides a level of polish, and single vision for the book.

What happens next? Once I have the second draft, I print out proofs and send copies to my editing/reviewing team. This team is composed of a few individuals who I trust, that can look my book over with a critical eye. While they have it I also go back over it, looking for grammar, spelling, and such errors, which creates the third draft. I take the feedback of my team and generate a forth draft based on that input. Then I usually take another pass through, making sure the flow and grammar still work, and any changes made become draft five. After all this, the book is ready for release and I shift my focus towards promotions and advertising.

This whole process takes place over several weeks, so there won’t be too much to update on as far as that goes. I look to get some artwork out to you guys soon, and I plan to be changing the banners on this site and my Facebook soon there after.

 

Thanks for reading this summarized look at my editing process, I hope it’s not too confusing ha ha. Its a bit of a long post, but hey I missed last week so this makes up for it 😉

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The Sorcerer’s Gamble Update

Hey Everyone!

Great news! The first draft of The Sorcerer’s Gamble is finished! I am super excited, as I am sure all of you are as well. This marks the beginning of the editing and revision process. I might have said this before, but I put my books through no less than four edits before I go to print. Don’t worry though, we are very much on schedule for our release on June 26th this year. I will be getting the second draft to my editing helpers in the next couple of weeks. In the mean time, I hope to get some early cover art on here to show all of you in the next couple of weeks as well. I will have site updates since a new book is launching, and lots of announcements to follow.  Until next time, keep the adventure alive!

The Sorcerer’s Gamble Promo

We began our journey following a young man named Cyan in search of adventure. He learned adventure is not carefree but often brings troubles and heartache with it.

We then heard a tale from Lucy, a young woman who found herself while on a different path then she had desired. She learned that who we are is discovered, when you fight for what you believe in.

Now, the story continues…

A new journey is coming, and a single voice will not be enough to tell it. Join Lucy, Cyan, and more on an adventure that was foretold thousands of years ago. Will Hytrae plummet into an age of darkness? Three must stand at the end of the age. In this climatic conclusion to the trilogy, a choice must be made. The Sage of Hytrae will determine the fate of the world.

The Sorcerer’s Gamble Update

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I hope everyone has had a good week! Progress has been made on finishing the first draft. It’s shaping up nicely so I decided that next week I will have a little something special for all of you. I am working on writing a little promo for The Sorcerer’s Gamble, and all of you will get to see it first! Right now it will be just a written promo, but I am entertaining the idea of including some artwork as well. Let me know what you all think!

The Sage of Hytrae Book 3 Update

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I know this is late, but at least its here now ha ha. TSH 3 will be having a new name (since it would appear that the name I mentioned back in Dec is already in use). The Sage of Hytrae Book 3 will be known as “The Sorcerer’s Gamble”! This was the previous working title I had for the project, and so I feel it is a good fit.

I have also been working on cover art for The Sorcerer’s Gamble, but it is still to early to share. The book itself will be released this summer, I need to set a date or I’ll never finish, and so I will be also announcing a release date today!

The Sorcerer’s gamble will be released June 26th! This will be the climatic conclusion of The Sage of Hytrae trilogy, mark your calendars the wait is nearly over!

My plan is to have the first draft finished by Easter this year (April 1st and this is no joke), and put it through the normal revision process I have used before (I think book 1 and 2 both had no less than 7 revs before release). I plan to get a version of the cover art out for everyone to see in April as well. Plus I will be going to more regular updates again starting this week (since this is the first post). Be sure to check back here on Fridays to see the most up to date announcements concerning TSH and other projects I’m working on!

2017 year in review

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I would like to take this time to reflect on how this year has gone.  I must admit I have not been nearly as productive as I would have liked, but I know there is quality in what I have accomplished.  I have made good progress in finishing getting The Sorcerer’s Choice written (yes, that is the name of the third and final installment of The Sage of Hytrae!), I have no reason to believe that I won’t be able to finish this climatic ending to a great trilogy on time next year (well, it was supposed to be out this year but again, not as productive as I would have liked).

Looking to my life in general, I have a beautiful new son, Zach who is growing fast. My first born is becoming more independent at the age of 2 (not far from being 3 now). My wife is obviously over worked with two hands full, so that has meant that I am also with my hands full a lot of the time as well. I have been blessed by God with this family, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

I hope that in the next year God would continue to protect and bless my family and all of your families as well. He has his work cut out for him in helping me write, but he gave me this nearly endless creativity for a reason and so far writing is the best way for me to share the wonderful stories he allows me to weave and tell.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, a safe and great holiday season, and a prosperous new year!

Last chance, Don’t miss out on getting this book for free!

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This is your last chance to get The Candescent Vessel absolutely free! Just head over to amazon or your app and grab it now! Here is a convenient link to my book in case you have trouble finding it: The Candescent Vessel

You can always pick the kindle edition up at its normal price of $5.99 after this promotion ends, but why would you wait to pay for it? It’s free right now!

Don’t miss out, get the second installment of my trilogy for free today!

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If you like free books, don’t miss out on grabbing this great addition to your library at the best price (free). Just head over to amazon or your app and grab it now! Here is a convenient link to my book in case you have trouble finding it: The Candescent Vessel

The Candescent Vessel is available for Free!

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Today marks the first day you can pick up The Candescent Vessel for free on kindle (and the kindle app). Just head over to amazon or your app and grab it now! Here is a convenient link to my book in case you have trouble finding it: The Candescent Vessel

Remember this is a limited time offer, so don’t miss out!

Happy Christmas everyone!

Hello everyone!

I would like to announce that The Candescent Vessel is going to be available for Free on Kindle (and the kindle app) from December 13, 2017 Until December 17, 2017! This is a great time to snatch the second novel in The Sage of Hytrae Trilogy, and don’t forget the first installment is only $4.99 on kindle (and kindle app) as well!

 

I would like to apologize about my absence this year.  Our newest addition has helped my oldest in taking up more time than I could have anticipated.  No worries though, everyone is healthy and happy (well happy most of the time). I would like to affirm that I have not abandoned writing, and I have squeezed it in whenever I could. Plan on the final part of my debut trilogy to come out in the first half of next year! I will update with a release date early in January. With cover art, and more announcements to follow after that. This is exciting, and I hope everyone has a merry Christmas, and happy holidays. Please enjoy this free kindle copy of my book, and I hope to see you all again real soon!