I don’t know when, and I don’t know how, but my kindle edition version of The Candescent Vessel was corrupted. Anyone who received an update (prior to 5/17/18) , or downloaded it after the corruption occurred (but before 5/17/18) has been effected. I have resolved the issue, but an update does not seem to be going out. If you were affected I applogize, and I hope to make this right. When The Sorcerer’s Gamble releases, both Kindle editions of The Crystal Seal, and The Candescent Vessel will be free for one week! This is in part to celebrate the release of the final volume in the trilogy, but also as a means to re-acquire the second volume if you were effected by the corrupted file. As the second part of my reaction to this issue, I have dropped the price of the Kindle Edition of The Candescent Vessel to $4.99 (down from $5.99) permanently.
“What happened?” you ask? Well, short story is: for an unknown amount of time when you purchased The Candescent Vessel you would only receive the cover art, and my picture.
“Really? How did you find out?” A person I know bought it a couple weeks ago, and did not receive the book, but only the cover art and my picture (as handsome as I look, not worth $5.99 eh?).
“Wow, so it effected more than just them?” Yup. My wife had bought the kindle edition when it released, and this was not the case then, but it is now the case on her “bookshelf”. Also, I was able to “preview” the file and confirm the issue.
“What did you do?” I re-uploaded the correct file, waited through the approval process, then bought it again myself. This allowed me to get the whole book.
Thanks for reading, and asking such wonderful and insightful questions. Coming very soon is a Synopsis and cover art of The Sorcerer’s Gamble, so stay tuned!
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Progress is still being made on getting the second draft of the Sorcerer’s gamble finished (I am hoping to have it done this weekend). I know I planed on getting artwork posted this month but I only have a rough sketch and the start of the actual digital work finished. Instead of posting the rough sketch I will wait until I have the digital book cover (draft two is a higher priority on my plate right now anyway). We are still sitting comfortably inside our release window, I might not get to do some of the extra stuff (advertisement related), but honestly word of mouth has sold more books than any online add for me.
Anyway, I hope everyone has had a great April. I know I have a good month, my boys are growing up so fast. The weather is finally warm here in Ohio (winter is gone!). I might start a new series this summer, I have some ideas I have kept on back burner while I focused on getting The Sage of Hytrae trilogy finished. Of course I might do nothing, or something completely different! My day job (I work for the Aviation testing industry) might be shifting some hours on us so that could help or hurt my writing time (depending on where I try to fit it in). Have a great last few days of this month, and I will see you all again next one!
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 😉
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!
Just wanted to check in and let everyone know that the site updates I mentioned before are now live. There is one exception in that the new banner is not up yet, I am still batting around ideas for that section. The current projects, and About Hytrae are both updated. The most notable update was clarified geographical information about the five nations of Hytrae. The more detailed information will also be in the final installment of The Sage of Hytrae.
I hope to check in in the next week or two and get everyone an official title, and hopefully a release date! I hope you have a great week, and keep reading great stories!
I would like to thank everyone who made it out to the book signing last Saturday. It was an honor to be invited, and I had a good time. I would like to thank the Peebles Magazine Club, and Adams County Library for putting the event on. Below are some pictures from the event! Apparently I only smile in group photos ha ha ha.
I’m excited to share some info from the Peebles Library concerning the Book Signing on October 15th (Saturday!). Just to make sure I don’t mistype something I will quote them below:
“On Saturday, October 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. join the Peebles Magazine Club in welcoming six local authors to the Peebles Library for a book signing. Come meet Tom Cross, Christopher Hilger, Tom Johnson, Mary McFarland, Gwendolyn Mason, Amy Phipps. Their published books range from natural history to romantic suspense to mystery and beyond. Call 937-587-2085 for more information.”
If your in the area myself and the other authors attending would love the support!
Just letting everyone know that we are still moving forward on the third book in my series. To help generate some excitement I offered that short story for free (it will always be free) last month.
This month we will be running a promotion on The Crystal Seal (the first book in the series). From September 12th through September 16th The Crystal Seal will be FREE on Amazon Kindle. This promotion won’t last long so be sure to check it out!
I am excited to announce that I have a short story from the Hytrae universe to share (and its free!). I have to warn everyone, there are some spoilers if you have not read The Crystal Seal or The Candescent Vessel. I would say the spoilers are medium grade, not story ruining but would prematurely expose you to information you would not have had yet before reading the first two books.
That being said, I hope everyone enjoys this short story. It takes place between The Candescent Vessel and the third book in the trilogy. Without further ado. Here it is,
I hope this summer has been going well for all of you. I have been busy these past few weeks, and I can happily say that some of the busyness has been working on materials for book 3! I am hoping to have a short story posted on my site here before the end of the month. It is written, but I am still working on reviewing it. It takes place between where The Candescent Vessel left off, and before book 3 begins. I plan on having a title for book 3 for everyone somewhat soon as well, so stay tuned for more info on both these great things, and of course more updates on The Sage of Hytrae trilogy!