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!
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.
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 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!
I am excited to show everyone what I got in the mail earlier this month!
That’s right, my second book is officially recognized as my own copyright by the US Copyright Office! 😀 If you haven’t had a chance to check it out here is a link to the kindle version/amazon paperback: The Candescent Vessel (The Sage of Hytrae Book 2) you can also find more links in the Where to Buy section at the top of the site.
It is always a good moment to see these kind of milestones with a published work. A big thank you to everyone who has bought my first and second books, number three is on the way. More on the third book coming soon!
Summer is getting here quick, and with it much warmer weather. I just got back from a short vacation. We went to eastern and northern Ohio, so lots of things to see and do in those places. One place we went to was the Wilds. If you haven’t heard of them, they are a wildlife conservation group, that works with animals from many different places around the world, studies them and tries to help improve their lives in captivity and when possible return them to the wild. You can find out more about them at: https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org/
I’m back home and feeling more refreshed and ready to pour out more creative works. I’ve been keeping my thoughts towards The Sage of Hytrae series lately, we are close to finishing the trilogy! I’m hoping to have some more updates as the summer goes on. Have fun everyone, and don’t forget to use sunscreen!
I hope everyone is doing well. I’m glad things are warming up, and I’m hopping this means that some of the illnesses that have been roaming around will start to end as well (I’m tired of catching so many little bugs, better than big ones though I suppose).
I am happy to let everyone know that The Sage of Hytrae Book 3 is underway and I have actually starting writing the first draft. I’m not ready to announce a title yet, hopefully by end of August I will have a title ready for everyone. I’m hopping that the third and final installment in this trilogy will be as exciting as I have been writing the entire series.
As always, a big thank you to everyone who has bought my books, it is very encouraging when people read the work you’ve put so much time into.