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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.

January Update

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to make sure I got in with everyone before it got to late in the month.  I have been busy working on Book 3 in The Sage of Hytrae trilogy.  Sadly I’ve not decided on a name yet, normally one becomes apparent to me around where I am in writing it though so I might be back soon with a name 🙂

Soon after I get the first draft done I will be getting the new artwork worked out, which will include a new banner on christopherjhillger.com at the least, maybe another site overhaul but I do seem to like the current layout right now. Exciting things either way, I will be updating some of the other pages on the site in the coming weeks and months as well. The more I write and develop this wonderful world the more I want to share. While this story will be concluded in the book I am writing, I do not believe that is the only tale Hytrae has for us. More to come in both departments.

I hope everyone is having a safe and warm January!

December update

Hey everyone,

 

I am sorry that I have been pretty quiet lately. Life is getting busier as I’m sure it is with everyone around this time of year.  I have been making progress on the final installment in The Sage of Hytrae trilogy. I’m hoping to release the final name for book 3 in or before January, with a synopsis soon after. Just finding the time to buckle down will be the biggest factor in getting this third book out to everyone.  Thank you all again for the support, it would be so much harder without it! 🙂

October 15th Book Signing

Hey everyone!

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!

October update

Hey everyone,

 

Just wanted to make sure I hopped on and left a note of how things are going.  Book three is going well, I might be ready to announce the title late this month, but it is probably going to be early next month. I’ve been sick a lot the last three weeks, so that has definitely slowed me down some. I’m hopeful to have the manuscript in proof reader’s hands by mid November.

Thank you all so much for all the support during the free book promotion. After reviewing the total numbers it looks like it doubled the number of people who have my first book, which is very exciting.  I hope everyone who got to pick it up enjoys it, as many of the people I’ve talked to have.

Oh! One final announcement. I am planning on being at a book signing at Peebles’ branch of Adams County Library, (that is in Ohio if you don’t know). That event should be taking place on October 15th and I’m still working on finding out a time. I will update as soon as I have more details!

Only TWO Days left to get The Crystal Seal for FREE

Hey Everyone!

There are only TWO days left that you can download The Crystal Seal for free on Kindle! Link below:

The Crystal Seal (The Sage of Hytrae Book 1)

 

This is part of my promotion for the third book in the series coming early next year! I hope everyone gets a chance to grab this amazing deal before it is too late. Promotion ends on September 16th!

September Update

Hey everyone,

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!

First Hytrae Short Released!

Hey everyone!

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,

ANOTHER JOURNEY FOR ANSWERS

Direct Link for PDF: https://christopherjhillger.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/hytrae-shorts-vol_1-5-x-8d51.pdf