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 😉
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 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! 🙂
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!
I hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday! I spent a fair bit of mine with my mom (who has helped me proof my books along with my wife), along with a portion of my family.
Spring is in full swing, and lots of people are starting to put out their gardens. Fun fact: gardens are popular with home owners in the realm of Hytrae too. While you might not have read much about that fact in the past, you would have met no less than three farmers in the first two books. See if you can name one of the farmers in the comments (without looking it up in the books, that’d be cheating 😀 ).
I am happy to announce a new novel, I will give everyone the project name (the final title might differ on release at this point). The project name is The Last Prophet. The novel takes place in the darker but not too distant future here on earth. The end of the age is coming and God has appointed a very unlikely soul to be the final prophet to the people of earth. The story follows this person (more details to come) as the events that lead up their appointment as a prophet, and the events that follow.
I will periodically post updates on this project as I continue to work on it. I am playing around with the idea of publishing this novel with the help of Kickstarter. I will need to do some extra research to get this novel written in a timely manner, and that will be difficult with my “day job” alone. The novel will be taking place in another country (Not the US where I live), and since I’ve not actually been to the country that it takes place in I could really use help to set the scenes (I’ll talk more about where it takes place later).
This book is planned to be of similar length to my other novels but with the extra research involved, it will likely take longer to write. I want to make sure I accurately depict the locations, and people of the region, and as such extra care will be taken. I can write much quicker about entire worlds I envision in my mind, but since this takes place on earth; the best way to see it is to actually visit it! Let me know via the poll below if you think I should try to use kickstarter to help publish this novel.
April is here, and with in comes more spring like weather and of course Thunderstorms (I live in Ohio). I am hoping that this season brings lots of good things with it this year! Last week it had been a year since The Crystal Seal was released, and a full month since The Candescent Vessel came out. I have been working on getting things organized for Book three in that series (the final installment in the sage of Hytrae trilogy), as well as an entirely separate novel, that I will release more details on next week! So stay tuned!
With The Candescent Vessel being released, gears are moving for the next book… or books!
I’m happy to say that soon I will be posting an official announcement about a new project I’ve mentioned but not talked much about. I will say that it is a story taking place here on earth in a not so distant future. Don’t worry, I am still working on The Sage of Hytrae’s final installment in the trilogy. More to come soon!
The Candescent Vessel is now for sale! There are links in this post to how to buy the physical and kindle copies today! Please note that it might take longer for it to show up on other online stores (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.).
You can also check out The Crystal Seal (The first book in the series) via the links below or over one our where to buy page.
The Candescent Vessel (Createspace store) https://www.createspace.com/5826293
The Candescent Vessel (Kindle edition) The Candescent Vessel (The Sage of Hytrae Book 2)
The Crystal Seal (Physical copy) https://www.createspace.com/5255678
The Crystal Seal (Kindle copy) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VFKJ78A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00VFKJ78A&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisauthblog-20&linkId=2HNUMBHSDWOY7IFR
I’m excited about the release of The Candescent Vessel next week. It will be the second book in The Sage of Hytrae Trilogy. If you haven’t had a chance yet, it would be a good time to check out the first book (The Crystal Seal) as well!