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Sorcerer’s Gamble Update

Hey everyone,

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!

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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 😉

The Sage of Hytrae Book 3 Update

Hello everyone,

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!

Site updates

Hey everyone!

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!

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 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!

Free book Promotion Ended

Hey everyone!

Last week was a little crazy here with the free promotion of The Crystal Seal (if you missed it, the kindle edition is still available for $4.99, checkout our “Where to buy” section above for links). I believe the promotion went well, and a big thank you to everyone who supported it by downloading the book. I would like to encourage anyone who liked it to leave a review on amazon, it really helps to connect it with other readers.

 

As a minor note, in order to make this promotion possible I had to take The Crystal Seal off of Nook. Since Nook was super unpopular way to get the book (literally no one downloaded it form there) I don’t plan on relisting there (unless people express desire to me to release on that platform).

Last Day to get The Crystal Seal for FREE

Hey Everyone!

Today is the Final day 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 TODAY so grab it now before this promotion ends!

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!