Friday, June 30, 2017

The Hunt Release and 2017 Summer and Fall Schedule


I'm back! It's been a while since I've jumped on here. Like, a long while. Things have been busy. Books take a lot of effort. 

Listen, I'm going to be honest with you. I'm broke.

No, not really.

Life's been busy, and two books are dropping soon. That's over 200k words of story this year!

For the more adult fantasy crowd, The Hunt, sequel to The Dragon's Tear, is finally released today! The story revolves around the aftermath of the mercenary invasion during Tyyr's heist. This time, a new character, Warden Zaka, shows the more law-and-order side of the country of Valsair. Warden Zaka tracks a serial killer who targets women who resemble Tyyr, all while Tyyr is in hiding and doesn't exist to the outside world. Here is the Books page with links to all retailers carrying the book.

When The Hunt drops, a collection containing both The Dragon's Tear and The Hunt will also released, titled, Fragile Nights. 

Fragile Nights is the complete story at a reduced price, so if anyone wants to save a few bucks, they can. Also it helps for me to just have a single book at conventions, as I always envisioned these two books to be part of the same narrative thread. This title will release in the beginning of July, once it has been fully proofed.

In the more kind of YA-ish realm, the Wildstar series is wrapping up this summer as well. July will have the release of Frost, where Alana and Karlyn are hired to investigate a cannibalistic murder that takes place in a snowy town. And in August/September, Phantom Lights releases, which has Alana, Karlyn, and a pirate crew trapped on a haunted ship. August is the expected release date, but since I'm preparing a single book to contain all six Wildstar novellas, it may be pushed to September due to the time of setting it all up.

Another thing that's kept me busy is taking all my books out of KDP Select. If you check my books page, you'll see every book is on Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and other places that can't fit on the page. It's sort of like starting at Year Zero in a way, but it's been very freeing to leave and start fresh. What I found out was setting everything up takes a ton of time, especially when certain retailers want a very specific file type to upload.

I go into more detail about that change in this video, but essentially,  the technical structure of Kindle Unlimited needs a serious update to battle scammers and assist authors, as well as KDP Select is very restrictive in 2017. The hoops for Countdown sales and Free days just can't keep up with flexibility needed today.

And that's it for today. Some other cool projects are taking shape over the summer for the website, so I'll update whenever I get a chance to breathe.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Easy Ebook Table of Contents in LibreOffice and Microsoft Word (Writers' Survival Guide)

If you've been wanting to add a Table of Contents for your ebook, either going Wide for all retailers or exclusive to Kindle Select, then here is how it's done. For folks just starting out and no idea how to work their programs, this is a quick and effortless way to do it. I hope it helps!

I've been doing some more of these and they're pretty fun to put on the channel. This weekend I'll record an update on upcoming books and their release dates.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Microsoft Word Alternatives (LibreOffice, Scrivener, Google Docs) (Writer Survival Guide)

A new YouTube video is uploaded! This time, the focus is on alternatives to Microsoft Word, as both tools to create, edit, and format with. This is to help save a bit of money, and hopefully, spread the word on some useful tools to use.

I've personally moved over to LibreOffice and have been quite happy with the change. My workflow starts with Scrivener and moves over to LibreOffice to finish it off.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Havit KB-366l Review and the Writers' Survival Guide

So something I've wanted to do is get back on YouTube. Over the winter, I actually had done some recording, but all the videos were corrupted and had to be thrown out. I'm back on the ball on the recording side, and I finally learned how to properly edit with the new editing software.

This isn't the official 2017 update, but it's pretty close. The Writers' Survival Guide is to chronicle all the useful software, hardware, and advice that I've used while writing, and sharing it on the Internet. To start off, we're reviewing the Havit HV-KB366L which is the mechanical keyboard I use.

Once February is here I should have a good time frame on book releases. Until then, have a good day and enjoy the videos.