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Quick update for you guys. As the title says, Book 6 of Xenoworld has entered the beta reading stage. This is the last main step before publication, and a cover is in the works. Long story short, the book should be out sometime in mid October. Once I have the book back, I’ll be able to give a firmer date.

Thank you all for your patience! At times, writing and finishing this book was a real struggle, but I really like the story and I think it gets really good at the end.

The entire last book is plotted out already and should tie the series up. It even has a title, which I’ll reveal in a later post. I have to tease a little.

Progress Report on Book 6

Posted: August 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hey guys,

Just wanted to give a bit of an update on Book 6. The news is that there really isn’t much news. The book is done, more or less, and is still being edited.

A lot of the hold up was figuring out what to do about the ending. I completely took out the old one and added a new one that gives so much more closure, and this one sets everything up for the seventh and final book in in the series very well.

So with that major kink worked out, cleaning it up should prove pretty easy since I’m not going to be changing anything in the narrative (let’s hope not, anyway). I’m mostly editing for flow and typos at this point, which is a much less intensive edit, and will probably just take me a week at least, and two at the most.

After that, the book gets sent to an editor, goes to beta reading, and after that last line of defense, gets published!

The previous ending had my mind in a knot, to the point where I didn’t really know what to do with the whole thing. This book has given me more than a few existential crises, but for the first time I feel as if the light’s at the end of the tunnel.

I’m grateful to all of you for being so patient. I love writing, but sometimes (like any other job) it’s a huge pain if you don’t know what you’re doing. Every book feels like I don’t know what I’m doing, and then in the end, magically, a finished product appears.

It takes a lot faith, because even though I’ve written and self-published twelve books by now, the process in a lot of ways doesn’t become any easier. And as we draw closer to the end, everything has to be resolved in short order.

This series has been strange to work on, and turned into something I could have hardly imagined. Originally it was supposed to be three books, and somehow it morphed into this monstrosity. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed; a lot of things happen in this book, and so far I’m fairly pleased with it, and it’ll be better once it reads more smoothly.

Sadly, I haven’t really thought of a decent title for this monstrosity yet. Titles really aren’t my strong suit, but I’m just waiting for the right one to come to me. So don’t think a lack of a title at this point is indicative of the book’s progress. This one is the second longest in the series, just being slightly shorter than Book 3, so hopefully the wait is worth it in that regard.

Three months ago, I experimented with exclusivity with Amazon. In exchange for exclusivity, you get the ability to have your books in Kindle Unlimited for additional revenue. As a publisher, I decided to take the risk to see how it worked for me.

However, the results were less than stellar, and after a month, I found I was just counting down the days  until I could get my books out of it.

One thing is sure: things have changed a lot on Amazon in the past two years. The competition is much fiercer, to the point where all my other retailers were practically matching my Amazon sales. Perhaps it wasn’t a great business decision, but you also never know something until you take a risk.

That, and every month I was in KU, the monthly payouts were getting lower. When the program started, they were much more reasonable, and just seeing the downward trend and the overcrowding of the marketplace makes me think going wide with my books is better than going tall.

Anyway, this is a post to let everyone know that you’ll find the Wasteland books anywhere they were before . . . iBooks, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, plus lots of others. Thanks for your patience!

Work Has Begun on Book 6!

Posted: October 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s been a little over a week since Kingdom’s release, and hope everyone is enjoying it so far!

September was a pretty hectic month for me. As I’ve written on this blog, my fiancee and I moved to Florida so she could pursue a new career. Aside from a few hurricane-related hiccups, it has been wonderful so far. I love the seafood, the beaches, and am looking forward to winters where I can still wear shorts and flip flops.

With September out of the way, the main goal for October is to write like crazy. I’m about 25,000 words into Book 6 (about a quarter done with the first draft).

I’ve said several times that Xenoworld was going to be seven books, and that hasn’t changed. It’s a far cry from the three books I thought it would be when I first started, and yet here we are, and it’s hard to imagine it being any other way.

A lot has to happen in the space of two books, and I’m not entirely sure how the entire series will wrap up. At the end of Wasteland Chronicles, I definitely left things a little open, so that I could continue the tale four hundred years in the future. But since Xenoworld will be the last in the whole WC timeline, I really want it to be a good ending that wraps things up as best as I can.

My writing professor taught us that the most important part of finishing a novel was knowing how it ended. If you know how it ends, it’s easier to envision the landmarks  that will act as way points guiding you to that ending. So, finding a suitable ending to the entire series is sort of my project. I know this book . . . currently untitled . . . will have to do everything possible to set things up for the last one, while not just being a “set up” book.

So far, progress has been encouraging. Without spoiling anything too much [stop reading this paragraph if you haven’t finished Kingdom], this novel will be the one where Shanti really starts to take control of things, starting to lead not just her crew, but hundreds and then thousands of people as she works to unite the Red Wild against Isaru and Shal. She has faced some disappointing setbacks and losses, but she’s picking herself up and is going punch back twice as hard.

I’m rereading the series again, trying to get an overall feel of everything (while trying not too wince too hard at some of the inconsistencies . . . I’ve been writing this series since late 2014, so I’ve mixed up a few details here and there). If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, Shanti has come a long way since the days the Hunters had her running scared, and now she’s getting to the point where she’s powerful enough not just to defend herself, but the entire world Anna came back to protect. It’s the part I’ve been most excited to write.

I’m very optimistic for the future of this work. I’m as happy as I’ve ever been with my lovely fiancee who is very encouraging and gives me a reason to do this, beyond my love for my craft or the need to pay bills. I’m very grateful to each and every one of my readers. My fan base isn’t exactly large, but it is very dedicated, and it gives me faith that I can keep doing this and makes me want to work hard to deliver you guys the best books I can.

I’m hoping to finish this one quickly . . . and certainly if I keep up this pace, it’ll be out before the year is over (don’t hold me to that!).

 

Chapter 45 of Kingdom

Posted: September 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hey guys, I’ve been informed there’s been a bit of an error with Chapter 45. It repeats the last half of Chapter 44, so when you get to 45, just skip it entirely. It’ll be a few days before Amazon can offer an update, and anyone who buys the book now will be getting the corrected version.
This was completely my mistake, a copy and pasting error I made while formatting the book, so you have none of my editors to blame, it’s totally my fault.

Thanks for understanding, and I plan on offering an update to everyone who bought the original book on Amazon, though that’s still a few days out.

Until then, happy reading!

Kingdom available on Amazon!

Posted: September 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

Kingdom has come to Amazon and GooglePlay!

Follow the link here to purchase.

Here for Google Play.

As of yet, the book isn’t out on Nook, Kobo, or iTunes because of some cover formatting issues. I’m hoping those can be taken care of, and the book will be out tomorrow in that case. Paperback will also take a few days as I figure out the formatting issues for Amazon’s new platform.

Happy reading and thanks for waiting!

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