Tale of the Tape

Weekend Update: Second editions done, incoming sequels, and OMG! Kickstarter deadline!

This week has been a good one, for the most part.

My dog is doing well now and I have gotten both the second editions of Indomitable and The Opening Bell published!  Both excellent things and only the first steps to a lot more nice things coming down the aisle.  Now it’s on towards publishing some sequels, which should come by the end of the month.

In addition, I’ve gotten some nice reviews this week so the support and validation make for a happy writer.

The last big knot of anxiety is my Kickstarter.  If it doesn’t succeed, well, it will be a blow to the self-esteem, but not the end of the world.  The books will publish and I will undoubtedly open a second Kickstarter with a lower goal, more in line with what I have proven I can raise.  Still, if you read this and want to support it, there’s only 68 some hours left to do so.  We are so close to the goal, it’s still not out of sight!

Hope your week and weekend are going as well!

The Opening Bell 2nd edition is done!

The Opening Bell (2nd edition)

You can get it now on Smashwords for FREE!  It will also be live on Amazon.com within a day or two and then spread out from there through the Smashwords Premium distribution to a vast array of e-book vendors.

With the second editions finished, art work is now being prepared for The Tale of the Tape  and Indefatigable.  Expect them to hit the virtual shelves at the end of September!

Weekend Update: The cover to Indomitable 2nd edition!

Indomitable 2nd edition (cover)

Here it is!  From the talented hand of Felipe de Barros, here’s the cover for the second edition of Indomitable, releasing late this week on Smashwords, Amazon, and a ton of other e-book sites.  Next up will be the second edition of The Opening Bell, followed by the next book in both series.  All titles should be out by the end of September, then it’s on to the finales for both series!

Why the posts have slowed (IT’S A GOOD REASON!)

Anyone who reads this blog and is a writer will immediately understand the validity of my infrequent updating in the past month, so without further ado: The Muse has struck and struck hard.

As we all know, even professional writing can come in fits and torrents. Sometimes, no matter what, the words just won’t arrange themselves on the page. Other times, the only limit to the speed of your writing are the frailties of the physical world. This past month has been the latter. I have engaged in a hermetic lifestyle where the only things I do outside of writing is basic world upkeep and some small time with my family each day. Everything else has been devoted to my craft.

What that ultimately means is that by week’s end, Indefatigable will be finished, at least in the first draft manuscript. The Tale of the Tape should be wrapped up next week or, at latest, the week after. Looking at my files, I only started serious work on these a month ago so, really, this leaves me a bit dizzy.

However, all this writing is worthless (outside of my own personal satisfaction) if I don’t maintain social media stuff like this blog. As I have said before, I grow more and more understanding of the need for professional promotional services.

I’m about to tuck into the next chapter on my plate. Wish me luck!

P.S. If anyone who reads this and has gone down this same indie author road has any insights on ways to manage self-promotion and advertising, I’d love to hear that insight.