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Thinking I’ll write a Novella

February 24, 2014 2 comments

What do you think? As Blood & Soul creeps every closer to being unleashed on the public, I’ve begun to outline the next book in the saga – the working title is “Out of Oblivion” – and yes! it is epic and awesome or I would not be writing it.

During a meeting with my good friend Dale Young, he suggested I write a short story or a novella from the same world but outside the series of books I have planned. The purpose being to give it away either by publishing it or getting people to sign up on my blog/website for a series of entries and give readers a taste of my style.

The story won’t be drummed up just for promo purposes. I already have two stories within the world of the Creed of Kings Saga that I’ve been chewing for quite sometime. I have a full time job so it takes me a long time to generate a solid story. I have confidence that both of these stories are compelling enough and should be written at some point. Both have great concepts.But one of my worries is that it will sprawl into yet another epic as I strive for awesome.

Bottom line is I’m giving the idea of writing a short story or novella serious thought. If I can control myself and keep it simple, it would also help with a feeling of accomplishment. It would be gratifying to actually write and publish another story fairly quickly. Let me know what do you think?

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What’s it About?

January 30, 2014 Leave a comment

In updating about my book, I’ve never posted much about the story itself. I will tell you girls out there it has love and longing and

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romance. Don’t think for one second that us guys don’t like that stuff, it just has to be done right, without the sap. I would not call it a family adventure. The story deals with some pretty brutal stuff. Would it be a date movie? Oh yeah! There is stuff in it for guys and girls. There is a lead male and a strong female character.

MV5BMTIwODk0NzQzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTEzOTc0MQ@@._V1_SX214_The only thing that comes close to the feel of it, and still way off, is a mix of Gladiator, Memoirs of a Geisha and Lord of the Rings. The look of it is late BC or early middle Ages with a Romanesque setting. I love historical fiction before gun-powder and it’s had a great influence on me. So the style of fantasy is what readers would call realism or hard-fantasy because it’s a logically consistent world that I made up as in A Game of Thrones or Wizards First Rule or Lord of the Rings.

It’s not an airy fairy silly romp with leprechauns and smurfs – a pox be upon them! It feels realistic and there is only a touch of fantasy but even that is linked to spiritualism and not potions brewed by witches. Gods and Goddesses are worshiped and there is human sacrifice, diverse peoples and religions populate the story along with some exotic beasts both good and evil. The main characters are searching to discover their purpose in life…and that’s as far as I will go for now.

The theme is embedded in the title, BLOOD & SOUL. The theme was inspired by one of my deeply held beliefs. But I handle the

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theme with a light touch. It’s not preachy at all. I strove to give the reader poignant emotional moments along with thrills, tension and suspense. Anyway …I need to get busy as I’m working on the final draft.

Self-Publishing, Editing and Concern

January 22, 2014 Leave a comment

After swearing to never self-publish I changed my mind a couple of years ago. But one thing I will never swear off is a valuable editor. One of the chief complaints I see about self-published authors is horrendous editing – if it’s been truly edited at all. Three weeks ago I received my manuscript back from my editor. I’m astounded by the improvements an objective eye brings to my story even after I had revised my work seven times. As hard as I tried I still needed help. I won’t compromise on quality when it comes to something I’ve slaved over to try to make it great. I don’t understand why more self-published writers don’t invest in an editor. If you truly cherish your story why would not want to craft it as near perfection as possible?

My book is going to be self-published. But I confess I’ve never been able to make it through a self-published book. Granted, there are probably some great ones out there. I’m concerned there’s a lot of people out there like me who won’t give a self-published author a chance. I wrote my book for a lot of reasons; one was for picky readers like me.

Another Step Closer to Publishing

December 30, 2013 4 comments

I received my manuscript back via email. This is what my editor had to say:

All done! Enjoy! And thanks again for this project, Allen. I loved editing this book, and I really hope I get to work with you again in the future! Keep in touch, I’ll be happy to help you with anything you need. Sincerely, Andrew,

That was not ALL he said. The email is huge with lots of instructions and notes. Now begins the process of refining, BLOOD & SOUL, this first book in the Creed of Kings Saga, for publishing. I’m a little more than a month away from my publishing goal. I’m not going to settle for second best. I’d rather take my time and publish during spring break the best book I can publish rather than in February a book that is less than the best. I’m chomping at the bit to start in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee.

 

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