I am making progress with getting Sunstone and Bloodstone out. Sunstone is ready to go. Got the final proof today. Perhaps there might be the first chapter of Bloodstone inserted at the back. Still thinking about that.
I’ve just about got the cover of Bloodstone finalized. I’ve got a couple edit runs to go and that one
will be ready. I’m afraid I’ll need it because Darkstone is likely to get a very thorough examination.
Anyway, here is the Bloodstone cover. I like it and I don’t think there will be much change before the third book in the Warstone Quartet is finished. The Bloodstone is a teardrop (or a blood drop, if you will) shape. Of the two swords, one is polished and represents youth and the other is well worn and represents age.
I live in Utah. There are a few writing conferences in the state during the year and I go to them on a sporadic basis. This year, I’m scheduled to attend all three days of LTUE (Light, The Universe and Everything), which is held in Provo, Utah. It used to be sponsored by Brigham Young University, but the last few years they have held the event off campus, so I don’t know if it still is.
The conference is February 12, 13, and 14 (Valentine’s Day). There are usually some very good sessions. If you run across me, say hello.
Now that the Warstone Quartet is going with the January publishing of Moonstone, I had intended to issue a book every month or two. However, I’ll probably accelerate that a bit. Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is already at the editor’s proofing stage. The cover is complete and shown here.
That means a probable February release for Sunstone. Bloodstone will follow after that, but it will likely need a few more writing passes than Sunstone. I would estimate a release towards the end of March.
My latest fresh novel is one I had started for NaNoWriMo, Mechanisms of Magic. I’m still in the draft mode for that book. I’d like to turn it into a three book series, but we will see. I’ve got the first book plotted out and that looks more like the plot of a standalone. I’ll know more by the end of January.
The Warstone Quartet has proven to be a lengthy undertaking. The first draft of Moonstone was completed in December of 2013. So it took a year to get published. However, I also published five books (including my three anthologies) between the first draft and the Jan, 2015 publish date and that included drafting the three other books of the quartet.
I still am considering doing some short story work. It’s good for generating novel ideas as well as good writing practice. My goal for 2015 is one decent story per quarter.
I’ve also got some revival work (sequels to previously written books) for The Power Bearer and another installment of The Nile City Adventurers series (I stopped at the first story and there are four planned.)
So I had problems getting Quest of the Wizardess turned into an epub. It turns out that the recommended method for creating an acceptable document for Smashwords doesn’t work with simple epub conversion tools. The primary problem is creating a table of contents using bookmarks and hyperlinks.
I ended up buying a epub creation and editing tool called Jutoh. It was recommended at a writers conference I attended last fall (IndieReconLive). I had to pick apart all of the bookmarks and blast through all of the hyperlinking. Along the way, I eliminated drop caps, which also got in the way. After I did all of that work, I was rewarded with a clean epub file which I was able to upload to iBooks.
Since I do my own publishing through CasiePress, I’ve had to learn to create job streams to accommodate various input engines. So now, I create in Scrivener. I export that to MS Word and use their spelling and grammar checker. Then I export that into InDesign for the creation of my print file for Createspace.
For ebook distribution, I’ll now export back to MS Word (Jutoh likes .docx files) and reformat for ebooks. That becomes my gold standard for input into Jutoh. For Smashwords and Amazon, I’ll create a separate file that has the bookmark/hyperlink table of contents and input .doc files. For Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBook, I’ll create an epub in Jutoh and submit that.
Lots of work, but I do that to have better control over my distribution.
Looks like that December arrival trickled over into January. Moonstone is now published and available at all major ebook outlets and as a trade paperback at Amazon.
It’s three companions in The Warstone Quartet should be coming out every few months.