Beyond the GyreBeyond the Gyre has now hit the aether, available from Fictionwise, Amazon and all the other people on the side bar. For more details, check out the tab at the top of my blog!

Its always exciting (and nerve-wracking) for me when a new work is released. Especially this one, because there have been a few hang-ups and delays. This officially closes the book (ha ha bad pun I know) on Arkafina, and lends a sense of urgency to my latest writing. I had quite a big back log when I got my publishing contract, so I wasn’t too worried about production. But now I have only one book ready, and a single chapter of another.

Time to get busy!

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I am disappointed to report that the release of Ketha’s Daughter has been delayed one week due to circumstances beyond my publisher’s control. New date is April 28th. Stay tuned for updates.

Do you have a goal for your writing?

If you don’t, you should. But with a caveat.

Make it a realistic one.

You don’t see too many people who start running one day in their thirties or forties and then suddenly decide they are going to enter the Olympics and win a gold medal. But I know of quite a few people who think they can write a book or two and get published by a major NY publisher with a fat advance. In truth the odds for success are just about the same for the above two scenarios. (more…)

I have finished my last perusal of Book II, and found a distressing number of things I wanted to change. So I made the changes, looked at it quickly one last time, and sent it off to my publisher. I never know when to call things finished. How do you tell when something is good enough? I am sure, if I were a painter, I would stand for hours before my canvas, applying little bitty dabs of paint here and there, trying to get the picture “perfect.” But would I know when to quit? I don’t think so. (more…)

I used to think that getting a publishing contract would be the end of my struggles as a writer. Of course, now I have one, I see that it is only a way point on the road to becoming…

What?

Being published was my goal. It has happened. Now I must find a new goal. I have some ideas: (more…)

After a lot of hard work and three rounds of editing, the publication date for Heart of Hythea has been set for December 3rd. I will add more details as I find them out.

I have been busy over the past few days editing book 2, which is due at the publisher after the new year. I still have a lot of work to do, creating a glossary, and a comprehensive map of the territory covered in the book. I also did a map for Book I. Drawing maps is quite difficult, but fortunately I took cartography in college so I have a little bit of knowledge in that department. I’ll talk about that in a separate entry.