Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Give Me a Break.

Taxes paid. Ouch. Check is in the mail for the Audio down payment. Feeling the crunch, both temporally and financially. But good news! Apprentice Swordceror is on sale for the next week! Whether you're pinching pennies thanks to Uncle Sam, or have a refund burning a hole in your pocket, it's a great time to download Volume 1 of The Blademage Saga. On either side of the pond! Amazon .com and .uk!


Happy reading!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Full Speed Ahead!

Audio contracts in place, Jamie du Pont MacKenzie has been engaged to produce the first two volumes of 'The Blademage Saga'! I'll check first for permission, but will likely post links to his auditions here soon.

Print on 'Apprentice' is very close. Just a few checks to go through, and we can upload and request proofs. It would be serendipitous if it hit the same time as the audio.

I've started consulting in the Kindle formatting space, should complete my first job next month. Still kicking around the idea of other consulting avenues.

In the words of the Lego Movie, everything... well, you know.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Getting Wired for Sound

Well, things are still up in the air on the audio versions of the first two titles. The good news is that some of the narrators think I'm an OK guy whether or not they get the job. That's always a good thing, right? One even blogged about it here.
I expected a few responses, narrators eager to get their names out there any way they can, but there have been more thank-you messages than marketing ones. I'll try and compile the list of links this weekend.
Chances are I'll need two more full days to condense the list of potential narrators down to few enough to share at a BBQ to include friends and family in the selection process. With Federation obligations and dedicated writing days, that puts the BBQ toward the end of the month.
Strange. I sometimes look forward to the food more than the event... Not an option here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Progress Updates

New Business first: Book 3 is approximately 25% complete, in first draft. Writing is accelerating on it, and with a few working vacations planned(one later this week), things should start happening faster.

Audio production on Apprentice Swordceror and Journeyman Warsmith is close to becoming a reality. There are half a dozen producers I've flagged as maybes, with one or two as personal favorites. Since the newest audition rolled in about ten minutes ago, I still have twenty or more to listen to. I'll work more on cutting them down to about 5 total before letting anyone else hear them for their opinions.

Print versions: Still working on. Have asked around about font restrictions and am satisfied things will be okay with the new dropcap font, just need to get them inserted and triple check things for accuracy. It would be nice if the print and audio versions for Apprentice hit about the same time. It may happen, I know friends of ours have had issues with the covers on Createspace and have needed extra time to get things straightened out. We'll see.

Advanced Reading: I'll download the FAQ's from their website to take on vacation with me this weekend, along with the instructions. Should have tests worked up before I come back. How about this: I won't come back until they are ready to be input into the database. :)

X-Ray: This is for Sverre. I just looked into it this last weekend, and it looks like something I can work on a bit at a time. I would encourage other fans of the series to take a look at it and maybe contribute. No spoilers, just the facts? I'll try and see what other Kindle titles I have downloaded that utilize this feature and see how it works for them. Something like this would be helpful for me when writing as much as it would for someone reading.

That's about it. I plan on rounding up the names and links for some of the more promising producers I've been in contact with on ACX, and linking to them from here as a thank-you for their efforts toward producing my titles. I know it's not as good as being able to hire them all, but it's giving them access to my most important commodity, my fans.