The Trials and Triumphs of an Independent Author

Today I will share with you, gentle reader, a brief glimpse into the trials and tribulations of a self published author.

Well I took the plunge and contacted, via their web page, KBOO here in Portland to see if they might have some time to fill with an unknown local author.  I’m very nervous about it.  I know that’s silly and yet here I am.    I was only going to mention my upcoming novel In The Flesh, but a friend suggested that The Shadow of The Hand of God was very timely and they might be interested in that too. So I checked out their FAQ to see about how to contact them and did so.

Then I discovered a huge GLARING error in the description for The Shadow of The Hand of God on Amazon and had to fix it.  Funny that my Kindle account had it correct.  Turns out Createspace, whom I specifically and deliberately instructed not to update to Kindle, overwrote my Kindle account.  Swine.  They did it after I’d had several other people double check the upload on Amazon from my Kindle account.  So I don’t know when the error crept in but I was utterly mortified and spent a good part of the day working to fix it.

Ok so that’s a bit of the down side which, really isn’t all that Earth shattering in the grand scheme of things.  I was still pretty stressed and embarrassed all day.  Moving on to better things:  I was actually in bed, all cozy and just about ready to close my eyes when I suddenly had an idea, nay not a single idea but verily a whole swarm of ideas for a prequel to In The Flesh.  So what could I do but get my iPad and jot them down?  And then–then I had an idea for what exactly is the issue in the sequel and a name change for the working title from Lorelei to The Ancient War.

Oh I’d had a vague idea of what was going to happen in the sequel and have even jotted down a very rough outline.  But last night was an idea bonanza.  They just kept coming.  I know the name of the issue.  I know how to start the book and I know what I want some of the characters to do.  It was a busy bit of sleep deprivation.

The long and the short of this being that what I started out to write as one book does indeed look like a trilogy now.  I will be busy for the foreseeable future.  And I promised myself I’d let myself write a space opera.  I guess it’s going to have to wait now.  Hopefully not too long because I really want to write one.

As always, I hope you enjoy reading, as much if not more, than I enjoy writing.  K.


Superbowl Sunday, Steampunk Ship for Book 2 and the Ending for In The Flesh Are On The Agenda For Today

Today is the Superbowl. The 49er’s and the Ravens will take the field for glory and the entertainment of fans everywhere. May they play well and without injury. We’ve got some great snacks planned here and have some people coming over.

While the game is on I plan to finish up the first draft of In The Flesh and give the final chapters to my copy editor. I hammered out the details of the final scene last night and just need to write them into the story. It is very exciting.

As a bonus I also hammered out the major story arc for book two which I’m tentatively naming Lorelei II or possibly Lorelei A after the steampunk style ship one of my characters has designed for their adventures. I’m seriously considering a steam powered rail gun to launch light weight gliders from the deck for reconnaissance over the coastlines of unexplored lands.

That is for another day though as I must finish In The Flesh first. Yesterday I spent the whole day tasking Google Earth to find and describe the final locations for In The Flesh and I am happy, very happy with what I’ve come up. I must confess I had to change one part of the book because I had beautifully described a pair of mountains only to discover they were no where near where I had put my characters. I am so glad I caught that before some alert reader did after I had published.

Anyway, enjoy the game, your friends and family those of you who make a to-do of Superbowl Sunday and thank you for your continued interest faithful and gentle readers. K.

In The Flesh and Cover Art Update

I’ve seen some preliminary sketches for In The Flesh and let me tell you they look amazing.  I’m tempted to ask the artist if they can do a quick one of the steampunk style ship the Lorelei II that shows up in the latter part of the book.  I don’t want to overwhelm her though.  She’s just good at what she does though.

In truth I’ve been in a bit of a slump.  I’ve been worried about how long this book is going to go.  I thought I was only a few chapters from the end but the closer I get the more loose ends I have to tie up and it just makes me wonder if I’m going on too much.  Once I stop worrying about that I find writing it a joy and it just flows.  So I’m having a bit of a conundrum as to what to do.  Do I just write it and edit out any extra?  What if it is still too long?  Is an arbitrary word count something I should restrict myself too?

Giving it much thought and with ideas and words just about bursting out of me I have decided to write it and let it be how lengthy it will be.  My beta readers have not complained, except occasionally about a chapter not being finished quickly enough for them so I will trust their opinion on the content.

Stay tuned to see where we shall go.