Hello, dear reader!
I’m pleased to announce that I published my fourth book today. The Tenth Reaver is the first book in a new series and is the result of a great deal of effort on my part. I’ve discovered that starting a new story after finishing a trilogy is no easy task.
I would like to pen a public thank you to my editor, Matt Feisthammel. He put a lot of work into this book, and there’s no doubt in my mind that his labors made this a better story.
Back in 2017, the primary motivator for publishing Rune Empire when I did was so that I could enter Mark Lawrence’s Self Published Fantasy (SPFBO) contest. My book did not make it very far, but I was overjoyed to be able to participate in the contest. After that, I set a goal for myself: finish the Runebound trilogy and have another series started so that I could enter the first book in SPFBO 2018.
Well, I got The Tenth Reaver back from Matt (my editor) today, and Mark Lawrence opened the contest for applications this morning. After working all morning, I produced a final manuscript and submitted it to the contest! Last time I checked, 125 of the available 300 spots were already filled. In less than eight hours!
So, I’m very happy to have finished the book in time to enter the contest, even if it came down to the wire. I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Click on the image below to taken to Amazon, where you can purchase the book!
Just a quick update. I finished the first draft of my fourth book last week, and I sent it off to the editor for the first round of analysis.
I hope to have the book finished in May, but I may delay publishing it for a month or two so that I can get a head-start on writing the sequel.
This next series will be called: The Shrouded King.
And the title of the first book in the series is: The Tenth Reaver.
First off, if you’re waiting for the print copy of Rune Legacy to be available, I apologize for the delay. Apparently, the website I use to publish the print copies of my books is experiencing a glitch where books are auto-flagged to have copyright issues by mistake. Rune Legacy was hit by this glitch and has been stuck in limbo for the past week. Hopefully, this issue will be resolved soon!
I learned a lot writing my first three books. Rune Empire was the first fiction I’ve ever written, and it was quite a struggle. I re-wrote the book three or four times over the course of a year. In comparison, I wrote both Rune Destiny and Rune Legacy from start to finish in about four months apiece. Outlines work!
I’m astonished and overjoyed that people like the books. I write for myself, but I also write for my readers. I want to craft the most compelling, engaging, and memorable stories and characters that I can for you to enjoy. It’s hard for me to look back at Rune Empire, because all I can see are the flaws. I know I can do better. I want to do better.
The Runebound trilogy may be behind me, I don’t intend to slow down. I’m already 30k words into a new book, which will be the first in a four book series. I hope to have the first book in this series published by the end of May this year.
Now that I’ve started writing, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop. I’m going to keep pushing forward. Thanks for reading, and keep your eyes on this space for updates!
I got up at 6am this morning and worked nine hours to get Rune Legacy published, and it’s now available for purchase on Amazon!
The print copy should be available in a few days.
I’m excited to finish the Runebound trilogy. I’ll write a more detailed blog entry sometime soon about my writing adventures thus far and what’s coming next!
I hope you guys enjoy it!
I just wrote the last word on the first draft of Rune Legacy!
It is complete at 122k words. After a re-write and line edits, it will be ready to publish!
Life is super busy for me right now, but I’m still plugging away on Rune Legacy, the final book in the Runebound trilogy. I’m almost halfway done with the first draft, and I hope to have the book ready to publish by the end of January. A full-time job and a growing infant mean my schedule is subject to change, but I’m committed to publishing this book as soon as possible!
Another update I’m excited to share is that I signed a publishing contract for the audio versions of the Runebound books this week. Podium Publishing is going to produce and distribute audio versions of Rune Empire, Rune Destiny, and Rune Legacy (when it’s complete). I could not be more happy to be working with them!
Anyway, I just wanted to post an update for the two people that might check this blog and wonder if I’m still alive.
I’m still alive, and I’m still writing!
I published Rune Destiny today! At 118k words, it is significantly longer than Rune Empire. From start to finish, it took me a little under five months to complete. If you had told me a year ago that at this point I would have two books published, I would have said you were crazy.
Anyway, I hope you like it! A hard-copy version should follow sometime later this week.