Crits are Back, Time to Finish

It’s the start of October and time to begin with the final edit of An Empire Forgotten: Alexiandrölarn. All the feedback is here and it’s now just a matter of working through the problems and doing a final clean-up on the manuscript. If everything works out it should be ready for publication before the end of the month.

Another project (almost) completed! Yeah!

Working through the second Ramble’s mystery Festival of Murder as well with chapter nine in the works as I type this. Still need to organize some of the final chapters so events line up as necessary but don’t yet see any problems there.

And finally, started work on AEF: Choy as well. Some of the comments for Alexiandrölarn mention that the appendix chapter, meant to kick off events in the second novella was too busy. I’ll look at it again and if I’m unhappy I simply make it the start of Choy instead.

Time to get back to work.

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AEF: Alexiandrölarn DRAFT Finished

After many months of work the initial DRAFT of AEF: Alexiandrölarn is complete. I’ll spend a couple of days fretting over the wording but it is for all intents and purposes complete, with all the plot threads (for this novella anyway) closed out, with only the critiquing phase to get through. Once comments and suggestions are back, then it’s the final edit and publishing. Crossing my fingers for a mid-October release.

Nice release year so far. A book (Built for Murder), a short story (Storms on an Opal Sea), and now a novella (An Empire Forgotten: Alexiandrölarn) real soon now.

Now it’s onto finishing Festival of Murder and starting the second novella AEF: Choy.

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Getting Closer on AEF: Alexiandrölarn

Only two chapters left to finally finish the AEF: Alexiandrölarn novella and both of those are nearly complete. Just some minor corrections to make sure everything comes together at the end and Bob’s your uncle.

Also, several chapters of Festival of Murder are being critiqued even as I write this and getting nice comments, with the usual list of things that I overlooked, like punctuation! I try so hard and it still acts like a slippery fish when I’m writing. Oh well, we do the best we can.

Meanwhile, the slow pace of sales on Built for Murder is mildly depressing. GoodReads has sent me a note saying they are stopping their ad campaign service and to request my money back. As of today there are over 3000+ views and zero (0) clicks! Argh! The Amazon ad campaign is slightly better. It at least is getting a few clicks which means people are checking it out but not buying. Maybe I need to rewrite the book blurb to make it more appealing?

Barring that, I am considering adding some releases to the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) so people with a subscription can at least read them. If I can get a few nice reviews that help sell the stories then it will be worth trying. No decision yet but am seriously considering it.

Have investigated and learned how to send drafts directly to my reviewers via the Kindle email on their devices or apps. That should make it easier on both ends to rapidly turn around updates and material. Got it to work on my iPad, now just need them to add my name to their Kindle sharing list.

Been a busy summer all around but I’m hoping all the hard work pays off in the end. If not with money then at least good reader comments and reviews I can put into my book of clippings.

Labor Day in the USA is upon us and then I’m scheduled for jury duty next week. That means I may be somewhat time restricted, but hey, my wrists need to take a break anyway.

That’s all for now.

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The 2019 Long Hot Summer

So, August just appeared on the calendar and see I’ve kept no one updated on events occurring over the last few weeks. So a summer update for those who are interested.

In release news things are plugging along. Not a lot of real interest in Built for Murder so far with only 5 sales to document. Am running several ad campaigns (Amazon, Goodreads) for it as well and while its thumbnail has appeared hundreds of times, it probably needs a kick in the pants rewrite as the view-to-click results are abysmal. OTOH, it generated the largest quarterly payment for any of my releases since I started publishing. Not disappointed yet, but will attempt to do some ad tweaking hoping to improve sales.

Storms on an Opal Sea has gone down without a trace as most short stories do. Nothing to brag about there and I remain hopeful some reader will come along, read one story, then purchase everything at one time just to fulfill one of my writing fantasies. Yeah, like that might happen. Am running an ad campaign for it as well that has so far been ignored by the viewers. Oh well, they’re missing out on a cracking good story.

Writing is moving along in fits and starts. Chapters for Alexiandrölarn are being reviewed almost weekly and the suggestions and comments have been helpful in making the story better. While I had the basic story written before I started the reviews, aspects have changed and require some rewriting of the last few chapters. Thankfully, that is coming along well, with lots of material already prepared that needs some skillful reinterpretation to make the scenes fit with the revised plot.

And finally, the Erich Rambles mystery 2’s previously completed Festival of Murder chapters have appeared on the review site seeking feedback. So I’m wasting as little time as possible to get another release out within a few months. If I’m lucky, both of the above projects will see the light of publication.

All this practice and critical reviews have helped me become even better at writing decent first drafts, which is always a good thing to happen. The less time I spend in rewriting the more material I can turn into the stories I want to share with everyone.

Hope your summer is going well. Have fun!

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