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So, Where Are We?

FAQ about Descent Into Madness:

When Can We See The Cover?:

The Cover reveal is on Friday, January 25th! Check here, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

Where Are You On The Book?:

Currently, I am in round 2 of edits. Then the manuscript goes back to my proofreader, then I make final (hopefully) edits. Then I usually read it aloud once or twice to catch anything else. After that, it’s done.

So When Are You Releasing Descent Into Madness?:

Hopefully early April. I’m trying to have it available in time for the Unbound Book Festival

How Many Books Will There Be In The Forgotten Years?:

Four. Not three, and five is right out.

Why Did You Make A FAQ?:

Because I was bored. This is as much for my benefit as it is for the 2 1/2 readers out there.

What Should We Read While We’re Waiting?:

Try out the first two chapters of The Last Available on Wattpad, here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/152509354-the-last-available

What Is Orvaril’s Favorite Color?:

Clear

 

The only other thing I have to say is, if you’ve come this far, you won’t be disappointed. Descent Into Madness goes pretty far off the rails, and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

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I’m a Tease!

I’m not ready to reveal the complete cover, because Descent Into Madness’ release date is still a few months away–early April, probably.

But I do so hate keeping everything to myself, so here is a small cover tease.

I think the cover, just like the book’s contents, is not going to disappoint. This third Forgotten Years book really opens up the world and, more importantly, all the characters.

Keep your eyes peeled because, sometime soon, things will move pretty quickly!

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Marketing Is Simple, Right?

You published your book and you’re ready to share it with the world! Hop on social media and let everyone know and it’ll be easy, right?

Here are the proper steps:

  1. Get on social media
  2. Gain lots of followers
  3. Let those followers know about your book. Do it again. Keep doing it.
  4. Wonder why it’s not working.

I see this constantly–more so on Twitter than anywhere else–and it’s possibly one of the worst strategies you can use. You can’t build readership by simply yelling about your book into the social media void over and over again.

I mean, the bots may totally love you and they might flock to you, but actual readers will drop you like a hot potato… covered in fresh cat poop. You know, the stuff that peels the paint off the walls and you wonder just what on Earth that cat ate.

So, please, stop using people as collectibles. They are not commodities to be scooped up and fed advertisements. It’s okay to market yourself and your boo, every now and then–we all do it, and it can be effective. We are not your unthinking masses who love to see how awesome your book is every other post. Connect and have fun and learn and grow from social media.

If you use social media the wrong way, you will fail and will probably find that your book is even harder to sell because you’ve alienated so many people.

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Progress!

I’ve been quiet here for a while. As I’ve said before, I only talk when there is something worth saying.

However, I also know that periodic updates are good. So here is one!

Descent Into Madness is nearing the halfway point of first-round edits. I’m telling you, this is probably my favorite book in The Forgotten Years series. There is a lot going on and the character development is monumental. Also, if you were missing Dalinil, I think you’ll be happy. I am thoroughly enjoying going back through this book and am even getting distracted reading it for fun when I should be editing!

The Last Available is getting some love when I can spare it. I may focus it down before starting The Forgotten Years, Book 4 [name redacted] because I am enjoying it so much! And, if I’m being honest, I think it might possibly become my most popular book when it’s released. But I’m getting ahead of myself, because I still have every chapter but six yet to write!

It’s been difficult to focus on writing and editing due to several things, but I so badly want to see these books finished, so my motivation is still really high!

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Orc Orc Orc!

This happy little guy is an orc From The Forgotten Years. His likes include: fighting, axes, and burning down elven villages.

His dislikes include: not fighting, and just about anything else that isn’t an orc.

(Thanks to Ashton Artform for yet another great piece of artwork!)

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Let the Editing Begin

Two blog posts in the span of one week! You’d think I was taking this whole writing thing seriously!

I figured I’d pop in briefly to say that I have finished writing Descent Into Madness! However, before you pop the champagne and make a terrible mess that I’m going to have to clean up (and no glitter, please), this isn’t the end.

While readers are that much closer to finding out what happens to Cor’il and his friends, there is editing to be done! Yes, it’s a dirty word and I try never to speak of it, but it’s also necessary.

However, this means that there is a chance that Descent Into Madness will make it out into the world before the end of 2018–a possibility that I am very excited about!