Update on Book Stuff

Update on Book Stuff

Been a while since I’ve given an update, so I’ll knock one out really quick before I read myself to sleep. I’ll be finished revising the 1st half of Erafeen #2 by Sunday night, possibly earlier. I will send it to my editor on Monday and immediately begin revising the 2nd half while he has the 1st. That’s all I have for the 2nd book so far.

As for The Jestivan (Erafeen #1), expect the ebook to be free beginning June 8th or 9th. I don’t know how long I’ll allow it to stay free, but it’ll likely be for an extended period of time. Also, its availability will expand to Nook, iBooks, Scribd, and almost any other ebook platform you can think of. This is a massive update since it’s currently only available on Amazon Kindle.

Other things that I’ve discussed in the past weeks, but I’ll quickly repeat in case you missed it:

  • I’m reading Six of Crows. Expect a written and video review on it in the coming weeks.
  • The brand new cover design for The Jestivan released last week. It’s now available on Amazon.
  • My Goodreads Giveaway ended last week. The books are presently in the mail and on the trek to their new homes.
  • I’m on the hunt for Beta readers. If you are trying to be a beta reader for Erafeen #2, let me know by emailing me. You’ll find my email on the Author page.
  • Subscribe to my website for instant updates and exclusive offers. You’ll find it on the right side of the page.

Good night, loves.

Ekphrastic Poetry – Chapter 2 – A Boy’s Angel

Ekphrastic Poetry – Chapter 2 – A Boy’s Angel

When I had this idea a few days ago, I didn’t know what to call it, so I dubbed it “Theatrical Poetry”. But now I know the official term, so I’m changing the title of this series to “Ekphrastic Poetry”. Remember to listen to the song and absorb the image while you read the short poem. Enjoy.

“A Boy’s Angel”, Written by David F. Farris

I’m a divine warrior,
Only here because of faith,
A passenger of your mind,
Your heart’s manufactured wraith.

Yes, I bear wings and wield a sword,
Seems contradicting for an angel to speak of war,
But my enemies don’t spill blood or breathe air,
They’re the blights of your mind—
Doubt, Hate, and Nightmares.

I’m one of many forces steering you toward your fate,
And I’m not in the clouds, nor behind a pearly gate,
Heaven exists inside of you, that’s where I sit on my throne,
Son, your memories of me are what give me a home.

New Cover Reveal for The Jestivan

New Cover Reveal for The Jestivan

A few weeks have passed since the announcement of a revamped cover design for The Jestivan—Book #1 of the epic fantasy series, Erafeen. And I have superb news: it’s time for the official reveal and release of the new cover! Watch the video below to find out more.

Ekphrastic Poetry – Chapter 1 – Comets

Ekphrastic Poetry – Chapter 1 – Comets

I want to try something new. Something that will strengthen my skills as a writer while also breaking the mundane task of revising the early drafts of my book. I’m going to write poetry to orchestrated music that I find on Youtube—the songs that I like, of course. These songs will be accompanied by beautiful images. And I will write a poem that fits the song’s mood and image’s scene. Honestly, there’s probably an official term for this idea of mine, but for now, I’m going to name it Theatrical Poetry. (EDIT: I’ve come to learn the term is “ekphrastic poetry“)

Remember, play the song and study the image while reading the poem. This should be a fully immersive journey. For best results, start reading anywhere between 0:58 and 1:03, depending on how fast you read. Without further ado, here you go:

“Comets”, Written by David F. Farris

Whiskers, do you see it?
The setting sun,
The shooting star?
A universe unperturbed by the thought of our existence,
Its scale too immense for our thoughts to comprehend.

The sky is the ultimate touchstone of a person’s wisdom,
For their mind to be as vast as its limitless scope,
Their ideas as abundant as the stars held within …
Their dream as bright as the comet surging by—
Elusive and brisk, beckoning to be chased.

So I stretch for this sky,
A sea of infinite wisdom and ambition.
And you know what, Whiskers?
If not tonight, if not tomorrow …

I will catch that comet.

 

Progress Updates on Erafeen #2

Progress Updates on Erafeen #2

I’ve been doing really well at keeping this blog active over the past two months, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I haven’t posted much the past four days, but that’s because I needed to focus on editing/revising Erafeen #2 after the nearly two straight weeks of promoting and marketing The Jestivan (Erafeen #1), working with a new illustrator/designer on revamping The Jestivan‘s book cover, and building my blog, Facebook profile, and Youtube page.

In the self-revision process, I’m 174 pages deep into a 646-page Word Document that is the first draft of Erafeen #2. The pace has rapidly increased over the past four days, as I’ve made sure to drag my laptop around with me wherever I go. I may have even brought it to my parent’s house on Mother’s Day and slashed away at a dozen pages or so … Guilty.

Sorry, mom. I love you.

But these are the things you do when you realize where you should be headed in life. For the first time in my life, I’ve found what I truly love doing, and I’ve already taken the dive off the cliff. Now I’m simply working hard on making sure my parachute deploys.

That takes sacrifice on my part. Money, time, sleep, and several other intangibles that are subtle variations of what I mentioned already.

Once I finish revising the first 320-330 pages of Erafeen #2, I will send it off to my editor. As he works on that, I’ll focus on the book’s second half. This will streamline the process for me. That way when he sends back the first half with the suggested edits, I can send him the second half, then go through his edits of the first half while he does the second.

After that process concludes, I’ll send it off to beta readers. I already have a few lined up. They’ll nitpick at anything me or my editor may have missed, for our two pairs of eyes aren’t enough. While they may catch a couple typos or structural flaws, their focus will be geared more toward the story itself. They’ll let me know if a scene seems out of place, breaking the flow of the narration; if a character breaks character, creating an off-putting taste in the reader’s mouth; or–the worst foul of them all–if there are any glaring plot-holes or ass-pulls such as random acts of convenience to progress the plot … We do not want that. This is a character-driven story.

While it’s in the hands of beta readers, I’ll be in contact with my illustrator, Alessandro Brunelli, as he works on the cover design for Erafeen #2. I already have ideas, and he has plans on how to execute those ideas in the most artistic and appealing way. This is always one of the funnest steps in the process of publishing a book … seeing it come to life.

Then ARC’s of Erafeen #2 will be off to a few lucky people who will have the opportunity of reading the finished book before its release. After that, publication.

Sometime during all of this madness, I will finally unveil the second book’s title. I’m just not sure when yet. But don’t worry … all in due time.

If you’ve made it this far, let me remind you that there is a Goodreads Giveaway going on right now for The Jestivan, Book #1 in the Erafeen series. This is the last day. You have 22 hours. 3 winners will be chosen.

Good night, Jestivan.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Jestivan by David F. Farris

The Jestivan

by David F. Farris

Giveaway ends May 16, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

The Jestivan has a NEW COVER

The Jestivan has a NEW COVER

Let’s waste no time in showing you this beauty. And trust me, I have plenty of angles. Thank you to the amazing illustrator who created this masterpiece: Alessandro Brunelli.

So yes, it’s kind of exciting. The paperback cannot be purchased yet, but it should be available in the coming week to 2 weeks. The Ebook should be updated by tomorrow.

The ebook is $2.99.

Giveaway has begun!

Giveaway has begun!

The Goodreads giveaway has kicked off! You have until May 16th to enter to win one of three free paperback copies of The Jestivan. GOOD LUCK. Click on the thingy below to enter.

Also, The Jestivan eBook is $1.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Jestivan by David F. Farris

The Jestivan

by David F. Farris

Giveaway ends May 16, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

The Jestivan is $1! ONE DOLLAR.

The Jestivan is $1! ONE DOLLAR.

The success of the free eBook promotion for The Jestivan was so overwhelming, I wanted to keep it going forever. Unfortunately, I don’t have that option, but I can do the next best thing: I can mark it down 66% and make it $0.99!

I’m doing this for everyone who wants to prepare for Erafeen #2‘s release, which should be sometime during Winter 2017/2018. And I’m also doing this for anyone who might be hesitant. Take the leap and sacrifice that dollar that can’t even buy you a theater box of candy (sad days). With this price, anybody can get their hands on the eBook and enjoy the story contained within.

Here’s to you, readers. 93,000 words for the cost of $1. Check it out.

Also, the Goodreads giveaway starts tomorrow (May 9th).

New Youtube Page

New Youtube Page

Small update, but I decided to escape my old Youtube page that was cluttered with Halo (gaming) videos. You can now find anything about my book or author-related updates HERE. This means I have to regrow my audience on the video-sharing platform, so go ahead and subscribe to the channel. It’d be a huge help.

Other side notes:

  1. The FREE eBook offer for The Jestivan ends at the end of today (May 6th).
  2. The Goodreads Giveaway of 3 paperback copies begins in 3 days (May 9th).
  3. Still in the self-editing process of Erafeen #2.
  4. Nearing completion of The Jestivan‘s new cover art.

That’s about it! Enjoy your day!

If you were looking for bells and whistles in this post, I have nothing for you. At least not today.

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Book Cover SOON

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Book Cover SOON

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE….. Br-br-br-br-br-br-br-br-br-br … That doesn’t sound anything like a drum roll. Well, if there’s one thing you’ll learn from my blog posts, it’s that Michael Scott does it better, always.

In 2-3 weeks, The Jestivan will have brand new cover art! This time, done by a professional designer and not myself. However, I must say that my own design wasn’t that bad.

What does this mean for you, the readers?

Well it means hurry up and get your hands on a paperback of the current copy because it won’t be available for far too much longer. Then you’ll feel sad when the current cover becomes old, then vintage, then RARE AND VALUABLE LIKE THE LOST CITY OF…

Atlantis.

Ok, that might be an exaggeration. But the point is this: If you want the current cover, you have two weeks. Otherwise, you’ll have to settle for the newer version, and while it might look better, it won’t have that exclusivity.

Oh, and the eBook is still FREE until the end of tomorrow night. You can also purchase the paperback version at that link.

Other updates:

  1. I’m in the process of self-editing Erafeen #2 still.
  2. I recently made a short vlog, which I will link at the end of this post. If you want more vlog’s, let me know.
  3. Shout-out to my beautiful girlfriend.
  4. Shout-out to my mom.
  5. Shout-out to GBA
  6. I’m happy.