First Draft Complete – Erafeen #3

First Draft Complete – Erafeen #3

I set a deadline for October 1st.

And here we are—September 17th—and I’ve finished the first draft of the third book in the Erafeen series … two weeks ahead of schedule. It’s 128,500 words, but expect that to grow with the second draft.

I’ve decided to turn the release of each book into its own theme of blog-worthy gifs. When I blogged about Erafeen #2 (The Untenable) throughout its editing and design process, I used an excessive amount of Michael Scott gifs (from The Office).

Expect a heavy dosage of Ron Swanson with Erafeen #3, and a sprinkling of other Parks and Rec characters.

Anyway, back on topic:

I went on a grind to achieve this. It involved drastic improvements to my work habits and self-discipline, but I persevered. It also helped that I was able to remove Halo (a video game) from my life. Now if I could only fix my energy drink addiction.

Yea, I’m talking to you, Red Bull and Nos.

But in all seriousness, energy drinks are the only reason why I can make it through the 60th straight night of writing without wanting to kill someone.

So what does this news mean?

It means that the goal to have Erafeen #3 release by January is more than realistic! The only roadblocks will be financial ones. We’ll see what happens.

I must also add that the transition between the first and second draft will be a lot different than those of The Jestivan and The Untenable. With those two books, I took so long to write the first drafts that there wasn’t much for me to add when I reread them. I wrote Erafeen #3‘s first draft at such supersonic speeds that I missed a lot of scenes that should be added to sure up the flow.

It should be an interesting experience. Instead of losing words, the second draft will likely end up significantly longer than the first. Then in the third draft, I’ll begin to trim the fat.

Well that’s the big news for the day. I kept my promise; no more long gaps between books. Don’t expect a title or cover design reveal anytime soon … Maybe by the middle to end of November.

And in the words of Archaic Director Senex, “Have an ethical day.”

Updates on Writing (9/6/2017)

Updates on Writing (9/6/2017)

Hey, Jestivan.

I promised everyone that while my blog posts may become less frequent now that I’m focused strictly on writing Erafeen #3‘s first draft, I would still post at least once every two weeks.

So here I am, fulfilling that promise.

Kind of. I’m a day past the two-week deadline. But you can forgive me … hopefully.

I might have missed my blog post deadline, but the great news is that I’m on cue to meet the October 2nd deadline I set for myself to have Erafeen #3‘s first draft completed. And that’s the one that really matters. I’ll refrain from giving out my current word count, but it’s up there. All you need to know is that the first draft will be done within the month.

As for the first two books in the Erafeen series (The Jestivan and The Untenable), they’ve recently been placed into Kindle Unlimited. That means they’re FREE to anybody who is a Kindle Unlimited member. Otherwise they’re $2.99 and $3.99 respectively (which is still very cheap, considering the amount of story in each book … Epic fantasy tends to be girthy).

Oh yea! The Jestivan and The Untenable have received a couple awesome reviews from two magnificent bloggers. I’ll link to their websites where the reviews are:

The Jestivan (Erafeen Book 1) – David F. Farris

The Untenable (Erafeen, Book Two) by David F. Farris

If you want to review my books on Amazon, Goodreads, or your personal blog, make sure to either leave a comment or shoot me an email (found on THE AUTHOR page). It’s likely I’ll send you one (or both) for free.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience while I try to get you Erafeen #3 as fast as I can!

Have an ethical day!

Word Count Stats for Past Month

Word Count Stats for Past Month

I was going to wait until I finished my writing today to make this blog post, but then I realized if I had done that, it would have been 32 days instead of 31—and that’s construing numbers, which I don’t want to do. So I’ll write this up now, before I begin writing.

31 days ago I made a conscious decision to crack down on my writing habits. I was only 4,000 words deep into the third book’s first draft.

My first book (The Jestivan) took 30 months to write at 120,000 words (the first draft). That’s a rate of 4,000 words per month, 903 words per week, 129 words per day … yikes. But let’s be honest, writing your first book is a huge undertaking.

My second book (The Untenable) took 18 months to write at 180,000 words (first draft). Crunch some numbers and you get 10,000 words per month, 2,258 words per week, 326 words per day. A lot better than my first rodeo, but still entirely too slow.

So far, with my third book (Erafeen #3), I’ve written 70,000 words in the past month (31 days).

I’ll let that marinate for a moment.

The Jestivan: 4,000 words per month, 903 words per week, 129 words per day
The Untenable: 10,000 words per month, 2,258 words per week, 326 words per day
Erafeen #3: 70,000 words per month, 15,806 words per week, 2,258 words per day (work-in-progress)

That is a staggering increase in production—exponential, really. What I wrote of The Jestivan in FOUR MONTHS I now write in a SINGLE WEEK.

Am I writing this to pat myself on the back? A little bit. I’m proud of what I’ve done. But I’m mostly doing this for you guys and girls—my readers. I’m letting you know that I’m dedicated to this process, and you should expect more books from me more frequently.

I’ve given myself both short-term goals and long-term deadlines.

Short-term:

  • Minimum of 2,000 words a day
  • Goal of 2,500 words

Immediate long-term:

  • Erafeen #3‘s first draft completed by October 2nd.
  • Erafeen #3‘s release by January 9th, 2018 (2-year anniversary of The Jestivan‘s release)

Future long-term:

  • Publish FOUR books in 2018 (Erafeen #3 being one of the four).
  • Make a living out of this (2019/2020)

I’m writing like this for both you and me. This is a voyage. Sure I’m captaining the ship, but my readers are my loyal crew. I can’t get through rough waters without you.

Until next time, have an ethical day.

P.S. Sad news, but The Jestivan is no longer free. It’s $2.99 on Amazon as an eBook.

General Updates (8/12/2017)

General Updates (8/12/2017)

Now that The Untenable (Erafeen, #2) has published, my blog posts might slow down, but I will definitely stay on a once-every-two-weeks frequency at the minimum. The reason they’ll slow down is because I’m focused on writing Erafeen #3, and that’s demanding almost all of my time that isn’t spent at my day job.

I want to start this off by announcing that The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1) won’t be free for much longer. Sometime in the coming days it’ll return to its regular price of $2.99 (sometime between 8/14 and 8/18). With that said, it’ll still be free to Kindle Unlimited users (I’ll be enrolling it in KDP Select). This also means that The Jestivan will only be available on Amazon/Amazon Kindle. You won’t be able to purchase it on B&N Nook, Apple iTunes, Smashwords, or Kobo.

The Untenable will also be enrolled in KDP Select, making it free to Kindle Unlimited users while limiting its availability to Amazon/Amazon Kindle.

This is the ideal  move for me with where I’m at in my writing career. Until I establish a larger audience, selling through other platforms isn’t practical. But I promise in the future—after I release more books—you’ll see me broaden my marketing reach.

Speaking of more books, Erafeen #3‘s first draft is growing longer and longer by the day. As of tonight, I’ve hit 57,000 words. That means I’ve written 53,000 words in the past 22 days … PHEW.

Love you, Thad.

This is great news for readers. A January/February release date is still possible. Hopefully I can up my pace even more over the next couple of months.

In other news: Game of Thrones has been awesome, Arrested Development is growing on me, Black Mirror is weird, and I need to make time to read.

I appreciate the readers who are subscribed to my email newsletter and have reached out to me to show their support. Seriously, thank you.

Anyway, I’m out. Good night and have an ethical day.

Updates on The Untenable and Book #3!

Updates on The Untenable and Book #3!

NOTE: Book #2 Pre-Order links, FREE Book #1 information, and Goodreads Giveaway link are at the bottom of post. Also, sorry if this post sounds a little jumbled, but I’m tired and am forcing myself to write this because … content for you guys and girls.

So there’s been a dead period in my blog posts for almost two weeks now, but I have a valid excuse! Seriously. Readers will be thrilled for my reasoning…

I’ve been writing Erafeen #3 non-stop (at least when I’m not at work or spending time with my lovely girlfriend). Let me throw some numbers at you super quick:

Two Thursdays ago (7/20), I decided to crack the whip on my writing habits. I was at a whopping 4,500 words in my first draft of Erafeen #3. Well that just wasn’t going to cut it. Fast-forward to today (8/3) and guess where I’m at now … 39,000 words.

That’s 34,500 words written in 2 weeks (14 days), or 2,464 words per day! I had set a quota of 2,000 words/day, so I’m beating it by nearly half a thousand more.

So yes, I’m beyond exhausted. excited for my readers. Erafeen #3 will publish a lot faster than The Untenable (Erafeen, #2) did after The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1). No more long gaps between books.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean Erafeen #3 is releasing next month. It’ll still take some time, but I’m thinking January 2018. Slow your roll, the second book isn’t even out yet.

Speaking of which, The Untenable releases in 3 days on August 6th! The eBook is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Apple iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords. There’s also a Goodreads giveaway of the paperback edition of The Untenable that ends on Sunday. FIVE WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN.

And a reminder that The Jestivan, the first book in the series, is FREE for a limited time. Expect that offer to end by the end of August. So for those of you who haven’t read it yet, hurry up and join in on the fun.

Anyway, thank you for the support! It’s grown exponentially over the past couple months, which has caused me to pursue this writing thing as my full-time career even harder.

The Untenable Pre-Order Locations
Amazon Kindle
B&N Nook
Apple iTunes
Kobo
Smashwords

Get The Jestivan for FREE:

Get THE JESTIVAN for FREE by signing up to the author’s newsletter!

* indicates required


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Untenable by David F. Farris

The Untenable

by David F. Farris

Giveaway ends August 06, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Goodreads Paperback Giveaway of The Untenable

Goodreads Paperback Giveaway of The Untenable

I’m running a giveaway for The Untenable (Erafeen, #2) on Goodreads until August 6th. You have 17 days to enter. Five copies will be shipped to randomly chosen winners, and you can be one of them. All you have to do is enter the giveaway below.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Untenable by David F. Farris

The Untenable

by David F. Farris

Giveaway ends August 06, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

If you haven’t read The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1) yet, be sure to sign up to my newsletter to have it sent to you for FREE!

Get The Jestivan (Erafeen Book 1) for FREE by subscribing to the author’s newsletter




You can also pre-order the eBook of The Untenable at any of these locations:

Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook
Apple iTunes
Kobo
Smashwords
Inktera

Pre-Order Locations for The Untenable (Erafeen, #2)

Pre-Order Locations for The Untenable (Erafeen, #2)

If you missed last night’s blog post about the cover, title, and release date reveal of Erafeen #2, READ IT. It’s a big update with a LOT of information (such as the book’s summary) and pretty pictures!

Here are a few of the headlines from that post:

Title: The Untenable (Erafeen, #2)
Release Date: August 6th, 2017
A single pretty picture:

While you’ll get more looks at the cover by looking at last night’s blog, you can still get a good grasp of it from this image. This blog post is more focused on giving you the pre-order links. Reminder that pre-orders are only for the eBook version. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until August 6th to buy the paperback. I will update the list as the links are made available to me.

Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook
Apple iTunes
Kobo
Smashwords
Inktera

Don’t forget that The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1) is FREE—as an eBook—on Kindle, iTunes, Nook, and Kobo.

Erafeen #2’s Cover, Title, & Release Date

Erafeen #2’s Cover, Title, & Release Date

The Untenable (Erafeen, #2)

Release date: August 6th, 2017
Pre-Order (eBook) on Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Smashwords, or Kobo
Add to Goodreads Bookshelf
More locations soon.

And there it is, ladies and gents. The Untenable is the second book in the epic fantasy series, Erafeen. I must once again thank Alessandro Brunelli for illustrating an absolutely stunning cover that perfectly captures the tone of this book.

The Untenable—while still fun, quirky, and magical—delves head-first into darker subject matter. The members of the Jestivan explore their somber pasts filled with heartbreak and tragedy as their families begin to enter the fold. And of course the world around them is falling apart during all of it.

One of the most exciting features of The Untenable is the introduction of the world’s magic system to the reader. Yes, you get a scientific breakdown and everything. On top of this, Kuki Sphaira’s rich history is further explored as power players around the world take their positions. Pre-Order the eBook on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Smashwords, or Kobo (more to come soon).

Here’s the summary of The Untenable:

Bryson LeAnce and the rest of the Jestivan just escaped death’s grips at the hands of a foreign king and his divine protector. But they needed help. Now they return to Phesaw limping and wounded with more loss than just pride: Phesaw is down a member.

Thankful to still be alive, the Jestivan begin training harder than ever while dealing with their own issues. When family strikes a chord with a number of members, they must navigate an ambiguous trail of morality and loyalty, and not lose sight of what really matters.

The world begins to reshape itself as centuries of peace finally hit a wall. With a king’s demise, the door has been blown open for a new leader. And power players across the world are trying to reach their hands into the pot, strategically positioning themselves to grab a spot atop the Light Realm’s bastard kingdom.

Meanwhile, Dev Assassins lurk in the farthest reaches of Phesaw’s campus, multiple kingdoms fall victim to unknown rogues, and a man’s forces grow in numbers as he sculpts a hierarchy to his hodgepodge crew.

While the eBook will be available for pre-order, the paperback won’t be available for purchase until the book publishes (August 6th). I’m sorry.

If you’re reading this and haven’t read the first book yet, then go ahead and grab a copy for free at Amazon.

Should I give you more pictures for fun? Okay.

Final Revision Layer Completed

Final Revision Layer Completed

I’m exhausted. Listen, I love my story, world, and characters, but when you read through a book five times in the span of two months, you kind of want to rip your eyes out of your skull.

With that said, it was worth it. It’s what you have to do to make sure you give the readers the very best. And now I have good news. The last layer of editing is completed. I’ve built, fine-tuned, and tested the content; now it comes down to polishing. That would be the formatting … or turning the manuscript into an actual book, adding the front matter (maps, table of contents, publisher information, etc.), and other little things that are necessary.

Meanwhile, my illustrator is making progress on the book cover. It is looking GORGEOUS. And once I finish formatting the book, I can give him the proper dimensions to finish the book’s spine.

We’re well on our way to Erafeen #2’s release, and I want all of you to stay tuned for the cover and title reveal because it’s coming within the month.

Man I’m excited. We’re picking off these roadblocks one-by-one.

I should be ashamed of how long it’s been since I last used a Michael Scott gif.

Remember that The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1) is FREE on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes/iBook, Smashwords, Kobo, and NoiseTrade. The paperback is also available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-A-Million.

And as always, don’t forget to leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads after reading my book. It helps more than anything else!

Well that’s it guys and gals. Thanks for motivating me to keep going. Have an ethical day.