This is exciting for a few reasons. Obviously it means I’ve completed another step of the editing process. The third draft is almost finished. I have to go through his edits of the second half of the book (the first half has been done). I just spent the last 4 hours doing that and made a lot of progress, so that should be finished in the next couple days.
Once that’s done, it’s on to simple proofreading—finding the few typos that might still exist or fixing minor grammatical errors.
But the REAL reason why this news is so exciting is that it means I get to reach out to my illustrator now! What does that mean for all of you? You’ll be getting a book cover and title reveal in the coming weeks! HELL YES. FINALLY.
This also marks the beginning of formatting. I’ll work on typing up the book’s front matter (title page, copyright page, chapter list, maps, etc.) and making sure the interior looks clean.
IMPORTANT: IF ANYONE WANTS TO READ ERAFEEN #2 BEFORE ITS OFFICIAL RELEASE, LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR EMAIL (or you can email me by using the address on my author page). I can’t promise everyone a copy though. And the catch for receiving an early copy is that you must review it (Amazon or Goodreads) when the book publishes.
I’ve made progress on my side project (a secret novel). However, that might slow down now that I have Erafeen #2 back in my hands since that will receive my focus.
The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1) is FREE on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Apple iBooks/iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, and Noisetrade, or by subscribing to my email newsletter (which would be awesome if you did).
As an author, of course I love to read. Here’s a little review for you guys and gals.
Um, brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
There was a depth to the characters that is hard to come by in YA fantasy. Each character had their own quirk, their own persona that made them them. There were no cookie cutter molds that they were shaped from, and Bardugo did a fascinating job avoiding a lot of the stereotypes of YA fantasy.
I’m not going to say too much, but this was such a breath of fresh air. Kaz Brekker and Inej are two of the most brilliantly crafted characters, and the dynamic between the two of them is orchestrated beautifully–once or twice it’s touching, sometimes it hurts, most of the time it’s frustrating in the most alluring of ways for a reader.
Downside? The ending was very, very predictable and there weren’t any breathtaking twists, which is the reason for my 4 stars instead of 5 … lots of in-your-face action though. But the journey you take with the characters should make up for it.
I’ve found myself working on my secret novel over the past few days while my editor has Erafeen #2. After finishing the first draft of Erafeen #2 a couple months ago, I wanted to make it my mission to up the efficiency of not only my editing, marketing, and promoting of the book, but also any of my future writing—the most important aspect as an author.
And I’ve been doing well so far. Granted, I’m not writing 8-10,000 words a day, but I’m up there. And with each day, it becomes easier to write more words. It’s something you must train your mind to be able to do. Use the force, you feel me?
That’s all I have for now. I simply wanted to let everyone know that I didn’t forget you, so I wrote up a quick little blog. The Jestivan is still free on every major platform or by subscribing to my Email newsletter. Make sure you check it out.
A lot has happened over the past couple days, or at least it feels that way on my end. It may not look like much when I explain and show it all, but believe me when I say it was a pain in the rear end to figure out.
The gist of it all is this: The Jestivan is free (as an ebook—paperback is still $11), and there are countless ways to grab the deal. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, there are a slew of websites participating—and yes, I mean the big ones such as Kindle (Amazon), Nook (Barnes & Noble), iBooks (Apple), Kobo, and Smashwords. You can also find it on NoiseTrade now.
But I’ve added another option today by starting an Author’s Newsletter. If you SIGN UP, you’ll instantly receive a PDF of The Jestivan (Erafeen, #1) for free. Then on top of that, you’ll be the first to receive updates and offers from me. Release dates, book cover reveals, pre-order links, blog posts, and anything else that might be of major importance … Newsletter subscribers get them first … Those perks. Even Professor Snape is loving his subscription!
In other news, I’ve been illustrating maps for the relevant kingdoms in Erafeen #2. These include the Passion, Archaic, Still, and Cyn Kingdoms. The Dev and Intel Kingdoms, of course, were already made for The Jestivan. With Kuki Sphaira (the world that Erafeen is set in), there are several maps since the world is a ball of air with floating islands. (If you want to learn about the world, click HERE.)
Also, always remember that an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads (or any of the platforms my book is sold on) is more beneficial to me than anything else as an author.
It didn’t take as long as I expected it to. Yesterday I shared news that The Jestivan (Erafeen #1) is FREE on iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Well now you can add Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook to that list! Book #1 in the epic fantasy series, Erafeen, is FREE on all platforms, so you have no excuse to not grab a copy in preparation for Erafeen #2‘s release at the end of the year. Here are the links:
Now for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook users, it’s going to take a few days before it’s listed as free. They’re a bit more meticulous in their approval process. But trust me, your turn will come, and I will make sure to update all of you when it happens!
Whew, you’re still here? Great. That GIF was risky. I was worried you’d be distracted by Jensen Ackles’ handsome face and forget to keep scrolling.
The past six weeks have been packed with an average of three hours of editing a night. Now I’ve finally hit a point in the editing process of Erafeen #2 where I can relax for a moment while my editor has the rest of my book. He has the second half, and I’ve already finished going through his edits of the first half. But you can bet your ass that I’ll be right back at it when he sends me the rest. We’re on a roll baby.
I’m going to finally finish reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, do a little writing for my secret novel project, and begin illustrating the maps for Erafeen #2. I might even start up the first draft of Erafeen #3. Who knows how ambitious I might feel in the coming days? Ever since I cut Halo out of my life a couple months ago, my productivity and efficiency has skyrocketed.
Sorry, Chief. I don’t need you anymore.
That’s all I got for now. I’m not saying much about the secret novel. Just know that it’s completely unrelated to the Erafeen series and the world of Kuki Sphaira.
Anyway, I’m signing out. Wake me when you need me.
P.S. If you read my book, remember that an honest review is always appreciated.
Tonight I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
It was fantastic. It was hilarious. It was touching.
Then right after the ending credits rolled, my phone vibrated with great news! My editor ALREADY sent back the first half of my book. He killed it … literally. There’s red all over the place. What sucks about this is that I still have a good amount of the second half of the book to edit before I can send it to my editor … so it’ll be a couple weeks before he gets the rest of it in his hands.
But that also means when I do send him the second half, I’ll already have the first-half with his edits to look through.
This news also has the potential to move the release date forward. My original plan to have Erafeen #2 release in late December was based off my assumption that the editor would have it longer. Maybe … just maybe … it can release in November.
I’m a tease.
In other news, The Jestivan (Erafeen #1) will be free as an ebook starting June 9th. THAT’S IN FOUR MORE DAYS, PEOPLE.
I finished editing the first half of Erafeen #2 yesterday night, so I sent it to my editor today. This isn’t necessarily a HUGE milestone, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. That means I commence editing the second half tomorrow while my editor works on the first.
I’m pleased with the time I’m making so far. I’ve learned from my first rodeo back in 2015 when I was working toward publishing The Jestivan, and now I’m streamlining the process while not having to guess at what I do next. Basically, I’m very ahead of schedule.
In other news, I’m depressed. After years of neglecting the hype, I finally hopped on The Office bandwagon a couple months back. And I’ve loved it with all of my heart.
But now, as I head into the 9th and final season, my heart is broken from the conclusion that I know is nearing. These will be sad days. And even though it’s not the same with Michael Scott no longer in the picture, it’s still amazing. Dwight, Jim, Pam, Stanley, Andy, and the rest of the ensemble could have kept this show going for four more seasons in my eyes.
Anyways, that was a tangent.
Erafeen #2 is making its way through the revision phases, and The Jestivan (Erafeen #1) will be free as an ebook, starting June 8th.
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.
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.