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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
- The FREE eBook offer for The Jestivan ends at the end of today (May 6th).
- The Goodreads Giveaway of 3 paperback copies begins in 3 days (May 9th).
- Still in the self-editing process of Erafeen #2.
- 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.
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…
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.
- I’m in the process of self-editing Erafeen #2 still.
- 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.
- Shout-out to my beautiful girlfriend.
- Shout-out to my mom.
- Shout-out to GBA
- I’m happy.
I’ve seen so much success from this free eBook promotion that I’ve decided to extend it for two more days! The Jestivan is FREE until 11:59 P.M. PST, May 6th. Lost in all of this madness is the reason for me doing this: I completed the first draft of Erafeen #2 about a week ago, so this is my celebration gift to all of you.
Quickly posting this before I
sprint drive entirely too fast to work.
This is the LAST DAY to get The Jestivan eBook for FREEEEEEE. Click HERE if you want to grab it before it costs money again.
Also, the book cover will change in the coming two weeks. So if you want to make sure you have an original first edition paperback, you might want to purchase it within the next 7-14 days. You’ll never be able to get this cover again, and you’ll be able to say you have an original.
WHICH REMINDS ME.
I’m super excited for the new book cover’s reveal. It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
We’re also getting close to the start of the Goodreads giveaway for the paperback. Be on the lookout for that.