I have received the copy edit of Angst and made the corrections that were needed. I will be formatting it for publication today and plan to publish it tomorrow (June 4) as an e-book. There may be a brief delay before I publish the print version on CreateSpace.
I haven’t thought much about writing over the past week or two; instead, I’ve been working on my Summer courses, watching TV, and playing a few computer games. It’s been a rather nice change of pace after being immersed in Angst for the past two months. 🙂 I expect to get back to writing shortly (perhaps by this weekend), but I don’t really feel like starting a major project (novel, series). Since I already have about 25% of a sci-fi short story collection done, I’ll probably finish it this summer. However, I’ve also been thinking a little bit about the sci-fi novel I put off writing while I worked on my Angus the Mage series; I might do that, instead. Oh, and writing a little poetry here and there.
Before I tackle another fantasy project (novel or series), I will have to do some thinking / planning for it. There are opportunities for a spin-off series or two related to the Angus the Mage books, but I haven’t really thought much about those possibilities yet. At the very least, I will need to know how the story will begin and end before I start writing a novel, and if it’s a series, I’ll also need the basic plot idea for each of the books. Right now, all I have in mind are a few notions, like writing about Giorge’s past or writing about the war that is about to break out in Tyr, and they are a starting point for thinking, not writing. So, as I work on the stories this summer, I’m also going to toy around with possible ideas for fantasy novels / series. I might even start writing one if the idea inspires me enough to do it, but don’t count on it. A project of that sort is more conducive to the Spring semester, when I have a minimal course load.
I have most of the things I need to do for my Summer classes in order (except grading and responding to student e-mails), so when my sister finishes the copy edit for Angst (she’s about halfway through it), I shouldn’t have too much trouble getting it ready for publication. There’s even a pretty good chance that I’ll make my target date of June 4 (the anniversary of publishing The Tiger’s Eye).
When I publish Angst, I also intend to do the following:
- I intend to replace Angus the Mage: Books 1, 2, and 3 with the completed series.
- I intend to publish Books 2-4 as a set.
- I intend to publish a Bonus Pack that includes the four books of the Angus series and The Drunken Wizard’s Playmates.
- I might increase the prices for Books 2, 3and 4 to compensate for making The Tiger’s Eye free, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.
Angst, Book 4 of my Angus the Mage series, is in the hands of the copy editor. Hopefully it won’t take too long for her to get through it. (She has another project that has a higher priority, but it may not have come in yet.) Will give another update when I know something.
In the meantime, I’m going to take some time off from writing to relax and then do prep work for my summer classes. Then I’ll have to decide what to do as my summer project(s). I need a break from fantasy, so it will probably be science fiction and poetry. The only question is whether I’ll do a novel or write a collection of short stories. Will let you know what I decide.
After talking with my mom about my book, I have decided to abandon my working title for Book 4 of my Angus the Mage series. Instead of calling it The Spiders Bite, I am now going to call it Angst. I think it is a more appropriate title, especially since my mom was wondering why I was calling it The Spiders Bite (it helped me to focus while I wrote it, but it may be too vague for the reader).
With the exception of revising the last two scenes that I wrote today, The Spiders Bite is ready for the final proofread, and I’ll probably start on it tomorrow. If I do, it should be off to the copy editor by the end of the week. Hopefully she’ll be able to work it in to her schedule quickly; if she doesn’t, it may be a while before she gets to it. Then it will just be a matter of getting the cover and publishing it. If everything goes really well, I might even be able to get it published before the end of the May….
I should have the penultimate draft of The Spiders Bite (I may change the title) finished by Monday or Tuesday. Once I get it done, I’ll send the rest of it to my mom for feedback (she’s already read the first three sections, but I haven’t talked to her about the third one yet). Then I’ll let it sit for a couple of days before I proofread it and send it to my sister for the copy edit. Depending on her schedule, I might be able to publish it on June 4, which is the anniversary of the day I published The Tiger’s Eye.
I just finished the third section of The Spiders Bite and sent it to my mom for some feedback. It’s up to 113,000 words and the next section will wrap up the last of the plot threads in the series. I’m pretty happy with what I have done so far, but I’ll have to wait and see what my mom has to say about it. So far, her comments have been pretty good ones.