Posts Tagged ‘self-publishing’

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Done? Really?

October 31, 2008

JLY and I just submitted the Word document with the entire novel to Booksurge late last night… Fingers crossed that there won’t be any problems, and we’ll get it out in time for people to buy as holiday presents! What could be better than sharing SFA with someone you love, like, or barely know? (Really, we’ll take anything…) … Please? ^_^

JLY and I have worked extremely hard to improve the story from what’s on the website. There are new scenes, tons of cleaned up plot lines, and a veritable barrage of properly-used commas. We’ve agonized over making it the highest quality story possible, so we really hope you enjoy it. In particular, anyone who has been bothered by inconsistencies, wished for more details about the world, or wondered what happened to Fell for the middle part of the book should definitely read it!

So if you’ve enjoyed the website, if you’ve enjoyed the story, please save a spot on your bookshelf (and perhaps even a place on your gift list?) for SFA! We’ll let you know as soon as the book is available for purchase– hopefully it’ll be early December or late November!

KL

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Self-Publishing, RSS, Facebook, and Fell

August 24, 2008

Thanks again to everyone who’s been commenting and emailing. KM Ricker, JLY, and I were very encouraged by all of the feedback!

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on the non-writing side of SFA. We called a couple of self-publishing companies and spent a few hours talking to each of them so we could figure out what the best company for us would be. After much debate, we decided to go with Booksurge (as David Dunham even recently recommended). We picked Booksurge for several reasons, including the book size (smaller, and more like real fantasy books), and the price buyers pay (which should end up being lower than other companies). The process takes a couple of months to complete, so when it’s available to buy, we’ll be happy to let everyone know!

On top of the self-publishing research, JLY and I also spent many (too many?) hours bashing our heads against the RSS feed, but we finally got it working, so SFA now has an RSS feed. Sign up and stay on top of all the upcoming SFA news. =)

Lastly, you might have noticed that SFA has a shiny new Facebook group, so you can join up and discuss SFA on facebook with other readers, or just show your support. =D Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far!

Whew. Well, hopefully this week it’ll be back to writing. Rai’s prologue will be posted on Friday, so we can see how Eastridge’s resident charmer spent his summer. After that, it’ll be time to dive into the first chapter!

By the way, there have been a few emails and comments asking about why Fell isn’t more involved in Book 1. Originally, we had a few more things planned for him and for the Warrior major, but as it was we felt we were taking too long to get to the actual overarching plot, so we decided to push some of it to the second book.

So, JLY and I have previously talked about this imbalance, and as we’re editing the book, we’ve been looking to see if we can balance the narrative a bit more evenly while still making sense and without getting too side-tracked. So, it’s something we’ve definitely been thinking about and looking into, although I’m not sure what the end result will be. I can, however, say that we’ve got lots of plans for Fell this year.

KL

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8/8/08 and Thanks…

August 8, 2008

As we’re posting the beginning of book two, I want to take a minute to say thanks everyone who’s commented on the blog or sent us an email. I have to admit that there are days when JLY and I start to feel burned out, and hearing that there are people out there who like our story gives us the motivation to push ourselves to work harder, make the scenes better, and keep writing instead of taking a break to play Soul Calibur IV. ^_^*

You might have noticed that SFA doesn’t have any ads, anywhere. And, while we certainly wouldn’t mind someday making ridiculous amounts of money off of our writing, for now, we’re just writing for the love of telling the story. When we hear from readers, it makes the hard work worth it, and inspires us to keep at it. So, thanks to everyone for the emails and the blog comments. We appreciate it more than you know.

To answer Lana’s question (in a comment on the previous post), JLY, KM Ricker, and I have thought about self-publishing the novel, and we’re hoping to pick a publishing service and get a physical copy of the book out there in circulation. We spent part of the last month going through and editing the entire novel– adding some scenes, polishing some of the rough places, and (hopefully) catching all of the typos. If we do end up publishing it, I hope everyone picks up a copy!

But, in the meantime, if anyone out there enjoying the story would like a way to support us, I’d like to put in a shameless plug for you to tell a friend, or a couple of friends, or everyone you know, about SFA. ^_^

In other news, it’s 8/8/08, and that means that we’ve started posting the second book, which actually has a title, and a good one, at that–The Stolen Sword. It took JLY and I longer than I’d like to admit to come up with that title… Someday we’ll post up the outtakes, but probably when they’re no longer massive spoilers for the plot…

We’re starting off this book with a look at a few of the adventurers’ summers, and writing these prologues has been a lot of fun. I hope it’s as much fun to read as it was to write. While the big scenes that JLY and I write have more energy and more excitement, there’s something nice about stepping back, focusing on just one character, and meandering through his or her life, picking up details at random to examine.

Also, in scenes with more than one character, we usually don’t get to spend much time inside any one character’s thoughts, seeing how they see the world. It’s nice to have the freedom to ditch the neutral perspective once in a while and jump into a character’s perspective.

So, this week, it’s Fell. Next week you can catch a glimpse of Averi’s summer. Hope you enjoy it!

KL