Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'm Releasing a 2nd Edition. Here's Why:

In August 2012 (about 20 months ago), I self-published my epic fantasy novel Crimson & Cream, first book in The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy. Since then, I've written book two of the series; Mirrors & Mist. Because Crimson & Cream was originally edited in the late 1990s, I needed a new editor for Mirrors & Mist. Since it's the second book of the series, I asked my new editor (the talented +R.J. Blain) to read Crimson & Cream in preparation for the second book. Not surprisingly, she had plenty of great suggestions for Crimson & Cream, which I decided to incorporate into a new edition of the novel.

Although the core plot of Crimson & Cream remains the same, the way the story is told changed in many subtle, but significant ways. With the guidance of my editor, I addressed the following major weaknesses:
  • Replaced the abundant 'head-hopping' with consistent point-of-view (POV) scenes. 
  • Removed a large amount of information dumps.
  • Improved immersion by replacing much of the 'telling' with 'showing.'
  • Removed the purple prose.
  • Developed the secondary characters more fully.
  • Increased the conflict and tension, primarily in the first half of the book.
I also solicited several beta reviewers and have incorporated their feedback. In addition to the editorial improvements, a new cover, glossary, and world and regional maps are included. The maps and cover improvements were also prompted by reader suggestions.

I honestly believe what was a pretty well-received novel in 2012 (by the few who read it) is now a significantly better read. Crimson & Cream is still a classic swords and sorcery coming-of-age adventure set in a traditional fantasy setting. However, the second edition is less cliche and derivative. Even though the world still contains familiar creatures like trolls and goblins, Crimson & Cream is a character-driven novel, and the characters--not the monsters, setting, or magic system--are the story's focus.

When I released Crimson & Cream almost two years ago, I was a newbie and novice in every sense of the word. I had tried traditional publishing around the turn of the century and even had an agent for about a year, but nothing ever materialized. So when I decided to self-publish, I was not only low on self-confidence, but also very uneducated in self-promotion. I was too worried about failing and not prepared enough for success. 

I had no idea how to market a book (and I'm not sure I do now, but I have tons more things to try). My first release launch consisted of me telling my wife "Hey, I just self-published an e-book." Even with the non-existent launch and marketing plan, I sold a few books and received several decent (or better) reviews.

So in conjunction with the upcoming release of Mirrors & Mist, I'm going to re-release the new and improved version of Crimson & Cream, and launch and market it like I should have done the first time (cover reveal, ARC reviews, blog hops, and more). My plan is to be as transparent as possible (hence this post) and not try to 'trick' anyone into thinking Crimson & Cream is a brand new book (just new-to you!). Anyone who purchased the first edition of Crimson & Cream can receive the new version for free just by asking (although it's not necessary to re-read Crimson & Cream, as the plot resolution and character outcomes are unchanged).

My schedule is to release the second edition in mid-July 2014, and follow up by releasing Mirrors & Mist later in the year, with the intent of finishing the third book, Warlock & Wyrm, in 2015. If you're interested in reviewing the ARC or getting involved as a beta reader for Mirrors & Mist, please let me know, as I appreciate all the help I receive. I'm grateful all the support I've received from the indie community and look forward to learning and sharing into the future. 






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May 2014

In August 2012 (about 20 months ago), I self-published my epic fantasy novel Crimson & Cream, first book in The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy. Since then, I've written book two of the series; Mirrors & Mist. Because Crimson & Cream was originally edited in the late 1990s, I needed a new editor for Mirrors & Mist. Since it's the second book of the series, I asked my new editor (the talented +R.J. Blain) to read Crimson & Cream in preparation for the second book. Not surprisingly, she had plenty of great suggestions for Crimson & Cream, which I decided to incorporate into a new edition of the novel.

Although the core plot of Crimson & Cream remains the same, the way the story is told changed in many subtle, but significant ways. With the guidance of my editor, I addressed the following major weaknesses:

  • Replaced the abundant 'head-hopping' with consistent point-of-view (POV) scenes. 
  • Removed a large amount of information dumps.
  • Improved immersion by replacing much of the 'telling' with 'showing.'
  • Removed the purple prose.
  • Developed the secondary characters more fully.
  • Increased the conflict and tension, primarily in the first half of the book.
I also solicited several beta reviewers and have incorporated their feedback. In addition to the editorial improvements, a new cover, glossary, and world and regional maps are included. The maps and cover improvements were also prompted by reader suggestions.

I honestly believe what was a pretty well-received novel in 2012 (by the few who read it) is now a significantly better read. Crimson & Cream is still a classic swords and sorcery coming-of-age adventure set in a traditional fantasy setting. However, the second edition is less cliche and derivative. Even though the world still contains familiar creatures like trolls and goblins, Crimson & Cream is a character-driven novel, and the characters--not the monsters, setting, or magic system--are the story's focus.

When I released Crimson & Cream almost two years ago, I was a newbie and novice in every sense of the word. I had tried traditional publishing around the turn of the century and even had an agent for about a year, but nothing ever materialized. So when I decided to self-publish, I was not only low on self-confidence, but also very uneducated in self-promotion. I was too worried about failing and not prepared enough for success. 

I had no idea how to market a book (and I'm not sure I do now, but I have tons more things to try). My first release launch consisted of me telling my wife "Hey, I just self-published an e-book." Even with the non-existent launch and marketing plan, I sold a few books and received several decent (or better) reviews.

So in conjunction with the upcoming release of Mirrors & Mist, I'm going to re-release the new and improved version of Crimson & Cream, and launch and market it like I should have done the first time (cover reveal, ARC reviews, blog hops, and more). My plan is to be as transparent as possible (hence this post) and not try to 'trick' anyone into thinking Crimson & Cream is a brand new book (just new-to you!). Anyone who purchased the first edition of Crimson & Cream can receive the new version for free just by asking (although it's not necessary to re-read Crimson & Cream, as the plot resolution and character outcomes are unchanged).

My schedule is to release the second edition in mid-July 2014, and follow up by releasing Mirrors & Mist later in the year, with the intent of finishing the third book, Warlock & Wyrm, in 2015. If you're interested in reviewing the ARC or getting involved as a beta reader for Mirrors & Mist, please let me know, as I appreciate all the help I receive. I'm grateful all the support I've received from the indie community and look forward to learning and sharing into the future. 






Friday, May 16, 2014

Release Day Shenanigans: Inquisitor by R.J. Blain

In this post, I showcase indie author R.J. Blain, whose latest novel "Inquisitor" releases today, which also happens to be her birthday (Happy B-day!).  R.J. is the author of the novels The Eye of God and Storm Without End.  R.J. is also a mainstay on Google+ and hosts an excellent blog called "On Writing," which is packed with great content.  Below, please enjoy the blurb, bio, and an excerpt from Inquisitor.  And then buy a copy for yourself!

Inquisitor Book Blurb:
When Allison is asked to play Cinderella-turned-Fiancee at a Halloween ball, the last thing she expected was to be accused of murder on the same night. She has to find the killer and quick, or she'll be put to death for the crimes she didn't commit. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves.
On the short list of potential victims, Allison has to act fast, or the killer will have one more body to add to his little black book of corpses.
There's only one problem: One of the deaths has struck too close to home, and Allison's desire for self-preservation may very well transform into a quest for vengeance...

Author R.J. Blain Bio:
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She also has a tendency to play MMOs and other computer games.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.


An Excerpt From Inquisitor:
Caroline was either the best actress I’d ever seen, or she was really dead. I crouched next to her, torn between touching her neck to feel for a pulse and running away before the sweet scent of a fresh kill overwhelmed my restraint.
A clock chimed ten. The power of the full moon slammed into me, tugging at my heart, and tightening my chest. The need to embrace my inner beast and become one with the night quickened my breath.
Scents flooded my nose. Strong perfumes mingled with cologne, and the sweat of hot, living bodies stirred my hunger. I licked my lips, and for one brief moment, imagined the salty sweetness of fresh blood on my tongue.
There was another hunter in the room with me, and they taunted me with their kill. Their prey was either dead or left to die. It was a challenge to the scavengers, to the hunters, and a warning to the prey.
“What do you think?” Mark’s mother asked.
“I think she’s an amazing actress,” I replied, careful to keep my tone light. I rose to my feet. If I grew a tail, I could only hope my gown would hide it long enough for me to slip from the party and find a place to gain control over myself.
Or complete the change and go on a rampage.
Another minute passed in silence. I shook my head. “This would be why I’m not a police officer.”
The Wicked Witch of the West giggled. I shivered at the sound. “I see. Very well, Cinderella. Shall we mingle with the other guests and learn about this terrible, terrible deed?”
“I thought this was when Mark was supposed to come rescue me from a fate worse than death,” I muttered.
Oops. So much for keeping civil. I guess it was inevitable. Bodies brought out the worst in me. Especially when the body wasn’t one of my making. To make matters worse, I couldn’t exactly raise the alarm.
If I did, I’d reveal to those who knew the truth about werewolves and witches that I wasn’t just some human girl after a wealthy boy. Then the Inquisition would find silver old enough to kill me or reduce me to ashes to make certain they purged the world of one more rogue werewolf.
“Why can’t you be wealthy?” Mrs. Livingston lamented.
The old woman’s question caught me by surprise. Had she heard me? Did she think it an amusing quip?
Was it possible the woman actually liked me? Confused at the question, I answered honestly. “Ma’am, who says I’m not? I’m your son’s accountant. Do you really think he’d trust someone who didn’t have access to at least some money with hismoney?” I glared at the old woman. At least the brewing fight between us distracted me from Caroline’s body a little. “Don’t forget I know exactly how much he makes a year, where he transfers his funds, who owes him how much, and whom he owes. I know how much he’s paid in taxes, and I know how much I saved him last tax season.”
The witch’s mouth dropped open. “Just what—”
“I paid more in taxes than he did last year. I’ll let you do the math. Unless, of course, he learned how to count from you.” I pivoted on a heel and stalked my way towards the refreshment stand.


May 2014 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title May 2014, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Release Day Shenanigans: Inquisitor by R.J. Blain
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May 2014

In this post, I showcase indie author R.J. Blain, whose latest novel "Inquisitor" releases today, which also happens to be her birthday (Happy B-day!).  R.J. is the author of the novels The Eye of God and Storm Without End.  R.J. is also a mainstay on Google+ and hosts an excellent blog called "On Writing," which is packed with great content.  Below, please enjoy the blurb, bio, and an excerpt from Inquisitor.  And then buy a copy for yourself!

Inquisitor Book Blurb:
When Allison is asked to play Cinderella-turned-Fiancee at a Halloween ball, the last thing she expected was to be accused of murder on the same night. She has to find the killer and quick, or she'll be put to death for the crimes she didn't commit. To make matters worse, the victims are all werewolves.
On the short list of potential victims, Allison has to act fast, or the killer will have one more body to add to his little black book of corpses.
There's only one problem: One of the deaths has struck too close to home, and Allison's desire for self-preservation may very well transform into a quest for vengeance...

Author R.J. Blain Bio:
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
When she isn't playing pretend, she likes to think she's a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She also has a tendency to play MMOs and other computer games.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.


An Excerpt From Inquisitor:
Caroline was either the best actress I’d ever seen, or she was really dead. I crouched next to her, torn between touching her neck to feel for a pulse and running away before the sweet scent of a fresh kill overwhelmed my restraint.
A clock chimed ten. The power of the full moon slammed into me, tugging at my heart, and tightening my chest. The need to embrace my inner beast and become one with the night quickened my breath.
Scents flooded my nose. Strong perfumes mingled with cologne, and the sweat of hot, living bodies stirred my hunger. I licked my lips, and for one brief moment, imagined the salty sweetness of fresh blood on my tongue.
There was another hunter in the room with me, and they taunted me with their kill. Their prey was either dead or left to die. It was a challenge to the scavengers, to the hunters, and a warning to the prey.
“What do you think?” Mark’s mother asked.
“I think she’s an amazing actress,” I replied, careful to keep my tone light. I rose to my feet. If I grew a tail, I could only hope my gown would hide it long enough for me to slip from the party and find a place to gain control over myself.
Or complete the change and go on a rampage.
Another minute passed in silence. I shook my head. “This would be why I’m not a police officer.”
The Wicked Witch of the West giggled. I shivered at the sound. “I see. Very well, Cinderella. Shall we mingle with the other guests and learn about this terrible, terrible deed?”
“I thought this was when Mark was supposed to come rescue me from a fate worse than death,” I muttered.
Oops. So much for keeping civil. I guess it was inevitable. Bodies brought out the worst in me. Especially when the body wasn’t one of my making. To make matters worse, I couldn’t exactly raise the alarm.
If I did, I’d reveal to those who knew the truth about werewolves and witches that I wasn’t just some human girl after a wealthy boy. Then the Inquisition would find silver old enough to kill me or reduce me to ashes to make certain they purged the world of one more rogue werewolf.
“Why can’t you be wealthy?” Mrs. Livingston lamented.
The old woman’s question caught me by surprise. Had she heard me? Did she think it an amusing quip?
Was it possible the woman actually liked me? Confused at the question, I answered honestly. “Ma’am, who says I’m not? I’m your son’s accountant. Do you really think he’d trust someone who didn’t have access to at least some money with hismoney?” I glared at the old woman. At least the brewing fight between us distracted me from Caroline’s body a little. “Don’t forget I know exactly how much he makes a year, where he transfers his funds, who owes him how much, and whom he owes. I know how much he’s paid in taxes, and I know how much I saved him last tax season.”
The witch’s mouth dropped open. “Just what—”
“I paid more in taxes than he did last year. I’ll let you do the math. Unless, of course, he learned how to count from you.” I pivoted on a heel and stalked my way towards the refreshment stand.