Beyond Freedom Cover Reveal

Hello!

This week I just kind of planned out how I was going to handle the release of the next book, plus did some work finishing off the cover (Had cover image done by someone, but I add the text) and converted files so they’ll be ready to go onto Amazon. In short, it was a lot of work and still felt like I was accomplishing nothing.

Today we went out to a couple of thrift stores around, just because we enjoy treasure hunting. While we were out, we found an interesting looking little stuffed platypus, and a Venezuelan Snoopy that neither of us has ever seen before.

My wife is a huge Snoopy fan, so we’re always looking for Snoopy stuff, and she was born in Venezuela. This was really cool to find.

We also went to Taco Bell today, and we somehow accidentally wound up with extra Triple Layer Nachos. We didn’t really want to eat that much, but rather than throw them away we decided to eat them. So now I’m so stuffed I’m actually uncomfortable.

Yeah, I know: you don’t really care that I’m too stuffed.

So yes, Beyond Freedom will be coming out soon. And here is a tentative cover reveal:

I’m still, even this late in the game, open to some changes in that cover, so it isn’t set in stone. I’d say there is a 70/30 chance that is the final layout. We’ll see very soon.

Everyone have a good weekend, and I hope you’ll check back soon for more news on Beyond Freedom’s release.

Some Updates On Things

Hello!

So this week I’ve been doing a read through of Beyond Freedom, the sequel to Fate of Freedom. I’ve gone through it, fixed a couple of typos I missed during editing, changed a couple of words to something that worked better, and I think it’s ready to go. Just waiting on a cover and I can assembled all this for release.

I’ve also started giving more thought to putting the first Brynne book on Apple, Google Play, or even for the Nook. My thinking is that I may have to give up exclusivity for that book on Amazon, meaning I lose the reads from people who borrow through Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited, but I may gain access to new readers who have never read my stuff before. Right now that is more important to me, at least small scale (as in 1 book to try it out), than the sales are. Just thinking about it for now.

And the reason I’m thinking about that is that I’d like to time that with the release of the last book in the Brynne trilogy, which is complete (sans editing) and should be ready for release in a few months.

Okay, I’ve been waffling back and forth between a couple of stories lately in my decision of what to write next, but I’ve pretty firmly come down on the side of the one with the trans main character. I just needed to work out a couple of the early details that concerned me first, but after some research and thought I think I have that lined out in a way that will work. Which means I can start writing soon. Yay!

It has been wonderful in KC the past couple of days, with the exception of some brief rain this morning. And then I saw the weather report and saw that it was going to get below freezing this weekend. Again. What is up with this never ending winter!?

You will probably be able to pre-order Beyond Freedom soon, so stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

It’s Done!

Hi everybody!

So, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, my book is now complete. Or at least the first draft is. And since I tend to edit as I go, this is pretty close to how the final book will look. At least I think so.

Yay!

You have no idea how flummoxed that ending had me. I knew what I wanted, but I just couldn’t quite get it right in my mind. Finally I gave up trying to make it perfect and just started writing. As usual, the characters just did their thing and ignored my stupid hangups, and it turned out so much better than I thought it would.

At least hopefully it did.

So yeah, now edits and a cover and I’ll be set. That’s going to take a while, too, but I’m getting much closer.

Speaking of the next step…

I had planned to release the sequel to Freedom’s Fate (titled Beyond Freedom, in case I hadn’t mentioned that anywhere before) soon on Kindle Scout. Which is also the way I planned to introduce the current work in progress when it is set to go. But now I won’t be doing that.

Amazon Killed Kindle Scout

Yep, that’s right, Kindle Scout is no more. A valuable tool for indie authors like me is now gone, and Amazon is responsible for that. Some people have suggested that Amazon had to kill it because people were gaming the system, repeatedly going in and nominating three titles on the last day in an attempt to snag some free books. Maybe. But even if that is the case, wouldn’t they still only select books they found interesting? Wasn’t that the whole point, anyway?

Assuming the system was being gamed by too many people, or that there were other problems arising, why didn’t they just refine the rules and continue the program? Instead, much like they did with the Goodreads giveaways, they did something that will only make it that much harder for independent authors like myself. It’s sad. If there were legitimate competition out there, I think a lot of us would go there. Instead we are kind of stuck with Amazon.

So yeah, I’m looking for other ways to get word of my books out without spending too insane an amount. I’m still looking, but it isn’t going to stop Beyond Freedom from it’s release as soon as it is ready.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!