Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Countdown to Guardian and Barnes and Noble

This entry is a day later than normal, but I had the momentum going and I did not want to interrupt it.  Today, Guardian has been through three rounds of editing.  My editor and I finished up reading the last chapter out-loud only a few hours ago.  The only thing left for Guardian is to polish up the blurb and synopsis that goes on the back cover and hand out a beta copy or two for fresh eyes to experience the story without editor glasses on.  I had to spoil a bunch of book 3 for my editor as well.  At first she was content when I explained that the parts she wanted me to change or didn't make sense would be 'explained in the third book'.  But yesterday I had to let her in on everything.  As expected, everything made sense then.  The idea is that you can read through the trilogy and it will be a very good story.  But after the third book I want my readers to go back and re-read them and be totally shocked that they didn't see it earlier.  One of the original goals of the trilogy is 'replay value'.  Linear plots don't lend themselves well to this.

The most popular post on my blog by far is the entry in June about my eBook conversion guide.  I plan on rewriting it in the coming weeks when I convert Guardian to the Kindle and Nook formats.

This Saturday the 12th, I have a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Twin Falls Idaho for my first novel Requiem.  It starts at noon and I will be there until closing.  This is pretty cool because most self published authors never see their book on the shelf in a chain store, and even fewer have a book signing in one.  I didn't get any pictures of the last book signing so I will put fourth effort to get some this time.

Here is a closing picture.  It's not the greatest with the suns glare, but that is what I woke up to on Tuesday morning around 7:30am after the time change.  The water is warmer than the air so the river and waterfalls give off steam.  I wonder what story ideas this might inspire someone?


  1. Great picture! And best of luck at the signing :) That's awesome!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  2. I hope the signing goes wonderfully for you, that's quite a coup :-)

  3. That looks crazy - I don't think I've ever seen a river give off steam before.

    Congrats on being almost finished with your next book. :)

  4. @Sarah Allen- Thank you, I'm hoping for a good turn out.

    @Sarah Pearson- Thanks. My fingers are crossed. If I sell out or do well, I can use that to expand and get a few copies in more stores in the region.

    @Ranae- You should see it in the winter when there is a half inch of tiny ice crystals that cover everything. Guardian is 90% done and I plan to debut the cover at the signing.

  5. Congrats on finishing the edits. I hope the book signing goes well for you.

  6. I picked up your book tonight at the signing. Thank you for taking the time to speak to me and my wife. I'm looking forward to finishing your book and letting you know how I liked it.

    Take care!