The Library Complex is available for free today and tomorrow!

Today and tomorrow (August 30th-31st, PST) is your last chance to get The Library Complex for free! This promotion uses up the last of the free days given to me by the KDP Select Program. So far I have been happy with the results of the free promotion and I look forward to gaining as many new readers as possible through this upcoming promotion. To take advantage of this promotion, visit the product page or the Library Series page.

If you do get the book for free then please consider leaving a review with your honest opinions.

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Writing Update: Downtime Edition

While it hasn’t been much more than a week since I’ve looked at Book Two in the Library Series, it feels like it’s been a month. Today’s post is an examination of downtime, the period of time when a writer isn’t writing.

There was a large period of downtime between the completion of The Library Complex and its release. When I finally returned to the book, I had a great amount of fun reading it and improving it. I was inspired and knew that releasing the book for sale was the right thing to do because it was a product that I took pride in. Now, naturally, I want the same thing for Book Two. I want to be confident in the story that I am releasing to the world.

So this begs the question, how much downtime does an author need? I won’t claim to have the answer but I would like to explore several options. The first option is that an author doesn’t need any downtime at all. You can certainly write a story and edit it and release it without taking any breaks. I think there are some situations where this is appropriate, but it is very difficult to write a series without any breaks because you aren’t taking the time to examine what direction the series is headed in. You can edit and add hints for future plots, but you haven’t taken the time to step back and read your work as any other person would.

This is what happened after I finished The Library Complex in December 2011. I was happy with the story and the editing that I had done, but there was a chance to greatly improve it. I didn’t change any story content, but I edited the story so that it made sense to as many people as possible. It was already a complete story, but now it is a better story because of the cleaned up presentation. I think that for very talented writers, it is possible to do this type of work during the actual process. I know that I definitely kept that in mind while finishing the story, but without those long months I wouldn’t have seen where I could improve.

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Writing Update: Rain Edition

There has been an unnecessary amount of rain this week.

I’d like to blame my lack of productivity on the rain, but that’s not really a good excuse. I’ve been working on all of my projects, but I think I got in no more than 3 hours of writing/editing this week. While the second book in the Library Series is in the QA phase, I’ve been working on material for the series as a whole. I need to plan for later books and make sure that everything fits together nicely and all of the major questions get answered. The length of the series as a whole probably won’t exceed 200,000 words so this isn’t all that difficult but it must be done in order to ensure a great experience for the reader.

After the announcement on August 31st, I will be able to give the second book another editing pass and begin preparations for release. I’ve already got a version of the cover that I really like so I am excited about releasing the second book as soon as I possibly can.

Writing Update: Library Series Book Two QA Edition

The second book in the Library Series is now in the QA (Quality Assurance) stage. I’d like to take some time to talk about this process and how it has changed from Book One to Book Two. For the very first book, The Library Complex, I was looking for “any and all feedback.” As my first work, as well as the first in a series, that was exactly what I needed. I had an idea of what kind of a style I was going for with the Library Series, but the second book had yet to be written so “The Library Series” didn’t really exist.

Now that I’ve written the second book, I know what I want a Library Series book to be like and so that is what this QA phase is focused on. Does Book Two feel like a book in the Library Series? How effective is the narrative based upon Book One? Is this enough of its own book and not just an extension of the first book? Naturally, I hope the answers to these questions are favorable. However, if the QA tells me otherwise, then I’ll continue to work on the book until my goals are met.

Book Two must be its own book, expand upon the elements presented in Book One, and overall feel like a book in the Library Series. If these things have already been accomplished, then I will be very happy. If not, then I will continue to work until I have a satisfying version of the second book. Either way, the official announcement is coming Friday, August 31st.