Writing Update: Library Series End + Everything Edition

Today marks the launch of “The Collapsing of Infinity”, the fourth and final book in the Library Series. Information about the history of the series can be found throughout this blog and I expressed my emotions within the Author’s Note at the end of the book so I want to discuss a different topic here: what I’ve learned from the Library Series. To begin with, I learned a lot of practical things like how to publish on Kindle and use KDP Select as well as the format required for using Word or OpenOffice. In terms of writing the book, I learned a lot about planning. Once I finished “The Library Complex” I had a lot of ideas for the remaining books and outlined those ideas so I’d know where I was heading. For “The Weapon of The Kara” I didn’t want to reveal the answers to the big mysteries so it was easy to come up with an adventure that expanded upon what I had done in the first book, but for “The Cult of Eternal Darkness” I needed to tie all of the answers into a narrative that would make sense. I left the seeds for this plot at the end of Book Two and thanks to that I limited the infinite possibilities I had and was able to create something I genuinely pleased with. In that sense, it was probably the most difficult writing Book Three, however there’s also the challenge of the last book.

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Writing Update: Perseverance and Confidence Edition

The sixth volume of The Orin Chronicles was released today after a one month delay due to injury. The Library Complex got a rejection from Compulsion Reads. I don’t have the money to continue to attend my University. And I’ve been publishing for 11 months and I don’t have steady sales.

So I’m going to do something about this. All of it. I’m not going to stop writing and editing and publishing. I’m not going to give up on furthering my education because I can’t go back to the University I want to go to. I’m going to persevere and I’m going to succeed because I have confidence in myself and that’s what today’s post is all about. I may not have the most experience when it comes to these issues, but there are certain key things I know that we all forget sometimes that are important to remember.

My writing has never been praised as being fantastic, in fact I’ve only ever gotten 2 reviews. One of them I disagree with, but the other is a 3 star review for The Library Complex. When I saw that… I was incredibly happy. Because it showed me that someone got some enjoyment out of my book even if they didn’t understand it. I’ve always been afraid of my books being off-putting because of the plot or the style they are written in, but at the same time I have confidence that there are many people who can enjoy them.

So where does that confidence come from? If I have these doubts it’s a little strange that I can type with such confidence right now and say that those doubts aren’t major concerns. It’s because I’ve read my own works. After they’ve finished I’ve read them and enjoyed them no matter how much I doubted it. And if I can enjoy them, then why can’t someone else? I don’t like them because they’re mine. Often times I forget about the really special moments that I’ve written; the moments that are purely emotional and not necessarily related to character or plot development. I’m surprised by the beauty of some of the things I’ve written and the concepts I’ve explored so I don’t enjoy my books because it’s what I’ve written. I enjoy them because they can be enjoyed.

Sales will come. I’ll continue to work on that and marketing and all those other things, but sales and reviews will come. I’m certain of it because I don’t release bad products. I’m sure I won’t reach an audience of millions, but I’m not asking for that right now. I know there are flaws in my books right now, but one day when I feel I’ve fixed every potential flaw… then I will demand that type of an audience because that’s what my book deserves. But right now, even though there aren’t many sales, I know my books still have the potential to sell a realistic amount of thousands and I’m happy with that.

This is what allows me to persevere: the knowledge that I’m not trying to do something impossible. So I’ll continue to market and sell and write and edit and publish and commission really awesome logos. And everything will be alright because I’m not sitting back. I’m being active in the life I want, I have realistic confidence in what I do, and I will continue to be an author so long as it is what I want and not for any other reason.

Writing Update: Approaching the End Edition

The Library Series, on May 31st, will end. Today I announced the title, description, pricing, availability, details, etc. on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. The book has started to go into QA (quality assurance) and I’ll be in the process of finishing it this month as well as releasing the delayed Volume 6 of The Orin Chronicles. I announced the delay on Twitter, but I apologize for not announcing it here as well. Due to injury, I was not able to complete Volume 6 in time for an April 15th release, so all of The Orin Chronicles has been shifted back by one month and it will resume being a monthly series on May 15th.

The Library Series, however, is properly ending. Once this book is released, there will be no more proper books in the series. Perhaps there will be more Library Series material, but not books. The adventures throughout Books 1-4 will all come to a close and the plot will be concluded. As with all previous books, Book 4 tells its own story. It has to. You can have a series where each book is the same, but that’s not the type of series I wanted to write and so I didn’t. Book 4 will be a new adventure, but it will also be the final adventure. In my mind, Book 3 concluded most of the plot in its story so Book 4 will be focusing on what remains. The characters whose stories haven’t ended, the final unfinished battles, and because of that it has a unique tone and pacing that I find to be beautiful.

I’m working very hard to make sure the beauty I see is represented in the final product. Because it is the end. I want you to see the ending as I do, because if you do then you won’t be disappointed. There will surely be people who are unsatisfied, but those who truly enjoy the Library Series should find something special in this book and that’s what I’m excited about presenting.