Beyond The Memory Blood

Memory Blood Castle has been released and now my second full series has come to its end. I remember having many things to say during the development of The Library Series, but with Memory Blood I’ve put everything I wanted to communicate into the books.

It’s difficult to say much as I’ve already said what I wanted to. It’s been a pleasure to write the books by using my experiences from writing previous stories and by developing new ways to create the best story that I can.

Memory Blood Saga will likely be delayed a bit as I would like to not only ensure there are no typos, but also to ensure that the book is of the highest quality. As Saga is a print book, once it’s published no further changes can be made. It’s important to me that it’s the best version of the series available so I’d like to ask for your patience in waiting for its release. Currently I am in the middle of making slight adjustments to the first book. Once the book is finished, I’ll upload any changes that I made to the first four books and release them as the 2016 Editions. The print book and the digital books will be identical and the series will reach its definitive version.

As I’ve said before, I’d like to do something similar to The Library Series but that would require a lot more work to bring them up to my standards so please forgive me if that takes a long time. As of now it is more of a dream project than one being actively worked on.

This October, RMV Mysteries’ second series debuts. I invite everyone to try to solve the mystery and to share their thoughts with me even if you don’t typically enjoy mysteries. The entirety of the series will be available for free and will be published over the next year or two.

Beyond that, a new novel will debut at the end of 2017. The stage is that vast world containing the continent of Zekkyn and many more. The year is 1187 according to the Imperial Calendar. One year after the Zoth Incident.

Thank you once more to everyone for your support thus far.

 

Updated Announcements Calendar

The end of the writing for Memory Blood Castle is near and so I now have a better idea of when I can speak about certain things. You’ll find that, rather than delays, the calendar has been updated with many new things!

May 15th – World of Velorus Part 3 released

June 15th – The Future of RMV Mysteries post
Memory Blood 4 pre-orders begin

July 15th – Next project announcement. Find out what’s coming after Memory Blood concludes!

August 15th – Alpha Fragments clean-up project

September 15th – New Alpha Fragment

October 15th – Something in the shadows…

 

 

 

 

Announcements Calendar

I’m happy to report that work on Memory Blood 4 has been progressing extremely well. As such, I’ll be able to reveal more about the story soon as well as release additional content. Listed below is what you can expect to see on the blog in the coming months.

April 15th – Memory Blood 4 related Alpha Fragment released

May 15th – World of Velorus Part 3 released

June 15th – Memory Blood 4 pre-order info

July 15th – Next project announcement. Find out what’s coming after Memory Blood concludes!

 

 

Core Values

At the heart of everything successful I’ve ever done, there have been several core values that represent who I am as an author and the type of things I want to create. I’ve discusses many aspects of these things before, but here are the values proper:

1. Write To Be Read – This is one of those values that isn’t as obvious as it seems. The goal of writing a story is to write something that you want to read and that others want to read, but it’s easy to get lost along the way and end up creating goals that don’t serve this value. The truth is, it’s not about a story that others want to read. It’s about having every moment, as much as possible, be cool and exciting and worthwhile. It’s tough to get every sentence, line of dialogue, and story to fulfill this value but it’s certainly something to strive for and every one of my books has been better because of this.

2. Write For All Levels – I’ve always wanted every type of reader who enjoys my stories to be able to do so. This means catering to every level of engagement possible from the most casual reader to the average reader to the fan to the super fan. If you just want a good story, you should get that. If you want arcs that build across multiple books, you should get that. If you want things to be able to speculate about for hours, then that too should be available. And the story should be enjoyable no matter which one of these things (or even something else) that you want.

3. Have Value – Not value as in a principle that you stand for, but value as in substance. Every story should be a story of value. Everything that you do should have value. Nothing should be arbitrary or forced. This is probably the value that summarizes the others, but I think it certainly stands alone.

 

When I’m having difficulty writing, I usually look to these things to find what the problem is. Most of the time, writer’s block stems from losing yourself. From losing sight of the thing you set out to do in the first place. And these values guide me back to my original intention and I will keep them forever. This is how The Library Series was made and how I became an author. This is how Memory Blood is being made. This is how RMV Mysteries is being made. And I am very proud of all of these series and I know that anything that I work on in the future will be something to be proud of as well as long as I remain true to the values in my heart.

 

Writing Update: April 2015 Begins Edition

It’s time for a fun announcement and a not so fun announcement.

Memory Blood 2 is being pushed back to this summer in order to allow for more quality assurance time. While I’m capable of finishing the writing by the end of this month, it’s important to have others read it and have ample time to provide feedback and so the release date will be sometime in August with pre-orders beginning a few weeks before that. While I apologize for the delay, I guarantee that this book is going to be something truly special and so I thank you for supporting me and waiting a bit longer.

In the meantime, Creswood Part 2 will be released at the end of this month and made available for FREE! This second part of the story is like a bonus high difficulty scenario and should be very enjoyable for both people who solved Creswood Mysteries and those who didn’t. The spotlight will shine on information that had only been previously hinted at and will feature some fun puzzles to solve as well and some puzzles that might just break your spirit and make you question everything. Maybe.

I’m transitioning into a new writing schedule as well that should result in releases of the highest quality from here on out. I always believe in the quality of my books, but there’s also always room to improve and I think it’s nice to give books some space before they’re published so there’s time to focus purely on quality rather than rushing to meet a deadline. The delay of Memory Blood 2 is part of this transition and if things go well then Memory Blood 3 will be out at the end of the year as well which will hopefully make up for the delays up until now.

Thanks for your understanding again and I’m really excited to share the new stories I’m writing with you!

Writing Update: June 2014 Finale Edition

With June about to come to an end, the year will soon be half over. Today’s update is going to be a quick one as I’m about to resume work on Memory Blood at full-speed after receiving the results of the QA and I’ve been planning things that I can’t yet talk about this week so there’s not much to talk about as of now. For this week, I’ll also return to the % format.

Memory Blood

Book One – QA Phase ending, ~50% finalized.
Book Two – Currently being designed.

The Academy Series and The Orin Chronicles

Development paused. Next volume for The Academy Series and the next volume for The Orin Chronicles are about 50% written.

Future Works

Potential 2016 Project – About 10,000 words written. Concept in flux.
Mystery Series – Currently being designed.
After the Mystery Series – ???

My Kindle Countdown Experience

Recently, I used KDP Select’s new Kindle Countdown Deal for one of my books: The Orin Chronicles Volume 7. While I was optimistic about the program, I found the results to be less than satisfactory. Previously I have used KDP Select’s free promotions and those would always elicit some type of a response. Even with no outside promotion, your first free promo deal is sure to bring in ~100 new downloads of your book at a minimum. That minimum is something I find to be important because, as someone with a rather small platform and ability to spread the word about my books, it matters very much knowing I can get at least this much out of the program.

Now, for Kindle Countdown deals, there is no minimum response. I found 0 people purchased my book as it moved from 99 cents back to its original price. What this makes clear is that a lot more effort needs to be invested in a Kindle Countdown deal than a free promotion, likely because sale prices aren’t as attractive as getting something for free. So, if you aren’t prepared to support your Kindle Countdown deal, I highly recommend against using the program. I think it’s likely I’ll use this program in the future, but not until I’ve reached a wider audience and have a greater ability to self-promote my own books.

Marketing Action Plan

Marketing my books has never been a strength of mine, but the great thing about e-books is that it’s never too late to improve. Today I’ve decided to take some tips I’ve found across the Internet and combine them with some advice of my own to create an action plan to get my books in the hands of more than a dozen people. So, in no particular order, here they are.

Review Keywords – It’s definitely worth the effort to go back and look at the keywords you’ve chosen for your books every now and again. When I published my first book I thought I had chosen a few good keywords. When I went back half a year later, I discovered they were beyond awful. What I had done was just broken up the title of the book and the names of characters and used them as my keywords. Now I have keywords that actually describe key parts of my book. Examples include: fantasy, magic, survival, adventure, knights. While I’m sure I’ll continue to optimize these keywords in the future, at least now I actually have them in place which means more people are likely to stumble upon my books.

Site Updates – Now that I have several series available it’s important that information about them is easily accessible. I’ve always had a page for each of my series, but as more books have been released the amount of clutter on those pages has increased. What I’ve done recently is drastically reduce the amount of text on each page and simplified everything. Having a series description is a great idea, but having paragraphs of description for each book is unnecessary when you’re linking to a place where someone can read the description on their own. Keeping the first book’s link at the top of the page is also important. Now if someone visits one of my series pages they will see the logo, a description, and then have a convenient link to one of the platforms it is available on where they can find out even more.

Non-Exclusivity – For a long time my books were only available on Amazon in exchange for free promotions. I assumed this would help me increase sales, but I simply didn’t have a platform big enough where it would provide a meaningful increase in sales. Going from 0 to 10 meant a lot to me when I first started out, but now I don’t find that to be as exciting as I once did. It’s better to have my books available on Nook and Kobo as well so readers have more of a choice.

Community – Twitter and Facebook accounts are personal, just like a blog, but I treated those platforms too much like a blog. Instead of interacting with other authors and building connections I posted things relevant to myself and did nothing else. These days I follow others on Twitter who follow me and actively seek out people to follow in order to increase my networking potential. As I increase my presence on social networking sites, more potential readers will take notice of me.

If you have any thoughts on these ideas feel free to let me know in the comments!