The revisions for Breath of Stone are nearly complete! Folks over at Patreon are getting a sneak-peak, and I’ll have a release date set for everyone within the coming week.
The outlines for the third and fourth novels in the series are growing muscle and flesh, in no small part because of the contributions made by Patreon folks. One patron opted for the reward of becoming a character in the novel, and the ensuing discussion of what role the character would play has providing a strong subplot and cultural creation. Another patron’s input on medical matters has created an entire character arc I might not have considered otherwise. And yet another has provided information on some travel opportunities that’ll enhance the upcoming two novels.
Sure, the actual putting-words-on-paper part of writing is solitary. But you know what? My actual writing process has always been based on community, and for that I am so grateful.
Speaking of community, I’ve met some fantastic, smart, and supportive writers through the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, and am doubly happy to have the chance to work with some of them through StoryBundle. The top ten novels are available in a single bundle for one more week.
You will like these novels, my darlings. But you don’t have to take my word for it. (Though why you wouldn’t is absolutely beyond my ken…) The books in the bundle have been extensively viewed, reviewed, and vetted by ten great book bloggers. Take their word for it. And mine. Combine our words, for heaven’s sake.
And choose what you’d like to pay for the bundle. And, if you’d like, send some of that chosen payment toward Girls Write Now.
And speaking of the SPFBO, I’ve opted to submit Sword and Chant for the upcoming round, and it looks like I’ve been assigned to the good folks over at Fantasy Faction. Someone asked me if that increased or decreased my “chances” of moving ahead. The answer is… who knows! I suppose I could spend a ton of time analyzing their tastes and preferences, but it in the end, such scrying won’t mean a thing. Taste is taste, and how a story strikes a reader can change depending on the day, on what was read before, on what was read after.
And I’ve said before, it’s a different sort of novel–written in omni, with a very large cast, that plays with tropes about blood, assassins, gods, and rebellions. It’s my heart-novel, in many ways. I’d guess about a third of folks who start Sword and Chant decide it is so not the story they want, and many of the things those readers dislike are the things other readers do like. The cool thing about self-publishing is I can choose to keep writing for folks who like it. 🙂
But to make myself (and, hopefully, you!) happy I’ve also opted to put it on sale.