I have been working on The Blessed of the Dragon series for something like six years. I’ve written a little about the evolution of this project in the past. I got to the point in writing this story that I felt like I didn’t have any traction. What I mean by that is my writing wasn’t moving forward. Writing for me is, admittedly, a hobby, but it’s a hobby with a goal. I wanted to see The Path of the Synthesizer traditionally published, so for the last few years, I’ve tried to attract the attention of the ever-elusive agent. In the meantime, I wasn’t moving forward. I’ve felt sort of like a truck spinning in the mud, not going anywhere.
Last summer, I finally shifted gears and started getting some traction. I made the decision to publish The Path of the Synthesizer myself. Finally, I was moving forward. I got an editor, a cover designer, and a cartographer. The process took longer than I thought it would (don’t get me started on formatting 🤦♂️) but at last, The Path of the Synthesizer is published. Good or bad, amazing or mediocre, it is published. It is finished.
The wheels of my proverbial truck have at last grabbed hold and I’ve started moving forward. I can start working on the next project. Well, actually, I already did.
The next project is to publish book two in The Blessed of the Dragon series, The Island of Kvorga. While I was in the midst of the chaos that was getting The Path of the Synthesizer published, I busied myself in getting The Island of Kvorga ready for the editor. It flew off to editing land back in November and I’m expecting it back in the near future. I also worked with the cover designer in November and I’m excited to say that the cover for The Island of Kvorga is finished! Moreover, it turned out amazing!
When I was 100% done with The Path of the Synthesizer (I think I was done about 100 different times, the last donest done occurring sometime mid-December) I started working on revising book three, The Dragon King. My goal is to get through at least one revision before The Island of Kvorga comes back from the editor. But with book three slated to go to the editor in March, I need to go through it a couple more times. At the same time, I’ve been working on The Island of Kvorga’s blurb. You know… that snippet you read on the back of the book. Turns out those are some of the hardest things a writer will ever write. How to condense 100,000 words into a couple hundred words… Oye!
And when Kvorga comes back from the editor I will begin the process of processing the editor’s edits then proofread, proofread, proofread. On a side note, if you find any errors in The Path of the Synthesizer, please let me know. My feelings won’t be hurt. The perfectionist in me would like to right the wrongs for future readers.
So, yeah, my writing finally found some traction.
I’m excited for 2020 and hope you are as well! If all goes according to plan, The Blessed of the Dragon will be finished. Then, I can Shift gears again…