Eternal Retribution

I’m quite a bit behind on this announcement, but my promotion at work has left me with a backlog of things to catch up on the the previous guy hadn’t done.  Anyway…


I have completed typing Homecoming.  The first draft comes in at 22 chapters.  The final three are the only ones not yet relayed, so:


Chapter 20—Pages: 186 Word Count: 66341

Chapter 21—Pages: 196 Word Count: 69800

Chapter 22—Pages: 202 Word Count: 71670


Now, the word counts on the last half dozen chapters or so (not counting 22) are a bit off, I’ve discovered.  I was using a different computer which apparently counts the words differently (and improperly)…  In any case, as you can see, the final chapter is relatively short (comparatively) and it also fall short of my goal.  This is, however, only the first draft.


I’ve got it out to a number of beta readers/editors right now, and am going to wait for their return before moving forward.  I do have some ideas where there are openings that could be filled, characters that could be expounded upon, etc.  We’ll see what it looks like when it returns.


I had hoped to start rewriting Eternal Retribution by now, but again, work (as well as the holidays) has put a pause on that.  I do hope to get to it soon.


So, that’s where things stand at the moment.  Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to share any comments or questions, as well as the link to the site.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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So, I’m here with some number updates.  I’ve been working to finish up the digitizing, and while I have been typing, I haven’t been keeping this updated with my progress.  So, I’ve got three for you right now.


Chapter 17—Pages: 152  Word Count: 54337

Chapter 18—Pages: 166  Word Count: 59470

Chapter 19—Pages: 177  Word Count: 63408


I hope to have the last three chapters of the the first draft transcribed to the digital realm by week’s end.  I can’t be sure as of now, but I’m a little sad to say it’s appearing that the first draft might fall a bit short of my goal.  We’ll have to see how it goes.  With or without that, I’ve already been thinking about another chapter that could be added, though as it stands it might feel tacked on.  It’ll probably work better as extensions within an existing chapter so it doesn’t much interrupt the flow, nor feel completely out of place.  But that’s a decision for the future.


Thanks for stopping by.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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So, first off, I finished writing Homecoming and managed to do so within a day (read: beyond) of my goal of Halloween.  Still pretty impressive, if I do say so myself (and I do, since this is my blog).  I took a bit of time off from writing/editing/typing afterward to recharge and unwind.  I’ve read a few book since then, and I gotta say I’m enjoying reading again.


Even so, I knew I needed to put some time into typing again, and I’ve done that today.  Chapter 16 is finally typed up.  I’ve got 6 more yet to type, but here’s the stats as they stand now:


Pages: 142′

Word Count: 50787


I’m not quite sure where my word count is going to end up in terms of my goal, but then again, I’m not sure what my editors are going to say about things either in the long run, so who knows.  Anyway, thanks for stopping by.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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Hey all, here with another update, though it has been some time.  Let me assure you’ve I’ve not been idle in that time.  I just haven’t been doing the typing as much.  Let’s get right to it.


Pages: 125

Word Count: 44790


That’s close to 50,000, the ~word count from Eternal Retribution.  I’ve got 15 and 16 written already as well, and between them, I should definitely have enough to get past that number. 


I’ve done a bit of ‘planning’ and calculating, which is not usually the way I write.  Putting together the proposed chapters I’ve got left, I determined that if I manage to finish writing each of the remaining chapters in 5 days or less (notebook, not typing), then I can be finished with Homecoming by Halloween.  Chapter 16 was finished in 4 days, so I’m ahead of schedule so far.  It’ll put a cramp on my reading, but I think this is going to be a nice final push to get the book done.  If I can manage to finish other chapters within a shortened time as well, I may be able to squeeze some typing in along the way.


Anyway, that’s what I’ve got for now.  With this schedule I’ve got going, I don’t know when I’ll update again, but hey, you guys all know this page has its periods of dormancy anyway.  Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment, drop me an email, shout at me on twitter even.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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Well, it’s not Sunday, but I did manage to get this chapter typed up in relatively decent proximity to my hopes.  It’s a crazy kind of feeling being only ~10,000 words shy of Eternal Retribution’s word count and still have so much to say.  This on its own is almost enough to make me feel that much more successful in the endeavor this second time around. 


Hmm…I’m realizing as I type this that I haven’t eaten in about 9 hours…that needs to be remedied.  So, without further rambling…


Pages: 112

Word Count: 40,479


Peace Out, Rock On.

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So I’ve gotten behind again when it comes to typing the chapters as I finish them.  I just finished up Chapter 12, but I’m currently a number of pages through writing 14.  If I can manage, I’ll try to get 13 typed up tomorrow.  However, as for the current numbers with the completion of Chapter 12:


Pages: 104

Word Count: 38,130


Perceptive perusers of my page (yes, I made up a word for alliteration’s sake) will notice this latest update has pushed me past my midway goal, as I figured it would in the last update, way back whenever that was.  I’ve still got a full chapter yet to digitize, as well as finishing and typing 14.


While the end of the year is creeping up, I’m still confident I’ll have it finished up within 2012.  At least the first draft, which is what I’m hoping for.  I’ve been getting some minor typo and grammatical error proofs back from the start, so I know a lot of that will already be handled by the time I go to run through the ‘finished’ product.  Aside from my much earlier projects, including the beginnings of Eternal Retribution I seem to be able to get what I want on paper on the first go.  I know this isn’t often the case with many writers, but I hope to use it to my advantage to lessen the time needed to get this book to a publishable form.


I hope to publish the book early in 2013.  If all goes well, I’m thinking somewhere in the first quarter of the year.  I’ll update you more as time goes by.  As always, thanks for stopping by.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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No, I’m not talking about the state of my soul.  Or my bank account.  I’ve finished typing up Chapter 11!  For those of you keeping score at home, that mean I’m caught up with chapters completely written and then digitized.  I’ve got about three pages of Chapter 12 written out, and it still has a way to go yet.  Based on the current word count, Chapter 12 will put me over the midway point towards my goal.  Speaking of:


Pages: 96

Word Count: 34653


It feels nice to have caught up, though it seems weekends are the only times when I can get caught up with the typing.  But hey, it gets done, so it’s not a bad thing.  Thanks for stopping by.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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As the title says, I’m way behind.  Way behind in digitizing the written chapters I have, and way behind in dropping an update on here (in general and Chapter 8).  So!  Onto the good stuff.


Pages: 71

Word Count: 25462


I’m officially beyond the 33% mark of my word count goal.  Well, typed anyway.  I’ve got three chapters sitting in my notebook that have yet to make it to the binary world.  Chapter 9 is relatively short, maybe even shorter than 8.  That’s also the one I had some difficulty putting to paper.  After I finally finished it, I took a week or so off from writing to let my brain recharge.  Chapter 10 doubles the page count of 9 (at least written) and took me less than half the time to write.  11 appears to be about average chapter length so far.  I think I’m going to catch up in the typing before I continue.  I already know who Chapter 12 will be focused on, and how it ties them to the current goings-on in the book, so picking it up shouldn’t prove difficult.


I hope to have the remaining three chapter digitized within the next month.  About a month from now, I’ll be heading to Indianapolis for Gen Con!  Wil Wheaton and Nicholas Briggs will be there as well, along with some other media stars!  I’m looking forward to it again this year, as I do every year.  A shout out to my brother, John, who will have to miss it this year due to his tour in Afghanistan.  As someone who missed one from Iraq, it’ll be even better than you remember when you get back to Gen Con in 2013.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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Wanted to stop by with another chapter update.  Finished typing up Chapter 7 the other day, after it’d been sitting in the notebook for a bit.  Work and stuff.  Anyway:


Word Count: 22758

Pages: 63


A quick little teaser to add in, I’m nearly finished writing Chapter 8.  I may take the time to finish it tonight even.  It may take another hour or so.  Good thing too.  Going to pick up the new Ghost Recon: Future Soldier before work tomorrow…or at least I’m going to try.  We’ll see how the schedule works out. 


I (and some of my readers) could still use a few more people sharing their thoughts on my previous entry, so if you can, check that out as well.  Thanks for stopping by.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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Hello again, all.  I can say ‘all’ now and feel like it actually pertains, thanks in large part to twitter.  I recently joined a group called World Literary Café that has this great program called Tweet Teams.  Each author posts a couple tweets linking their book(s) and/or website, and agrees to tweet one of the tweets for each of the other 9 authors on the team, and they’ll all do the same for you.  Thanks to this, my website hit record high views last week.  Even more important is the amount of new twitter friends I’ve made throughout the process.  I’d say a rough estimate has me at around 40 new followers.  Do we all chat all the time?  Of course not.  But I’ve had conversations with a number of them; it’s more than just a mutual follower who RTs for me and I for them.  (These RTs are outside of WLC, btw.)  If you’re interested, check out #WLCAuthor on twitter; you might find a book or two you really like.


Thanks to everyone who has followed me and retweeted for me over the past week and a half, and for all of you in the future.


Now, to get into the part where I need some help.  A little background first: I self-published my book at the beginning of 2010.  At the time, I only really knew of the one way to self-publish, and I went with what I knew.  I’m starting to think I was wrong.  Now, as I said, I didn’t know of any other options back then, but now (thanks again twitter, tweeps, etc.) I know of a number of what I can only describe as better options.  There are websites available where I can publish books (or republish, as I’m currently considering with Eternal Retribution) for free.  This is over a grand less than I paid out originally.  What’s more, with these new options, I get to set the price.  (DISCLAIMER: Xlibris does offer a ‘set your own price’ option, but it costs extra.)  However, I get to set the price at a rate that doesn’t scream ROADBLOCK at potential buyers.  The kicker?  The royalty percentage is a lot higher.


I don’t write for the money (I can’t seem to find a journalism job to save my life).  It may sound like that with all this talk of higher royalties, potential buyers, more sales…  But really, I write because I love to write.  I want to contribute to the literary world, and hope I have a positive effect on readers.  I’d be lying if I said getting paid for doing something I love isn’t part of the draw, but it is by no means the lion’s share.  All the positives to the things I listed (financially, at least) are really just icing on the cake.  At the lower prices, I can get my work into more readers hands (or e-reading devices).  I write what I want to write, not what someone tells me to write.  Everything about my story and future entries remains my decision to make.  Why have it any other way?


Okay, so now to get into the part where I need some help. This is mostly directed towards others indie authors, but any other reader who wants to do research and weigh in is more than welcome. The question comes down to this: Go with Kindle Select, which is through Amazon and I’ve been told and read holds the majority of ebook sales for indie authors, but holds exclusive ebook publishing rights for each 90-day period you’re enrolled, or don’t use Select, but still have Amazon coverage, and also go with Smashwords who do ebook sales for the iStore, B&N, Sony, etc.


There ya have it.  I hope to hear back from some people with their thoughts.  Thanks in advance, and for stopping by.


Peace Out, Rock On.

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