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Still Reading

I’m still reading through what I have already written on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM and doing a little light editing as I go.

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Refamiliarizing myself with the new characters and exactly where I left them.

Since I’d gotten to about the midpoint, I expect that to take a few more days. Then I’ll be ready to take this first draft to it’s–and the series’–conclusion.

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I’ve started back to work on the sequel to BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING,

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BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Switching gears, even to a sequel always takes a few days–even without life interrupting. And plumbing issues–one of the joys of an old house–have definitely interrupted.

However, one of the first things I’ve done is to review the comments on the first five chapters by an alpha reader. And, based on that, I’ve decided to add a new first chapter, from the perspective of one of the primary characters from the BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING, just to give readers a quick grounding in WHERE and especially WHEN this story takes place.

I’ve decided this because otherwise the story starts with an entirely new character who wasn’t even referenced in the first book. And also because the sequel takes place about eighteen years after the first book. Hopefully, this will ease readers in a little more gently, even if it appears to be a somewhat slow beginning. It’ll be a very short chapter, at least. So that’s what I’m doing now.

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I’ve finished the polishing edit of BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING.

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And not provisionally.

I’ve also got it uploaded to Draft2Digital as well as Amazon. The only changes I might make to either of those would be minor cosmetic ones.

What’s provisional is CreateSpace, which is where I publish the paperback version. They didn’t like the cover because some of the text was a little too close to the edge. Not entirely surprising. I’ve had that issue before. So, I redid the cover and uploaded it. Now I just have to wait for them to tell me that it passes their tests this time and order the proof.

Meanwhile, it’s time to get back to the first draft of the sequel, BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

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Starting with reading through what I’ve already written.

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I’m a little behind on my self-imposed schedule to complete the polishing edit on BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING.

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Well, I always knew that was a stretch goal, so no great surprise there. I still hope to finish it today.

Then on to formatting for the final Amazon version and the one for Draft2Digital, including doing a bit more work on the D2D author page, so I can include a link to that in the back matter. As time permits, I’ll upgrade the back matter in my other works distributed through D2D, too.

I’ll be working on the blurb some more, too. At least I’ve come up with a tag line:

He could become a god. He could just burn to death. Maybe he’ll wait on that.

Then the print book, not that I’ve ever sold that many print copies.

And back to work on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM. I’m getting a little itchy to get back to that one.

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I’m well into the polishing edit on BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING now.

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Although I did have the interesting experience of finding a place–after several revision passes and two beta readers–where I had a character who doesn’t wear shoes take of his boots. Well, this is why we do one last pass, I guess.

I’m hoping to finish by this weekend, though I’m a little behind right now to reach that goal.

Then I can:

  1. Upload the final version to Amazon.
  2. Upload to Draft2Digital for distribution to other retailers.
  3. Format the print version.
  4. And, finally, get back to work on BECOME: TO RIDE THE STORM.

 

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I’m currently working on getting the back matter links in my other published works updated for the link to BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING, at least on the Amazon versions.

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It’s fiddly little housekeeping stuff–which tends to mean that I do a book or two and then go off and do something else. But it needs to be done.

It also serves as a nice buffer before I turn back and start the polishing edit on BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING. The revisions are done, but a few days of not looking at it will help me come back to that with fresher eyes.

At some point soon, I’ll have to go back and do the same for the those books that have also been published through Draft2Digital. Which, thankfully, isn’t all of them. The reason I’m not doing that at the same time I do the Amazon book–besides saving my sanity–is that I would like to include a link to D2D’s author page, which is a relatively new feature. 

First, I’ve been trying, off and on, to clean up that author page. See, D2d creates the page, allowing the author to edit only certain portions. Well, so does Amazon, come to that. But, while Amazon’s author page isn’t exactly the way I would have done it,  there’s nothing there that I really object to. (If I’d done it, I would have put the series books together and in series order, for example.)

I couldn’t say that for the D2D author page, though. See, their author page draws it’s content from both D2D and books2read (same company), which is actually good. It means they also pick up the books that are currently still exclusive with Amazon. But, there’s a hitch–or three.

The first is that if I’ve already created a custom link for a book on books2read before publishing it through D2D, D2D apparently creates a whole new link on books2read. Which means many of my books were listed twice. I think I’ve got that mostly fixed, although some (but not all) of the Dual Magics books appear both in the series group (which is a nice feature) and mixed in with the non-series works in the bottom row. I haven’t figured out how to fix that one yet. Not a deal breaker, but . . . .

I really like the series feature, especially since it puts the books in the right order. (Everything else is alphabetical.) But D2D only knows which books belong in the series based on the information provided when a book is published through D2D. Which means, for example, that there is no series grouping for the BECOME series, yet. I will be publishing BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING through D2D when I have a final version. But I won’t be able to publish BECOME: BROTHERS on D2D until it’s exclusive term on Amazon ends at the end of June.

It also means that I can’t get “Becoming Lioness”, which is a Dual Magics short story, in the Dual Magics group. Because “Becoming Lioness” is still exclusive with Amazon and has to stay that way. Because it’s included in BY SWORD, TALE, OR MAGIC, which is a boxed set of three stand-alone novels that I’ve left in Kindle Select, for now.

But the real kicker is the one I’ve just run across. I can’t find anyway to get an external link to that author page that I can share with readers, like the one above for Amazon. Which kind of defeats the purpose of having an author page. I’ve sent an email to books2read, which is where I have to go to access the author page (took a while to figure that out).

So, that’s on hold, for the moment. No point in updating the books twice if I can help it.

 

 

 

 

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Blog post delayed by internet problems.

BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING is now available for pre-order. Special pre-order price of only 99 cents. It releases on May 31st.

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So now it’s time to get that link into the back matter of all my published works, which is turning out to be more of a process with every new book. I know there are other, easier options out there. I may have to research them. At least I’ve already updated all the books that will be free this weekend–May 4th thru the 6th. Which are:

Meanwhile, I’ve nearly finished the last bit of the revisions to BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING, which is a new ending suggested by one of my beta readers, taking that part of the story just a little bit farther.

 

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