The Broken Prophecy – Sample III & paperback update

Hmm. So I have a dilemma my friends. I will be making print-on-demand copies of Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy via LuLu and I noticed that it costs almost double to print a novel in Pocket format (10.795cm x 17.463cm or 4.25″ x 6.875″) than it does to print a novel in A5 format (14.817cm x 20.99cm or 5.833″ x 8.264″). Naturally, I want to be as easy on your wallets as I can be. That’s one of the main reasons I went with self-publishing, because I can decide on the pricing for my own books without bleeding you fine folks dry for your love of reading.

Naturally, Pocket format looks more like the mass-produced paperbacks that we’re used to but A5 costs less. For reference, here’s an example of A5 versus Pocket:

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The A5 novel, obviously, is on the left there. (And is actually one of my favourite books. I’m just sayin’.)

I guess my question is, readers, do you care either way? Have any preferences?

Now, for the promised sample of Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy. See you after the jump! Continue reading “The Broken Prophecy – Sample III & paperback update”

Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy – Sample II

So! Hope you liked the previous sample. Today, I’m working through the particulars of making sure the cover looks pretty on Kindle devices and mucking around with ISBNs. 

After the jump is another sample for your previewing pleasure. Enjoy! Continue reading “Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy – Sample II”

Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy – Sample

Hi guys! I wrote a thing! You may have noticed me blathering about it incessantly.

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Well, the deadline of publication is fast approaching. It has presently been formatted for the Kindle and for other EPUB-using e-readers and I’m in the process of assigning ISBNs so that you may actually purchase them should they strike your fancy. So, let’s see if Blood of Midnight does, in fact, strike your fancy.

Below the jump is a sample of the novel for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Continue reading “Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy – Sample”

Good News on Formatting

Just a quick update to let y’all know that Blood of Midnight: The Broken Prophecy is now properly formatted for the Kindle. We’re now working on the EPUB version so that both can be distributed at the same time and can be read on whatever device you desire. Yay!

As for paper copies, I’m currently speaking with my graphic designer about finalizing the cover and researching the best options for print-on-demand availability. The book will be available to be ordered in paperback either at the same time as the e-book or shortly afterward. Thanks everyone for being so patient with me! I’ll have a sample up for you to read soon.

Children’s Book Writing Exercise

Okay, who wants to watch me step waaay outside my comfort zone? … Well don’t everybody jump up and down at once.

The fact is, I’m not that great at writing child characters. In Blood of Midnight, the male protagonists’ younger sister, Rebecca is as low as I’ll go with confidence. She’s 14. Naturally, I was petrified when my buddy Lofn’s Bard brought some children’s story writing exercises to Writers’ Circle. Nevertheless, I soldiered on and managed to make some improvements in the way I write kids and, perhaps, write for kids. I’ve still got a long way to go, but this has been a good start and I’d like to share one of those exercises with you.

The chief reason I find it so hard to write in a child’s voice is that I really can’t remember my childhood except for a few incidents here and there. I don’t know why. That’s just how it is. So, naturally, an exercise that helps squeeze more details out of a given memory is really helpful!

Filling in the Blanks

Take this sample phrase and fill in the blanks:

When I was __ years old, my favourite _____________ was ___________________.

I remember the time when ____________________________________.

For example: When I was 10 years old, my favourite toy was a Power Rangers action figure.

I remember the time when one of mum’s babysitting kids broke his head off and I was so angry that I didn’t talk to him for a week.

But don’t stop there. Keep writing everything you can remember on the subject. Write for about ten minutes even if you have to drift into other topics. Anything you can dredge forth from the fog of memory is good material.

Now, have a look at your finished product. Look at the age you described and at the scribbles under it. Does it sound like it is being spoken by a person of that age? Why or why not? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably written it mostly, or entirely in your adult voice. Don’t despair. The discrepancies are telling and you can learn from them.

Rewrite the piece now, paying close attention to things like word choice (children have small vocabularies), abstract ideas (children are very literal), and sentence length and structure (keep it simple). For a really good workout, try a year or two younger and a year or two older and explore what the maturation process does to the writing.

Hope this helps you and, as always, thanks for stopping by. Make good art!

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether or Not it was Intentional

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether or Not it was Intentional

I loved this article. I for one hated analysing a perfectly good novel to death in English class. There are some novels that I read in school that I actually enjoyed until we picked them apart with tweezers. Can we please stop destroying childrens’ budding love of reading before it has a chance to thrive?

As an author, I look at articles like these and wonder what kernels of extraneous “meaning” would be slapped onto my books if anyone were to analyse them. Such thoughts always lead to cringing and the need to go look at pictures of kittens.

Ninja Sore Muscle Relief – Tutorial

What’s this? He’s updating on a weekend? I know. It’s weird. This week has been full of all-night car trips, late writing sessions and the necessary sleep-ins at strange hours to compensate. Excuses, excuses. I shall make it up to you with weekend posts!

Here I present you with an adorable solution to muscle aches and pains from sporting activities or simply long hours at the office.

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Instructions after the jump! Continue reading “Ninja Sore Muscle Relief – Tutorial”