Update Time: So MUCH THINGS!

MEETING SANG: SILAS

If you haven’t been aware, Meeting Sang: Silas, has happened. It was recently delivered via the newsletter.

If you haven’t gotten it, and you’d like to get it and get the others when they come out, go sign up for the newsletter.

In addition, if you didn’t want to download Silas and you wanted to buy it (thank you), it is on preorder. You can find more information: https://clstonebooks.com/meeting-sang/


AUDIOBOOKS

House of Korba has been released.

Next up: Envy: Scheduled Release Date: 10-28-17

I think Sugar is already out, so we’re just filling in gaps. It’s amazing how fast they were able to come out with each book.

Also, if you haven’t tried it yet, if you’ve bought the ebooks on Amazon, you actually may be able to get the audiobook at a steep discount. Go to the book page on Amazon you want the audibook for, see if when you click on “Digital Download” what the price is.

At Audible, prices can vary, but you may get a better deal going through Amazon. For example, Thief is free, and for a lot of people, the audiobook ends up being $1.99. Sometimes it is $7.99. At Audible, it may be $15 or $20 for the book, so you’ll get a really good deal just going direct with Amazon.


As I Write – Read books free before they are published.

I wanted to introduce you all to a project I’ve been contemplating doing over a couple of years now and I’m finally just jumping in and doing it.

Writing the Academy books takes some time. The writing process slows down a little because I have to backtrack, check notes, check changes around Charleston. The books are very long, too. I love them. I like giving you all details and weaving in a story that you’ll enjoy for years and years.

The editing side is a little slow, so it takes time to piece it together. Especially for books where the word counts are 120,000+ on occasion. Editors, line editors and proofreaders need weeks to check it out and get back to me. If you ever wondered why trade published books take so long, you know their process could take a year or two. Luckily within a few months, I’ve got another book on the way.

But in between those times, sometimes I’m antsy and I want to write. I want to write something new, fresh, and it gets out you pretty quickly. But I wouldn’t want people paying for this. Prior, I talked about doing something similar but in Kindle Unlimited, but a lot of people aren’t in KU and don’t really use it, so to use it just for this seems over the top.

As I Write will have new sections of books I’m writing on the side, where you get to read them as I’m working on them. When I complete a couple of chapters that week, I’ll polish them as best as I can, but remember they will be drafts. However, you’ll get to see how things develop.

But this is a chance for people to read some stuff, and it gives me a little outlet to just go crazy and write a sparked idea.

I am aiming for once a week, although it could be once every two weeks if people prefer slightly longer editions but at a slower pace. Part of the experiment is working out the best way for delivery, the frequency and how it works.

This isn’t a serial, this is sections of novels, a couple of chapters. There may be cliffhangers. There may be times when it is only one chapter, it is just super long.

If you aren’t interested in waiting and just want to read when they are completed, after they are done, I will put them for sale on Amazon, iBooks and the usual publishers (after any revisions or editing). You can wait to read the completed ones, or go back, download all the pieces.

Just know those pieces won’t be as polished as the real deal. But, free, yeah?

The newsletter is absolutely free, but I’ll include a couple of ads in the newsletter itself on occasion just to help support it a little, and also there’s a (completely optional/if you want) Patreon. There are a few rewards for Patreon supporters but this doesn’t affect the delivery of the newsletter at all. I’m doing the newsletter because I want to, the Patreon is if you want to.

Right now I’m going to start with a couple of stories I’ve been tinkering with between books. One of the first ones will be Favored, as I wanted to extend it and add new scenes.

The second one will be something completely new. I will be doing both at the same time, so it is essentially two stories to read the pieces of each week. As one finishes, it’ll be followed up by another one behind it. So far, I have lined up fantasy romances as one, and some contemporary romances for the second option, so hopefully a little something for most tastes.

I’m sure there will be questions. 🙂 I’ll be working through kinks. If you’re interested, there’s a separate newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/c8dL91

If you just want to know when the books are completed and will be published, stick with the main newsletter: http://eepurl.com/03SZj

If you want to support the endeavor, try Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/asiwrite

If you decide to support, there are different tiers.

At a $1 a month, as books are completed, you’ll get the final delivered to you via email as thanks for supporting while I was working on it. So if I write two books on the side at a time, and they take about three months to complete, you’re getting each finished book for $1.50.

For $10 a month, you’ll get a chance to let me know how you want the story to go. I’ll email surveys about different ways the story could go and I’ll let majority rule on certain points. I’ll also send a little something directly in the mail each month as a thank you.

In addition, if you’re really very generous, there is a $30 a month option. This does include everything in the other tiers. With this, you’re also sent a monthly item (mug, tote, custom notebook, it changes each month and sometimes corresponds with something that got released) exclusive to Patreon supporters. You’ll also get to put a message inside each edition of As I Write.

More details are on the Patreon page. Some things may change for it, but we’ll work on that. 🙂

Things may change with all this, so expect some bugs and hiccups at the start and thanks for being patient. 🙂

 

Hobbies and Updates

Update on Silas: I had an itch to write more toward the end. There was stuff going on that I had forgotten about until I was in editing phase and re-reading Introductions again. So I’m tacking that in. (Normal for me to tack in stuff I forgot to put in.)

So close! And then it goes in for a line edit. So it’ll come soon. If you don’t know, these don’t get a preorder. It comes out free through the newsletter, and then later goes wide, usually for sale for $.99. The date will vary on when I can get the line editor. Once I finish this ending I want to tack on, it should start that process.

I did have emails coming in asking questions outside of the books, ideas to post in this blog. If you have additional ideas or things to add, email me and I’ll try to include them.

One of the questions: What are my hobbies besides writing?

If anyone gives me a chance to talk about video games, I’ll talk your ear off.

Video games take up a lot of my free time. Fallout 4 modded out, Stranded Deep… I’ve been playing Dark and Light. I loved ARK for a long time. I swap out games every now and again, and you’ll probably hear about any new obsessions.

I have thought about doing Play Through videos for YouTube, but like the Sims videos, it’d be done when I get time between writing. It takes a bit of work to put those things out. 🙂 But I have been learning Adobe Premier. I guess this may become another hobby of mine in the future. I like the idea of sharing videos, games or maybe not games. Just for fun.

I also do junk journaling. If you’re not sure what that is, this video will answer:

On top of that I do some traveling, and when I’m gone I’ll collect things to put in the junk journals. Sometimes I go with friends. Lately, I’ve been wanting to just go by myself, mostly for the adventure. Sometimes it is good to just go alone, to go at your own pace and see whatever it is you want to see or do whatever you want. 🙂

And sometimes it is a self-imposed writing retreat. A hotel room to yourself for a few days can really give you just a fresh look on your writing, and also give you some experience if you take time out to explore even just the hotel.

But I am always looking for something new. I like learning about what other people are doing. If you’ve got some unusual hobbies, let me know via email.

August is Gone Already?

August Obsessions

Game: Still in Fallout 4, but also Dark and Light, and also Stranded Deep

Audio: The Hello Internet Podcast

Video: Anne with an E

Other: Fried potatoes. 🙂

Things to know:

Silas is in revisions! This is good, but I also have a cold thingie. Nothing deadly (yet). Just may take off a few days. This is why release dates are elusive. Things pop up.

By the way, Meeting Sang: Silas, as always, gets released via the newsletter first. We’re also trying out Instafreebie for delivery. This will allow you to be able to load the book to your e-reader of choice, instead of having to side load.

I’m also feeling more comfortable with Adobe Premier as well. I’m hoping to get a good head start into Love’s Cruel Redemption and then try to work in getting Sims started up again. Also, perhaps some other reverse harem games, natural or via mods. We’ll see!

July Faves Plus Talking Audiobooks

Obsessions I enjoyed through July:

Games: Modded Fallout 4 (Reverse Harem style!), The Trail (Android and iPhone, Free)

YouTube: MyLifeMits

Food: Fried eggs on toast, roasted potatoes (going through a vegetarian-ish eating habit thing, but now I live on toast and potatoes)

Projects: Digging into reading through the Ghost Bird series to make sure I haven’t forgotten some random plot threads, tinkering with Silas, plotting for Love’s Cruel Redemption, also learning Adobe Premier.

Anything you want to know about me here? Email me ideas and I’ll add them in. 🙂

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Good morning, friends!

It has been a bit of time since I posted update. These aren’t going to be *that* regular, as…well…writing is kind of a boring thing. 🙂 You sit at a desk or with a laptop somewhere and stare at a screen and type.

But within the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen the release of more audiobooks, thanks to Brilliance Audio.

I have to admit, I was very torn with continuing to do the audiobooks myself. However, I was facing only being able to get around to it perhaps once a year.

Kind of stinks, I know. So when Brilliance approached me about doing the audiobooks, I listened.

Brilliance does an exceptional job with audio, having worked with familiar authors like Nora Roberts and Fern Michaels. Plus, they promised to be able to deliver all of the audiobooks within a couple of years.

Now I was surprised when recently they launched not just the remakes of previous audiobooks of Ghost Bird, but also continue into book four of that series and also start on the Scarab Beetle books. They did far more than I was able to do in a very short amount of time.

In addition, the audiobooks should now become available in local libraries, and we’re able to get print audiobook editions, something I didn’t think I’d be able to do.

I’m not able to offer the audiobooks through my own website any more, but if you did buy the previous audiobooks through that system, you should still be able to download from there at any time. If there are any problems with this, just contact me and I’ll make sure you’ll get a copy.

The same should happen if you purchased from iTunes or ACX. If you have any problems with those, contact their customer support. No matter what, if they are unable to fulfill your purchase, contact me and I’ll make sure it happens.

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If you haven’t yet seen them, the new A Report Cheat Sheets are out! Click below to find them. Remember, spoiler ones sometimes contains mega spoilers!

Spoiler Cheat sheets July 2017

Non-Spoiler Cheat sheets July 2017

Author Interview – For Funsies

I get asked to do interviews sometimes, and I usually don’t accept too often, but I found a list of questions in different places and I thought it would be fun to fill out. Something outside of the typical questions I get that are usually all about the books.

I’ve tweaked and added a few question on my own of things I love. Maybe other authors can take the questions and answer, too. 🙂

Or maybe I’m boring. 🙂 Either or.

THE BASICS

When did you start writing?

I think when I was 16, I was trying to write poetry for a boy I liked. The boy didn’t stick around but the writing did. I didn’t really think of writing professionally until years later. At some point I leaped into trying to write novels. I wrote a very cruddy rough draft for a book in three weeks, and at the time I was very impressed with myself, and tried to write another very quickly. I still have those manuscripts tucked away to possibly never work on again.

What were you doing before you started working full time as a writer?

I was working from home mostly, although I’ve had a number of really odd jobs. I did some journalism work for a newspaper in a small town. I wrote many, many articles for websites, magazines. If you want to write books, I recommend not getting a job where you write all day. My brain quit after work writing that I rarely ever got around to wanting to write my own fiction pieces.

Do you write every day?

When in book writing mode, I’m usually at the desk writing in the mornings, although my work schedule sometimes shifts on me. Sometimes it is early morning and sometimes I am up late at night writing. I try to write at times I am feeling very alert and ready to write.

If I am on a deadline, I usually will spend 14 hours at a computer. Not good for your health. 🙂

What does your desk look like?

Right now, I’ve got a set up that I call ‘the rig’.

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Crazy? Yes. Although often I’m on my laptop on the couch doing work there as well. I like being able to move around the house.

THE NITTY GRITTY

How long did it take you to write your first book?

The very first one took only a couple of weeks to write the first draft, and I wrote the sequel immediately after. They were pretty bad and I started writing other things, occasionally going back to them to perfect them. I’ve never published those.

That’s how you did things when you first started out back then. You wrote something, and while you were proud of it, you were new and knew it would need work. You study books on writing and then one day you find you start getting the hang of it.

Eventually, I got better, but it took a lot of work, a lot of reading up on how to write a story, and later I learned everything I could about the publishing industry. You never really stop learning.

Introductions itself only took four days to write, I was so excited to be writing it. Sometimes it is like that. Sometimes you can write a book in a week because you are fired up and sometimes you need a lot of time. Depends on the writer, how complicated the book is, etc. Starting a book is the easiest, or starting a series. All you have to do is write something interesting.

Where did you get the idea for the basis of your story?

I’m going to stick with The Academy series since that’s the most popular (although Spice God is good, one of my favorites, highly recommended, and yes, that’s my ego talking, and also because I love it.)

The Academy story really stemmed from the characters and a mix of almost true life events. The way the characters are so real to me really does help build up the plot. Sometimes you’ll hear me say “I don’t know what’s happening yet.” This is because I never put the characters in the situation yet, so I don’t know their reaction. They’ve surprised me. When you build strong characters, you end up just following them around in your head and see what they end up doing.

But really, I watched a few reverse harem animes, etc… One day I was hearing someone talk about Japan and how the Japanese will come up with some very wild and wacky animes and stories. He was suggesting that nothing was really too taboo for Japan because the Japanese separated fantasy from reality. It isn’t real. It is just a story or just a cartoon. They treat it as such.

I took this to heart when I considered writing a reverse harem story. I hadn’t seen it before in anything other than erotic fiction. There were plenty of those but I wanted to see what would happen if it were a slow romance. And I happen to love the slow build of Japanese romances, although I avoid the tragic endings.

But what he had said about separating your fantasy and reality gave me the courage to just write it how I wanted. What if I could combine a lot of my favorite types of characters and then see which ones fit together? And then what if they *had* do stick by one girl for whatever reason? Sounds taboo to say “nine guys with one girl romantically” but the challenge was to get people to accept it gradually. This is why I never really announced what was in it. I let people figure it out as they go through the books.

The Academy itself was stemmed from the idea of being the reason they had to stick together. Especially with Ghost Bird, their ages make this a reality as well. Sang’s young and so are the guys, so there are limitations.

Some of the anime that are out about reverse harem, including some I watched when I was tossing the idea around:

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Where’d you get the ideas for the characters?

Every character sprung from a mix of all kinds of places. I’ve often said I’ve been a big fan of things like anime and video games.  I’ve often said to readers, in some interviews and in social media, my love of things like Ouran High School Host Club, Darker than Black, Girl’s Side, Mystic Messenger, Fullmetal Alchemist, Skyrim, Dragon Age, etc.

Each game or anime will basically take a character arc type, a stereotype about people. For a character, you may start with a real person, and then bend it to a character arc type, add some flavor, and you’ve got someone new, someone lifelike.

For example, I have a friend I refer to all the time for Silas. “Real Silas” and I have been friends for many years. He came to America from Greece when he was about ten. He actually does amazing woodwork and he’s always telling me about how he’d love to one day buy a boat to sail.

You take him, and give him a character arc type, like someone who loves baseball and loves sports and is passionate about it (a common arc type used in Girl’s Side and other games) and maybe give him some quirks from something else (strong, silent type like from Ouran High School), maybe something from someone like Farkas from Skyrim, simply strong, always there, doesn’t need to say a lot, etc.

You just chop all those pieces up, mix them together, bam, you get a Silas Korba, a Greek who moved to the States when he was young, is okay with construction, loves the sea, loves baseball, strong silent type. They’re all pretty much like that: real life mixed with this, that and the other.

Silas Example

How much real life is in the fiction? How much do you take from real life and add it to the books?

Very often. For example, the camping scenes are ones I experienced when I was younger going to girl’s camp every year. The church turned diner was a church on my old street in South Carolina, and I’ve worked in a diner-type restaurant, so I had some background in this. Obviously, Charleston itself is real. Victor’s house is a real location. So many locations are just real life.

There are a lot of characters based on real people (only added to and mixed up with other things, as mentioned). Scenes you’ll see like in the hospital, I grew up going into a lot of hospitals so that is familiar territory for me, the school, the bomb threats, a lot of things. A surprising amount now that I’m thinking of it, but that’s kind of what you do. That and you mix it together with stuff you’ve read and played video games of and TV. I mean, the question essentially boils down to ‘where do you get your ideas’? And the answer is just ‘everywhere’. I think if you ask any author anywhere about this, they’ll say the same thing. Generally stolen from life, the universe, and all the things — just spruced up a bit so it is somewhat believable.

What’s it like to be a full time writer?

It is much busier than I thought it would be like. I think I imagined sitting in a cabin in the middle of the woods, waking up to make breakfast, sit at a computer and write, and then after a good session, you take a walk, play a video game. The dream life. 🙂

The reality is I spend a lot of time managing different aspects of the work. A lot of it is general indie based work, like making covers, marketing, responding to emails. I could spend hours in emails and still not get to anything else.

Basically, it is the freelance-type work I used to do before, only with 200% more to do and less time to do it in. 🙂 This is probably self bias, but it just feels like it. I was someone who always just loved free time over anything else.

Most of what I enjoy about the work is the writing, so a lot of my writing friends will often hear me complaining about the ‘work’ part but I never consider the writing to be work. That’s the fun. I’d rather do that.

Have any more questions for me? The best way to reach me is via email. Some I add to newsletters, so don’t forget to join that, too.

THANK YOU – USA Today – Black and Green

As always, this is you all.

A bestseller list doesn’t happen without you. This isn’t like I ran the fastest mile, or performed a backflip on a polar bear. Bestselling lists takes thousands of people coming together to buy the same book at the same moment.

This is readers showing interest and wanting to be part of this world.

Thanks for being a part of this.

bgusatoday

 

Last Week of June – Mid Summer Organizing

Favorites of the month:

I’m taking a little time out this summer to rework my OneNote files.

You may have seen in previous cheat sheets about my notes I keep for all of The Academy books. As I’m starting to get to the last few books of Scarab Beetle and the second half of Ghost Bird, the notes I had been taking for each series has become disheveled. Things I swore I’d remember I don’t now, and some small plots got lost along the way.

So the plan is to take a little time out for July and to go back and create better notes. This may push Silas back a little, but the goal is to end up with notes where I’m not having to go back and try to figure out where was that thing that I mentioned (or did I?)

In other words, better stories, and hopefully less time to write them. 🙂

Currently writing (slowly): Meeting Sang: Silas

Current side project: Learning Adobe for video making to make better Sims videos. This may take time. 🙂

Release Day – Black and Green

Today is the day we find out what happened at the gray house on Sunnyvale Court!

unnamedI hope everyone likes the new format. There are a ton of big changes, a lot of new discoveries to be made.

With the introduction of some chapters being from one of the guy’s point of view, we’ll be able to look in on them on occasion. This is something I haven’t been able to do before, but I hope you all will love. I loved writing from Dr. Green’s viewpoint. He has such a warm heart and just wants everyone to be happy.

What’s next?

Meeting Sang: Silas is still being written at the moment. That will be the next book expected to be out in the future.

Following Silas, there should be Ghost Bird: Love’s Cruel Redemption and then following that, Scarab Beetle: Tempest.

When will it happen? I don’t know yet. 🙂 I have to finish writing them and then will start the editing process. I’ll try to keep everyone up to date here about what books are where in the process.

 

 

The Week Before Black and Green

Current project: Meeting Sang: Silas (On a small pause in prep for Black and Green release)

Song of the moment: Salty Sincerity DS Remix by Clean Tears

Currently playing: Life is Feudal: Forest Village

This is the part where I hope I didn’t forget anything major in the next book coming out. All plot threads for the book closed? Did Luke forget to comb his hair? 🙂 Nerves? What?

In the next few weeks, I’m looking to continue the Sim videos. I was always disheartened about the quality the videos came out in. I also wasn’t sure about inputting my voice. The learning curve from book writing to video production is different.

But I’m putting effort into learning Adobe Premier, and hopefully, the quality will be much better. Once I learn how to use it. 🙂