Jon's Author Diary - 080 - April 14, 2019
Release Date: 04/14/2019
Hello, welcome to my author update the weekend. In April 14, 2019.
I've had a very busy week. Admittedly, most of it’s been spent playing with my son who is on his Easter holiday.
We’ve been enjoying the sunshine, wrestling on his trampoline, and bingeing on David Attenborough programs. We watched the whole series of Frozen Planet and Galapagos.
We also watched the movie Wreck-it Ralph, which I've never seen before. It's a kid’s movie a bit like e Shrek or Toy Story where there's a lot in there for grown-ups to enjoy. It’s basically a story about the bad guy in a 1980s videogame who wants a better life. I would recommend it.
In terms of actual writing. I did manage to get some stuff done. I got feedback for Strenfth (book 8 of The Ravenglass Chronicles) from my alpha readers, so I’ve been go through those. I made a few structural changes to the story, just to get the pacing better.
There were one or two scenes where I'd indulge to be on the world-building and nothing really happened. So I’ve meshed a few scenes together. So, even though you’re getting the cool world-building details, stuff is happening and the story is moving.
Final draft complete, I've now got Strength ready for the editor. I'm hoping it will be out early May.
The Ravenglass update
I’m in the process of rejigging The Ravenglass Chronicles books. I’ve put The Fool and The Magician together as one title, The Magician, and resubmitted the series to Amazon.
What I’ve realised is I’ve still got a lot to do in terms of actually getting everything right with this, so I need to update my website and social media links
Black Death update
On last week’s Author Diary podcast, I mentioned that the third collaborator on the post-apocalyptic Black Death trilogy lost his contribution to the second novel and had not written his contribution to the third book (the other collaborator and I had written our parts over a year ago), so we are parting ways with the other collaborator.
Lynn Sheridan and I will now focus on getting the book finished over the coming months. There will be a bit of extra work to do in order to bring the wordcount back up to reasonable length.
I’m looking forward to getting this things finished. The new covers have been ordered and I’ve already put together the first book.
I have been reading the Prince by Machiavelli this week. This is a non-fiction book about the intricacies of ruling and leadership. There’s some stuff in there that I will no doubt inspire things in my fantasy series.
I've also been reading The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. I’m about halfway through, and to be honest, it's a bit of a slog. It feels a little overwritten. The story is definitely there, but I think it could have been told in a much tighter way. So, I know this is just a style thing. I prefer some of the more recent authors like Brian McClellan, Scott Lynch, and Brandon Sanderson—their writing is much tighter and pacier.
I’m looking for advance reviewers for my Ravenglass Chronicle series. Because I removed The Fool from Amazon, a lot of my initial reviews have gone. At the moment, The Magician has only eight reviews—I want to get that to at least twenty.
If you're interested, email me at email@example.com and I will send you a review copy of The Magician and then if you like it I'd appreciate you leaving a review on Amazon.
I’ve had no questions this week, but if you have a question, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org