Attuned is very close to being complete.
This morning, I got my edits back from Tim Marquitz. He have me some fantastic feedback and pointed out some consistent technical mistakes that I’ve been making. For example, I write too many passive sentences, and I’m still using too many adverbs.
I also use too many em-dashes.
Roughly two thousand of them.
…I may have a problem.
Anyway, I’m going to be spending the next week or two fixing these mistakes. I’m very grateful to Tim for not only making a ton of corrections in the manuscript, but pointing out these consistent issues so I can improve on them for future books.
Once those last edits are done, the manuscript should be good to go.
The cover art is also complete – minus the typography. As with the War of Broken Mirrors books, my cover art is by Daniel Kamarudin, and he did an amazing job. I’ll share the cover as soon as the typography is good to go. I can’t wait to show it to everyone.
Thanks to both Tim and Daniel for their help with the project. I think this is going to be my best book yet.
Just a quick shout out for a book that I read recently and enjoyed, Ascend Online by .
As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my next books is going to be in the up-and-coming “LitRPG” genre. For those who are unfamiliar, this genre involves people either playing games, being transported into game-like worlds, or just characters living in video game style settings. As a game designer, the genre is a natural fit for me, and I’ve loved anime in the genre like Log Horizon, Overlord, etc.
Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the Western LitRPG novels. They often fall into tropes I don’t enjoy or depict the gaming industry in ways that don’t make any sense. Ascend Online is the first major exception; I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre.
The systems made sense, the characters were interesting (the puma is the best), and the general focus of the story was small enough in scale that I found it much more immersive than the usual life-or-death situations that these books often have.
If you’re curious about my own books status, Attuned is currently sitting with my professional editor, and I’m hard at work on making changes based on my beta reader feedback. I’m also getting further into the writing on Defying Destiny – I’ve got the foundations of the first chapters for Lydia and Taelien, as well as an updated outline.
Stealing Sorcery has been nominated for a Stabby award over on Reddit for Best Self-Published/Independent Novel!
If you enjoyed the book, please give it an upvote over on Reddit (here) – winning a Stabby would mean a lot to me and potentially be a boost to my career.
There are some other great authors up for awards this year, too, so make sure to take a look at the other categories if you’re interested!
Thanks for all the support, everyone!
I’ve finished the second draft of Attuned. My beta readers have been amazingly helpful and giving me a lot of great feedback for improving the manuscript.
This version isn’t 100% complete – I’m still waiting on a couple last beta readers, then I’ll be doing a professional editor pass.
My current estimate on delivering the book is somewhere in February or March. There’s also a slim chance I may end up selling the book to a traditional publisher, in which case that could delay the release, but hopefully help me get it distributed to a much broader audience.
In terms of other books, I’ve been getting back to making some progress on Defying Destiny. The first Taelien chapter is now in progress – and it’s much flashier than most of my intro chapters are. I think my readers will enjoy it.
The first draft of Attuned is completed and has been sent out to beta readers.
It’s easily my longest novel – it’s almost exactly 200,000 words. For comparison, Forging Divinity was 112,000. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire is about 213,000.
I’m feeling pretty great right now. Can’t wait to hear what the beta readers have to say and get this launched!
Just a brief update.
I’m in the home stretch for finishing my first draft of Attuned. At the time of this writing, I’m at about 160,000 words – that’s roughly the length of Stealing Sorcery.
By the time I finish, I expect to be somewhere between 180,000 and 200,000, depending on how many elements I decide to push off to a sequel and if I decide to trim down some of the existing content to improve the pacing in some of the slower areas.
After Attuned’s first draft is completed, I’ll be sending it off to beta readers for initial feedback and editing. After those revisions, I’ll be either sending it to a professional editor or talking to a publisher that could provide one.
While the War of Broken Mirrors will remain self-published for the foreseeable future, I could see Attuned working as a traditionally published book – as a magical school story, it’s a very good fit for the current fantasy market, and I’d love to get my books distributed more broadly. It’d be a dream to eventually see my books in a Barnes and Noble or that sort of thing.
After Attuned is finished, I’ll be moving into working primarily on Defying Destiny, the third War of Broken Mirrors book. I’ve done some outlining and pre-writing for that already, but I’m skeptical that I’ll hit my original Spring 2017 target – it may end up being later in the year.
I’m still working on that LitRPG (“trapped in a MMORPG”) style novel as well, but that’s a lower priority and just something I’ll be working on when I’m in the right mood.
The Kindle edition of Stealing Sorcery is currently on sale for 99 cents (US and UK only, due to how Kindle Countdown Deals work). If you haven’t picked it up yet, now is a great time! You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Sorcery-Broken-Mirrors-Book-ebook/dp/B016IPJ1R8/
In other news, my progress on Attuned has been continuing steadily, but it’s turning out to be much longer than I expected. I normally stick within about +/- 10% of my outline length, but due to the nature of the story as a school novel in a new setting, I’m finding that it’s important to add a lot more details than I’d originally accounted for.
So, I’ve got two options at this point – either finish the book at a much higher length than expected, or I can try to split it into two books. I’m not settled on any specific approach yet; for the moment, I’m just going to keep writing. If there’s a good natural place to end a book, I’ll revise toward making that conclusion be satisfying and make sense. If not, I’ll just end up publishing something much longer.
Here’s an overall status report:
Attuned (tentative title; new “magical school” style novel) – 130,000 / ~200,000? words
Unannounced title (something completely different; co-authored with Jessica Richards) – 30,000 / ~100,000 words
Defying Destiny – 2,000 / 150,000 words
The current estimated release schedule is as follows:
Attuned – January 2017?
Defying Destiny – Mid 2017
Unannounced title – Late 2017
Just a quick update.
Attuned is now roughly the same length as Forging Divinity (~112,000 words).
It’s also only about half complete, maybe a little more.
I may have underestimated this project.
So, this means it’s very likely that Defying Destiny is going to be pushed back – but, on the positive side, Attuned is shaping up to be pretty epic in scope. And Broken Mirrors readers will be able to find a few familiar faces. =D
I finished writing the first scene of Defying Destiny tonight. It’s a fight scene – and from Lydia’s perspective.
I’m still a long way off from finishing it, but it’s good to get my War of Broken Mirrors muscles stretching out again. I still won’t be working on it full time until I’m done with Attuned – that’s the tentative title of the magical school spin-off I’ve been working on – but I thought people might want to know I’m making some progress, and I think I’ll probably be going back and forth between both books to keep them fresh in my mind.
With Attuned taking longer to finish than I had initially expected, Defying Destiny might not land in Q1 of 2017 like I’d planned. I’m still going to try to get it out soon, but quality has to come first, so I won’t be rushing it. I think Attuned will have plenty to keep Broken Mirrors fans entertained in the meantime, too.