Hello, everyone! A good friend of mine, poet extraordinaire Derek Pritchard, composed this for me and I thought it worth sharing! I’ve since shared it with my family and I will say, Derek, that my family absolutely loves it!
He’s gone through the portal
And opened the gates
To that place in his mind
Where old Lentari waits.
He’s completing a story;
It is a she-dragon’s tale
And, when we’ve fixed all the errors,
He will put it on sale.
He’s already started the next one
With wife, Giliane, in tow –
Although what this one’s about
We do not yet know
But we know when he’s finished,
When his new story’s done,
That we’ll want it like the others
Because Jeff’s books are fun!
I also would like to announce if you’re on Facebook then you ought to stop by for an event happening today that features Indie Authors. I’m slated to be featured 4pm Central time, which is in about 2.5 hours for me. I’ll be giving away ebooks, talking about SWtwC, and answering any questions about myself or the books that anyone would like to know! I hope to see you guys there!
I’ve done this for the last couple of books I’ve released and thought it’d be fun to show you, the readers, the steps that I will undergo to get the book ready to be released and what stage I’m presently on. So, without further ado, here we go!
My steps for releasing a book:
- Finish writing the flippin’ book finished!
- Finalize book cover finished!
- Give to wife (Beta Reader #1). Correct any advised changes. finished!
- Get the pdf into the hands of my Beta Readers. in progress
- Get the pdf into the hands of my primary proofer. You know who you are. in progress
- Revise manuscript to reflect changes. in progress
- Format the manuscript for KDP submission (Amazon) – takes up to 24 hrs.
- Format the manuscript for Smashwords distribution – can take around a week to show up for Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, etc.
- Format the manuscript for Createspace release – this is the print edition.
- Pull out notebook and start working on Tales of Lentari #3! in progress
Hello all you honorary citizens of Lentari! I’d like to announce the winner of last month’s Trivia Time Challenge. And the winner? Ms. Jenni Fuhrmann! Congrats, Jenni! If you’ll email me your mailing address I’ll put you down for one print copy of Something Wyverian This Way Comes just as soon as it is released!
I’d like to express my thanks to everyone who played!
Hello all you honorary citizens of Lentari! The second volume in the Tales of Lentari is rapidly approaching the finish line so it’s that time to send out a request to anyone that might be interested in being a beta reader for me. I already have a few lined up, but as anyone knows with writing, the more eyes you have checking over your work, the better.
The requirements are having a healthy grasp of the English language. As Derek will attest, there are times when I’m typing along and my fingers can’t keep up with my brain, so what appears on the page is a bastardized version of the scene playing out in my head. I’m looking for people not afraid to tell me if something doesn’t sound right, or if I left a plot hole open, or perhaps something just isn’t clear. The more help I get cleaning this thing up the better. Plus, I’ll leave you a shout-out in the acknowledgments!
Interested? Post a comment here and let me know! Thanks in advance for giving me a hand!
Silly me! I create a giveaway on Goodreads for someone to win a print copy of Lost City and I don’t even bother posting the link to it. Whoops.
Ok, here you go!
Now I realize that the answer to this question is easy enough to determine since everyone can just do a search on their e-readers, but I want to challenge the readers to see how many knows this without having to do so. If you don’t know, that’s ok. But do me a favor and let me know if you looked it up, ok? And try not to look at what other people have written! Let’s test those memory banks, people!!
Anyone who gets the answer is entered into the drawing! The prize will be a print copy of Something Wyverian This Way Comes (Tales of Lentari #2) when it becomes available. Unlike the Goodreads Giveaway, this contest is open to any fan regardless where you live. This contest will end on the last day of February!
Okay, here goes…
Question: What is Kornal’s jhorun?
If you know the answer then leave a comment here and let me know! Only people who comment here, with the correct answer, will be entered into the drawing! Good luck to all who play!
I usually start planning out the cover to the book I’m presently working on once I reach a certain point through the book. I hit it. It’s time to start thinking about what I want to do for Something Wyverian This Way Come’s cover. The word “Wyverian” alone dictates that there’s gonna be dragons on the cover. But what should the setting be? Flying through the sky? Down on the ground? Under it? I’ve used all locales in the book.
As always, I’m all about keeping the story fun and light-hearted. The cover needs to properly convey that. So what sort of whimsical scene should I have the artist draw for me? What do you guys like to see on a cover?
I wanted to make a brief announcement for all those fans who have Kindles. I’ve finally released the two short stories on Kindle. Disneyland Debacle and Winter Wonderland are bundled together and is as cheap as I can make it, which is $0.99. I’m still going through it to make sure the formatting took place properly, so if you notice anything out of the ordinary be sure to let me know! Here’s the link: Bakkian Chronicles – Short Stories. Of course, it’s being released through Smashwords, too, so give it a little bit of time and the major retailers should have it in their stores.
Don’t forget to sign up for your chance to win an autographed copy of Lost World (Tales of Lentari #1)! The giveaway is going on right now on Goodreads. The link is on the last post! Good luck to all who enter!
Happy reading! Seeing how I have a 2nd writing day this week, I’m off to take advantage of that! Pryllan and the gang are calling my name!
I have one autographed copy of Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1) up for grabs! It’s hosted over on Goodreads and runs through February. I added a few new countries to the eligibility list based on the most frequent countries visiting the blog. Therefore, this giveaway is open to residents from: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and Australia.
Good luck to everyone who enters!
I have one last update for everyone. The Bakkian Chronicles short stories collection (yeah, I know – there’s only 2!) should be available on Kindle by the end of the week with a price tag of $0.99. It’ll contain both Disneyland Debacle and Winter Wonderland. I’ll also release it through Smashwords so that it’ll show up at all the other main retailers.
That’s it for now! I hope everyone has a great week!