Lord of the Wolves Chapter Fifteen

March 9th, 2016  |  Published in Haventon Chronicles  |  3 Comments

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Anna stood in the empty outbuilding on Michael’s farm, closed her eyes and concentrated on the form of a wolf. Sarah, Daniel and Tanya were trying to teach her to shift consciously, and she’d be lying if she said she wasn’t a little nervous. She’d wanted to study photos first since she’d never actually seen a wolf and didn’t want to end up looking ridiculous because she got it wrong. She was also more than a little irritated when she expressed that fear and Sarah and Daniel had laughed. Tanya hadn’t, instead she’d scowled at the other two and shaken her head. Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Sixty Part Three

March 7th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  3 Comments

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Lydia couldn’t follow the next thing Sonia did at all but after a few moments, the white void above their heads began to shimmer and gradually turn blue. At first it looked very artificial, more like a blue painted ceiling than a sky, but as she tweaked it, it began to look more and more like a summer sky. There were even a few wisps of clouds drifting across it. If she looked at it carefully the colour was still slightly off but otherwise it was indistinguishable from a real sky – except for one thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Blog – Short and Sweet

March 6th, 2016  |  Published in News  |  28 Comments

Not much news this week so I thought I’d try something different.

Name one of my settings or characters in comments and I’ll reply with five factoids about them.

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Sixty Part Two

March 4th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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Lydia had imagined that her mother’s twisting of space to make a bubble would have some visible effects but except for the fact she could sense where the bubble was forming, there was nothing.

Why are you putting the entrance among the fruit trees, mum? Daniel asked. Wouldn’t nearer the house be more convenient? Read the rest of this entry »

The Whisper of Damkina Part Sixty Three

March 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Whisper of Damkina  |  9 Comments

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“If you feel sick or unwell at any point during the jump let me know,” Amanpreet told Prima as she prepared for the first jump of the journey to Aletheia. “We’ll drop out of hyperspace and let you back into the shielded section if you do.”

“I will!” Prima had two of her arms pressed against the transparent dome and was staring at the stars. “This is amazing even before we jump. Once we’re in hyperspace can I ask questions?” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Sixty Part One

February 29th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  1 Comment

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A/N: Check out this week’s Sunday Blog with news about Dragon Wars and Shattered.

“It’s nice to be home!” Lydia flopped down onto her own bed in her own room with obvious relief. “I have so missed my bed. I hope it sticks for a while this time.” She looked up at Lyrrekka who had followed her in. “You and Kari are staying in my room?” she asked.

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Sunday Blog: Dragon Wars Decisions, Whisper Status and More About Shattered

February 28th, 2016  |  Published in News

Thank you for all the comments on the first of these, peeps. I love talking with my readers. 🙂

So here’s where we’re at:

Dragon Wars:

Having listened to everyone’s advice I’ve come to a decision. Once I’ve finished Arc Four Dragon Wars will go on a hiatus (hopefully no more than a few months) and I will start serialising the spinoff instead. The Caredale Tales book one is  titled The Sundered Light and should stand Whisper alone (though DW readers may well figure  certain things out very quickly if they’ve been paying attention). The current arc has one more chapter (so several installments) to go before the pause so we’re talking at least a month before the changeover. Caredale will release on the Dragon Wars rss feed so those of you who use that will see it automatically.

Whisper

This week’s installment is written, so I’ll be sending it to Torvawk later today and there will be an update on Wednesday (yay!).

Shattered

No one commented yay or nay so as things stand I’m going to do the thing. The worst that happens is no one buys in, which would be sad but meh.

I’ve been looking at two friends who do a for money serial for examples and they both handle it in different ways.

(BTW both these serials are excellent and come recommended by me).

The first is Hen and Chick by Tristan J. Tarwater. A fun swashbuckling fantasy adventure which she’s serialising monthly on Gumroad. She is charging pay as you feel with a minimum of $2 month and subscribers also get a monthly worldbuilding post about the setting. I asked her some questions and she’s really enthusiastic about the model.

The second is Curveball by Christopher Wright. He describes this as a superhero prose comic. His serialisation is somewhat different  and not entirely for pay as he is serialising it for free on his site. Each issue is between 8-10k words and is simultaneously available free on his site or as a 99 cent ebook on Amazon etc.

I have considered both these options and come up with the following:

  • Starting in mid-April I will serialise Shattered in installments of 8-10k words using Gumroad (I’ll open subscriptions in early April in preparation).
  • It will also  be made available for Patreon Patrons so nobody will have to pay twice (though Tristan reckons that Gumroad is more secure than Patreon and she may have a point so if people don’t mind migrating I’ll probably leave Patreon sooner rather than later as it has been over a year now and it’s still very quiet). (Plus Patreon doesn’t deal with VAT meaning I’ll have to hand email the ebooks to avoid the VATMOSS debacle so I think I’d prefer people to migrate). Expect a Sunday blog on this subject once I make up my mind.
  • I’m currently intending to charge a minimum of $0.99/month. I may up it to $1.99 if I decide to do the monthly world building content. (If I do this and I haven’t left Patreon then the content will only release to Patreon Patrons at the $2 or above level). (Note for European readers: These prices are excluding VAT. Gumroad adds the correct VAT to the prices I set).
  • I will only release on Amazon once the serial is completed and all readers will get the full ebook (and a steep discount on the paperback if they want it).
  • There will be a post on the site for subscribers to discuss each month’s release because comments are one of the joys of serial fiction.
  • Once the serialisation of each book is fully completed on Gumroad I will release it for free on the website in a Serial+ format (There will be a link to the ebook at the end of each chapter).
  • And in case you missed it last week this is the first draft of Chapter One of Shattered. Once ready for release I will have the final version of the chapter (approx 2k words) available as a taster to try and draw people in.

The other possibility is to release it as a pure PAYF serial.

That is people will be able to subscribe for nothing but there will a suggested price.

I actually rather like this idea. Apparently PAYF has worked well for a great many creators so it might be a nice thing to try (and it would solve the Patreon VAT problem). If I did it this way only paying subscribers would get the final ebook and the paperback discount. Also if I do it this way it will never release on the site as it will already be available free.

And finally here is a preliminary graphic for the header. It needs better art because I can’t paint well enough for commercial work (Enled’s mouth and eyes shouldn’t be crooked) but it gives you the idea. Not sure  about the font either.

Shattered(1)

So there we go. I’d be glad to hear your thoughts on pricing model and everything else. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Fifty Nine Part Ten

February 26th, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  3 Comments

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“We should tell Sophie Ashbourne about this,” Sonia said. “Last time I spoke to her, she’d persuaded the government to let Eric and her merge the kids from their project into the new school and she would recognise Dan and Lisa. I don’t think she’d drop us in it but why antagonise an ally by not trusting her in advance?”

Matthias nodded thoughtfully. “That’s not a bad idea. I’ll let you handle it. And speaking of training, have you sorted out a plan for how we’re going train Drew’s friends at home without them having to join this program?” Read the rest of this entry »

Lord of the Wolves Chapter Fourteen

February 24th, 2016  |  Published in Haventon Chronicles  |  4 Comments

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A/N: Check out the first Sunday Blog in which I talk about where I’m at with life and writing.  While topics will vary it is going to be a regular thing.

“Do you want to come to the wake tonight, Dave?” Tanya asked as Kate drove her, David and Anna back from Keran’s. “It’s a special one for Uncle Mark’s supernatural friends and family but you fit that definition now.”

“It’s at Morna’s Bar, isn’t it?” Kate said. “Even if he doesn’t stay for the wake you should probably introduce David to Morna. Her Queen will want to know about him.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Wars Saga Arc Four: The Torn Sky Chapter Fifty Nine Part Nine

February 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  2 Comments

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A/N: Check out the first Sunday Blog in which I talk about where I’m at with life and writing.  While topics will vary it is going to be a regular thing.

A/N2: I finished this a bit late so the edited version isn’t back yet, so this is the raw version. Will post the edited version once I have it.

“I’m not getting any particular alarms from the thought of Dan doing this,” Sonia said. “Which suggests that it might not be a disaster if he does. I’m still not happy about it, but that might just be a mother’s worry.”

“It probably is,” Daniel said. “You do fuss, mum. We’ll need an escape plan for me if I’m going to do this.”

“I’ll teach you to teleport,” Anthony said. “I’m already teaching Selene. You’ll be able to run then if you need to.” Read the rest of this entry »

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