The proof is approved, and Kalmanash is now for sale on the CreateSpace store! It's 392 pages, and is priced at $12.99. I hope you enjoy it!
The second proof for "Kalmanash" arrived, and it looks much better than the first. Just a few details to take care of and the book will be available for sale!
The proof copy came. I'm not satisfied with it, though. It ended up being way fatter than I expected, so I'm going to reduce the font size and try to bring it down at least a hundred pages or so. I also tried a new matte style cover, but I think I like the old glossy covers better. So, back to the drawing board for a bit.
My new novel is ready to publish, and now I'm just waiting for the proof to get here so I can make sure it's good to go before I put it up for sale. The game is probably going to have to wait for a while though.
Well, I've got good news and bad news.
Good news is, I've found a platform for publishing the game, and I have the artwork, rules, and everything ready to go.
Bad news is, because it's a print-on-demand kind of thing, it ain't cheap. It has a lot of different components, which added up faster than I liked—it has 76 cards, 18 dice of various types, and 6 player pieces, besides the rule booklet and the board itself. All said and done, the game will end up costing about $50, which I consider a bit on the ridiculous side.
So I'm going to keep looking around to see if I can find a better deal, but in the event I can't, maybe I'll just post the rule book on my website and let people who are interested make their own boards and cards and dice and whatever. We'll see what happens.
Just a little update on what's been going on, as I haven't posted here in a while.
I've been sending submissions out for some time now for a book called "Daughter of the Mages." No bites yet, but fingers crossed!
I also have a plan in the works to self-publish another book, and am also working on a dice-based board game that goes along with it. I'm not sure how long it will take, as it's still in the planning phase, but my family has played some test versions of it and we think it's pretty fun. I'm still looking for the best platform to produce it with.
I'm super excited. The iOS version of Scrivener, my favorite writing software, is FINALLY coming out! It's been years since it was promised, and at times I was sure it would never happen. But it is now. I've been participating in beta testing for it for a while, and it works really nicely. It syncs very well with the Mac or PC versions and is without a doubt the best writing program for iOS I've ever used.
Head over to www.literatureandlatte.com for more information if you're interested. I'm not affiliated with Literate and Latte, and I'm not recieving any sort of compensation for touting their wares—I'm posting this solely because I love the software and think it's a great boon to writers.
I went to an education summit here in Vernal, and the keynote speaker was Richard Paul Evans. He did some signings afterward, so I got to have a couple of my kids' books signed. They were ecstatic about that, of course.
The address he gave was pretty inspirational—I can see why he gets invited to speak so much. It was a neat experience.
So movies get to put deleted scenes on their DVDs, right? And scenes get deleted from books, too, right? Well, why not include deleted scenes from books, then? I've decided to do just that, and you can find them on the Free Stuff page. Deleted scenes from Reiyalindis are already up, and others will follow.
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the book, you probably don't want to read the deleted scenes. They could give stuff away, plus they may not make sense if you don't know the story, you know? Read the book FIRST. You wouldn't want to watch deleted scenes from a movie before you see the movie, would you?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy them, and let me know what you think! Should they have been included in the book, or are they better off in the junk pile?
The Ashen Swarm is now available on the Kindle Store. It is priced the same as the ePub version at $5.99. However, if you happen to have already purchased the print version from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for 99¢.
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