All is well…

Hi all! Hope you are all doing well. Just wanted to update and say that things are going well with The Splitting of Heaven’s release. The sales are coming in everyday, which is more than I could have hoped for, really, considering the lack of promotion I’ve done. So far iTunes/iBooks seems to be the champion avenue for my continuing readers, which isn’t much of a surprise since I have a larger audience there than on Kindle/Amazon. With that being said, I certainly hope any of my kindle/print based readers are spreading the news about the second installment being available. I did receive reports of Amazon sending out an email to some of my readers, which made me feel special, so that’s good news, at least.

Otherwise, I haven’t quite started working on the third book (I know, some of you are probably groaning at your computer screen as you read this) but that’s because I’m taking a much needed break from writing/editing. Have no fear, this break won’t last for long (a few weeks at the most), but as I settle into my new daytime job, and tie up some loose ends with the old one, I think I’ll find more time to write. I certainly feel much less stressed about work than I did previously and my mind has been putting the pieces of the next book together while I recuperate from the grueling task of publishing/changing jobs.

I’ve also found that one of my pet projects, currently codenamed “the Scourge” (because who doesn’t need codenames in day-to-day life, am I right?) has been bouncing around my mind a lot lately and I’ve unlocked a few more aspects of that story. I’m quite excited to eventually get to write that story, because I think it will be a great deal of fun for both me, and my readers.

Well, that’s about all I have for now. I will post again when I start working on the third book, and I anticipate that before the end, I will post some excerpts from it on my personal blog (which can be found via the “blog” tab).

Thanks for stopping by! And don’t forget to tell your friends and family about my writing! =)

-R.T.

The Splitting of Heaven is finally available on iTunes/iBooks

Hi all! Thanks for stopping by. I am pleased to announce that The Splitting of Heaven is now available to buy on iTunes and iBooks. It went up sometime last night, so please let your friends and family know that they can finally read the second book in the series on their iPads/iPhones.

Also, don’t forget to rate/review the book on Amazon or iTunes once you finish it so other people can know what you thought. =)

Thanks!

-R.T.

Book II Status Update 6/10/2014

Hi all! Hope you are all doing well. Just wanted to write a post to update everyone on the status of The Splitting of Heaven. The book is currently available to purchase on CreateSpace (the print version), Kindle, and Amazon. I’ve also submitted the book to Apple, but they are taking forever to actually publish the book, so it’s still being reviewed. I apologize for that delay. Were it in my control, I’d already have the book up on iTunes/iBooks for everyone to download, but alas, we all must wait.

Initial sales so far have been good, especially considering how little marketing I did for this release. With that being said, things could still pick up and I suspect they will once Apple gets their ducks in a row, but I’d love your help with this endeavor. If you know of anyone who’s read the first book, please let them know the second one has been released (or is being released, pending Apple’s approval). Many people have been getting emails from Amazon about the release, but I’m not sure how many of those people actually read their Amazon emails.

Otherwise, if you’d like to introduce people to the series, please feel free to share a link to this website or my books on Amazon. You never know, maybe one of your friends would really love the books as much as you did, and the first eBook is FREE, so they have no risk to join along. =)

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ll write again when the book goes live on Apple.

-R.T.

The Splitting of Heaven is available on Kindle!

Hi all, just wanted to update everyone and let you know that The Splitting of Heaven is now available to purchase on Kindle, so please be sure to check it out.

Apple is in the works but it might be a few days before it’s ready for sale (they have a lot more hoops to jump through), so please keep checking back. I will make an announcement on here when it’s up on the iBooks store.

Thanks for reading!

-R.T.

The Splitting of Heaven is available for purchase!!! (print)

I am happy to announce that the print version of The Splitting of Heaven is available to order. The Kindle version is soon to come and then the iTunes eBook will be up later this week. I apologize that all three can’t be ready at the same time, but I’m handling all the publishing/formatting myself while starting a new daytime job so I hope you can understand the delays. I’m hoping that the Kindle version will be ready tonight if not tomorrow morning.

Please enjoy and don’t forget to tell any of your friends who may have read the first book. Since I didn’t do a kickstarter this time around, the marketing budget it somewhat limited, so please spread the word! Thanks so much for reading! =)

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-R.T.

The Countdown Begins!!

I am happy to announce that The Splitting of Heaven is in the formatting process! After all the hard work, all the edits, and all the late nights, the book is finally going to be available for sale. I had originally set tomorrow 5/28 as the submission date (submission to Amazon/Apple/etc.) but it’s looking like it will be sometime this weekend instead.

I cannot say for certain what day the book will be available for purchase, as the actual publishing process can take some time to finish and be approved, but I’m hopeful that it will be available by at least Monday June 2nd (incidentally the day I start my new daytime job).

Please tell your friends who’ve read Chariots of Heaven about the launch, or if your friends haven’t read Chariots of Heaven tell them what they are missing out on (don’t forget to mention that the eBook is FREE on all channels).

There is also going to be a charity drive in the near future that I’m going to be setting up, but more details on that later.

Thanks for reading, and for all of your kind words and support.

-R.T.

The end at last!

The Splitting of Heaven is all but finished. True there are a handful of pages that still need some revisions, but the bulk of the work is DONE!!

So what’s the next step, you ask? Well my editor is going to read through it one more time to check it for continuity (make sure everything matches up and makes sense with the first book and within this book itself) and typos/formatting errors. After she finishes that, we are going to have a select few people concurrently read the final draft to attempt to catch every last typo/formatting error that we can. This process shouldn’t take more than a week or two since all of the people who will be reading it are exceptionally fast readers (at least in my mind). While they are reading the final draft my wife will design the cover, and I will begin to format the book for distribution on the various platforms and have it ready for publishing.

All of this in mind, the book will be up for sale within 3 weeks. That’s not an estimate, that is a promise. I’ll begin printing out the 3rd draft tomorrow and my wife will start reading it shortly thereafter.

I want to thank all of my readers for their patience and continued interest in my writing. I apologize that it has taken so long to complete this effort, but I’m hoping it will be well worth the wait. It certainly has been an adventure on my part and I am happy to say that I’ve learned and grown a great deal over the last year. More importantly I showed myself, and hopefully anyone who’s been watching, that the will do something is enough to accomplish just about anything. I convinced myself that I’d never write an entire book and all but abandoned my dream to become a writer because it, but now I’ve written two, and the only thing that changed was my belief in myself. If you believe you can do something, and you are willing to never give up, you can accomplish anything.

Thanks for reading.
=)

-R.T.

Chop Wood, Carry Water…

The editing continues, little by little. I am beyond the halfway point, so it’s all downhill from here right? Not quite sure how long it will take me to finish it, so I don’t want to give a date to disappoint, but it’s coming VERY soon. Since getting my book to go perma-free on Amazon, I have had a lot more motivation to just crank it out, so hopefully that continues and I can progress faster than I have been.

For any of my new readers who picked up the FREE eBook on Kindle, I hope you enjoyed the book and I hope you are here, reading this, because you are eager for the next installment. Lucky for you, it is nearly ready to be published. I am currently going through the final edits now and am more than halfway done (on page 162 out of 300), so I’m hopeful it will only be a few more weeks before you can continue the journey with Kira and the Gods of Tython.

In the meantime, I hope that all of my readers will tell their friends about my work (if they haven’t already) so that this free Kindle momentum continues on. At the writing of this, I am ranked #332 in the Kindle store over all, and am placing in the top 5 in three separate categories. I’ve had nearly 500 downloads of the book just today, and well over a thousand for the last 4 days, which puts the total downloads of the book somewhere in the range of 17,000 since I published it nearly a year ago.

I am grateful every day that a new reader picks up my work, even if they aren’t paying for it. Just having the privilege to possibly entertain another person with my silly story about Ancient Gods makes me smile. This truly is a work of passion for me, because there is nothing better than getting to write.

Thanks for stopping by, and keep checking back for updates.

-R.T. Edwins
©2014

Bar Date Doom

I apologize for the relative deadness around here, I know it has been a few weeks since I wrote anything. Things have been progressing well with “The Splitting of Heaven”, but at a much slower rate than expected. This, ultimately, will be a good thing because it means that I’m really trying to develop the book to be the best that it can be, but it also means my avid readers will have to wait just a bit longer to read it (sorry, I know, I’m terrible).

Generally speaking, I am spending a great deal of time adding more description to the worlds and environments that the characters are exploring in this novel, which was something desperately lacking in the first two drafts. As my wife put it (after reading through the second draft) none of the worlds were very memorable, mainly because the descriptions of them were severely lacking. Even as I’ve been working through the edits, producing the 3rd draft, I’ve also noticed this lack of world-building and recognized the opportunity to make improvements.

As fate would have it, I’ve also become obsessed with a novel which might have the most compelling environmental descriptions I’ve ever read (it’s called “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova). Never in my life have I been so thoroughly transported to the scenes in a book than during the past two weeks. Sure, I’ve read plenty of novels that have immersed me in their world and their drama, capturing my interest fully, but never with such elegant description as this one. It has shown me, in a relatively short amount of time, what adequate descriptions of the scenes can do for the story as a whole. Instead of boring generalizations about how amazing the planets are in “The Splitting of Heaven”, I’ve discovered (or really rediscovered) that to show is so much better than to tell. Why simply say that the planet is beautiful when doing so deprives my readers of going there themselves, allowing them to determine the inherent beauty in such a place. Why not immerse them into the scene the way Kostova has immersed me in her novel, and allow the reader to take in the grandeur on their own. In the end, each of you will envision the worlds a bit differently from one another or even myself, but that is your right as a reader. You should determine what the world is like aesthetically based on the framework I give; a framework built elegantly and described with care and precision.

As such, I’m sorry (or not so sorry) to say that the release of the book will continue to be delayed. I have completed close to half of the edits made, but have also been making many changes of my own because of this newfound desire to give more description. There is an old adage in the writing world that says in order to be a great writer, you must also be a great reader, and although I accepted this idea at face value, I’ve truly come to appreciate its meaning. “The Historian” has shown me, unequivocally, that I can do better than I have been, and I can give my readers something more worthwhile than what I had previously.

As of now, I’m not going to set a release date because clearly that approach isn’t working. All it does is stress me out when I eventually don’t make the deadline, and makes me look disorganized or like I’m not actually working (I promise, I’m not slacking off, it’s just taking a lot more time than anticipated). As such, I’m going to set a different kind of goal. Instead of saying it will be ready by such-and-such date, I’ve set a goal to work on editing for at least 1 hour every day during the week and at least 6 hours total over the weekends. This goal is much more doable for me, given my stressful working conditions, and will ultimately speed up the process. I hope to have the book ready for you within a few weeks, but I cannot promise that given my track record of delays.

Once I have finished the 3rd draft my wife will read through it one more time to check for any errors or inconsistencies, and may provide some light edits for the final draft. Once the final draft is ready, I have enlisted three of my most trusted friends/fans to read through the book before it’s officially published. The idea here is that three new sets of eyes on the book will likely catch most (dare I say all?) of the typos, missing words, formatting errors, and incorrect punctuation that my wife and I have likely missed or overlooked. The greatest criticism of the first book has been the appearance of typos and missing words (many of which I have marked for when we put out the second edition), so this time around we are taking additional measures to combat that issue.
All in all, I hope that you, my dear and precious reader, can patiently wait a few more weeks for us to really put the finishing touches on “The Splitting of Heaven” before you give up on me completely. I promise you will not be disappointed with the results, and I suspect you will soon be clamoring for the third installment (hopefully enough that you continue to tell your friends about my series so I can start writing full time?? Thereby reducing the time it takes to produce that third novel??? Just saying…)
>;)

Getting Close!

Okay, as I mentioned previously, “The Splitting of Heaven” will not be ready for purchase this week but it is getting very close to being ready. I am now going through my editor’s comments and redlines and should hopefully be able to process these in the next two weeks (going to be a lot of late nights and working weekends for me, I think). My wife is beginning the cover design and I’m formulating the cover blurb as we speak. We have agreed on a Bar Date, so-to-speak, for when the book WILL be published (come hell or high-water) and this is by the third week in March. There is a book club who will be reading and reviewing “Chariots of Heaven” that week, so we are determined to have the sequel available should they decide to keep reading the series (fingers crossed).

I know I’ve been giving all of you launch projections for a few months now and I apologize for the delays. Hopefully the end product will be worth all the waiting and you’ll forget all about the long wait. I’m hoping that maybe this book will do well enough that I can consider writing on a more full time basis, or at least only working as a paralegal on a part time/contract basis in order to reduce time between installments, but who knows. Some authors seem to have all the luck in the world and their books sell like hotcakes despite any lack of effort on their part, while others have to work their butts off to get anything at all. I’m hoping the last 18 months of hard work will pay off and my writing career will start to take off in a bigger way.

I thank you all for your patience and your kind words about my writing. Since I’m just an indie author without much time or money to promote my work, I hope that my readers will continue to spread the word about my writing to their friends and family. I’d like to hit at least 50,000 total downloads of Chariots by the end of this year and hopefully just as many of Splitting, but in order to do that I need your help. The first book is free on iBooks for any of your friends who have iPads or iPhones, so please let them know. There is nothing to lose to download it (except some memory space) so hopefully that will be enough to convince them to take a chance on my story. Otherwise you could always use blackmail… haha, just kidding. I’d never advocate blackmail to get the word out about my writing… never mind those scandalous photos I have over there in that envelope titled “Blackmail photos”… >;)

Okay, enough silliness for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and keep an eye out. I PROMISE that the book will be done in the next month. If it’s not, you can hunt me down and beat me up if you want, I won’t even fight back. =p::