Into Shadow For Sale!!!

ILIS CoverebookIt’s finally here!!!

The second installment of the Immortal Light Series is finally for sale in eBook formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google Play Store. (Google Play and Apple iBook coming soon).

Unfortunately, the print paperback version will not be for sale until Tuesday, Dec. 11, 201 (Wednesday at the latest).

To purchase, click on the links below:

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The paperback version will also be available from these merchants by Tuesday!

As for the giveaways, I’ll be extending the wallpaper giveaway through December 31st so download the wallpaper and post a picture or screenshot of it! Let’s get a free book! Here’s the wallpaper again for your convenience:

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Thanks so much for you continued support and

Graphic Designs on the Horizon

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I have some EXCITING news! As I wind up the writing process on Book II, I’ve decided to look into re-releasing Book I (a second edition already!?) along with Book II. There are a few reasons for this, but the main reason is that I’m working on a partnership with graphic

designer Scott Raney (www.scottraney.com). He’s a talented designer and I’ve asked him to design a theme for the entire trilogy so that there can be some continuity with the look and feel of the books. I’ve left it almost entirely up to him to come up with a design. He’s going to read IL: Wide Awake and then, if he’s up for it, we should have some pretty awesome design work for the trilogy. Please, go check out his work and if you have an interesting project you need designed, shoot him an email.

Again, I’m SUPER EXCITED for this development in the book creation process. Stay up to date by subscribing to the blog or you can always follow me on Facebook by clicking over there to the right.

Abridged Title: The Lost Guardian

My Title Debacle 

After getting some feedback from a few readers, I was encouraged to modify my book title to simply The Lost Guardian. Book number two will simply be In The Shadows. I decided to drop the “Immortal Light” portion because it is just a mouthful to say and some believed it weakened the face-value interest in the book.

In The Shadows

I’ve been working hard on book #2 and am pleased to say that I’m about 60,000 words into it (that’ roughly 250 pages). There has already been some conflict and a HUGE reveal. While I am excited about finishing this book, I’ve decided to take a short break from it so that I can focus on reworking my query for The Lost Guardian. I believe the biggest reason I’m not getting constructive feedback from agencies is because my query makes The Lost Guardian sound so anemic or run-of-the-mill. I need to spice it up a bit.

Wish me luck on getting an agent soon, so EVERYONE can get a chance to partake in The Lost Guardian.

No word from Shadow Mountain, but…

So it’s been nearly five weeks since I sent off my manuscript unsolicited to Shadow Mountian. That means I’m more than half way through their suggested wait period of eight weeks. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed as I wait.

In talking to a goood friend and fellow educator with whom I’ve entrusted my precious manuscript, he told me that he was impressed with the story and–paraphrasing, of course–he also said that anyone would be foolish to reject it. I found that very encouraging.

Well, I’m slowly adding to book two. There is a lot of character development happening and the addition of some new characters as well as the simultaneous story of the new guys introduced at the end of IL:TLG. I can’t wait for my readers to read it.

In other news…

Since the beginning of the school year, I haven’t really sent much out into the agenting cosmos; however, back in August I sent a query to Jessie Cammack at Jabberwocky Literary Agency, and this week she sent me my first positive response to the many queries I’ve sent out: a request for 50-75 pages. It’s hard not to get my hopes up when I hear something positive for once, so here I am with my hopes up high. Wish me luck, everybody.

Manuscript Sent To Publisher

Yesterday my wife sent my first full manuscript to Shadow Mountain Publishing. I’m hoping that, based on the legacy and reputation of  Shadow Mountain, they will read it and decide to publish IL: The Lost Guardian.

Just a few thoughts on this entire process of getting published:

I’ve spent the past few months querying agents hoping to get some kind of a positive response only to be reject time and time again. I’ve had many people look over my query and I’ve revised it a number of times to get it just right, but I’m still faced with rejection and it’s not even constructive rejection. I understand that agents get a lot of queries across their desks and even with the screening process of having assistants read and respond to them, it’s still barely manageable, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m blaming the agents. However, I feel, in a small degree, that the traditional process of getting an agent and or publisher is just a little bit demeaning to the artists.

These people pour their hearts and souls into their work just to have to wait patiently while someone reads and rejects it based on a pithy-at-best description. It’s like walking into a job interview and you are given five seconds to describe yourself and why you are perfect for the job. It doesn’t really seem fair, but it is still the only way to maximize your chances of making it in this industry and get the kind of support you need.

I know that ePublishing is becoming much more prevalent and that some people have gotten their work out there quite successfully, but I don’t think I’m ready to jump off of that bridge quite yet. So, until I absolutely can’t take it anymore, we’ll all just have to wait until someone likes my cursory description of my book.

Well, those are my two cents. Thanks for reading and keep your fingers crossed.