So Many Updates!

Even though I’m working far too much in my non-writing life, and we have a puppy that is taking all of the rest of my time, I’ve still managed to get a few things completed in my writer’s life.

First off, of course, I published the second book in my Migration series, Migration: Knowledge.  It’s been for sale only on Amazon, and available on Kindle Unlimited.  But with that expiring today, the book has now been submitted to SmashWords!  And the nice thing about SmashWords is that it makes your book available at lots of other retailers, so it will be available soon on Apple Books, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Second, because our schedules synced up so well, narrator Gary Noon and I were able to produce an audiobook for Migration: Knowledge as well.  You should be able to find it on Amazon, Audible, and Apple Books.

Finally, if you’re interested in listening to either audiobook, Migration: Beginnings or Migration: Knowledge – for free – then let me know!  I have promo codes available for each book.  All I ask is that if you would like the book, you consider leaving a review.  Reviews help authors out!

Time Waits for No Writer

So you know the old saying, “Time waits for no man” or whatever it is?  Yeah, it applies to writers.  Especially writers like me, who are mired in too much real life, and not enough writing.

I published Migration: Knowledge, the second book in my Migration series a few weeks ago, and it’s been mostly quiet.  I took advantage of the quiet to grab Gary Noon, who narrated Migration: Beginnings, and asked if he’d be willing to continue with the series.  I figured it might take a while, because life gets in the way for all of us.  But Gary was able to start sooner than I anticipated, and viola – finished between one blink and the next.  It was pretty amazing.

As a result, I was able to finalize the recording for Migration: Knowledge this afternoon, and it’s off to ACX/Audible for them to check.  Not only that, but we cleared the Audible deadline for audiobooks to make it in time for Christmas by a few days.  That warms the coal that in my writerly heart.

So if you’re like most people and are interested in audiobooks these days, how about the gift of a book for the winter holidays?  We’re almost there!

Book Launch Day!

Today’s the launch of my new book, Migration: Knowledge!  I’m really happy with the book, and am sitting back anxiously, hoping to hear good things from readers.  So if you’re interested, head over to Amazon and pick it up!

For the first three months, Migration: Knowledge will be available only on Amazon.com.  You can pick it up through Amazon for $1.99, or you can read it for free through Kindle Unlimited.  After an initial period, the book will become available worldwide on other platforms.

Here’s the blurb:

Migration Series – Meet the Characters!

So I have been learning about this publishing process as I go along.  No, it’s not easy, and yes, I’ve gotten quite a bit wrong along the way.  A few of my writer friends start with a prequel that lets you whet your whistle and take the characters out for a spin so that, when the first book in a series comes out, you already know the characters a bit.  And some will actually go through and create images of their characters for you to see.

Well for me, I’ve gotten most of this wrong.  Or rather, done it out of sequence.  The first book is out, the second book is due to be published in mere days, and I’m working on the third book.  After that, I’ll work on the prequel.  Sure, it won’t do you, current reader, any good.  But it’ll be easier to bring people into the fold with a prequel.

But the thing that I’ve gotten somewhat right is character images.  If you haven’t read either book yet, or even if you have, I invite you to head over to the Migration series character pages to meet the top five characters.  Link: https://www.walterwrites.com/migration-series-characters/

Migration: Knowledge – Cover Reveal and Pre-Release Sale!

So we are just under a week away from the release of Migration: Knowledge, the sequel to Migration: Beginnings.  And since we’re so close, I thought I’d do a cover reveal.  Well, I already revealed it on Twitter and Instagram, but forgot to do it here.  So here we go!

Migration: Knowledge cover

Click on the cover and it will take you to Amazon.  Migration: Knowledge will be on Amazon Kindle Unlimited for the first three months, and then be released to Kobo, Apple, and other bookstores.

Migration: Beginnings – The Audiobook!

It took a bit of time to complete the whole process, but Migration: Beginnings is now available as an auidiobook!  If you’re interested, head on over to Audible to find it.

And if you’d like, ping me (email or Twitter), because I can give you a promo code to get the book at either a reduced price or for free (Audible just gives you the codes – I can’t tell how it actually works!).  They only work in the US or UK, so if you’re outside of one of these two countries, my apologies.

But I’m so glad it’s here!

Beta Read, Anyone?

How would you like to be my new best friend?  ::grin::

So the sequel to Migration: Beginnings is finally at a stage where I can send it to beta readers.  The only thing is, I’m so small time that I don’t have a following like more prolific authors do.  It took a couple of years to get the sequel finished, and even before then, the original book was published in 2016, then rewritten from scratch and republished in 2018.  Yes, I’m a wee bit slow – but I’m working on it!

The new book, Migration: Knowledge, is ready to go, with the exception of a final edit by a professional editor (which is scheduled for mid next month) and currently there’s no cover art.  Hopefully that will be resolved asap as well.

If you’re interested, ping me!  Message me online (Twitter, my website, etc) and I can get you a copy!

BookSprout!

So if you’re wondering why I’ve been blogging a little more, and tweeting a little more as of late, it all comes down to one thing – and that is that I’ve got a book coming out soon. Soon! Okay, so I just finished writing it, and I haven’t even re-read it yet, much less fluffed it up a bit with the things I’m usually bad at in the first pass, or edited out all the superfluous things. But the fact that Migration: Knowledge is now sitting in the drawer (virtual, but still) and ready for me to edit is a big step forward.

Editing will start next week, and in the meanwhile, I’m working a couple of projects. One is writing the prequel to Migration that I’ve always meant to write. But the second part is that I’m starting up a presence on BookSprout. Interested? You can follow me on there. And if you’re interested in doing an ARC version of my first book, you can do that, too.

Progress Is Being Made!

I’ve got a few projects on my plate, even though my plate is going to be full with more work than usual, if my part-time gig goes through.  But I’m going to keep writing and just keep things going!  I’m about halfway through the sequel to Migration: Beginnings, and am in the planning status for just about everything else that I’m going to write.  Keeping busy, as I’ve always said, is definitely a wonderful thing!

To go along with the second book, I’m in the process of turning Migration: Beginnings into an audiobook.  I’ve selected the narrator, and he’s already given me a sample of what the book sounds like.  I’m really digging it!  If you’re interested, you can listen to the sample here!

Oh, Deadlines

There is nothing quite so motivating as a deadline.  I’m down to under 2,000 words to meet my Camp NaNoWriMo for April, 2019, which – bonus – I probably wouldn’t be this far into my next book had I not joined up to do a camp NaNo.  But sometimes you write and write and write, and can only get so far.

There’s a fine line when it comes to writing; are you telling a story, or are you just putting words on a page.  Sometimes it’s okay to put words on a page, as long as you can edit it to a coherent story later on.  And sometimes working with deadlines does make you feel like you’re just putting words on a page.  I didn’t feel that when I’d first gotten into this Camp NaNo event, but I indeed have the last couple of days.

The good thing is, I’m following my plotlines as I’ve laid them out, so at least it seems to be working for me.  And I’ll more than likely get those last 2,000 words in before midnight tonight and beat that deadline.  But even if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world.  It’s making progress on something I love.

My original deadlines for writing were a lot more arbitrary than the ones I have now.  Before, I said I wanted to finish one book in the first quarter of 2019, and then finish this book that I’m currently writing in the second quarter.  Good, noble goals.  But the fact that there was no external element to the first set of goals, but there was for the second (e.g. Camp NaNo) made all the difference for me.

So here’s to goals and deadlines.  They get us to where we want to go – sometimes.

I think the best representation of how I sometimes feel about deadlines was said eloquently by the late, great Douglas Adams:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. -Douglas Adams