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Authors, what are you working on?

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Jan 23, 2015, 7:55pm Top

Currently I am rewriting the Hobnob With Authors group description. :)

I was supposed to be publishing Pavane in Pearl and Emerald, but my editor got sick, so I'm still waiting for her to get back to me with copy-edits on the Glossary. :(

Jan 24, 2015, 12:03am Top

I'm trying to get to a point where I have at least a dozen short stories circulating at any given time. I'm at about 8 right now.

I'm also a quarter of a way in to my first novel, and finally got it outlined with the help of a writer friend at a little retreat I went to last weekend. It's time to get cracking on that, but I admit I'm often lured by the call of short stories -- more immediate gratification!

Jan 24, 2015, 4:07pm Top

On and off working on my second poetry collection. I've been spending more time working on my first novel. Then I'm always trying to practice my photography and working on my blog.

Amy that's a great idea! I've got some shorts I keep yelling at myself to get back to and send them out. Good luck with your.

LShelby I hope your editor gets better sooner than later, for the sake of you both!

Jan 24, 2015, 5:44pm Top

>2 amysisson: Don't beat yourself up over wanting to write shorts--that could just be your forte. Novel writing and short story writing are kind of two different things, I think.

Jan 24, 2015, 6:29pm Top

>4 Marissa_Doyle: Agreed!

Short is not my thing. Yeah, yeah, I know that's where all my pro sales are. Sometimes life is weird: I've written more full length novels in the past 20 years, than I've written short stories and novellas put together. (But there are more novellas than shorts.)

>3 eLPy: I gave up on yelling at myself over shorts. I've decided that since its so rare for me to write anything under 50K, it's okay if I save up all the ones I do write to use as promotional giveaways and such.

>2 amysisson: Make sure you tell us if you ever make it up to keeping 12 in circulation at once. That is definitely worth a yeehaw! or two. :)

Jan 24, 2015, 7:35pm Top

Agreed to all of the above in >5 LShelby:! And thanks ladies. :) I think too that at least starting shorts is a good way to get an idea down on paper and at least started so you can flesh it out at a later date. I'm not opposed to short story collections if ever I get that many done, but I do understand it's a matter of finding that balance. My biggest problem is probably the follow through.


Jan 24, 2015, 8:13pm Top

Thanks for all the kind comments! Agreed that shorts and novels are so very different. I think I'd like to prove to myself I can complete one, and if I never sell it, so be it.

Jan 24, 2015, 8:21pm Top

Cheers to that!

Edited: Jan 24, 2015, 11:15pm Top

With the launch of third book of my Draconia series, I've turned my attention to a story I originally wrote 12-13 years ago. The original draft was about 14K words. At the time, that was a novel for me. But now, I'm expanding the story and deepening the characters and plot.

Also, I recently dug up one of the first drafts of my first Draconia book, written 10 years ago. I'm re-typing it, complete with all the typos and terrible dialogue, with the intention of putting it up on Goodreads.

Edited: Jan 29, 2015, 2:20pm Top

Eight short stories sounds amazing to me, Amy!

Feb 9, 2015, 11:41am Top

I'm on round ummm.... 7? of revisions on my second book, (a sequel to book one, and second in the trilogy). Feeling a bit overwhelmed, having a hard time sorting out one plot point I need to address that kind of recurs all over the book. I need to have it wrapped up by the 11th when my editor comes back so she can do her second round of edits (all the grammar and mechanical stuff). I promised my readers it would be out in March and I can't let them down!! Trying to fit that in around working on my degree is proving to be a challenge, but I swear I'll make it, come hell or high water!!!

Feb 10, 2015, 6:38pm Top

>11 astrid_writes: Best of luck on making your deadline!

Me, I told people that my next book would be out before the end of December, and here it is February, and it's not out yet. Fortunately, for once, the delay is not all my fault.

Anyway, I've gone over the copy edits, and now it's my publisher's turn to do his stuff, so "what I'm working on" as a writer right now, is actually sewing doll clothes.

Yeah, I know, it doesn't sound writerly. It is, though. The doll clothes are so that one of my author friends can dress her doll up as one of her characters, and are in exchange for her helping me with a soundtrack for a book trailer I will theoretically be making for my graphic novel, as soon as I can find the time. (Which at the rate I'm going, will be never. But I like to be optimistic about these things.)

Feb 11, 2015, 4:01pm Top

>12 LShelby:

I love the idea of bartering skills. I wish there were more of that in the world!

Feb 12, 2015, 1:55pm Top

I have started my third book, maybe a little late in life but I hope to have a few more decades of work left in me. We have all heard that if you gave a monkey a typewriter, they would eventually type the bible. I'm trying the same concept- hitting random keys on my MS Word program in the hopes of typing a number one best seller. I'll give everyone periodic updates. Back to work, right now I'm tearing up the keyboard, I can't wait to see what I have written. Gotta keep a sense of humor because at the end of some days... it's all I've got : )

Feb 13, 2015, 11:49pm Top

Sounds good everybody!

Astrid I'm still working on my first draft of my first novel - well this is actually now a complicated topic in my life but I'll hold off for the moment - and I have no doubts that there will be many revisions to come in my future. Right now I know it's important that I get most of it out to give myself something to work on. I think it's like being a sculptor, you have to at least have some raw material before you can begin to build anything. ;) (Ooo I like my own analogy!)

Bartering skills is a great idea!! :D

Keep on plucking way at those keys Larry. I'm trying to limit myself to LT replies in this group because - very fortunately - there's so much more discussion going on here, if I reply to all the threads I find interesting I'll tire myself out before I get back to typing. ;)

Quick update on me is I've been working more on my second poetry collection - an idea I have kind of shelved in the last year - as well as my first novel. That story has not been coming to me so easily so one day a new idea (happens all the time) came to me and I knew I had to get the idea itself down. I started writing more than just the idea and suddenly I realized that this story is coming to me more easily so I would be a fool to not continue to work on it as well instead of having the other novel be the center of attention. I started it two weeks ago and I'm 16,715 words in. :D Multiple projects works for me!

Apr 4, 2015, 1:52am Top

I am working on the second part of my trilogy - the continuation of Sra'kalor. I have started and already know I need to move around some things and experiment with the order a little bit more.

I also am working on two stories that might end up being novella, rather than novels. One of them is a story I have in my mind since I was a teenager and I think I can finally bring it to life, the way I wish for it.
The other is a twist on a famous fairy tale, from the view of a 'villain' who turns out to be a side-hero, helping the main character to reach her goal in her own special way.

Apr 7, 2015, 8:57pm Top

I'm in the editing phase of my second book, which I have no idea what to call. It's a bayonet-and-sorcery fantasy family saga, spanning three generations of a heroic line, from rise to fall. It's turned out way longer than I thought, such that I'll probably try to split it into two to three volumes and release them either all at once or rapid-fire one after the other.

Speaking of short stories, I'm hoping to do a few once I'm in the publishing/marketing phase of the family saga book(s). I've written a few but they're not really where my passions lie.

Apr 13, 2015, 10:38pm Top

I am working on "Meditations Through the Year," a collection of reflections on the Scriptures through the eyes of various Biblical characters. These meditations are organized by the liturgical calendar, hence the title.

Apr 29, 2015, 1:01pm Top

I'm in marketing mode for my most recent book Sword of the Gladiatrix. It was supposed to be out last month, but there were delays with the cover--worth it though, the cover is great. On the writing front, doing a final rewrite on Twilight Empress which is due by the end of the second quarter. As to shorts vs. novels--I love to write both. Finished a 9K story based on a minor character in TE which I loved but had to cut. I'll probably give it away on my website as a promotion because it's too long for a commercial publication and will definitely include it in a collection of historical shorts I hope to have out by the end of the year or early next. Busy, busy, busy! (Which is why I've been doing more lurking than posting this year.

May 20, 2015, 3:58am Top

I'm close to halfway through the first novel of a proposed YA comedy science fiction trilogy featuring a couple of female protagonists. Not sure I've had so much fun writing before!

Jun 11, 2015, 1:39pm Top

I am currently working on the first draft of my fifth novel, Jaded Tides. It will be the second book in my Razor's Adventure series. I'm also rewriting a book that I'm co-writing with another author. This book will be a branch off from my pirate series focusing on the captain from the first book.

Jun 13, 2015, 5:07pm Top

I've got two projects in the pipeline at the moment:

"Hotel of Death: The Chosen One" was originally written by fellow author, Cynthia Fridsma, but I am editing it for her.

At the same time, I'm laying foundations for the next book in my "Legends of the 23rd Century" series, "Teslageist: Amber Wasp".

Jun 14, 2015, 4:35pm Top

I am pleased to be able to say that I have finally finished my other project, and am back to writing again.

I'm at one week, and 12K words. :)

But next week will probably have a much lower output, if I manage to write anything at all, because it's my 25th Wedding Anniversary, and I'm doing the whole private get-away for two thingy.

Jun 14, 2015, 7:20pm Top

Have a lovely anniversary!!

Jun 14, 2015, 8:49pm Top

>23 LShelby:

Happy Anniversary!

Aug 26, 2015, 6:01pm Top

I'm working on rewriting a couple of shorts for a collection I want to put out this fall, but need to get cracking on a short for an anthology I've been invited to join--not due 'til the end of the year, but time flies so quickly!

Aug 26, 2015, 6:22pm Top

>26 MarysGirl:

I find it helps me tremendously to have something specific towards which to work. Best of luck with your anthology piece!

Edited: Dec 7, 2015, 2:09pm Top

I have finished writing Lioness... it wieghed in at 140K words. Ooof!

Next on my list is editing, and then editing, and then more editing.... and if I get tired of that and want a change, there is always... more editing!

Nov 12, 2015, 5:00pm Top

Sounds like a mammoth task - I hope it goes well. Set yourself some milestones to prevent it becoming too monotonous.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through writing the first draft of "Teslageist: Amber Wasp".

Nov 12, 2015, 6:24pm Top

I've always had trouble figuring out how to set editing milestones.

In this case, however, I have multiple books needing to be worked on, so at least I can check each one off as I finish. :)

Dec 7, 2015, 2:01pm Top

I am working on book 3 of my series, A New World. I know what I want to happen in the book. I even know how I want it to end, it's the in between I need to really focus on. But I have to say, after writing book 1 and 2, 3 is going faster.

Edited: Dec 7, 2015, 2:23pm Top

>31 TCoffey0126: "But I have to say, after writing book 1 and 2, 3 is going faster."

Really? That's interesting. I've written a number of sequels, and although I do seem to be speeding up in general, I haven't noticed that the third books in a series write that much faster than first books.

Do you think it's because you have a better handle on the plot? Or that you've already established the characters and setting so you don't have to think about those things as much?

Dec 8, 2015, 7:58am Top

I think it's because I know what's going to happen.

I've been working on the series for years but never thought of it as a series until it was published. My publisher didn't like my ending to the first book but it was what I wanted. She suggested a second book, so I decided to go a head and make it into a series.

Dec 8, 2015, 11:44am Top

>27 amysisson: Thanks! I finished my anthology piece and it's with my writing group. Also have my collection of historical shorts out in ebook and paper. This is the third in the series and completes my collections of short fantasy, dark and historical stories. The touchstones aren't working--probably because I just added the book--The Reluctant Groom and Other Historical Stories. Writing: I'm rewriting a prequel novella for a historical novel that coming out at the end of the first quarter and writing the first draft of a sequel to Sword of the Gladiatrix. I have ideas for a series of children's books I'd like to do next year. So many projects, so little time!

Dec 8, 2015, 2:26pm Top

I'm now over 50% through "Teslageist: Amber Wasp", and I have an idea for a story called:


Dec 10, 2015, 11:31am Top

>33 TCoffey0126: That makes a lot of sense.

The next book I'm supposed to write is the fourth in a series, but I know more about what will happen in the fifth book.

>34 MarysGirl: The touchstone appeared to load fine when I added it to the Book List. Congrats on getting it done! :)

>35 A.W.Black: Let me guess... they're stranded at the North Pole?

Edited: Jan 23, 2016, 5:51pm Top

That's right - what gave it away? ;)

My current project is over four-fifths finished. It's called "Teslageist: Amber Wasp", and it's the follow up to my first story. The Teslageist, the secondary protagonist from "Stormbringer: Legend of the 23rd Century" is still on the trail of his missing father, whom he has tracked down to Athens. There he faces his enemy from the original story, who has allied himself with a swarm of new bad guys.

I've just passed 49000 words and still climbing.

Jan 19, 2016, 1:34am Top

I see the word count climbing on my latest book Fade to Gray, yeah, I'm almost there. It's a new adult urban fantasy and a tough one to get through because I stated writing another simultaneously. One is third, one is first POV. You guessed it, I started mixing up the POVs, then it got worst, I swapped the heroines names as well, this went on for quite a few chapters.

Jan 23, 2016, 11:03am Top

Taking a break from writing the first books of the new series. The rough draft is an ugly monster so I needed some space away as I'm going to be writing the next story draft soon enough. Editing will be a feat but these are stories that have been in my head for more than a year so I am pulled to them. My process is definitely different for this set of stories. A bit scary but I'm going with it.

Jan 25, 2016, 9:16am Top

I want to know how everyone keeps other stories from taking over their main series?
I have been working on book 3 of my series, but I keep getting ideas for a different story which I stared last year. I would love to have it published, but I've been told to only focus on one - the one you have published.

Jan 27, 2016, 5:33pm Top

I write my ideas for other stories as they pop into my head, but I put most of my effort into the story that's next on my release schedule.

I'm past 90% of the way through the first draft of my current work, which is the second book in its series. After that I'll start on my first stand-alone title, which I plan to release later this year.

My advice would be to organise your ideas and to keep your eye on the next release date, if you have one planned.

Jan 29, 2016, 10:56am Top

Thanks for the advice.

Feb 1, 2016, 5:38pm Top

The first draft of "Teslageist: Amber Wasp" is now complete!

I know this isn't the place, but if there are any beta readers looking for a futuristic story about child superheroes, please get in touch!

Once I've launched the book in March, I'll start writing "Stranded Aeliens Need Technical Assistance".

Feb 18, 2016, 7:10am Top

Well, my second book has been redrafted and is available to pre-order, so I've made an early start with S.A.N.T.A.

Feb 18, 2016, 2:24pm Top

>44 A.W.Black: Congrats!

>40 TCoffey0126:
I'm supposed to have a "main series"? ::rueful:: I haven't even got a "main world".

In the thirty years I've been writing, I have come to the conclusion that if I have to write the same type of book over and over and over to be a success, then I'd really rather be a failure. I do write series, but I don't try to write them back to back. I purposely take breaks to write other things.

As for what I do with ideas for new stories when I'm already in the middle of writing one: I ignore them. I try to pretend like they aren't there in the hopes that they'll go away.

It doesn't seem to work. A great many of them end up knocking around in my head for years and years until I finally start writing them. But I don't encourage them. I try to not write down anything about them, except maybe adding the title to my to-write queue once its obvious that i'm not going to be able to forget about it.

Sometimes I fail at the "don't write anything" thingy. The first trilogy I published, Across a Jade Sea, was an attack story that I started writing when I was theoretically writing something else, only the something else wasn't going anywhere, and this brand new shiny idea kept trying to take over my head.

I actually wrote the first draft longhand, because that wasn't the story I was working on, it was just something I just happened to start scribbling in my free time. I "just scribbled" 230K words. It's a pretty hefty stack of paper, and I was going through a pen a week.

But if the story I had been trying to write wasn't very, very stuck, I don't think it would have happened that way. And I did go back and finish that other story later.

Mar 19, 2016, 5:38pm Top

Here's a short section from S.A.N.T.A:

My stomach turns again as the sleigh dives into a narrow opening in the frozen ground. I close my eyes and cling to the solid wooden beam in front me, desperately hoping that it'll keep me safe.
The air in here is warm and I suddenly catch my breath. I let out a long, terrified scream before I feel a big fluffy finger prodding on my shoulder. I look to my right and see the tall red and white creature standing over me.
"We've landed," he announces proudly before my scream reduces to a calm but surprised "oh".

Mar 27, 2016, 1:37pm Top

>46 A.W.Black:
It looks pretty fun!

I have finished two of my editing projects, finally. Both within a week of each other.
Hopefully the third one won't take me nearly so long, and I'll be able to start work on a new book soon.

Here's a snippet from the one I'm editing now:

“It’s got a hole in it!”
“We’ve been through this before, Sis. Massitchsen’s Worlds. Planet-sized geometric objects. Why did you think it was called Torys? Torys... Torus... you know, shaped like a bagel, only probably not as tasty with cream cheese?”
“I know what a torus is!” Bambi snapped. “It just never occurred to me that even super-powered aliens—now mysteriously vanished and possibly mythological in the first place—would build anything like that.” She undid the couch straps and slowly rose to her feet, trying to get her mental bearings.
“It’s all that ‘possibly mythological’ stuff, Sis. Sentients that aren’t sure they ever existed have trouble remaining on the steady side of sane.”

Edited: Mar 27, 2016, 5:48pm Top

Sounds interesting. What's the title? From the sample I'm tempted to buy a copy when it's finished.

I was watching a space science video recently which said torus shaped planets could exist naturally, but would only form under specific conditions. It would also be possible for the moon of such a planet to orbit in a figure-eight as it passed through the hole in the middle.

However, the slightest collision with a big enough object would cause the planet to collapse into the more common spherical shape.

For some reason I now have a craving for a cheese bagel...

Mar 28, 2016, 7:13pm Top

That's from Sails of Everwind, sequel to Eyes of Infistar.

They are stories about a family of interplanetary detectives, and are supposed to be light-hearted, fast-paced and fun. The series was intended to be a deliberate tribute to the grand space-operatic tradition of sixty to seventy years ago. (No, I'm not that old -- I just read a lot of used books growing up.)

Eyes is in the hands of my publisher (aka, my husband) and will be sent off to our editor shortly -- but he hasn't even started to look for a cover artist yet, so I really have no clue when it will be out. Sails, obviously, will take even longer.

But I'll try to remember you were interested, and give you a heads-up when they're available.

(Unless you'd like to do some betareading? I will hopefully be looking for betareaders for Sails reasonably soon.)

I hadn't realized that it had been theorized that torus worlds could occur naturally, but I was aware of the instability problem. I have been assuming that the Massitchsen worlds have special super-strong cores that allow them to hold their shapes even when stressed by asteroid strikes and etc. That would be where the mysteriously vanished super-powered aliens come in. :)

Apr 2, 2016, 5:47pm Top

That sounds great, I'd love to beta read it!

I've got less than 3 chapters to complete before the first draft of S.A.N.T.A is finished and I can send it to my illustrator.

Jun 1, 2016, 2:09am Top

I don't want to double post, but it's been almost 2 months. S.A.N.T.A is fully drafted and I'm just waiting for my illustrator to get back to me. My cover artist has returned his work though, so I just need to add the blurb.

I've decided to donate all of the royalties from the sale of this book to a charity called the Family Fund Trust, which supports families raising disabled and severely ill children. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right?

Jun 24, 2016, 10:01am Top

While my next thriller is with beta-readers and I'm anxiously/eagerly awaiting their feedback, I'm working on a short story / quick thriller which is growing into more of a novella. It was originally penned to a very tight word count for an anthology which didn't happen. So there's now scope to introduce a second story thread, and see where the characters choose to take it... It's set in Louisiana, not long after a catastrophic oil spill - as with most of my writing, an actual event provides the springboard for the storyline.

Meanwhile, my partner is compiling the four previous shorts in the same series into an anthology / ebook bundle, and 'Special Relationship' will be the added-extra bonus to complete that collection.

And then... back to the revisions on the full length novel - tentatively entitled 'Charm Offensive'.

We'll be seeking feedback at later stages so expect to see some posts popping up now and then on the subject...

Jun 30, 2016, 4:42pm Top

S.A.N.T.A. is now finished and available for pre-order, so now I'm working on the plot outline for "Stormbringer: Haunted City".

Sep 2, 2016, 6:22pm Top

Having finished the prequel to the Fallacies series, I'm working to expand the story by adding more information on Kira Levid, a character in the prequel to give the overall Fallacies universe more depth. I figured that with so many things the books are meant to leave to guesswork, hence the name, it's important to examine the story from everyone's perspective to get the full picture. I'm thinking of making this book available on sites such as Wattpad and FictionPress for free, but releasing it in chapters, so that readers can follow it in concurrence with the main books in the series, one of which is still waiting to be released.

What does everyone think of this plan? Do you feel like releasing snippets of a work over time is a good approach to drumming up interest for a story?
Do you have other approaches?
Let me know :)

Dec 12, 2016, 7:43pm Top

I am currently working on two books one is a thriller called "Surviving the Night" and a young adult book called " A Friend I Didn't Know I Had".
My young adult book is currently being edited and it is my first novel book. I just started writing my Thriller book and I hope to have it finished next month.

Dec 21, 2016, 8:21pm Top

I admire someone who can work on two books at once hlawrence! I'm currently editing Missing at Sea, which follows on from Missing in Egypt.

Apr 22, 2017, 4:33am Top

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Edited: Apr 30, 2017, 6:32pm Top

>50 A.W.Black: Sorry about disappearing on you. My life went a little haywire. Long story short... nothing is currently ready to be beta-read after all. I will try getting ahold of you when it is. My apologies again.

As for the topic at hand...

I have 175 handwritten pages of what would be a historical pirate adventure/romance if it were set on our world, but it's set on the same world as my Across a Jade Sea series instead. (So, not a fantasy in the usual sense. That world has no magic. But not truly historical either.)

I am not supposed to be writing a pirate adventure, long-hand or otherwise. I have a backlog of three other books that I am supposed to have finished editing last year. Oi!

But still, 175 pages is 175 pages. :)

>54 MayaTripathi: Releasing snippets can work really well. It can also flop horribly.

This is not a primary issue, but do you have an existing audience for these snippets? You may get really frustrated if you release them concurrently, but nobody notices. (Or maybe you won't, you know yourself better than I do.)

The main issue with snippets is that it's hard to interest readers in material that is too strongly dependent on information/materials they do not have access too. So how well snippets work as a promotional tool depends on either a pre-existing audience with a reason to be interested (people who have read other books in the series and liked them, usually) or the snippets doing a very good job of standing alone.

>56 rchapman1: I don't tend to write two books at once, but I do tend to let the previous book sit while I go work on a different one, before I go back and edit. So I'm generally "in the middle" of more than one book at a time.

I'm a bit more amazed that >55 hlawrence: is expecting to finish a thriller in less than two months. I know NaNoWriMo encourages people to write a "novel" in a month, but most writers don't usually write that fast, and most novels are about twice the length that the NaNoWriMo aims for.

May 15, 2017, 6:32pm Top

I'm currently writing my first novel. It is a Christian action/adventure novel with a survival story twist a third of the way into it. Much of it takes place at sea, part of it in PA and CA, and part of it in the Azores Islands. Think "clean Clive Cussler".
I'm working on Chapter 16 now, and there have been a few bumps along the road (mostly not being able to find the information and resources necessary to write accurately and informatively), but overall I've gone farther into this book than I ever have before. I'm probably 2/3 of the way done the book now. Do you guys think that there would be an audience for such a genera as I have described?

May 16, 2017, 12:57pm Top

>59 SDaisy: Do you guys think that there would be an audience for such a genera as I have described?

Yes, I do.

It sounds like you've been doing a good job of sticking to it so far, so I'm looking forward to you announcing that you've got to the end. I'm sure you'll get there.

And best of luck with finding those references!

May 16, 2017, 7:45pm Top

>60 LShelby: Thank you! I'll be sure to let y'all know when I finally finish it. ☺

Jul 30, 2017, 12:13pm Top

I'm writing the synopsis for my science fiction thriller. The last element needed for submitting it to agents and publishers (beside the Query Letter and First 3 Chapters). Thinks The Sopranos meets Dune. A low-caste bio-modified hit man (called a Contractor) has to bump off his young protege (who also happens to be a relative of the local warlord). Then things get complicated.

I'm also writing the bonus essays for "American Odd," the third non-fiction essay collection I'll be publishing via The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (http://cclapcenter.com/). The tag line is: "American Odd: A look at peculiar institutions, oddball literary experiments, and reckless rugged individualists. A celebration of American non-conformity." Everything from The Book of the SubGenius to Zippy the Pinhead to The House on the Rock to a biography of Joseph Smith written by his mom.

Sep 26, 2017, 2:47pm Top

Having finally gotten all my editing projects to the point where someone else gets to worry about them for a while (be it editors, copy-editors or betareaders)...

...I am now starting to write Book 4 of my EFP Epic.

Oct 6, 2017, 11:31am Top

hello everyone, I have just finished my project Beyond Absolute.

It has taken a long time, and I would be very welcome to other authors feedback and idea's and possibly reviews .

If you would like a copy then fee free to get into contact with my at scottgurney95@yahoo.co.uk where I can send over a free pdf copy for you to keep!

Many Thanks!
Scott Robert Gurney.

Oct 17, 2017, 2:13pm Top

Just finished publishing my third urban fantasy book. I might devote some time to my ongoing zombie horror adventure series on Wattpad, before diving in to my fourth paranormal crime comedy adventure series. There's also a vampire adventure that I want to write, plus a comical Jim Butcher-style paranormal detective series that I keep dragging out of mothballs to reimagine every few months. Or, I might spend some time polishing up some of my short stories for an anthology I was planning.

*Sigh* Maybe I just read a book instead...

Oct 17, 2017, 7:49pm Top

I'm thinking maybe that was the fourth *in* your paranormal crime comedy adventure series?

I mean, I suppose you could have four paranormal crime comedy adventure series if you want, but if it was me I'd get bored.

My own progress bar says "15%" of the way through the WIP. Go me! But my copy-editor sent back the "space opera romp" so I really probably ought to put the EFP Epic away for a bit. :(

Oct 31, 2017, 6:10pm Top

I'm at the best part! Proofing and editing!


Nov 21, 2017, 12:15pm Top

Hello everyone! I'm working on another collection of poetic, short stories to entertain, encourage and inspire! This book is set for publication January 2018 through Amazon.


Edited: Nov 28, 2017, 11:07am Top

It's been a while since I was last here, but currently I'm working on "Amber Wasp: Crown Jewels", the fourth in my Sci-Fi / Super Hero series Legends of the 23rd Century, and planning "The Allotment Anthology", which is both my third charity book and a standalone compilation about vegetables with hopes, dreams and a fear of the lagomorph apocolypse.

I'm also working on improving my website (not listed so I don't look like a spammer) after the good folks over at a certain writers' forum decided it was the worse than a movie marathon of Pixels, Minions and the Emoji Movie.

Nov 29, 2017, 7:24pm Top

Hello everyone, I'm currently in the process of writing the final 20,000ish words in my next horror novel - Doctor Perry. It was meant to be released in December but that's now looking unrealistic.

Feb 6, 2018, 6:29pm Top

December (and now January) have come and gone, but I hope things are going well, If you haven't finished, don't rush! A lot of time well spent on a good story is worth more than time wasted trying to keep to a deadline.

After re-working my first 3 book covers, I've continued work on the fourth book in my series, "Amber Wasp: Crown Jewels", which is about a girl in a wheelchair who can turn into a quite intimidating super heroine, and her many arthropod themed friends.

Mar 4, 2018, 7:30pm Top

Finishing a LitRPG satire, now on Amazon pre-order status - BONER the Barbarian ONLINE XIII: A LitRPG Satire. Figured that since the LitRPG genre is going mainstream with the Player One movie, I'll have some fun myself.


Mar 22, 2018, 12:56am Top

Working on the sequel to my first novel, a paranormal erotica that came out in November of last year.

Apr 24, 2018, 4:51am Top

Hi folks!

I'm currently working on a darkly comic short story/poetry collection titled 'Dead Short', which I'm planning to release on Wattpad next month (haven't tried publishing on Wattpad before, so we'll see how that goes).

I'm also in the process of putting together my next children's novel 'Grynbad and the seven soups' for release on Amazon later this summer, which is being illustrated by Brett Burbridge (who also provided the cover for the last of the navel navigators children's novel, recently released on Amazon).

May 8, 2018, 10:36am Top

I just went down for multiple months twice in a row without feeling better enough in the middle to get back online.

And so, obviously, essentially no writing or editing has happened since y'all last heard from me. I was managing to get some coding done for a brief period there in the middle, but that's it.

Unfortunately hardly any reading got done either. ::grumble::
Not being able to do anything besides watch TV is killer boring. :(

On a more cheerful front, I myself am getting a little "hump" in book sales right now. I suspect a helpful boost from some netizen, but I haven't been able to locate the source.

Jul 27, 2018, 6:25pm Top

I am currently working on the second InterStellar Commonwealth book, Words Like Leaves on the Wind. It's about a first-contact team on a dying alien world, and unfinished business coming back to get revenge.

Dec 23, 2018, 5:54pm Top

I'm plotting book 7 of an ongoing Creature Feature series I have running at Severed Press. The series features a bunch of Scottish special forces who get involved in hunting monsters across the world. Having a lot of fun with these guys (in particular in book 5 where they got to stay home, and fight Nessie.)

Jan 2, 5:27pm Top

I've just started on my sixth book entitled The Ponciana Tree. Running around trying to find the right shot of the famous tree for the cover but mostly they are on the street and I need one that doesn't have telegraph poles or roundabout signs right next to it!

Jan 21, 12:28pm Top

>76 AWalkerScott: That sounds like a lot of fun. :)

>77 williemeikle: So does this one. (Although... is Nessie evil? -- I guess I'll have to assume your Nessie is, anyway.)

>78 rchapman1: I actually haven't a clue what a Ponciana Tree is, but I'm familiar with the "hard to get a good shot because there are modern accouterments in the way" problem. I have been trying to figure out where to take some photos for an upcoming series, and even when I go out into a state park or whatever, it's a bit frustrating how there's always a power line at 'just' the wrong place. *sigh*

As for me, I actually wrote last week, which made me happy. I got 5000+ words in on my High Fantasy Epic Vol. IV, which is the one where, having sent my hero off on a quest for a magic sword, I am now detailing what is happening to his sisters and romantic interest as they hold the fort back at home.

(My son-in-law when he heard that much of the plot from my daughter seemed to think this book would be less interesting than the previous three. Well... my heroine's unwanted chaperone was just almost impaled by an invisible assassin, while travelling with a force intending to invade the neighboring country, and my heroine is now in hot pursuit of the perpetrator. Silly son-in-law, he should have trusted me.) >:)

Jan 24, 9:17pm Top

I just put out my latest in paperback and am in production on an audiobook. I'm plotting the next book in the series and I'm 49k into my next standalone, a thriller set in the mid 1970s.

Jan 25, 1:56am Top

I'm currently working on a fantasy/horror piece that started life as a short story some time ago. I'm trying to expand on it and am up to around 17,000 words. One of my goals this year is to complete this and another one of my unfinished stories.

Jan 25, 9:20am Top

Currently working on edits for a second book in my paranormal romance series and marketing for my first ever historical romance novel due out in February! It’s a lot of work, but I am happy to do it.

Jan 25, 9:20am Top

Good luck to you! I hope you get it done!

Jan 25, 9:22am Top

I’ve tried short stories, but I always want to add more and find myself adding to the plot and characters. Can’t help it.

Jan 25, 9:23am Top

I love that!

Jan 26, 12:26am Top

I'm a recent arrival. Thanks for having me.

I'm working on book production of mt second collection of free verse/narrative poetry. This collection will be in book form by the end of April, I'm hoping and features stories and voices arising from our Black Saturday Bushfires in 2009 - a decade ago now.

It's a highly emotive set of poems and I'm hoping to find some folk interested in pre-release reading and perhaps some reviews in the right places.

In current writing, I'm progresssing some speculative fiction free verse poems. There will be a number of bookified collections, I hope.

Jan 26, 4:12pm Top

>84 victoriadanes:
There is no threading in LT Talk, replies to particular messages just go to the bottom. But if you type a > sign and the number of the message you're responding to, like I did here, LT creates a handy little link to that particular message: this helps us figure out who you are talking to. :)

I also have a lot of trouble with writing short. Since I started taking myself seriously as a writer, I have completed more novels than I have completed short stories. And yet, ironically, my 'pro' sales are all short. Go figure.

What is your paranormal romance about, and what exactly is involved in this marketing that you will be doing?

(The editing I don't think I need explained to me. ;) Personally, I enjoy the 'fixing the story to make it better' typeof editing, but the copyedit type of editing is the one part of writing that I don't seem to enjoy.)

>80 K.D._McQuain:
So, um, which series is this, and what's the thriller about? Inquiring minds want to know, and all that. :)

>81 AWA1:
Do you have a lot of short stories that might be expanded lying about?

One of my writer friends said that all her early attempts at short stories either sounded like a plot summary or a first chapter, so I guess almost all her short stories could be expanded, but for me, if I manage to write short at all in the first place there just doesn't seem to be anything much there to expand on.

Best of luck in achieving your writing goals. Please keep us updated!

>86 Frank_Prem:
The Bushfires do sound like a highly emotive subject.

Finding pre-readers/reviewers is an interesting challenge, and one I can't claim to have any expertise in.

But I suspect writing personal requests to potential reviewers works better than posting in a forum. Maybe if you can think of some books that are similar in some way to yours? Check out who on LibraryThing has written reviews on them, and post a note asking them if they might be interested in getting an ARC of your book?

The Early Reviewers program here is only available to publishers, but you can do a Member Giveaway of your book in exchange for reviews. I don't know that I can whole-heartedly recommend this approach, though. I have no evidence that the reviews I got from free giveaways actually helped me sell any books. The reviews that I know helped me, were the one another fantasy author posted to her blog, and the one that a professional SF/Fantasy reviewer posted to his blog.

So, in my experience, you want to look for people who review regularly and have readers interested in those reviews. There are some people like that on Library Thing -- (Check out some of the hugely popular threads in the 75 Challenge Group, for example) but you can't count on them even visiting the Member Giveaway page, let alone requesting a copy of your book.

And once you find those people, I have no idea how you go about convincing them to actually give your book a try. For me, the reviewer and I happened to have been in the same online writers group many eons ago (we didn't even talk to each other much, but I guess he was curious enough when he heard I'd published to buy and try), and I was recommended to the author through a mutual acquaintance.

(The moral of this story might actually be: do reading swaps with your writer friends. Because you never know who the friend of a friend will end up being.) :)

Jan 28, 12:01pm Top

Hi, everyone! Sounds like everyone is keeping busy with their writing, so congrats on that! I've started writing the first book (Cassie Fairhope and the Haunted Inn) in a new 6-book supernatural historical fiction series set in a haunted roadside inn in northern Alabama in 1821. A few years after Alabama became a state. 2019 is the 200-year anniversary of statehood in fact. I also have another supernatural romance (think witches) to write later in the spring to complete a 5-book series (Secrets of Roseville) set in the fictional town of Roseville, TN. Both of those books will release in the fall -- assuming I finish writing them on schedule, of course!

Edited: Jan 28, 4:39pm Top

>88 BettyBolte:

Hi Betty.

Nice to meet you.

I'm new here myself - Free verse Poetry memoir published, with a real life bushfire collection due around May.

Cheers from Australia.

Jan 29, 9:18am Top

Hi back, Frank. I've tried writing poetry so I'm in awe of writing an entire book of poetry. Good for you! Waving from Alabama, USA!

Jan 30, 9:13pm Top

>90 BettyBolte: "I've tried writing poetry so I'm in awe of writing an entire book of poetry"
Me too, actually. (Go Frank!) :)

But my goodness you sound very busy yourself, Betty!

I'm finding it a bit remarkable that you have more works on your Author Page than in your library. :)

Are you one of those very unassuming and reserved authors who think they really shouldn't add their own books to their personal libraries? I can see where those people are coming from, but I always try to dissuade them. Although to other LTers it certainly looks better if most of the books listed in your catalog are written by other people (because surely there is no one out there who writes faster than they read), nobody is offended by you ALSO including your own books. (You do own copies of your own books, right?) And this way you have a little more input as to how your books appear on LibraryThing, in regards to tags and covers and so forth. (No more than any other user, but also no less -- which is how things stand right now.)

Also, if you add all of your own books, you'll be more inclined to add more other books so that yours don't predominate, and in common with many other LTers, I think the more books you add, the better. Right now we aren't showing a single book in common. Surely that can't be right! I read at least four of the genres you listed in your library description: classics, mysteries, historical fiction, and nonfiction. :)

Jan 31, 12:15am Top

>90 BettyBolte: Thank you Betty.

If you like audio, here is a poem I read, arranged and accompanied by my wife. Hope it's allowed.

The theme (sort of) is how did makind come about?


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