I've been rather quiet lately, so I decided it would be nice to let you know what I'm doing and what to expect this year.
At the moment I'm doing a community play with my wife and son. It's a good way to spend time with them and something I kinda enjoy doing, although it interferes with my writing time. *sigh* I do love performing the play in front of an audience though.
As far as my fantasy novels set in the world of Ryallon go, I've finished the fifth book, "Ebudae". It's currently undergoing edits and I plan to publish it in late May/Early June. My three beta readers have given it rave reviews and tell me it's my best work yet. The character Ebudae is a young wizardess with ability beyond her years and a natural toughness. She's the sort of person who will save herself before ever letting a knight in shining armor do so.
I haven't started the next book, "Pelya", but I know how it's going to go. Memorizing lines takes up the same parts of my mind as writing does, so I can't begin until after the play. I'm guessing I'll have the first draft finished in July and publish it in December or January.
I also have the next trilogy (books 7-9) plotted out. I know the overall plot as well as the basic plots for each of the books. I can't wait to write them. :) I'm hoping to publish all of them in 2013.
I have ideas for my Demented Children series, but no plans to write one at the moment. Currently, I have 8 short stories I give away for free and only 6 books I sell, so I'd like to reach balance on them. However, the Demented Children series is very popular and I intend to write many more in the years to come. In addition, I have other stories kicking about in the back of my mind that I may put on paper if inspired.
The best news is that illustrations for "The Emo Bunny that Should" are nearly done. I also plan to go through and do another edit to the story to make certain it's perfect and easy to read. We're hoping for an Easter release. The artwork is beautiful and I can't wait for you to see it. Here's a sample of the latest:
|Copyright 2012 Arlene Rose|
I'm going to sell the illustrated version for $5.99 I believe it's a good value for an illustrated children's book. I'll keep the text-only version free.
At the moment, I'm going through and re-editing the Willden Trilogy. A few reviews have mentioned that I over-describe things and that the books are too wordy. I began looking at "Kethril", my third book, and found it to be true.
When I began editing it this time, I discovered that I had way too many descriptions of details that didn't advance the story and, in fact, distracted from the story. I'm halfway through this edit and I've deleted 10,000 words from the total 123,000 original length.
I have to tell you that I'm appalled by this and I apologize to all of you who've read it so far. What's extraordinary is that the story is still exactly the same even without those words. They added nothing to the story.
I ask that you forgive me for them though. The reviews have also mentioned that the books are enjoyable to read and the characters wonderful. With these new edits, it should speed the reading experience and improve the enjoyment of the characters. I'm doing "Anilyia" and "Rojuun" next.
I'm also learning a great deal in this process. My fourth and fifth books are much leaner and faster reads. I'll apply my new knowledge to the upcoming books to make them even better. :)
I promise that I'm doing my best to provide you with the highest quality writing I can provide. I'm constantly working to improve and learning how to master all the tools of my trade. Thank you for taking the time to read my stories and I hope that they provide you with great enjoyment. There will be many more to come. :)
All my best,
John H. Carroll