October 21, 2017: Sigh . . . the next update will not be until 2018. Life is happening hard and fast and sometimes I can’t fit writing in too.
August 19, 2017: The new updates are waiting for the release of Book 2. (Sometime this year.)
July 13, 2017: I still plan to change the name of the book (see below) and I may make a few changes to the story based upon reader feedback and reviewers comments. (Hope this all happens this year.) Currently, Version 1.06 is available to the public.
Jan 24, 2017: I am changing the book name from The Conscript to Avi Garza and the Talons of the Condor. Huge change. So the book cover will be redone at about the same time I publish book-2.
December 20, 2016: Using reader feedback, I am enhancing the beginning of the story with more action from Avi and a little less introspection. We still get to know Avi’s thoughts, but spread out in the story.
November 3, 2016: Finally had The Conscript ready to print . . . and . . . I’d have to charge $12 for the paperback book just to make $1 for me. So, I reduced the font size and was able to reduce the number of pages. I will be able to sell the book for $9.99 and make $1+. I feel better about that. DDD is remaking the book covers for the new page count and I hope to be able to order the new proof copies tomorrow. Yea!
I am actively seeking reviews of the book and yesterday received a 5-Star review from Reader’s Favorite. That is exciting!
September 7: The Conscript, I ordered the proof copies of the paperback from CreateSpace and was surprised by the number of formatting errors. I handed out copies to beta readers and they provided excellent feedback. I have corrected the formatting errors and I’ve updated the chronicles using the feedback received. On September 6th I updated the ebook on Pronoun (my ebook publisher) and by the 7th I am seeing the new changes, version 1.03, already in several on-line book stores.
This is the third update through Pronoun so the five of you who purchased the ebook prior to Sept. 7th have an older version. Contact me through this website and we’ll figure out how to get you the updated version.
July 2016: I am working on this website now. Soon this page will tell of the current status of changes to The Conscript and will post updates on the progress of Marooned.
So, the short version is that The Conscript is in process of being printed by CreateSpace (for Amazon sales) and by IngramSpark (for all other printed book sales). I hope it will be available in these channels by the end of August 2016.
Update on book-2: Marooned
Book 2: MAROONED is a little over three-quarters completed for the first draft. Then it will go to Gary Dalkin, the structural editor, for a couple of weeks, and then . . . we’ll see. This was NOT a fast process for the first book.
October 21, 2017: So . . . the time off to support family continued until about Oct. 20th–and we may not be finished yet. We’ll know more in a month, but, in the meantime I should be able to get more writing done. I now hope to publish book-2 early in 2018.
August 19, 2017: Still plugging along–but–took a couple of months off to support family during an illness. But . . . this is a FUN book. Can’t wait to release it!
July 13, 2017: Work continues, but not as fast as I’d hoped. The story is really fun and I am excited to get this done and move on to book-3 before the end of the year.
January 24, 2017: The title of book-2 is changing from Marooned to Avi Garza and the Prey for the Heron. So — spoiler — in Spanish garza means heron. Note that the title is prey, not pray. The story will reveal the full meaning behind the title.
December 20, 2016: I will not complete the rough draft in 2016, but, WOW, I am having fun in the second book.
November 16, 2016: I took a few days off and read four more books on writing techniques and theory. I’m back to work now.
November 3, 2016: Still plugging away, but I am putting a LOT of time into the final details of publishing book-1. My goal is to have the first rough draft of MAROONED completed by the end 2016.
September 7: MAROONED is making slow progress, but most of my effort is going into the publication of the first book. I’m hurrying!