Writing Update – January

The Traitor and the Thief

The manuscript for The Traitor and the Thief is almost done! I’ve made some great progress on the book, though I did discover a problem that required me to go back and rework a couple of earlier chapters. However, I expect that I’ll have the draft completed by the end of the month.

I’m very excited to see this one done and off to editing.

Short Stories

I had to unexpectedly change plans last month with my free short story. I ran into a snag with the originally-planned Kaus Kagunvar story, and replaced it with a different story, Unhidden.

I’m going to be holding off on The Broken Temple of Yinak for a bit. I want the first Kaus Kagunvar story to be something special, and I need the time to do it justice. Since I’m so focused on completing The Traitor and the Thief at this point, I don’t think I can commit the necessary brain-space to this story at this time.

So this month’s story is going to be another fairly short one. I don’t have a name yet—I’m still trying to come up with something appropriate—so I’ll just say it’s another story set in the Undying Empire and leave it at that.

Tales of the Undying Empire

My plans for the Tales of the Undying Empire Omnibus have been slightly derailed. I had some difficulty with the files for the Kindle version, and I’m working through those. I’m not going to make another release date commitment at this time. I’ll just announce it here and on Twitter when it’s ready to be released.

One More Project

So, almost two years ago, my son asked me to write a story for him. And the result was a 60-thousand-word story that I tentatively called Origin. It’s a story for kids of 10-12 years of age. I read it to my son, and since then it has been sitting on my hard drive and I’ve done nothing with it.

I’ve come to the decision that I am going to release it, once I have time. Needless to say, getting this one out is not a top priority.

Basically, my plans (in order) are:

  • Complete the manuscript for The Traitor and the Thief.
  • Get the Tales of the Undying Empire Omnibus out on Kindle.
  • Complete the Kaus Kagunvar story, The Broken Temple of Yinak.
  • See what needs to be done to Origin (or whatever I eventually choose to name it) to get it ready for publishing.
  • Get working on The Revenant and the Reaper, the conclusion to the Undying Empire: Rebellion trilogy.

So I wouldn’t expect to see Origin until much later in the year. But if it generates enough interest, I might just be interested in doing more of them.

That’s it for this month. It’s time for me to get back to writing!

Writing Update – December

The Traitor and the Thief

I’m still doing well with the manuscript for The Traitor and the Thief, but as I mentioned last month, it looks like I won’t have it completed by December 31st. I’ve lost a few writing opportunities over the last few weeks due to the Christmas season’s responsibilities, and I’m a bit behind.

However, things are still proceeding, and I don’t think I’m too far behind schedule at this point. I’m now on vacation for the next week, and I’ll be getting in some writing time every day. While I don’t think I can completely make up for lost time, I’m looking forward to driving toward the completion of the manuscript.

Short Stories

For those who are Wattpad users, I’ve posted all my short stories on that platform as well as here. Wattpad is very popular platform for user-generated content, and it’s another way for readers to discover my stories. So if you like to read on Wattpad, you can find all the fiction I’ve posted on this site over there.

This month’s short story is one I wrote all in one sitting. I had no idea what I wanted to write when I started, but as soon as I wrote the first sentence, it all started coming together almost faster than I could type it. The story is called Unhidden, and I look forward to posting it.

Now, next Sunday is Christmas Day, and so I won’t be posting it on my usual schedule next week. Instead, I’m going to post the story on December 27th. So check back here then, or on Wattpad, to read it.

Note that if you want to get updates as I post them, the easiest way is to follow this blog. Then you’ll never worry about having to miss a post.

Tales of the Undying Empire

After a great deal of work, I finally completed the print files for the Tales of the Undying Empire omnibus. The omnibus includes the first three novels in the Tales of the Undying Empire series.

Here’s a picture of the physical book.

 

tales-of-the-undying-empire-omnibus

Yes, it’s a beast. At 6″ x 9″ and 723 pages, the book is almost 2 inches thick. And I found some issues that I will need to correct, which will cause a reflow and add more pages.

At this point, I’m not sure having a physical version this big is worth it. There are a couple of things I’m going to try, but I’m thinking that I may just release the ebook version of the omnibus and leave the physical version out of the equation.

So my plan is to release the ebook version this week—I’ll make an announcement here when it is live. The price will be set so that you get a deal if you buy the omnibus over buying each ebook separately.

And that’s it for this month’s update. Please consider following my blog, and look for the the new short story, Unhidden, on December 27th.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great holiday.

Writing Update – November

The Soldier and the Slave

I’m happy with the initial interest in The Soldier and the Slave, and it continues to do well in the Kindle version (less so with the print version).

My current Kindle Select contract is up on January 6th, and I’m considering whether or not I should leave it in the program or release it more widely. As of today, I have more reads through the Kindle Unlimited program than I have sold copies of the book, and my royalties for each copy read is actually higher than what I make on a sale. So, from a financial perspective, it’s to my benefit to keep the book in the Kindle Select program.

However, I do know that having my book out on multiple platforms will increase discoverability, which is really what I’m after at this point. So I have to consider the pros and cons of each approach and decide my course of action based on that. For now, The Soldier and the Slave is in the program at least until early January.

The Traitor and the Thief

I’m continuing to work on this book, and the manuscript is proceeding well. I’m still on track to have the manuscript completed by the end of the calendar year, but this may extend into the first couple of weeks of January depending on how the month of December goes. My life outside of writing is quite busy right now, and I’m not getting as much time to write as I’d like.

I’ll keep everyone in the loop in December’s writing update.

The Revenant and the Reaper

Nothing new to report here. I’m focusing on The Traitor and the Thief right now.

Short Stories

My Hallowe’en story was well-received, and I’m happy it gave a few people the creeps as befitting the season.

This month’s story is one of which I’m particularly proud. It’s an Undying Empire story entitled Snowfall, and gives a glimpse into another aspect of life in the Empire and the creatures running around outside the cities.

This story was originally written some time ago, and I intended it to be connected to the events in The Witch’s Path. But that novel was altered while I was developing it, and so became something different from what I had originally envisioned. So this story has some familiar elements to it, but is its own thing.

Tales of the Undying Empire

The first three novels in the Tales of the Undying Empire series are no longer in the Kindle Select program. I’m working on getting them back up on the other distribution platforms, such as Kobo, iBooks, etc. though this will take a bit of time as I’m focused on getting The Traitor and the Thief completed.

I will announce it on this blog when those three novels are available on platforms other than Amazon (though they will remain for sale on Amazon as well, of course).

The omnibus edition of Tales of the Undying Empire is, unfortunately, delayed. I’m trying to get it out as quickly as possible, but there were some production issues that I have to address to ensure it’s a good product when it’s released.

I’m not going to give another release date here just yet, as I hate to announce a date and then miss it. So I’ll keep you updated on this blog. I’m hoping to address the issues and have it up for sale soon. However, my priority is to work on The Traitor and the Thief when I have a good chunk of writing time, and that means this is being worked on in bits and pieces.

That’s it for this month. Look for Snowfall here next week.

Writing Update – September

The Soldier and the Slave

This is the last week to enter the Goodreads Giveaway, as it ends next Sunday, September 25, 2016. I’ve got five copies of The Soldier and the Slave that I’ll autograph and send out to five lucky winners.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Soldier and the Slave by Andrew J. Luther

The Soldier and the Slave

by Andrew J. Luther

Giveaway ends September 25, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

Pre-orders for the ebook of The Soldier and the Slave are live on Amazon. The pre-order price includes a 25% discount off the regular price. So if you enter the Goodreads Giveaway but don’t win, you can still pre-order the book at a great discount.

The Soldier and the Slave will be released on October 9, both in print and on Amazon. On the release date, the price for the ebook will go back to normal. So make sure you pre-order before October 9th to get the discount!

Print Sale:

Note that I was unable to add print books to the pre-order offer for The Soldier and the Slave. So, to reward those who pick up my books early on, the print version of The Soldier and the Slave will be on sale at a special introductory price for the first two weeks only.

The sale for the print version of The Soldier and the Slave will run from October 9 through October 23, 2016.

The Traitor and the Thief

I’m working hard on The Traitor and the Thief every moment I can get. Things are going great with this book—it’s flowing very smoothly and I’m very happy with the results so far.

The Traitor and the Thief continues the story begun in The Soldier and the Slave, and also brings back a character familiar to those who read The Witch’s Path. Yes, Phana will play a big role in the second novel of the Undying Empire: Rebellion trilogy. Many people have been asking me about her, wanting to know more about her past and her “abilities” that she used in The Witch’s Path. Her story in The Traitor and the Thief will not disappoint on that score.

The Revenant and the Reaper

Not much to report here. I do know how the entire trilogy is going to play out, of course, so I’ll be able to jump right into this novel as soon as the manuscript for The Traitor and the Thief is complete and goes into editing.

Short Stories

I decided to go with a bit more action in this month’s story, called Exigent. I’m having a lot of fun doing these short stories, which allow me to play with various genres other than sword & sorcery. Exigent could be called a combination of sci-fi and alternate history. Look for it next Sunday.

Tales of the Undying Empire

For those who haven’t yet jumped into the standalone novels in the Tales of the Undying Empire series, I’ve got exciting news. I’m putting together an omnibus edition of all three books, which will be available as both an ebook and a print book.

The print book will be a 6” x 9” trade paperback size and will contain the first three novels in the series, The Tower of Dust, The Severed Oath, and The Witch’s Path.

The omnibus will be called Tales of the Undying Empire, Volume 1. I’m working toward a release date of November 1st, so it’ll be a great Christmas gift for the sword & sorcery fan in your life.

Note that I’m referring to this omnibus as Volume 1, as I fully intend for there to be a second volume. As mentioned in last month’s update, I will be jumping into a new novel in the Tales of the Undying Empire series immediately after I complete The Revenant and the Reaper.

Writing Update – August

 

The Soldier and the Slave

For various reasons related to setting everything up on the back end, the dates in my last writing update turned out to be off by a week. Here are the corrected dates:

  • Today (Sunday, August 21): The Goodreads Giveaway is live! Five lucky people will receive a free copy of The Soldier and the Slave. The Giveaway runs until September 25th.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Soldier and the Slave by Andrew J. Luther

The Soldier and the Slave

by Andrew J. Luther

Giveaway ends September 25, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

 

  • Pre-orders for The Soldier and the Slave are also now live on Amazon. The pre-order price includes a 25% discount off the regular price. The pre-order runs right up until the book is launched.
  • Sunday, October 9: The book goes live, in both print and ebook on Amazon. Anyone who pre-ordered the book will receive it automatically on this date. The pre-order price will no longer be available.

The Traitor and the Thief

Progress continues on the second book in the Undying Empire: Rebellion series. Since the last update, however, I haven’t managed quite as much writing time as I would have liked. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of not being able to do this full-time. At this point, I believe I’m still on track to complete the first draft well before the end of the year.

The Revenant and the Reaper

I’ve been focusing on The Traitor and the Thief, of course. I continue to make notes here and there as I write book 2.

Short Stories

The short story for this month is called Pages. Like Echoes from last month, it’s a bit of an experiment. I got some great feedback on Echoes and I’m looking forward to some of the short stories I’ve got planned.

Tales of the Undying Empire

I do intend to return to this series of standalone stories set in the Undying Empire. I already have a fourth book planned, and in fact it is completely plotted out and the first chapter is already written. So once The Revenant and the Reaper is finished, I’ll be diving right into this book. I don’t have a name for it yet, but the story involves the return of Flasek Lumayth and Jeyrra, a couple of popular characters from The Severed Oath.

Thanks for continuing to read. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.

Writing Update – July

Continuing with my new blogging plan I outlined here

The Soldier and the Slave

So, needless to say, getting The Soldier and the Slave to published status has taken longer than I planned. I ended up making another full pass through the entire book again in order to improve a couple of areas that I wasn’t 100% happy with, and I’m now glad I did.

I now have the initial proof of the physical book in my hands, and it looks fantastic. Storn’s artwork (1, 2, 3, 4) really comes out nicely on the cover and everything is where it should be.

I’ve been debating about launching the book in mid-summer, which is not really the best time to push out a new novel. However, I hate to sit on this for any longer than I need to. There are a couple of things that still need to be done before I can release it, and I’m not necessarily going to get the needed time to do them in the next couple of weeks.

So here is the plan:

Sunday, August 14: I’m going to launch the Goodreads Giveaway of The Soldier and the Slave and open up pre-orders for the book.

Sunday, September 18: The Goodreads Giveaway ends. Pre-orders will continue for two weeks

Sunday, October 2: The pre-order period ends and the book goes on sale at the introductory sale price (higher than the pre-order price, but lower than the normal price).

Sunday, October 30: The normal price kicks in.

So if you want the best deal on the novel, pre-ordering will get you the lowest price. Buying it in the first four weeks after release will get you a good deal (but not as good as pre-ordering). And buying it after that will be normal price.

The Traitor and the Thief

Work is coming along nicely on The Traitor and the Thief. First draft is about 50% done at this point and I’m getting lots of good writing time in. I’m not going throw out any projected completion dates, because at this early point in the process it’s just a guess. However, if I manage to keep up the current pace, I can see the first draft completed well before the end of the year.

The Revenant and the Reaper

I’ve already planned out exactly how the entire trilogy is going to come out, so the structure of this one is solidly built. I’ve been jotting additional notes as I write The Traitor and the Thief so that I can jump right into this book as soon as I’m done book 2.

In fact, I’ve already got notes on a few scenes that I know will have to happen. I’m very excited by the entire trilogy and think this will be a great addition to the growing Undying Empire saga.

Short Stories

This month’s short story, Echoes, is already finished, so I’m ahead of the game right now on the blog. Next month’s short story is already structurally planned, and some initial writing is done.

Neither of the next two short stories will take place in the world of the Undying Empire. These are fun side diversions that allow me to explore other settings and situations that grab my imagination.

Tales of the Undying Empire

Along with the proof of The Soldier and the Slave, I also received proofs of the first three books in the Tales of the Undying Empire series. The new covers are great, and I’ve made a bunch of tweaks to the stories themselves to improve them in a bunch of minor ways.

If you’ve already read the first three books, don’t worry as there is nothing substantially different in these—you won’t be missing anything new. But both The Tower of Dust and The Severed Oath are technically new editions because of some stuff I had to change on the back-end publishing side of things.

One major change is that I’ve temporarily removed the books from all non-Amazon sources. This is because I’m going to be putting all four novels into the KDP Select program to see how this affects my sales. The product pages for these first three books will be updated by this time next week, and they will be available in the Kindle Unlimited program as well.

I want to be clear that this is an experiment. I’m going to try the program (it runs in 90-day increments) and see how things shape up. If it improves my sales, then I may stay in it for a while. I plan to comment on this in my monthly writing updates, so you can see how it’s affecting things.

Audio Books

The last thing I’m looking into is getting audio versions of my books out there. This is in the early stages, so I can’t give any time estimates to release at this point. I’m just letting everyone know that I’m working on this and it’s definitely going to happen. I’ll keep you updated as things solidify.

That’s it for this week. Come back next Sunday for my free short story, Echoes.