Updates Galore!

Wow it’s been a while. A whole six months without even a new book out. It’s like I’m trying to take it easy this year or something.1 But, since it’s been so long, some updates are due. Let’s get into them!

Wattpad!

I’ve been working on the rewrite of City Without Heroes over on Wattpad. I put out a chapter a week on Sundays2 of the rewritten version. It has not been edited yet, so some changes may still be made between this version and the eventual published version, so check it out!

Smashwords!

Since apparently Smashwords changed how they do taxes3 I am starting to put my books up on Smashwords as well! If you had issues with Amazon, now is your chance to get a copy of anything I’ve ever written! Or it will be, just as soon as I get all these books in there.

Going wider!

I’m looking at possibly distributing a little differently though not Smashwords as well4 but have hit a bit of a snag. I signed up for Pronoun, but have yet to receive a confirmation email from them.5 And apparently Draft2Digital has all the ISBNs still stored in the system from back in the day, so I’m having trouble relisting books. Stay tuned we will see what happens!

Print books!

Return to Wonderland is in print! I currently also have a stack of proof copies for the rest of the series sitting on my desk and they will be ready soon. Jabberwocky’s Book and Borrowed, Not Lost will be out in the next couple months.

Upcoming books!

City Without Heroes and Hero Complex will be out by the end of the summer. The rewrite for both books is complete and they are both in editing, so I’m hoping to have the ebooks and the print versions of them out by the end of August. The print books may be a bit ambitious, though.6

The Game!

I’m going to be working on the game again soon as well! I have plans to completely rewrite the little I’ve already done, and then build it out so that it will hopefully be playable in a year. Or, at the very least, I’ll have a couple playable stories to show you guys while I work on the programming.

And that’s just about everything in terms of updates. I want to try and keep a better record of my progress of all of this stuff moving forward, though if there’s anything else you’d like to see from me, let me know!

  1. I am trying. It may not be as successful as I like to think it is… []
  2. Tomorrow! []
  3. As did everyone else, when did this happen? []
  4. Smashwords requires a note saying specifically that it is from Smashwords, which I am not a fan of having in other stores []
  5. I’ve also tried a password reset and checked my spam mail. They just will not email me. []
  6. There’s bonus shorts in the print books, and I do not know how to format bonus content yet. We’ll see. []

Legacy Now Available!

legacy

Not all magic is equal. Even hard work and determination is no match for skills passed on from generation to generation, each time being built upon and growing stronger. These old magic families have hoarded their secrets with every generation, using them to get ahead where they could – or leaving a mess for their progeny to deal with as soon as they have passed.

Legacy delves into the people who have had the responsibility of generations passed down to them and how they use their family’s magic with the time they have left. This generation knows that eventually the End will eventually come for them and that they might not have much time to stop it. If they want to stop it at all.

Get it now on Amazon!

The 2016 To Do List

NaNoWriMo is done! I managed to write two full novels, a bonus short, and worked out a few other things for next year during the month, so I’m pretty happy with myself. I also managed to cause myself quite a bit of wrist pain, but overall I’m pretty happy with things.

It’s also December, which means that I have started coming up with my to do list for the new year. If you prefer, you can think of them as goals or resolutions, but for me, it’s really a checklist of stuff I want to get done next year. And, as usual, it’s a little bit ridiculous.

So what’s the plan?

Publishing

Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector: Legacy

It’s the last book in the series! I am incredibly excited to have it so close to completion and to be able to reveal a couple of the mysteries that have been in the rest of the series. I’ve got a firm date for release on this one: April 4, 2016.

Changing Tides

I wrote the book for NaNoWriMo in 2014 and it’s the next one on the list. It’s another shot at writing for an older audience, this time in the more familiar Urban Fantasy genre that I like so much. I’m going to need two rewrite and edit and all that good stuff. Hoping to get this out by the summer.

Looking Glass Saga: Book 4

Once a year I’m going to put out one of these. It’s a good pace. We’ll continue Alice’s adventures in and out of Wonderland as everything starts to fall apart even more. Any more than that would be a spoiler, so I’ll leave it at that. This one I’m planning for an October release.

Cloned Evil: First Steps

I have no idea what I’m going to do with this one, to be perfectly honest. I know I’m going to write and edit it, but I don’t have an exact time for the release of it and I think I might actually end up serializing it before releasing it in full to everyone else.

Games

Day’s Work

I was originally planning to release this one this year, but stuff came up and I started to over complicate some matters, so I’m going to instead try and get this one out for the summer. It’s a tie in and companion to the Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector series and it’s one of those fancy choose your own adventure novels that you can play online.

Twisted Eden Alpha

I am not aiming to get all of this done, but I want to have the base of the code for it done this year between all the other projects. I can at least get that much done, and if you want a more in depth look at the process behind actually making this thing, you can check the link for the Facebook page I set up for it. I continue talking on there about the progress.

New Drafts

White Noise Sequels

There are two more books planned for the series. I’ve been changing the plot over and over again, but I think I have the core of it down and I’ll be writing both of them at once as soon as I get a spare month to do that in. With any luck, the whole thing will be out in 2018, but I’ll update you on my progress as I get them written.

NaNoWriMo Novel

I have no idea what this book is yet, but I’m going to do it. There will be a poll showing up in September-ish to vote on which book I end up writing. It’s probably going to be a stand alone this time, though.

Looking Glass Saga: Book 6

Because of how NaNoWriMo goes, this is probably going to be the second book I write in November. Unless something really inspires me and I want to write it earlier, of course.

Other

Patreon

I am going to give Patreon a shot for a year. I have a lot of plans for it, including a lot of bonus content that I’ve written and never put out for various series, requests, and general nonsense. Of course, I might get no one, but on the off chance I do, that would be pretty awesome.

Syndicate Print Book

As per the poll, I am already working on making the Syndicate book into a print novel. At this point, it is already formatted, the cover has been acquired, and I have ordered a proof copy. I might actually be able to finish this off before January at this rate, but we’ll see.

Buy an apartment

Through a very convoluted series of events, I found out that I can afford a mortgage and an apartment of my very own. This is both terrifying and fantastic, but I’m slowly learning that my obsession with HGTV is not helping me all that much on this front. That show channel has lied to me on the house hunting front.

 

You can keep up with the list all year over on the page. I’ll also be doing check ins once a month about my progress to keep myself accountable for all of this.

Of Pseudonyms and a Sudden Influx of Titles

There once was a man named Lyle S Tanner. In April of 2012, he put out his first short story and started really working on his series, Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector. It is a short story series that he put a lot of time and effort into, putting out books twice a year and hoping to finish the series in April of 2016 with a total of six collections and a tie-in novella.

If you read the title of this blog post, you’ll see where I’m going with this.

Back when I was first deciding how to go about the publishing thing and decided to try self publishing, I was worried about what would happen if I did actually do it and how I would do it. I researched and tried to make sure I knew as much as I could before I started.

There were a lot of articles at the time about people losing their day jobs for writing racy fiction. More talked about how JK Rowling and others changed their names to be less feminine so that they didn’t get put in a female writers corner and could appeal more broadly in genres that alienated them.

I made the decision to use a pseudonym because of all of it and started putting out books under Lyle S Tanner, both to protect myself from any repercussions from my day job, and to avoid getting put into the romance category because of my name.1 And for a while, things were pretty good.

One of these days, I’ll go through everything I learned as Lyle. I had the freedom under that name to make a lot of mistakes and try out different tactics and strategies, seeing what worked and what didn’t. I used Twitter and Facebook and tried to make him as real as I was.

Unfortunately, now that I’m publishing under my own name, those efforts have tapered off into pretty much nothing. Maintaining him as a separate entity has gotten exhausting and I just haven’t been able to do it. While I have plenty of energy to work on the next book2 I just can’t seem to keep up with the other elements of the identity.

And so, that’s why you’re going to start seeing an influx of new books. I’ll be slowly moving the books over to my own name over the next little while3 and I’ll be talking about them as well here and there. It’s a bit of a strange series, but I love writing it and I do hope you’ll check it out.4

As for Lyle, he’ll fade away. It’s been an interesting run,5 but this is the end of his story. Time to continue on with my own.

  1. I don’t really do romance. It’s in there, but very rarely a focal point. []
  2. Evidence, out at the end of August! []
  3. Just need to get the covers updated []
  4. If it’s your thing. I’m not kidding about it being strange. []
  5. Hoo boy, has it been interesting []

The Publishing Tracker

A surprising number of friends have recently asked me to look over their stuff because they want to publish it. I’ve, of course, advised them against doing any such thing because it’s a bit of a pain to get everything ready for publication, especially if you want to print your books out.

They gently told me that they were going for the traditional route before I ranted too long.

They are apparently, following the same path I tried a while back in trying to get their short works published to build up a name and a resume for themselves before trying to find an agent,1 which means I asked them about their tracker.

Apparently the publishing tracker isn’t actually standard. Go figure. For those who don’t know, the spreadsheet was a thing I learned about and lived by when I first started  trying to get published and was sending out short stories to everyone I thought would be a good fit. It’s a document to keep track of who you’ve sent what to and to help prevent multiple submissions.

I, being me, did a bit more with mine and turned it into a rudimentary tracker for some of my projects as well as a research document. And then I started building an online version of it. And then I stopped because finals were awful that year and I never picked the project back up.2

I made a stripped down version of mine for one of my friends who has a lot of stories to send out and a lot of places she’s looking at sending things to. There’s three sheets to it: Sent, Works and Publications.

Sent is just your tracking information. Which stories you have sent to which publishers, the date you sent them on and the date of expected reply. It’s pretty simple and you can sort by the various columns to see who you’ve already sent which stories to.

Works just keeps track of your stories and some of the vital information about it that you use for finding publications to send it to. I think this can be easily changed to Poetry, if you are sending poems out instead.

Publications are the places you’ve looked up and you like, along with the basic information you need to know about sending to them. I’ve stripped this section down a lot because back  in my day3 pretty much everyone wanted an SASE4 and an IRC5 , though these days with everything more digital, that’s becoming the case less and less.

If anyone else wants it, I’ll leave it here. It was incredibly useful for me when I was sending out my stuff and keeping track of what I needed to do, so it might help a few of you out as well.

Publishing Tracker

  1. Some of them, anyway. Not everyone. []
  2. I might, though. It was a good project, even though I will not use it again. []
  3. If I ever wanted to sound old… []
  4. Self Addressed Stamped Envelope []
  5. International Reply Coupon []