Excitement Galore!

Friends,

I hope this post finds you well and striving to achieve the goals you’ve set down for yourself! Let’s get down to this week’s content…

The Short Story Collection

It’s been over a week since I released my second volume of short stories. It was an exciting release because it sort of happened off the cuff. I’d planned to release it sometime before my birthday in February, but I ended up pulling some strings to make it happen sooner. If you haven’t yet checked it out, you can find it on Amazon here.

Looking ahead in this collection, I can tell you that I already have ideas in development for Volume 3! Granted, these ideas are at their most basic state of being, and have been sitting on the back burner for months. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to know that I already have a footing for the next installment of this collection, and that it’s ready to be worked on in the coming months.

The Faces of the War Collection

I am on the cusp of finalizing the first half of Imminent‘s manuscript, which should end up being around 21K words. The tentative release date of December 11 still stands, and I am working very hard to see that the book is released at the time. As I said before, once I get the edited manuscript back from my editor, I’ll reveal the cover and book details.

Looking ahead in this collection, I am preparing the material for my next book. I plan on beginning work on this the day I submit Imminent to Amazon. This is because once that’s done, the story is out of my hands and I can’t change it for this release. This next story will be different from its predecessors in its own way, which is something I’ve tried to do with each new release. At this point, it may be a little trickier to write, but that’s the fun of writing – to test yourself!

Indie Writing Advice

I’ve picked up on something of a habit of mine while editing Imminent: I tend to resort to certain words to express the thoughts in my head while initially writing the story. And it definitely shows. So for some advice, I’ll direct my wording to you:

When you go back through your manuscript (whether before or after having another person look at it), look up all the instances where you use certain words a lot. For example, I tend to use “then” when describing a sequence of events or telling what a character does next. It might be hard to envision it right now, but trust me – something like that shows. Another one is the word “just” being used a lot to modify short distances between objects or the relative time before or after something happens. Leaving words like these out can make a world of difference in your writing!

That’ll be it for this week’s post. I hope you are accomplishing your own work and are getting along well with developing your craft. If you’re not a writer, I encourage you to keep reading! Thank you for reading my post, and if you haven’t yet joined my mailing list or follow this blog, I encourage you to do that as well.

Until next time,

-Eli

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Back to Writing

Friends,

It is a new week, which means a new blog post and another chance to conquer our fears and accomplish our dreams! Let’s get started…

The Faces of the War Collection

After taking a week for vacation and using last week to catch up on some housekeeping items, it’s time to resume writing Book Three. Like I’ve said in my writing process videos on my YouTube channel, it’s good to take a break between your writing. In this case, I took a break between two parts in my book rather than after completing an entire draft, and this break just so happened to be two weeks. However it’s done, it’s good for your mind to take a break in this regard.

With roughly 26K words remaining until my word count goal is met, Parts II and III have plenty of space to develop into something great…or at least that’s my hope! This book will be a little different in regards to time covered in the story. In Resistant, the story spanned almost the length of the entire war. In Unguarded, the entire war wasn’t spanned, but there was still some significant time that passed between parts of the story. In the case of Book Three, it will be even more so.

I should be speaking with my contact in Colorado who works with my cover designer, so you should be hearing more about that over the coming weeks. I’m excited to see how this one turns out!

The Short Story Collection

I haven’t touched on this project in a while, so I figured I should address it. Through the course of April and into May, I decided to postpone the publication of my next short story ebook, Volume 2, until at least after I complete Book Three in my WWII collection. Part of it was because I wanted to put my focus on that project, and another part was that my beta reader suggested some changes that would lengthen and deepen one of the stories, so I wanted to be sure to give ample time to make that story into something awesome. So for the time being, please check out my first ebook (Volume 1) on Amazon for $0.99, and keep an eye out in the fall for news about Volume 2!

YouTube

I am now in my second week of vlogging since the completion of my writing process videos! If you’re not subscribed to my channel or haven’t yet checked out my latest vlog, you can watch it here. If you like it, please give it a Thumbs Up and subscribe to catch the next one!

I have some other projects in the works, of both writing and non-writing types, but I’ll give more information regarding those projects down the road. I have to keep you interested somehow, right?!

Thank you very much for reading today’s post, and for following, supporting, and encouraging me as I pursue my passion. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and that’s one very strong way to help me get that passion “out there” to the world. So please, tell a friend, family member, or coworker about me and my work…because you never know if someone you know could take an interest in what I do!

Until next time,

-Eli

Short Bit

Friends,

I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits! Today’s post is a little shorter than usual because it’s a day full of things in my personal life. So without wasting any more time, let’s get down to today’s content…

The Faces of the War Collection

There has been much progress with my third book, still tentatively due to release sometime in the late summer months. I am on pace to reach the 20K word mark by next week or so, which is very exciting! The story is really beginning to unravel, and it’s great! Keep an eye out for details about the cover and title release, hopefully in the next two months!

The Short Story Collection

I have decided to put this project on hold for the time being. There are certain things I am doing, both in my personal and writing lives, that take priority over this. However, I will get to finishing Volume 2 in time. The point of this project, anyway, was to give me something to write on when I wasn’t working on my larger projects. In addition to my upcoming WWII book, there is something else in the works, but you’ll find out about that soon enough!

YouTube

If you haven’t yet checked out my channel, I encourage you to do so. I am nearing the end of my series on writing process, which should be toward the end of the month. After that, I plan on vlogging my everyday writing life and include details about my projects and such. Be sure to click the “Subscribe” button, as well as to “Thumbs Up” the videos you watch. It really helps me out in the YouTube community!

There isn’t much more in terms of news, but I hope to begin the summer with a refreshed approach to my blog posts so that you, my readers, can still get your fill of my work but also be informed on more than just my projects. Be sure to “Follow” my blog if you aren’t already, because I’m trying to make it better from here on out!

Also, please feel free to explore my website and check out my books and projects, if you have not yet done so. I’m only a few clicks away from a chat about my work, so don’t hesitate to contact if you have questions about my books or what I’m working on!

Until next time,

-Eli

Resistant Is In Print (Again)

Friends,

Another week, another blog! I am happy to inform you that the print version of Resistant is once again live on Amazon. After some minor delays in rebooting the book solely under my distribution and marketing efforts, the process is finally complete. If you’d like to check out the book’s Amazon page, click here. I can now say that everything is back to “normal”…or at least as normal as things usually are.

As the month of October progresses, I accomplish a little more of what is currently on my to-do list. Each day brings me closer to the release of my next book, Unguarded, and to the start of other projects. I am excited that Resistant is back up and running in print, but I am even more excited to bring Book Two of my “Faces of the War” collection to you, probably by Christmas (that’s the idea). I won’t go into detail now with regards to the aforementioned “other projects” but rather save that for another time.

This past weekend, I ran a free promotion deal through Amazon for Volume 1 of my “Short Story” collection. I won’t know how many copies were downloaded (that sales report will take a couple weeks for me to see it), but I hope that many readers took advantage of it. If you missed it, it’s only $0.99, so check it out!

There will be another free ebook giveaway for Resistant in November, beginning sometime around Thanksgiving. This time, though, there will be more than one winner selected! I’ll post information about that on my website as the time gets closer. Next Tuesday, October 21 begins a week-long Countdown Deal through Amazon for Resistant. It will end on the 28th so make sure you drop by the book’s sales page to get your copy! All of these promotions are in preparation for the release of Unguarded in December (hopefully), so the idea is to get you my books at a discounted rate so you can have some reading material for the holidays. There may be a pre-order set up for Unguarded, but I will release more details on that when I have more of a concrete idea on the matter.

I sincerely thank you for following along with me on this journey through the world of self-publishing. And if this is your first time reading my blog, then I welcome you aboard and encourage you to check out my website to see information about my work and how I got into the self-publishing business. Your support is greatly appreciated. My readers make me who I am, and for that I am grateful. That is pretty much the main points I wanted to get across to you today. I will have more details to reveal as the coming weeks manifest themselves.

Until next time,

-Eli

Much More News!

Friends,

I have much to tell you today, so let us jump right into it, shall we?

The Short Story Collection

I mentioned in last week’s blog that I would be releasing the first of many volumes (hopefully) that will come to comprise my Short Story Collection soon, as in sometime by last Friday. To my surprise, and a welcomed one at that, the publishing process through Amazon KDP was very easy and much faster than I thought it would be. I submitted my story Monday night and by Tuesday morning it was live. Since then, I have made a few changes here and there–mostly formatting and aesthetic changes–but I still got it “out there” long before I thought I could. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can go to the tab on my website that says “The Short Story Collection” and find information there as well as the sales page. Note that it is only available for the Kindle.

Volume 1 - Cover

I am very satisfied with the effort and work put into this first volume, and I can safely tell you that I already have a handful of more stories in the works for upcoming volumes. So stay tuned!

The Faces of the War Collection

Last week, I began Monday morning with ZERO words typed for Part III of Unguarded, the second book in the collection. By Friday, I had nearly reached 10K words. For me, that is an incredible accomplishment. I have never written that many words in such a short amount of time. I am in no way meaning to boast, but rather to use it as encouragement for others, especially if they are experiencing a rut or bump in their own writing path.

If ever you find yourself encountering an obstacle in your writing, do not give up. I repeat…DO NOT GIVE UP. Find a way around that obstacle. In most cases, or at least in my experience, the best first option to take is to give yourself a break. Even if it is only for 5-10 minutes, that little bit of time away from a project can work wonders. There is more I can tell you, but I am putting together material and ideas for a blog post related to this topic, so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for it!

The point is, a vast majority of beginning writers–and sometimes even not-so-new writers, quit writing even for a time because of the obstacles they face. That is part of the whole process. Writing is not meant to be easy…not good writing, anyway. It takes time and practice to come close to reaching whatever it is that you consider “perfection” for your own process and purpose. I am by no means “perfect” myself–not by anyone else’s standards or my own–but I accomplish most of what I set out to do because I make it work. I don’t give up on myself or what I am aspiring to do.

In Other News…

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I revamped my website. I also mentioned that in last week’s blog as something that would probably happen in the coming weeks. I felt compelled to do it sooner, apparently. I’m sure you don’t mind, as it is hopefully a pleasant surprise for you. I feel that it is more streamlined and better looking than the old website.

As for the mailing list, it is slowly growing! I am very pleased that I have gained some readers in my “inner circle” if you will. That is, after all, the intention of the mailing list: to reach readers on a more personal level. I think it is great when readers can connect with authors whose work they enjoy. It helps you appreciate their work more, I believe. If you haven’t joined yet yourself, or if you know someone who you think would like to join, you can find the (free) subscription form under the “About” tab on the website.

The last thing I wanted to touch on today is regarding ratings and reviews. I recently reviewed a memoir on mental illness (something I don’t usually read about), which turned out to be a very interesting read. It is entitled, “Please Save Me From Myself” and is written by Sebastian Aiden Daniels. Afterward, he told me he was very appreciative of me for leaving him a review. If you aren’t aware, ratings and reviews really help spread the word about someone’s work. Not just of any one particular book, but of all the work of an author in general. Writing a review literally takes no longer than fifteen minutes, tops. And it goes a long way, let me tell you. So to close this spiel, I encourage you to leave a review for books you read. If you didn’t like the book, that’s one thing. But it really encourages an author when he/she sees a new review, and it inspires them to keep on doing what they love. So please, think of that the next time you finish a book!

Until next time,

-Eli