“This Is Sparta!”

Friends,

Welcome to yet another week – another opportunity – to achieve greatness. In the words of Leonidas, “Prepare for glory!” Let’s get into today’s content…

The Faces of the War Collection

Toward the end of last week, I came across some things I had jotted down while doing the skeleton planning for Book Three, and it got me thinking. After some careful consideration of historical facts and other things I had discovered in my research, I decided that it was best to revamp some of the planning I had done and change up the story outline just a bit. Now that that is done, I can move forward with more confidence that what I’ll be writing will be more realistic in appeal and closer along the lines of what actually could’ve happened.

That’s part of the trick with writing historical fiction: everything little event that occurred in the past doesn’t have a personal account to go with it. That’s just a fact historical writers must deal with. So when writing, the gaps in what could have happened are filled with the writer’s creativity fueled by contextual knowledge. In other words, the writer creates an event in the story that contains people, actions, and so on that could have existed at the time.

That’s what I do with my stories when there isn’t much substance to certain things I want to put into my story. With Resistant and Unguarded, my first two books, this method of writing was executed fairly well I think. In my third book, I am currently expanding and experimenting with this method in the second half of the manuscript, and I must say that it’s a fun thing to do. And I think that’s part of what writing should be about – experimenting and trying new things to see how far you can take yourself in your work. I should add that the developments in the story with which I’m experimenting are rather bold, mostly because the events that are taking place very well could have happened and it’s very hard to tell either way.

The word count is approaching 25K in Book Three and I’m about to send the word to my cover designer to get things rolling. As of now, I’m resetting the tentative release date for mid- to late-September. I’ll be writing as much as I can throughout the rest of the summer, and hopefully I’ll be able to produce a quality book to add to the first two.

YouTube

If you haven’t seen my videos on my writing process, you can easily find them on my channel. Since finishing my writing process videos, I’ve switched gears and am now doing weekly vlogs by recording footage throughout the week and posting a video on Friday.

Please subscribe to my channel and join me on my journey through both my personal and writing lives. And if you have family or friends who might be interested in me and my work, please pass the word along. I enjoy getting to meet new people!

And if you want to go a step further and get more out of the content I produce, you can join my mailing list by clicking this link and filling in the information. I send out a newsletter vie email every couple of weeks, and it includes details about my projects, fun facts, Q&A posts, and much more. It’s easy to do and fun to be a part of!

Other News

I have hinted before that there are other projects on my plate behind the scenes, but I haven’t really elaborated on that point. I’m not going to right now, either (sorry), but I will tell you that a pretty cool thing is in the works and in the coming weeks I’ll share with you about it.

That’s just about all I have for right now in terms of news. Thank you for your interest in my work and for following my blog. I truly appreciate it!

Until next time,

-Eli

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

Book Three Is Coming Along!

Friends,

It’s a new week, and that means that we have another opportunity to achieve success, to tackle our goals, and to accomplish the task at hand! Join me for today’s content…

The Faces of the War Collection

I have made some good headway this past week on my third book, with the word count coming in at over 19K words. In the spirit of tackling our goals, mine for this week include completing Part I and beginning tending to a few details in the text by Friday. It should only be a day’s work (or two) because I should need less than 1,000 words to finish what needs to be said in the book’s first act.

When I return after some time away from work, I plan to move forward with writing Part II. The planning is done for the most part, but I feel I’ll need to get some more details ironed out in order to smoothly write the rest of the book. But even with that still on my plate, I am confident that the story can be completed by the end of the summer. However, it’s always wise to keep an open mind, especially when it comes to publication timelines.

If you haven’t checked out my first two books, Resistant and Unguarded, then I encourage you to do so!

YouTube

We are in the final week of my videos on writing process, with the videos being posted this coming Friday as usual. There will be two videos because they each cover the same topic but relate to different media of publication. By this, I mean that I’ll touch on bringing your book to market via Kindle Direct Publishing and Createspace (Kindle and print, respectively).

If you haven’t checked out my channel, I encourage you to do so. After my writing process videos are complete, I’ll post more personal, writing life videos with tips, tricks, and other writing-related topics included. Come along for the ride, and be sure to click the Thumbs Up and Subscribe buttons too!

GoFundMe Campaign

I am still raising funds to support the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Raising money for an organization has been something I’ve wanted to do for some time, and this is what I’ve chosen as my first philanthropic project. So please, consider joining me in my effort to maintain history for future generations!

In other news, I recently got hired into a second job that is starting out as part-time, but has the potential to turn into full-time. This may sound counterintuitive in terms of writing productivity, but it is an answered prayer in my person life. This will give me more stability and more time with my wife. Rest assured, my writing will continue!

Also, I’ll be taking next week off from my blog posts and newsletter. However, upon my return from vacation I’ll have details and information for you in blog, vlog, and newsletter…so be sure to keep an eye out for those!

If you are reading this and you are new to my work, please feel free to check out the projects on my website and to contact me if you want to chat!

Until next time,

-Eli

Summer Plans

Friends,

It is another week – one that I hope is filled with goals and aspirations for you, both personally and professionally! Let’s get right down to business…

The Faces of the War Collection

First of all, I apologize for not informing you via the blog post last week that my first two books were discounted on Amazon. I had a lot on my mind and much was going on for me personally that day, but that’s no excuse. As a writer and self-promoter, I should have been more on top of that, and I wasn’t. So to compensate for it, I will plan to make these two books, Resistant and Unguarded, free for a time during the launch week of my third and upcoming book. I hope to release it in the late summer or early fall, depending on its publication progress.

As for those details, I had to switch some story details around, which put me back in my writing just a tad this week. But that’s part of the process – researching and getting the details done accurately. I’m closing in on the completion of Part I (there are usually three Parts to my books, if you’re new to my work), after which I plan to continue right along with Part II. My original plan was to switch projects and work a little on my short stories while Part I was being beta read, but priorities have changed for me at this point. I want to complete this book first before changing projects.

To help get feedback on my projects, I’m always open to working with people who enjoy reading, and who would like to be beta readers for me. We can discuss compensation if you’re interested, and if so, please contact me at the email found on my Contact page.

The Short Story Collection

As you just read above, I’ve decided to put this project on hold for the time being. I hope to get some more feedback on the story I’ve completed in order to really fine tune it. That will happen in time…just not right now.

YouTube

I am nearing the end of my series on my writing process. Since I’ll be on a brief anniversary trip at the end of the month, I figured I’d treat that as a dividing point between YouTube mini projects. With that being said, I’ll upload three more videos over the next two weeks, then take that Friday off while on vacation.

Upon my return, I’ll treat my weekly vlogs as simply that: video logs of what I do throughout the week without really having a scripted structure like for the writing process videos. I’d like to include footage of our time on vacation (location to be disclosed later), but we’ll see what happens.

If you haven’t yet seen my videos or subscribed to my channel, you can find my content here.

That’s all I have for today. As always, I thank you for your following, and for the support and encouragement you give me. It helps doing what I do go over so much better, believe me!

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

Dayton Book Expo & U.S. Air Force Museum

Friends,

Welcome to a new post, a new week, and a new chance to achieve greatness! Let’s get into today’s content…

Dayton Book Expo

This past weekend, I attended the Dayton Book Expo at the David H. Ponitz Conference Center at Sinclair Community College. There were over 90 other authors, some of which were sponsored by the Dayton Metro Library. Prizes and awards were handed out throughout the day, and there was an award at the end given to the author with the highest sales that day. It was populated by many readers, some local and some from out of town. Overall, it was a good experience!

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My table at the Expo, with all of my tabletop material set up

Though I can’t put a number on it, I had many people – readers and authors – visit my table. It was great to chat with others about my writing story, my work, and what I’m planning for the future. Most of the slots on the free ebook signup sheets were filled, and many people wanted to be added to my mailing list. If you haven’t done that yourself, you can easily join the group here.

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Resistant and Unguarded for sale

In terms of books sold, that number was 3. Bright side: both of my books will be in a library in Michigan, available to be read by countless high school students. I also gave away many business cards, so hopefully I’ll be contacted in the near future for networking and/or collaboration. It’s a start, at least, and that’s how you’ve gotta make your way sometimes.

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My short story volume covers

Plans have already been started for next year’s expo, but I’ll wait until closer to then before deciding on returning. I’d like to attend other expos to see what else is out there; I simply treated Dayton as a test expo to get the basic gist of things. We’ll just have to see what time brings!

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

On Sunday, my wife and I visited the Air Force museum in Dayton, and let me tell you – it was great! It’s crazy to think that all of the planes there had seen action in wartime, and it’s even crazier that they survived to be showcased as pieces of history. And what made it even more special for me was that I got to see many planes from the World War II era, which greatly interests me.

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75mm cannon that would have been the armament of a B-25 bomber

While there are far too many pictures to show here, know that I did see the plane that is featured in my second book, Unguarded. It is the Supermarine Spitfire, the primary fighter plane used by the RAF during the Battle of Britain. Though it has the emblem of the US Air Force – because U.S. airmen did fly it at one point – it’s the same version of fighter plane the British used…

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vc

I am so glad I got to visit the museum and see these pieces of history, and know that they were used to bring the war to an end. More pictures will make their way onto my social media and website over the coming weeks and months, but I think this will do for now. In addition to these pictures, I’ll have footage of my visit in this week’s vlog, so subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch that video!

The Faces of the War Collection

Progress is being made on this front, with the total word count approaching the 15K word mark. I plan to tackle more writing this week in great amounts, so my hope is that I’ll exceed the 20K by the beginning of next week. Work will soon begin on the book cover, I hope, so I will let you know of those details when the time comes.

The Short Story Collection

Progress has slowed a bit on this project, but I still am shooting for a summer release. Keep an eye out for details about Volume 2 as the summer months approach. And if you haven’t checked out Volume 1 yet, you can find it here.

As for other news, I am still keeping up with my YouTube vlogs, with the next video going live this Friday. I’m also keeping the GoFundMe campaign open to receive donations for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. As for personal things, I am on the lookout for a new, full-time job. I’m hoping these next couple of months will bring some change in my life, and that I’ll be able to accomplish the writing that I want to get done.

As always, thank you for your encouragement and support. I truly appreciate it!

Until next time,

-Eli

Dayton Book Expo is Close!

Friends,

A new week awaits, hopefully holding for you a slew of opportunities and experiences that will enrich your lives! Let’s get down to business…

The Faces of the War Collection

I am happy to say that writing for Part I is nearing its completion…only a few thousand more words to go! Though writing has been slow due to preparations for the Expo this coming weekend, I look forward to picking up the pace upon my return next week. Also on this front: ideas for the book cover are coming together and I’ll soon be getting things moving for that, so keep an eye out for details in the coming weeks and months for its reveal!

During the writing of this book, I have come to realize that I have a better understanding of creative writing, and my hope is that this trend will only continue so I can produce better writing. The storyline of this book is different from my previous two books in many ways, yet my aim is to intertwine familiar plot and structure attributes into it. I am excited for what this story will convey to readers and how the moral of it will be perceived. Time will tell!

If you would like to check out my first two books in this collection, you can find them under the tab above entitled “The Faces of the War Collection.”

The Short Story Collection

Not much has happened on this project, given that my main focus has been preparing for the Expo and writing in my third WWII book. I am still awaiting the return of a manuscript from a beta reader, so the project as a whole won’t be moving forward anyway. As I said before, my hope is to now have this project released by early summer, so keep an eye out for details to come!

If you would like to check out my first short story volume in this collection, you can find it under the tab above entitled “The Short Story Collection.”

Dayton Book Expo

With the Expo only days away, my excitement is ever increasing. I have just about everything ready to go for my table displays, which I hope will be sufficient. That’s all part of the process, I think–gauging what I should take with me and hoping it’ll be enough, and then comparing other tables when I get there. Then if I plan to go again in the future, I’ll have a better idea of what to do!

The Expo will be from 11am to 4pm this Saturday, April 25 at Sinclair Community College. I’ll be in the Great Hall (Building 12), but I’m not yet sure where exactly I’ll be set up. But the details for that will be in the reader’s event booklet, so you can find me in there. At my table, I’ll have paperback copies of my two books, which I can sign if you’d like, as well as an email signup list to receive a FREE ebook of your choice after the Expo. And of course, if you’d like to chat about WWII or my books, I’d love to entertain a conversation!

Remember: I’ll be in attendance under my real name (Mike Pratt) and will be listed accordingly; however, my table information and books will have my pen name on them (Eli Kale).

I hope to see you there, and if not, then I’ll let you know how it went in next week’s blog post!

YouTube

My writing process videos are coming along well, with my ninth one in production this week. Last week’s vlog touched on the topic of having another person (friend, colleague, professional, etc.) edit your manuscript and the importance of it. This week’s vlog will touch on what to do once you get the edited manuscript back. To catch up on (or start watching) my vlogs, you can find them on my channel here. Please consider subscribing!

GoFundMe Campaign

I am raising money to support the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. If you have it in your heart to help me support this organization, and to help maintain an important part of history, then please consider donating to my campaign. You can find the details on my campaign page here.

That’s about it for today, but more details and information will arrive in the coming weeks. Thank you for reading my posts, and for supporting and encouraging me as I pursue my passion. It truly means the world!

Until next time,

-Eli

Movin’ Right Along

Friends,

A new week has arrived, bringing to us more opportunities to accomplish our goals! Let’s delve into today’s material…

The Short Story Collection

Last week, I mentioned that I was on pace to complete my next short story ebook, Volume 2, by the end of the month. I really wanted to reach that goal so that I could focus on my next WWII book for a few months. However, upon receiving feedback from my beta reader, it is clear to me that I should spend some extra time on one story in particular. This means that I won’t be releasing a new ebook in the spring, at least not by May 1. But that’s okay – I’m excited to see how the stories develop and where they take me this time around. And who knows…maybe putting in a little more time than usual might make the stories really good. Time will tell!

If you would like to check out my first short story ebook, Volume 1, you can find it here.

The Faces of the War Collection

Since the beginning of the month, writing has slowed a bit on Book Three. As is usually the case, life simply happens and thus pushes concentrated writing down the priority list, as well as decreases the amount of time in which to do it. However, I am convinced that the overall pace of this book is still very much on schedule for my intended release, but those details won’t be revealed yet for another few months.

If you’re interested in checking out my first two books set during the Second World War, you can find them here: Resistant and Unguarded.

YouTube

Videos about my writing process are slowly making progress on my channel. I currently have seven videos posted on the topic, with eight more to go! If you haven’t yet checked them out, I encourage you to do so. And while you’re at it, be sure to click those “Subscribe” and “Thumbs Up” buttons. It’ll really help me out!

Dayton Book Expo

The Expo is fast approaching, and I have most of my tabletop material together and ready. I am very excited to see how it goes and who I meet. This is a big step for me in my writing life, and I’m glad I have the opportunity to do it! Also, I plan on vlogging while I’m there, so keep an eye out for that video!

National WWII Museum

I am raising funds via GoFundMe to support the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. I am doing this because I want to take part in maintaining history, especially that of a time period of which I am so attached and by which I am so intrigued. If you have it in your heart to donate in support of this campaign, I implore you to check out the campaign website and consider donating. Every little bit helps!

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement of my writing passion. Without you behind me, this would be a whole lot harder!

Until next time,

-Eli

Come On Over!

Friends,

Welcome to a new post and a new week! My hope is that you set out today to accomplish something on your To-Do list, and that you set out with a positive attitude. Now, let’s get down to business…

The Faces of the War Collection

I will resume writing on Book Three today, after this post goes live, and hope to get into another rhythm throughout the rest of this week. I am only about 5,000 words away from finishing Part I, so I’d really like to hit the writing hard this week to reach that mark. I am still very excited to see what this writing experience brings me and where this story will take me!

In other Faces news, Resistant and Unguarded are selling consistently…slow, but consistently. I have been told that Unguarded is a much better book in terms of writing improvement, so I encourage you to check it out! You can find the Amazon sales page here. You can also find the sales page for Resistant here, if you’re interested.

Dayton Book Expo

Speaking of my first two books, I will have hard copies (paperback format) available for sale at my Expo table. There will also be an email signup list for those interested in joining my mailing list, as well as for a FREE ebook copy of one of my books. There is a limited number of spaces to sign up, so once they’re filled, that’s it! So if you’re coming to the Expo on April 25th, be sure to stop by my table for a chance at a FREE book and to chat with me.

The Short Story Collection

I am currently in the process of awaiting feedback from beta readers on my upcoming release Volume 2. If all goes as planned, the ebook will release by the end of the month. However, sometimes things happen so it’s wise to take that into account. I will continue to update you with release details as the time nears.

If you want to check out my first ebook, Volume 1, you can do so here.

GoFundMe Campaign

I am really looking forward to the initial donation to my campaign! Money donated will support the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. I am looking to help make a difference in the world of history by helping to maintain a part of it, and your donations will help! So please, consider it and consider telling a friend about it. Every little bit helps!

YouTube

My videos are slowly but surely gaining more exposure in the YouTube world, and hopefully in the writing world as well! If you haven’t yet seen my videos, you can find all of them on my channel here. My most recent video on writing process can be found here. I will continue to produce these videos, because I have developed a passion for it and it also is something that I think can help expand my author platform.

That’s about it for news on all fronts, but things are always changing and improving. So I will keep you in the loop! BUT – I can do that way better if you join my mailing list, where I divulge more details and reveal more information than here in the blog posts. So come on over!

Until next time,

-Eli

News, Quotes, and Such

Friends,

I’d like to start this week and this post off with one of my favorite quotes:

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” Let’s get down to today’s material…

The Faces of the War Collection

This past week, I had one day off from my day job. I earmarked that day as a day of writing, and let me tell you–I wrote. I typed over 3,000 words in Book Three, bringing the size of the manuscript up to just over 12K words. That’s a little more than a quarter of the way done with the first draft! I was satisfied with the writing I accomplished, and am looking forward to yet another full day off this week. I only hope I can be just as productive, if not more!

Resistant and Unguarded, my first two books in this collection, are continuing to sell at a slow but steady rate. I hope to see that rate increase after I attend the Dayton Book Expo and as the following few months roll along.

Dayton Book Expo

I am looking forward to heading south to Dayton on April 25 for the Expo. This week, I’ll be putting together all my table supplies and book accessories for the event; I hope everything comes together all right! If you will be in attendance at the Expo, I hope to see you at my table. You’ll be able to find me in the Expo author directory; however, I’ll be under my real name of Mike Pratt because that’s how I signed up. Remember, Eli Kale is merely my pen name.

If I get things put together well enough over the next few weeks, I might slip you a sneak peek at my table materials, perhaps through Instagram. So keep an eye out!

The Short Story Collection

I will resume work on my next short story book, Volume 2, this week. I gave myself almost a week off from the project, mostly so I could rest my eyes and brain from those stories, but also to devote time to my WWII project as mentioned above. I also have one of the stories out to an editor friend who is looking over the story for me. Another set of eyes always helps with writing!

If all goes as planned (which it sometimes doesn’t) with this project, I’ll release the ebook by May 1. I’ll keep you posted on it. You can check out Volume 1 on the Kindle here.

YouTube

If you haven’t checked out my vlogs (video logs) on YouTube yet, I encourage you to do so! I am currently in the middle of a series on my writing process and my writing life in general. In each video, I include details about a specific step in my writing process, and how it can relate to you. I also give brief talking points on other writing-related topics, some of which go hand in hand with the day’s writing process step. Not only do you learn of how I write, but you get a glimpse into my life and what makes me the writer I am. Be sure to subscribe to my channel (by clicking the red Subscribe button below any video of mine that you watch) and to give my videos a Thumbs Up (by clicking the thumbs-up icon near the video’s title). It helps grow my presence on YouTube!

GoFundMe Campaign

I am still awaiting my first donation to my campaign to support the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. As an incentive, the first few donors will receive a Kindle ebook copy of one of my books, as a thank-you! So head on over to my campaign site and donate – even $5 will do!

As always, thank you all for the support and encouragement you’ve given me to do what I have a passion for doing. And if you’re new to me and my work, welcome aboard and I hope you can get something out of what it is that I do!

Until next time,

-Eli