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Episode 14 – Back in the saddle


In All Jest,
Episode 14, episode 14, broadcast on
at 18th of december 2020

Intro

[00:00:00]

Welcome to the In All Jest podcast.

I'm Darryl, your host, and each week I take you on a hero's journey.

I leave my safe, normal world and face many obstacles on my quest to publish not just one but six epic fantasy novels. .

I hope you'll come along for the ride.

You can find out more information at kingdarryl.com/podcast.

Hi, there it's episode 14, December the 18 2020. I'm back in the saddle, working my way through the manuscript for, Fool Me twice book two in the, In All Jest series. I talk about how much I've written this month, the issues I'm dealing with. And of course, I'll narrate, another chapter of A Fool's Errand.

Since Last Time

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Starting to get pretty happy with the way things are going. Since last time I've written 11,187 words over the last two weeks. Probably not quite where I'd like to be. I would have liked to have got over my daily total, which is a couple of thousand words a day. At the moment it's most likely around 1500 a day is what I'm working out as a net total.

And what I mean by that is. In truth, I've probably written closer to 20,000 words, but it's 11,000 nearly just over 11,000 words, net. And that's because I've deleted a large chunk of some of the pre-existing chapters, then rewritten them and manipulated a lot of the early work that I had already written over a year ago.

So I've written a lot, but the net gain to the manuscript, isn't quite at that level. Overall, the total is 80,545 words as of this morning. And I'd like that to be closer to a hundred thousand, we'll see where we get to in the next two weeks. It's good progress. I'm really happy with the writing I'm doing and just, you know, if I've got to make my deadline, which is January the 31st, 2021, that's the first deadline I have , to complete the first draft of this manuscript.

What have I been working through? I reshaped the first scenes of Lani, in Fool Me Twice. I needed to make sure that they were consistent with the completed ending from A Fool's Errand. And they are, there was a little bit of work that needed to happen. And the reality of how I ended up writing, Lani at the end of A Fool's Errand meant that the early writing of her needed to change a little bit. Some of her character or characteristics had changed a little or were more detailed and had more depth to them. They're definitely more consistent with the story as it ended. I had to work through,  each of the characters that are carrying through, into Fool Me Twice in a significant way, and looking at their initial scenes, some of which were written some weren't and then making sure that I was resolving or continuing the plot threads, that they were entwined within - what their storyline was and what that meant for them. And so some of these early scenes, as I've already mentioned, were written some time ago.

For example, Goran who's one of the characters, the definition of his character, and some of the challenges that he faces in A Fool's Errand were enhanced late in the editing process and polishing of that story. They certainly didn't exist in the early draft of these chapters for Fool Me Twice. So I needed to, rework how he communicated himself, how he thinks what's happening in his world at that moment.

Just making sure that everything matches up with the continuation from all the scenes prior, some of those might've been six, 10 or 12 chapters before the end of A Fool's Errand, but whatever those elements were need to make sure that they just continued through. I have been debating the opening scenes in the book, and it's not something that I need to resolve right now, , but I need to think about what the opening of this book will be, who will take the lead. So those of you that have read A Fool's Errand will know that each chapter in the book is a different point of view character. Or should I say that, a character is the point of view character for that chapter.

So there might be four consecutive chapters that have the same point of view character, but not every chapter is written from the same point of view.  The start of Fool Me Twice, I have several options I can, pick up where he left off. I can deal with some other key characters and have them start this book, or there's a character and a very important character coming into Fool Me Twice, on the other side of the equation, one of our antagonists who we haven't been exposed to yet in A Fool's Errand. And my early thinking is that that character might be where Fool Me Twice starts . But of course, I'm, I'm a long way from finishing that. How that works is that I write everything from the sequences they need to occur and the timelines and get that manuscript out.

And so I understand the scenes that Lonnie's in, Goran's in, the different people, what they're in and then allow those to evolve. And then when I'm editing and reviewing, I shuffle those into consecutive positions, make sure that they all line up correctly, the state and that day, how do they work?

As it is, I actually put the day of the story into the title of the chapters in the software that I use Scrivener. The chapter titles in there don't match the chapter titles that you see in the published manuscript. The first chapter in Fool Me Twice is day one, and then I moved forward from there so that I can align the chapters properly. And even though early on, I might write chunks of characters, say, for example, I'm writing about Tillandra. Then I might write, you know, day, three day, five day 12, et cetera, but they all might be stacked together. And once I get to the editing portion  of the work, I'll align them up better and then review them in sequence.

If there's three different chapters all on day three, I'll make sure that they're all working in sequence together. So that's that, but the debate about how the book will start is already started in my head. Albeit I know I won't resolve it till much later. I have a number of newer characters, in Fool Me Twice, not a massive number, but there are a few, and I've been reviewing some of their motivations and their backstories to just look at how they align with where the story is sitting right now.

In the early writing. I had backstory, I had history. I had plot motivations and threads and things. And as those have been enhanced and tweaked and adjusted, of course, I just need to make sure that they all still line up now that I'm revisiting them and making sure that I'm getting into those characters in the right way.

And that means even with my antagonists, is making sure that when I'm feeding them, when I'm writing them, that I love being them, that I'm part of who they are. And I understand clearly what they're trying to achieve and how they feel so I can bring that out. Really cool event that happened , this week I treated myself to a custom signet ring, which is an exact replica of the ring on the cover of a fool's errand.

So it's a silver signet ring, which has the,  in all jest logo the Jester's head raised off it. And if you check my social media, you can see photos of that ring- it is quite special to be wearing that and to be living that part of the story. So I guess I am one of the court at this particular point in my life and one of the fools.

And at some times when I'm writing all these words and driving myself to despair, I do feel like a fool for doing it, but that's all part of it, but it does feel very real having that on my finger and it looks really great. And I'm very happy that I decided to treat myself to an early Christmas present.

What comes next? Well, I need to raise the ante. I need to get up to doing around 2,500 words, five days a week. And so I'm hoping that the summer shutdown that we have in Australia being Christmas, new year and summer holidays will allow me to catch up on that. Just not having a complete time deadline to say, I really need to be in the office at this time.

No, I only got 1800 words done. I can chip away at it on the days I'm writing and do multiple sessions. If I feel like it was said there for a good chunk of time. I do write fairly quickly. And the new methods that I've got, having, the more of an outline and understanding what's happening in book two already is making it much easier to write, particularly if I'm writing fresh, scenes and not having to rework ones that already exist.

Continued plotting reviews and checking my outline. That'll continue. As I go through, I do have some additional research that I want to look into. There's some books and materials I've had for some time that I really want to dig into and get some more insight into those circumstances, which will help enhance, Fool Me Twice. There is a, a creature that will surface in Fool Me Twice and be part of the rest of the series that I debated in A Fool's Errand, whether they needed to be introduced or not.

And for those dragon lovers is not a dragon. But I want to make sure that it appears and the storyline works . I'm going to look to record more narration in between episodes. I actually enjoyed the narration in the last episode, the chapter I did. So what my plan here is in 2021, is that  every two weeks I'll do a podcast episode like this, where I'm talking about my progress. I don't think I have enough material at this point to make it interesting on a weekly basis, which is why I'm spacing it out two weeks. I'd like to have something interesting to talk about and how I'm going. But I am going to do though, is in the in-between week, I'm going to record one or two chapters and keep that, going.

So if you get into the narration and you're enjoying it, you don't have to wait for two weeks just to get a single chapter. I'm also mindful of the number of chapters there is, and this could go on for a very long time. So I think it would be a great opportunity. All I need to do for the podcast is now open up the manuscript, go to the chapter that I'm at and I can immediately start narrating it and record that. So that's what I am going to do in that episode.

I'd like to say finally, a big, thanks to Pamela Lund, a friend and colleague, whose voice you hear as the voice talent for the segment introductions. So since last time and also now a one bite at a time, those are recorded by Pam.

Pam has been,  very helpful doing those for me. I didn't want them in my own voice and she has a great voice to do those. Pam has her own podcast called not bad advice. It's just been launched just a couple of episodes out. I think you should check it out if you just search for not bad advice on your normal podcast platform.

And on that note, it's time for one bite at a time.

One Bite at a Time [00:11:51]

 

Outro

[00:24:23]

Thanks for listening to this chapter of the In All Jest podcast. For the show notes and more about this podcast, visit kingdarryl.com/podcast. You can contact me through that site and find me on Twitter @ireckon. If you enjoy the show please tell others, share my posts and review it on your favorite podcast platform. Till next time.

 

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Episode 13 – Book 2 has recommenced


In All Jest,
A FOOL'S ERRAND IS PUBLISHED, episode 12, broadcast on
at 6th of december 2020

Intro

[00:00:00]

Welcome to the In All Jest podcast.

I'm Darryl, your host, and each week I take you on a hero's journey.

I leave my safe, normal world and face many obstacles on my quest to publish not just one but six epic fantasy novels. .

I hope you'll come along for the ride.

You can find out more information at kingdarryl.com/podcast.

Hey, it's episode 13, December the 4th, 2020. In this episode, I'm going to talk about the last two weeks writing progress and I'm introducing a new segment, which you'll have to listen to, to find out about.

Since Last Time

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Well in the last two weeks, the book A Fool's Errand has continued to sell. I'm happy with the progress it's making, without large promotions or advertising going on. A number of reviews have been coming in. I've been happy about the reviews that people have sent to me. I've had some come in unusual ways, people reaching out a lot of people that don't know that I've found the story, or it's been shared with them, and they've reviewed it and enjoyed the story. Most of all, that makes me feel good about what I did producing the book and gives me the inspiration to keep going with the next stories.  My new phone cover arrived, which is the only printed displayed public version of the cover of, Fool Me Twice, really, really happy with it.

And next year, I'll love to share it with everyone that's in my readers group and follow me in the different channels. It's a great continuation of the theme of the first book cover with its own little twists. I do love it. Most importantly, writing commenced on Fool Me Twice. Book two of the In All Jest  series is underway.

So what did I do? Well, the first thing I did was I documented all of the key plot threads and elements that I need to consider for this book. A number of those came from my work with the Wiki. I had been creating lists while I did it, and I pulled out all of the ones that I felt need to be considered to address in book two that I may not already have thought about or already have in the existing copy that I've written.

 

Just a reminder, if you haven't been through all of the episodes of the podcast, I am about 40 to 45% through the first draft of Fool Me Twice. Many of the scenes and chapters that are there came from when I originally wrote my first draft of A Fool's Errand. When I got there, I actually pulled a chunk of the story out, moved it to book two and then edited and reworked book one.

While A Fool's Errand was being edited, I worked some more on book two, introducing some new characters and adding to the story and that all sat there for a while as the publishing cycle continued. So going back to it all, I needed to just make sure I had all of those plot threads ready.

You know, are they all going to be in this book? I don't think so. Otherwise it's going to be a huge manuscript. And I don't want that to happen. Some of them are going to go through to book three.  There will be some underlying ones that might continue on past book three into the second trilogy. That said, though, a lot of them need to be addressed, answered and weaved through book two.

So I need them all laid out really clear. I can effectively check them off, in the story as I go. So then I created a question map based around the characters, particularly, or some events. Where I looked at some of these plot threads and I asked myself questions, you know, what really needs to happen there?

What could happen there? What might happen there? What would get in the way of that? You know, what does this character really want from this? Who might be in the way, what might happen? What might go well for them, who might help them? And I try to just scribble down. Answers to these questions and really probe around it, so I create little, maps of content around particular characters and, or very key things that I think need to happen. And, before the last part, I then reviewed all of the existing chapters that I had written for Fool Me Twice. Some from way, way back, first draft chapters. Some of which I don't really like so much anymore, particularly the writing style, and others that have been done, as I mentioned just before, along the way.

I went through all of those and that took a fair chunk, about a week. The last two weeks was to go through them all, have my editing pen out. I did them printed and read through them, crossed out things that don't exist. There's a character in there, who was in there in A Fool's Errand. It's no longer there.

So I have to pull that out, highlight things that were inconsistent now with book one. Just little things I needed to go through and mark up, make some notes and add to this sort of overview of what I need to address. Once I'd done all of that, then I sat down and drew out the shell of the outline for Fool Me Twice.

And the outline is something that's, really to be considered new for me from when I wrote my first book to how I'm writing now. When I wrote the first book, it was  very much a pantsing operation. I did it by the seat of my pants. There were moments where I couldn't continue to do that. And I had to really think about it.

But most of the planning and plotting and thinking happened in the editing cycle for me, which is why it took a lot longer to do that. This time around one, I have the world, I have large components of it that will carry on through this book. Some new introduced areas. I have a lot of the characters. I know what's going on in the story.

And I actually know the start and the end of book two, because I literally wrote to the end of that storyline originally. And while there is some adjustment to  the minor detail of it, the main story is intact and it's really the middle of the story and the meat and the characters and their evolution through the story which need to change and some density or depth to the story. when I did this section of the story, originally, I hurried through it because of the feeling I had at the time that the book was just getting too unwieldy and too big and deep down when I was writing it, there were things I wanted to do with it, which I didn't do. Now as a standalone book or book two in its own right, those things can be explored further and there's a need to direct things that have to happen in this book to get to book three, which I need to cover.

So outlining it was okay, these are all things that are going to have to happen, shuffling them around so , where they sit in the sequences,  really getting clear on that, filling in some of the meat of that outline. So I can check it off my other lists and set that all up.

And then I started writing. Okay. Given that there was a fair bit of work over those two weeks. I didn't get a lot of fresh words down on paper. I think I got about 300 words. Not a lot for two weeks. Yes. You don't need to remind me about that. I definitely know about that. Not a lot. Definitely not on target.

But it was really the last day of the week or the fortnight writing it. I needed to put some words on paper. I needed to start off on something positively. I've done that. And that leads to well what's next then? And what's next is quite simple. I have a deadline of January the 31st, 2021 to do the first draft.

That's the timeframe I'd like to have the first draft done so I can then swing into editing. To have that happen, I need to write just over 2000 words a day, five days a week for the next two months effectively. So what comes next is me in front of the computer, with my notes with the keyboard, hammering out the story for the next, slightly under 60 days.

That's what comes next.

That's my recap of what's been going on, not a lot of detail about the story.  I'm going to try and make this podcast a little bit more interesting than potentially it has been. A little less worried about perfection in my speaking, and hopefully a lot more of my passion for the story and the things that interest me.

I'm going to focus on that. Now I mentioned in the intro that there is a new segment that I'm going to introduce. And I'll talk about that now. The new segment is going to be called One Bite At a Time, and I've always liked it, that little phrase. And it comes from a dear old friend of mine from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Papa T, who always used to say, you know, how do you eat an elephant?

It was one bite at a time. I carry that phrase around with me a lot. Even writing the novel, like you do it, one word at a time, one line at a time, one beat at a time, one scene at a time, one chapter at a time, one book at a time. It's one bite at a time. Well, how does this relate to the new segment?

Quite a number of people have asked me, when is the audio book coming out? And sadly, I don't have a timeline for that at the moment. Audio book narrators charge per spoken minute, as they should. They are a creative talent that deserves to be paid well for what they do. Unfortunately there's 202,000 words in A Fool's Errand.

And at this point in time and the sales cycle and the business, I'm not willing to invest the large amount of capital for the book until the series has a much bigger audience. So that's disappointing for people, and I understand that there are plenty of people that like listening to audio books. So what's the answer.

The answer is at the back end of each episode, I am going to read one chapter from A Fool's Errand in my own voice as the narrator. And that will be here in the podcast for people to listen to as they see fit. I am not a narrator by trade or skill. I'm not pretending to be. I hope that my love of the story will carry through the lack of my technical capabilities, the weaknesses in my voice or sound production.

And for those of you that want to listen to this story and want to hear me tell the story, I hope you enjoy it, but that's what I'm going to do. It will be a lengthy journey I might, because of it do more episodes rather than every two weeks. I might bring it through to weekly and depending on demand, it might even stretch out to two chapters in an episode.

But given that I'm not strong in that area. I don't want to overdo it. I want to record one store it, have it up here for you to listen to. And that's what one bite at a time is going to be. I am hopefully going to get a new little soundbite to put into the podcast. This episode won't have that. We'll go straight onto it in the next segment.

And I will read chapter one. A little note about the book. The chapters are all named by the point of view character. So chapter one will be called Lani. So when I start these segments, I will start with the point of view character name, which is the chapter name, and then I'll start reading it. You can follow along.

The first one will be clearly chapter one, there are 112 chapters, I believe, that we need to get through. So a bit of a journey, listen up, follow along. Hope you enjoy it. Love to hear your feedback and that's it for this round.

One Bite at a Time [00:22:47]

 

Outro

[00:21:57]

Thanks for listening to this chapter of the In All Jest podcast. For the show notes and more about this podcast, visit kingdarryl.com/podcast. You can contact me through that site and find me on Twitter @ireckon. If you enjoy the show please tell others, share my posts and review it on your favorite podcast platform. Till next time.

 

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Episode 12 – A Fool’s Errand is published


In All Jest,
A FOOL'S ERRAND IS PUBLISHED, episode 12, broadcast on
at 24th of novemeber 2020

Intro

[00:00:00]

Welcome to the In All Jest podcast.

I'm Darryl, your host, and each week I take you on a hero's journey.

I leave my safe, normal world and face many obstacles on my quest to publish not just one but six epic fantasy novels. .

I hope you'll come along for the ride.

You can find out more information at kingdarryl.com/podcast.

Episode 12, November the 20th, 2020. I published the book. I made it to the finish line. It is all done.

Since Last Time

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Well, hello there. I know it's been a little bit long since I was last talking to you about my writing progress. In fact, I believe it's around eight weeks, which was double the amount of time I intended to take off. Truth be told I did record an episode four weeks ago. I didn't feel comfortable with it.

I wasn't happy with it, but mainly because of the work that needed to happen next. I had nothing else to say and got a bit bogged down in editing the Wiki. So I ended up just letting things slip, which I apologize for, but I am back now and intending to get this podcast rolling along again with regular updates on what will now be book two.

So what has happened since last time? Well, clearly I published A Fool's Errand. My debut novel after nearly five years has been published and I am absolutely stoked about it. Everything went well with the publication. I've been getting fantastic reviews from people reading the book -  fantasy lovers, non fantasy people and people I do not know have all given me fantastic feedback on the story, which makes me very encouraged.  My ultimate goal as expressed in earlier episodes is for people to be able to pick up the book and enjoy the story in the way that I enjoy other stories. For them to feel entertained by a story that has some depth and some interesting characters. And I feel like I succeeded in that. That's the feedback I've received. That's the way I feel about the finished product that I put out there. And I'm happy to move forward now, continuing the story and continuing to evolve as an author. And I think that's probably the most significant thing that's come. While I've published two non-fiction books and I know I'm a published author, my life goal has been to publish fiction novels. And I have now started that journey. I've reached that destination and I love where I'm at with it. I really enjoy how it feels. I do feel like I am now actually an author, albeit I've spent five years being an author and doing the work than an author needs to do, the real success is in publishing the story and getting it out into the world.

Don't be fooled though. It isn't that I feel like it's a perfect work. I don't, there are many things, on reflection, I would like to change in the prose or in the scenes that I feel I could do better today than when they were finalized, whether it be several months ago or a year ago. But there is a point when you need to ship the end product.

There is a point when the story needs to be read.

When it needs to be finished, being told. And my job now is to get on with the next part of the story. And I'm lucky because it is a series I'm not having to come up with a completely new story as if it was a standalone book on its own right.

Fool Me Twice, which is the working title for book two, is already, 45% written. I just need to continue that now and get it through to publication next year, which I will be doing. That's where my mind is at. I'll talk through now. what the steps were that got me there. how we got to the publication date from the last episode and what I've been doing since then and what I intend to be doing moving forward.

So, if you recall, had been through a whole editing sequence, including using my developmental editor Fleetwood, who worked with me to get the story structure great. And I then had to finish my edits, package it up and then send it to the proofreader. I believe the proofreader had it for around three weeks and setd it back to me, as an edited word document, which I needed to go through. So I worked through that, I'd envisaged it was going to be a very long, 10 to 12 days of me working through lots of edits that needed doing. What was really great was it took me less than three days. It was a much quicker process than I envisaged.

It was much easier to work through. And I was able to just sit and be ready for the actual publication, without some of the stress that I thought I would have. And I'm really, really happy that happened the way it did. It was such a relief. Once I'd been through that, and what I did was basically accept, or not accept, changes that were highlighted within the document.

There was lots of things in there typos, clearly some grammar problems. My proofreader is very good in that she not only just does it, but explains why. I guess that makes her life easier in the future, the better her authors, get an understanding what needs to be corrected in their writing, the less work she really has to do.

And the less likelihood that she might make some mistakes along the way as well. And for those of you that might've picked up the first editions and found a few typos or errors, understand that this is a human process. It's not machine driven, it's not absolute. And particularly when you're writing a large novel in a complex world with lots of new names and things that can be very tricky to get it 100% perfect.

And that, that is something that I had to come to terms with. It's very easy to get a feeling of failure. Albeit over something minor, like finding a handful of errors once you'd got to publication, but in the bigger picture I wrote, well, I published, 202,000 words. I wrote four to 500,000. I would think in getting there.

30 little issues that I had to correct out of 202,000 words is a minute percentage. It's so minute I'm wasting more breath talking about it. It really doesn't matter. But it's a really interesting example of me learning to be better at the craft of being not only an author, but a publisher and understanding the practical reality of it.

Do I wish nothing was wrong with my stories? Absolutely. Is that realistic? I'm not sure. There's a sacrifice that would have to come and doing that. There's a sacrifice in time and timeliness to get things done. And there's also the need to complete the publication and put it out in the world. Certainly for me.

Some people are happy to write stories and put them on the shelf or in the drawer. My aspirations as a storyteller has been to publish the stories, to get them out in the world and to get better as I go. To continually tell better, more interesting stories. It would be problematic to have written your best work first and have nothing better to add to it.

I think that would be a nightmare. I feel like I got a great story out. So once the edit, of the proofreading changes was done, I then had a word document, which I was able to import back into my software Scrivener. I then exported from Scrivener into a piece of software called vellum. And because I self-publish, I use vellum as my publishing software of choice. Within that you check the formatting, add pages at the beginning of the manuscript and the back of the novel.

Thank you pages, copyright pages, cover pages, make sure the cover image is up there. All of those things. I had to make sure all of that front and back matter was correct. I had to bring in the final version of the map and we had a couple of issues in the printed versions, getting that a hundred percent correct.

Once I'd finished all that, I sent that off and got an urgent print proof back from the printers. I had to do a couple of those, to be honest, to get it exactly right. I only did the paperback at that point with the ebook, I had to do a couple of different copies.

I ended up having to do a couple of different versions for Amazon print versus IngramSpark, who's the primary printer that we use. Just the way things are handled.   I now have four vellum source files with slight differences. One of the reasons is for the ebook versions, if you're going to distribute to Apple for iBooks, you can't have links to, for example, Facebook or Amazon or things within the back matter of the book. That just can't exist, they won't accept it.

So I have a version that's fine to put up on Kindle that might have links to my website and Facebook and Twitter accounts. But within the Apple version, I can't have those URLs in there. So I have different versions, which makes it a little bit fiddly when you have to go back and do little updates that you find because you need to do it in multiple versions.

Once I was happy with the print proof and everything else. I was busy setting up pre-orders on my site and, or on other sites, doing all the mathematical calculations, what the actual costs were going to be for physical copies. And I started working on the hardback version and I had to learn a few things about the jacket because the hardback, has a jacket as most people would realize, and the jacket is laid out differently. And I hadn't thought about that. For now I went with a fairly similar process to the paperback, but I will be updating it now that I have some feedback and I have, some reviews and other materials so that I can get the hardback jacket to be more in line with what a traditional hardback might be.

I had then, surprisingly got a heap of purchases on my own website for hand signed copies by myself. I sign it and personalize it on the inside. We then wrap it in Brown paper. And the, In All Jest logo, which is the jester's face on the cover of the book, I have a wax seal of that.

And so we would then wax seal the seam of the Brown Paper on the outside of the wrapping. And then I would, using calligraphy and a black pen address it. And I tried to give everyone a title or a name that might relate to the world and a location, I know we did more than 80 of those. And I still have some sitting in my studio here at the moment that need to go out. I keep getting orders for them, which is great. That's not available to everyone, around the world because we can't do the wrapping and sealing and send it overseas. The cost of shipping is $40 per book to go international.

So it wasn't practical. So we set up a digital signed method, a personalized page for everyone else and got a number of those internationally, which was great. Got that all done, got everything sorted and waited until publication day. Publication Day came and went. Was very exciting to have it officially out there in the world to be able to talk about it, but it was a fairly low key day.

It was actually my wife's birthday as well, which will help me remember it, probably unfortunately it will help her remember it as well.   We didn't do a large launch party or anything like that. It's my debut novel. There was a lot of stress about knowing I would get it done on time or whether I'd have to delay it.

So I didn't want to work in an area that I was very uncertain about and try to have some form of launch party.

Might have heard the background friend I have a little ghecko. As it worked out, I feel really comfortable about not making too big, a deal of it when it went live. Let everyone know virtually of course, on social media, put it out there and let it effectively do its work out in the world. So in summary, I'm really, really happy with the way it's gone. Not only the support of friends and families and buying copies, but other people that have bought out of all sorts of interesting occurrences or methods, people finding it through online channels. I've been able to get it stocked in a couple of book shops in Brisbane here, which is really exciting.

I'm very grateful to those bookstore owners for stocking it. I am working on how to grow and promote to a wider audience. And I know that the long game for the series will kick in when book two and book three, and later books come out and are published. And each of those I think will roughly take one year to complete.

Book two will be done sooner because it's already almost 50% written. But my goal is over the next five years to publish one book per year, which is a big ask, but that's what I want to do. And I want to give my readers a story that they can not wait too long for that they can see the next one. coming, know they want it and, and stay connected to the characters in the series.

What comes next or what did come next? What really held me up afterwards was I needed to edit my world wiki. I have a private Wiki. running on WordPress, where I store all of the information about the world and the book and plot threads and characters and everything else. Because of all the changes in A Fool's Errand that I made, I didn't edit the Wiki as I was writing the stories too much involved in that.

So what I did do though, was sit down once the book was published and just, hard graft, worked through the Wiki and brought it in line with what the finished novel was about and any of the history adaptions or changes, modifications that we made that needed to be adjusted to make everything line up. It was not much fun.

I was not in the mood for it. Any of the days I did it I had to chip away at it bit by bit, but I got that done just over a week ago. And it's done. I'm happy it's done. I committed to doing that before I touched book two. So I did not have to waste time in the editing process of book two, making sure I had everything lining up.

I needed to make sure I could just get on with it. I am now recapping where, Fool Me Twice as at and outlining, which is new to me as far as at the start of a project. I used an outlining process during the editing cycle to clarify what was going on. I'm effectively doing that right now to say what needs to carry over, what needs to happen?

What have I got happening and summarize all of that. I need to go through all the existing chapters and really just understand the detail of what I've written and make sure that that's going to stay where it is. And I need to understand the timeline of the whole manuscript. And does it now fit with what's supposed to be happening and what happened in A Fool's Errand?

The timeline for it is fairly aggressive. I want to try and have the finished first draft at the end of January, 2021. Move straight into editing and get it to my editor by April and with an earlier publication date than October. So I'd be hoping for August or September, if that's possible. That's what I'm looking to do.

It will come down a lot to whether I have progressed a lot more in my writing and experience and the way I craft the story or not. If I haven't made as much progress as I thought I have that I can just write it and then go back and edit through it. That will slow me down, but based on the late work I did on A Fool's Errand, I really feel now that I can do the first draft, sit down, evaluate it, edit right through it, and be much more comfortable about where the story's at and have a much better grip on, on the story and, and have produced a better story than I did in the first draft originally, of A Fool's Errand. So that's what comes next. I had a few reflections on, the whole process and particularly my first novel that I wanted to share, at publication letting go is really hard. I did want perfection, but it's unrealistic. setting the deadline was much more important than I realized at the time.

I understand the importance of deadlines, and I understand the importance of shipping, but the deadline, I said, as aggressive as it was in some ways allowed me to get it done. And those of you that may listen to this in the future that are writing novels for the first time or others that are trying to achieve things by giving yourself a deadline.

That's the ultimate way to hold yourself accountable and not making excuses to get around it. I always had soft deadlines, but once I put a hard deadline in that I could see was capable of being met, but will require a large stretch. It helped me get there. So I'm glad I did that.

I have said that I now feel like I'm an author and the truth is if I want to be an author. I now have to get to book two and get writing and I have, and I've started on it and there's no more excuses. It's time to do it. I'm no longer learning the same way I learned book one. I have more things to learn, but not the same things.

And I know I can do it and I need to get on and do it. And I want to, so I will, but that's, I have to get onto the next page, the next story, the next scene, all of the next ideas and get it done. One thing that my performance coach taught me was that I need to be able to recognize the achievement and, and acknowledge it to myself and just enjoy it.

And I have done that and I keep a copy of the printed book on my desk. All day, every day. So that even when I'm working on other matters, I remember that I wrote the story and I published that story and I'm doing that, but I also need to realize it's time to move on. The book is written and published.

It's no longer my story so much as it is the people that will read it's story. And I have a publisher's duty to get out there and market it. And I have an author's duty to get out there and write book two and book three and four and five and six. So the there's work to be done. There's a lot more work to be done.

It won't do itself. So it's my job to do it. And that's. What I shall do a final thought something I learned. I did not realize. I've listened to a lot of people talk about their journeys as an author and how the stories live in their head. A lot and the characters come to them. And I experienced lots of that when I was writing the story, but only in those moments.

Once the book was out there and people had read it and people started talking to me about the story, they read, everything changed. Suddenly I had someone to share what had been in my heart and brain for so long. I could share it with people. And people were now living in the world.

People were immersed in the world that I created and the sad thing, but it's exciting is that there's a portion of my brain. Now that is always in Dharatan. That's always there. It's just something changed. And it's there now and it exists. Its Tangible. It's real. It's real to other people and it's become more real to me.

And I now have those characters in my head all the time. There are things I want them to achieve and do, that they want to achieve and do, there's parts of the story floating around. I was not ready for that. I did not know that was going to happen. And, if you were to meet anyone that personally knows me in a face-to-face environment, and we start talking about A Fool's Errand and the book, they will all say to you, my eyes light up, I get animated, I jiggle around. I have really enjoyed this, but I enjoy even more the ability to see how people are taking this story on and to have little discussions with them about it. But to hear what they liked about the story, how each person got something different, the characters they love and hate, and everyone I've spoken to has got differences, little things, strange little things that stood out to some people, but not to others.

People seeing potential plot threads that may or may not be there, but it was interesting to see that they picked up on something, which I may have an awareness of, or may have been constructing in the longer story. And wasn't necessarily aware that it was on page. So there's just been a whole heap of stuff there that I've really, really enjoyed.

As I said earlier, I wasn't ready for it. It's become a permanent fixture in my brain. At times I don't want to do anything else, but sit down and write and write and write, which I don't have the privilege right now of doing, but I am thankful and grateful to all of the feedback from everyone so far, I will try and answer questions that are given to me, on the podcast, as well as to the people that ask.

So if you do have any questions about the story that you've read, that you would like to know or the world, if it's not going to create a spoiler for anyone else, I'll be glad to answer it on future podcast episodes. Till next time.

Outro

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