I’ve always believed that everyone has some amount of creative energy to burn: some more than others. No matter of how much of it you have though, it’s a finite quantity. And, when you hit a wall, sometimes you switch to creative energy to get you by, even if what you’re doing isn’t creative.; Then, at the end of the day, you find yourself truly spent. Welcome to my present day.
The Dagger Rose is sitting on the so-called shelf for the moment. I’ve received a little more editorial feedback, and I’m giving myself a little break before I dive back in and (maybe) make changes and revisions. I also very much need to get the cover squared away, although, right now, I’m not sure how I’m going to go about it. I might just do it myself, I don’t know. Regardless, I’m still targeting its release for my birthday on February 18th. Yes, that’s only a few weeks away, which means I need to get busy.
I have mixed news when it comes to The Pride of Lions. I haven’t made a lot of progress on the actual novel, but I have been very active in storyboarding it, and have been steadily amassing supporting material and developing characters and their backstories. Not much of that work will make it into the actual novel, but the background and “side-stories” are really helpful. I did a lot of similar work over the years for The Iron Crown, but never fear; I’m not planning on spending another twenty years “noodling” Pride. I am probably at least as eager as many of you to get it out.
Beyond that, I don’t have much else to report. I’m continuously frustrated with marketing Crown. There are a sad number of companies out there that market themselves as indie writer “competitions,” and maintain that their awards give the applicants a lot of visibility. Of course, writers have to pay for their submissions, and so far, the research I’ve done hasn’t been positive. I’m considering running Facebook ads again, but the last time I did, the conversion rate was abysmal. I think the vast majority of avid Facebookers use their mobiles to check in, not their home computers. And on top of that, those that do use proper web browsers to cruise Facebook, hardly register the ads on the sidebar—it’s just noise that a lot of people ignore.
So, that’s it for now. I hate that it’s been so long since I last posted, but 2013 has proven to be hectic and all too eager to consume almost every minute of my free time. I’ll try and get my collective stuff together and do a better job of keeping my readers up to speed.