Final update for 2019

Hello! It feels like I last updated this blog last we-… Oh… All the way back in August. I really need to work on that. Anyway, onto the topic at hand! It has been a very good year for not only writing, but gaming and various other things that I will forget to mention.

In terms of writing, I released my 2nd book on May 28th of this year. I wrote the outline for the 3rd book, went lazy for a bit of summer and then finished the first draft in about 2 months (new record, previously took me 6 or so months). That was about late October, took a few weeks off and been editing pretty consistently since then.

I know that I put late 2020 for the next book release, but I am personally aiming for  late Spring. I believe this is very likely due to how much I have already done. Of course this could change, I am just aiming for that time frame.

Not much else to put in terms of that. The next book is going well and I look forward to releasing the finished product in 2020. I recently watched the new Netflix show Witcher (I am a huge fan of the games and books). I was really impressed with the show and while it felt rushed at times, I was very impressed with Henry Cavill and his acting as Geralt. I was skeptical of him at first, but he blew it out of the park. If you are a Witcher fan, I would recommend the show. If you aren’t a Witcher fan, I still recommend the show. If you find you don’t like it, at least watch the fight scene at the end of episode 1, it was amazing!

For gaming, I have been playing Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and loving that. Forgot how great of a game it was and have been pretty addicted. Luckily it isn’t effecting my editing or writing, but it can get close sometimes! While 2019 has been a pretty decent year for gaming, 2020 is looking amazing. In the first four months there are a few games I am looking forward to, with my most hyped game being Cyberpunk 2077. Of course the game I really can’t wait for is Age of Empires 4, but sadly that isn’t coming out until 2021 at the earliest.

Otherwise, if any of you want to know anything specific or have any ideas on what content you’d like to see from me, leave a comment! Or you can read this whenever I release one and be satisfied with that, whichever you prefer!

That’ll be it for this blog. Hope you all had a great Christmas and have a great New Years. Until next time.

My update of fun and knowledge

Hello, hello! It has been… Dang three months since my last update! Time flies and it has been a busy Summer.

Going to jump straight into it, the second book in my five book series released on May 29th, 2019. Makes me wonder if I should have waited until tomorrow to post this update, wait I need to focus. All joking aside, the release did better than I expected. I only opened per-orders 3 weeks before launch and actually had some! That was a nice surprise considering I announced the initial release date on May 10th before changing it to May 29th.

Whether people are liking the sequel or not is another story, nonetheless, the story must go on! Upon releasing the second book, I finished the outline for the third in July. I’ll be honest and say I was a very lazy boy for most of July and the first week of August. I have been writing, just not as much as I have wanted to.

Then something happened. On August 6th, 2019 I wrote a lot. More than I normally do in one day and I felt like I was writing some good scenes. I was really happy with how it turned out. Now before I go into what happened, I have a short backstory.

I bought a new SSD (Solid State Drive for you non tech nerds) and installed a new version of Windows 10. I downloaded my copy of Office 2016, but I hadn’t put in my new office 2016 CD key that I had just bought. So after I finished writing for the night, I saved the file and decided I would put in the CD key. That’s fine, I put the CD key and activate the copy. My mistake was that I hadn’t closed out of the book I had just saved. Somehow when activating Word, I went to close it and it said “Do you want to save your word document?” I thought I did but figured it couldn’t hurt to click yes.

That was my mistake. It overwrote my book with a blank word file. I couldn’t restore it through word, no auto backups and I had just lost all progress on my 3rd book. Well not really, see I do keep a separate backup on the cloud. I never thought I would need it but boy am I glad I did. I still lost all the work I put in that night and a few days (I had forgotten to backup that week). In total I lost about 2 chapters worth of writing and I was furious, yet thankful.

You might ask, Tyler, how could you be thankful for this? Well first, it reaffirmed my belief that having a backup on the cloud is smart. I also backup every night once I finish writing, so if I ever have that problem again, I will not have lost anything, at worst whatever I wrote that night.

The second and I would say more important factor, it motivated the hell out of me. I don’t know why, but I have been writing like a madman ever since. To give you perspective, I usually write 500-1k words a night. 1k on a good night, 500 on average. Ever since that night I have been writing 2000-5000 words a day. I am crushing this third book and I love it. I plan on keeping that 2k word minimum a day for as long as I can.

In a weird way I am very grateful for that mistake due to how much it motivated me. It made me realize that if I could keep that up, I could get my first draft done much sooner than normal (1-2 months instead of 6-7) and get an earlier release date. I am not going to promise that, I know how that went last time and am going to wait until I send it to my editor before announcing a date.

To be honest this third book is the one I have been looking forward to writing and dreading before I even began writing the first book. We’ll see if readers enjoy it when I release, but that is what I feel on this particular book.

Anyway I now have a more streamlined backup every night and I recommend any other writers do the same. Losing some work sucks, but I can’t imagine losing all of it. If I lost all my progress I would have quit writing for a couple of weeks, probably.

I have been lazy in updating and I apologize for that. With work, writing, Summer vacations and trying to get exposure for the first book, it has made me lazy when it comes to updating this blog. I will try my hardest to provide an update, along with some other discussions on the next one in October. For now this is my update so far!

Hope to see you all on the next update and have a great week!

 

Release is only 5 days away!

 

Hello and welcome to my update that I keep forgetting to put!

Let’s start this off with some awesome news. Book 2 has been 100% completed for a little over a week now. I keep re-reading it on Amazon to make sure there are no formatting issues (like what happened with my first one, I did not do this enough!) Both the Ebook and Print copy are ready to go.

As I am sure you can see at the top, that is the book cover. I am very happy with how it turned out and hope you all are as well. You can also click on it and it will take you directly to the book on Amazon.

While I have been going over last minute details before release, I have also been working on the outline for book 3. As I did with my first book, I have learned a lot writing this second one and think I can speed up the process for releasing my next one. I won’t guarantee it or give any specific dates, at least not until I am confident I can release at that time. I have been looking forward to working on this one for a long time and I don’t want to rush it!

That’s about all I have on the writing front. Super excited to get this out to everyone and hope you enjoy it! I will probably post something on release day or close to it. Have a good one folks!

 

 

 

 

 

Book 2 Delay

Hello!

As you can tell by the title, I have some bad news! Book 2 has been delayed. The final bits of editing are taking longer than I thought (and going back and forth with editor, want to make sure this book is done properly, unlike my first which I will explain below!) The good news is that it’s only a few weeks. Instead of releasing on May 5th, 2019, Galactic Conflicts: Dark Crusade will be released on May 29th, 2019.

I apologize for this (hopefully) final delay. I was really hoping to avoid this one, but I would rather release a well edited book than a trash one. If you already own an e-book copy and re-download it, you should see the new date in there at the end.

Now to explain what happened with my first one. Me being new to this whole self publishing adventure made some mistakes that I believe hurt me. For starters there were random spaces that weren’t there when I last looked, chapters were placed in the middle of random pages, extra hyphens, some words that merged together, etc. Let’s just say it was a horrible release. I got most of it fixed within a day or two, but it was not what I wanted.

My current plan is to have editing done within the next two-three weeks, upload it to Amazon, make sure there are none of those weird issues and then release on May 29th. I will update if anything changes.

That’s it for my update! Thanks for reading and hope to have this book out for you all in a month!

New Website!

Hello everyone! It has been a couple of months since you heard from me, well more if you didn’t see my tweet about the blog post in January. To make it a short story, I made a blog update in January, thought it was good to go, published, verified it was available and didn’t look again for another month. When I did I found out that it wasn’t showing. The only way you could get to it was by direct link. I tried fixing it but it refused to work.

So what did I do? I canceled my old host (Ipage), transferred to a new host (InMotion Hosting) and now the problem is gone. Not only is that gone but the website loads faster! Compared to the old site this one is blazing fast which was another reason I switched. To make it even better InMotion is cheaper. So really it’s a win, win and another win for this move.

Now onto other things. I haven’t posted an update regarding Dark Crusade since January and I have some pretty big announcements. I will start with the most important one first.

I officially have a release date! The book will be released on May 5th, 2019. That is two months away! This gives me time to market the book, finish up editing and make sure we are good to go by then. I am very excited to officially have a release date and hope you are too! The book should be up for pre-order in April, I will of course update when it’s up for that.

My second announcement is that the book cover is almost done. I should be able to post an update with the book cover this month. With this came a bit of an update to the first book cover since I got a new artist and wanted the style to stay the same. It’s mainly text and alignment for the first one. That’s up under the books tab – Galactic Conflicts First Contact or the amazon page.

That’s all I have for you for now. Looking forward to the next update!