More steps

Came closer to the styles want for the graphic novel version which is awesome. I also registered both matthewbryan.ca as well as the .ca for mysteries name. Pretty stoked about that.

Book titles

Just came up with the book titles!!  Love them.

Editing

I am realizing that the editing process is much more difficult then I figured. Finding mistakes and errors in my writing is relatively easy as it turns out. But figuring out where and what to add to flesh the story out is much more difficult. Factoring that I have to literally double the size of the book completely… It’s a rather daunting task. One I’m up to of course, any that know me know that I do like to talk. But I just have to stop thinking about it too much!!

One step closer

Wow. I just got set up with a publishing company that not only automatically sets up eBook sales, but automatically distributes my book to all major retailers across the world. Will give me an editorial evaluation as well as several ‘review’ programs such as editors picks, rising star etc – ways to get my book out to people. Also threw in a booksellers return program so if I set up a deal with a physical bookstore to sell my books, they have the option to return un-sold ones to get their money back. Though lets face it, they’ll all sell ;-)

Wow.. am totally stoked!!

Tagline

Hell has a new ruler and she is pissed. Demons have come raging out of Hell to corrupt and steal the souls of Man. Their goal – an Army. The target – Heaven. An order of Angels, fled from Heaven because they would not fight, are all that stands against them. Their ancient Vow to protect Man against all Evil takes on a deeper meaning than they ever expected.

Editing

I’ve been going through blogs and articles in editing and I’m starting to plan out the steps for the whole editing process. It is rather daunting now that I’m starting to plan it out. I still want to reach my goal of finishing it by my 40th but it’s definitely going to be a task and a half.

Can’t decide whether I’m looking forward to it or not lol

Completed

I did it.  I completed the first draft of book one and I still can’t believe it?

 

It’s rather amazing I think, a small thing in a way but a huge thing in another.  I realize I have a lot of work left to do, I have to flesh it out, almost triple the size actually, and then proof reading and of course editing.  But it’s done, the entire model, the plot and flow of the first book is there… And I love it.

Getting so close

I am so stoked.  I finished chapter 12.  That leaves chapter 13 and 14 left.  And as I have the end of chapter 14 already written (As the tie in for the last chapter) and I know how and where it’s going… I can feel the end.

Well.. not really since after that I have the hours of editing, of proof-reading, and more editing and more editing and more editing.  I will have to approximately double the current size to get to a regular novel size.  And I know what you’re thinking, it’s not the size of the book, it’s how it’s written.  And yes that is very true, and I wouldn’t sacrifice the story for the sake of adding length to it, but a minimum length is a fact of life.  But, as any of you who know me can attest, one thing I do not have a problem with, is making a small or short story.. seem very very long… I’m part welsh and I like to talk .. it’s genetics I tell you!!

But all that aside.. did I mention I am ALMOST DONE!!  So totally floored by that fact.. me.. I have almost finished writing a book… editing needs aside, the story, from start to finish is almost done..  the rest is just filler, the over all flavor, if you will, is there.  And it tastes amazing!!

Religion

My nephew was Christened today, for which I had the extreme honor of being asked to be his godfather. I had never been to a Mass before nor a Christening so it was all very new for me. But I mixed in with the honor, the nerves and the curiosity there was a very healthy dose of ‘how can I use this in my books’. The answer is quite a bit.

It definitely gave me ideas of how to flesh out my book an add more detail to make it come alive. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and how it changes my story.

inspiring

What a great end to a great week.  I started to reach out… and what a difference a day makes!  Someone reached out interested in talking to me about doing the cover for my novel – a deal which sounds like it’ll work great – which led me to a couple print on demand and self-publishing sites.

Then a random comment made on twitter which referenced the above led to me sending an email to Wil Wheaton who not only replied in minutes it seemed, but also had some fantastic information and advice for me.  Some of his advice led me back to google+ to update that (which I haven’t done for ages) which in turn led to a friend pointing me towards a couple more people that are involved in the publishing world.

And somehow, not sure how or where, but more people are starting to follow me and possibly know my name.  All of this makes for an awesome way to start my weekend!!

Now to finish my book!!