February Update: 2021

I’m abruptly realized that February is ending tomorrow (for me) and has ended already for others. If anyone has been waiting for an update this month, my apologies for the delay.

My regular job is in the process of switching core operating systems, and to say that’s going smoothly would be a very large exaggeration. Unfortunately, that will be continuing into the middle end of March which means my stress levels have been a little higher than usual and it’s cutting into my writing and revision time. On top of that, I’ve had some ongoing health problems rise up at inopportune times and that’s also cutting into the finances I would normally be putting toward another novel release.

Book six, which has a rough draft, is going through the first round of revisions still. I’m about 1/3 through it, but that progress feels slow, and I typically go through each novel six to eight times front to back after typing the end, I’ll send it out to a couple beta readers and make some corrections or edits they’ve spotted and then I’ll send it to my editor.

The most frustrating part of the writing process for me is the entire revision process. Because I’ve now read the book at least six times by the time it heads to the editor, and then once my editor has gone through it with a fine tooth comb and sends it back with several notes and corrections, I then go through everything they found and make corrections or clarifications where needed. Once that is finished, I once again read through the novel four or five more times again before sending it to the formatter for the eBook file. Once the book has a rough formatted file I proceed to read that four or five more times, typically finding a handful more corrections that were missed somehow missed with all my other read throughs.

And yet, despite staring at the novel for months, going through it closely and having multiple sets of eyes on it…errors will still exist. It’s frustrating as the author of my novels, but as a reader myself…I don’t mind them too much in novels I read. Most of the time they’re minor (extra words, wrong words, or a missing word) but every so often it’s something a little more pesky (wrong character names/spellings, shifting appearances, shifting events.) Again, as an author my mistakes drive me insane, but as a reader they tend to make me smile. Mostly in relief as it means I am not the only person missing what seems very obvious when you discover the misprint, but what is easily missed when you’ve been staring at the same set of words for months.

Back more on the topic of book six itself; things are going as well as they can be. I’m still on the fence about whether or not I’ll push to release the novel this year, but I am trying to continue to work on things in case I can send the book out for all the things it needs to make it into the wild.

If I end up with a concrete plan for book six, I will share it here. Until then, I hope everyone’s year is going fairly well.

As always, if you’ve been following the Journey of an Arbais Mage series and have enjoyed it but have yet to leave ratings/reviews on Goodreads/Amazon/your personal blog, I would ask that you consider doing so. The more ratings (reviews are nice, but ratings help too) a book has, the more eyes will see it and consider giving it a try.

In the mean time, it’s back to revisions for me.

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