The publication of my latest book, 'The Shattered Realms' is now complete. The Kindle edition is on sale at all of Amazon's Kindle stores (which are really just sections of their major worldwide websites). The paperback edition is on sale at Amazon.com and all of their European sites, including Amazon.co.uk. The Smashwords edition has passed certification for their Premium Catalogue, which makes it available in iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Diesel, Sony E-Reader etc. as well as directly from Smashwords themselves.
Meanwhile work continues on Part Three, 'The Power of Four Queens', which has now passed the 40,000 words (160 pages) mark. As I see it, there are two types of creative writer: the organised and the organic. Organised writers pout much of their effort into planning, research and preparation, so the whole novel is planned out in detail before a single word is written. The result of this is that the actual book tends to be written quite quickly because the donkey work has already been done. The organic writer starts with an idea and runs with it. This tends to result in constant redrafting and revision - even whole plot threads being ditched as better ideas occur. The actual time taken to produce the book either way is similar, so one is not necessarily superior to the other. It is the end result that counts, after all. I am an organic writer because that is the way my brain works (when it works at all, that is). I thought I would mention this because, having reached this point in the story, an entirely new climax has occurred to me. The ultimate resolution will be the same, but the means of getting there is completely new - and far better. That is the main benefit of organic writing. It leaves room for improvement as the work develops. Of course, no writer is completely organised or organic. An organised writer can change tack if need be, and organic writers, like me, have been known to do research and plan things out in advance. There is a large measure of overlap between the two disciplines.
Pinch me somebody, but 'The Shattered Realms' is finally on sale. The proof was finished ages ago, but one thing after another dogged the proofreading stage. It finally passed the Cuzzie test yesterday and I uploaded it to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) this morning. It is now available in all of Amazon's Kindle stores worldwide.
Later on, I uploaded the Smashwords and CreateSpace editions to their respective sites. Smashwords puts the book out on iBooks, Nook, Kobo, even a version of Kindle that is not available at Amazon. CreateSpace produce rather sumptuous paperback editions of the book, available from Amazon.com and Amazon's European stores. The Smashwords edition is available from Smashwords directly now, although it will be a few days before it becomes available from iBooks, Nook, Kobo etc. themselves. It needs approval for the Premium Catalogue before that can happen, and that takes a little while. The paperback edition should be on sale at Amazon tomorrow.
No rest for the wicked, however. 'The Shattered Realms' is Part Two of my trilogy, 'A Queen's Heart'. Part Three, 'The Power of Four Queens' is already 140 pages long (with maybe another 300 to go). Aside from that, I have another short story to write because I missed the last two for Suzy (sorry Suzy) due to pressure of work.
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