Reading

This is what a manuscript looks like when it has been typed out on a typewriter. I think that by this time my dad had switched over to an electric typewriter.

Also? I have just learned the hard way, not to simply pull a manuscript out willy-nilly as I may have just disturbed an order that it was in.

I’m now beginning to wonder if the Avantir series is the “Sword series” and I’m just butchering the name?

I’m going to have to pull out the rest of the manuscripts to find out.

Either way, I’m having a lot of fun reading, organising and eventually publishing them for people to read.

Quandries and Quagmires

What are you looking at?

Aside from the sword, you see before you two manuscripts. From the description of the file, I am assuming that these are the same story. One was written in 1981 and the other in 1982.

What is interesting is the title, The Guardian of the Sword. I am already reading a manuscript called The Sword of Justice and now I have to wonder if they are related. If they are, does this come before or after? Is this even part of the series? The only way to find out is to read it after I finish the other manuscript but I am very curious.

For those of you who are wondering about what the Sword of Justice story is about, the most vague description is that it’s about a wizard and his apprentice who must unite the wizard council to stop a tyrant who is plotting to take over the kingdom. Super vague but don’t worry! I’ll get more detailed once I start cursory edits on it.

Also, I’d like to apologise to my assistant who suggested I triage all of the manuscripts before I work on them. You make a good point, except that I really am enthralled by this series and therefore I feel that I really need to work on this series. Yay goals and directions!

That Occasional Introduction that You Need to Make

So, in the off chance that you are just meeting/landing on this site, let me explain a little bit about myself and what’s going on here.

So, my name is Beth Wagner, I am an editor, writer, comic creator and artist. This website is dedicated to my father and his writing, as well as talking about my journey as I publish the novels that he wasn’t able to in his lifetime.

I not only talk about his writing and announce my progress, I also talk about some of his interests as I remember that also interest me.

I am not him but I want to build the kind of community that he would have been able to build had he lived long enough to do so.

He currently has two novels which have been released to the ebook market. Railroad Rising is his first book and his newest release which is The Search for the Unicorns.

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A Personal Update

As I am editing the final proof for the Amazon print copy of The Search for the Unicorns I’m having a moment to reflect on the author, my dad.

Unlike many publishers, I have an emotional attachment to the author and his work because he was my dad, but not only that. As I read over the manuscripts I remember at what stage in his life he was and where I was.

In 1987, I would have been in grade 6 going into grade 7. I also can’t help but think that the main character Carla, had bits of me in there, no matter how small. It is very much a coming of age story and discovering who you are as a person. This is something that I was beginning to explore at that age. So interesting point there.

Which makes me think about his target audience. Was I his target audience? It wouldn’t be that hard to imagine for me as I grew up hearing him tell me stories, sometimes made up sometimes they were from books. Sometimes the lines blurred. I didn’t realise for the longest time that parents simply didn’t just make up stories to tell their kids so that they would fall asleep.

Which brings me to why I’m self-publishing his books. I’m self-publishing all of his novels that I can, mostly for myself and also for his memory. Is it at all about sales? No, it’s about putting out stories that should be out there on shelves and in homes of people. But even if no one buys a single copy of any of these books, as long as I’ve marketed them and have made them as accessible as possible, I’ll have done what I perceive as my job.

Having said that, there are things that I can do that a traditional publisher wouldn’t and couldn’t do. Like a series of pictures based on scenes from the book and like hand leather-bound limited editions of the book. These are the next projects that I will be working on, along with the next manuscript of course.

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The Search For The Unicorns is Live!

I am delighted to announce that The Search For The Unicorns ebook is available everywhere! Now yes, this is the ebook version.

It’s available on Amazon, it’s available on Kobo, basically you name the place, you can buy it there.

If you want to buy an ebook directly from me, email me at: [email protected] and we can make arrangements from there.

If you are wanting a hard copy of the book it will be made available in a little while, why am I not giving an exact time? Because I am waiting on proofs to come back from the printer and other last minute technical stuff before it can be released.

All of the subscribers to my email list have already heard the news, if you want to hear about when the next book is coming out, then subscribe to my newsletter!

The Search For The Unicorns – The search for the books

So a little update on what’s going on. I am currently uploading things and formatting everything.

Technically, the book is available for Kindle, HOWEVER, it has serious formatting issues and I have to fix them, so I will be doing this in the next few days. So if you happen to see anything, please do not buy anything yet. I am learning the ins and outs of uploading files to Amazon, (which is not at all like uploading comics, let me tell you).

For good the news, I just sent away for proofs for the paperback edition of the book, that’s going to take 2 to 3 weeks (barring any issues in customs) to get to me, then I will be reviewing it, likely crying and then making any last minute adjustments.

On a bright note? I am learning what order I have to do this process in and how long everything takes, which is why this book was my practise book. Not to worry, in a year or so I will go back and fix the silly little mistakes I made here as I will have learned more about editing and publishing .

Thanks for listening! I will keep everyone updated as I work on getting everything set to go.

The Search for the Unicorns – and why I haven’t been annoying you with the impending launch

So here I am. I wanted to give you all weekly updates. Instead, I’ve been giving you weakly updates.

But this is because I am quickly finding out how grueling the last part of self-publishing is.

Normally, when I publish comics, the front end is the most difficult, I’m working on artwork and writing. At the end of comic creating, all you are doing is simple paste up and layout and it’s only a few pages (comparatively)

With novels? There is a lot of tedious details, like making sure all of the punctuation is correct. Please note, in this novel, I think my punctuation is broken. I will remedy this in future updates. Yep, just like gaming software. But it’s so much more than that. There are just so many little things that need tweaking.

At any rate, I’m planning on having it submitted to Ingram Spark and Create Space this week (along with other e-retailers). Because I haven’t released a novel before, I don’t know how long it’s going to take for it to actually go live. Which is why I haven’t done a big fan fare. This novel is my test run to see what the process is. Once, I’ve figured out the process, then I will be making all kinds of noise for when the next novel comes out.

Yes, this is me basically rambling and I will likely ramble at you again tomorrow. 🙂