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. đŸ™‚

Gearing Up

On August 1st, The Search for the Unicorns will be launching. It’s exciting, I’m not going to lie. This will be my first time self-publishing a literary novel. I will be focussing on the process of getting it out and distributed.

I figured that I’d just do this little mini-update to let everyone know what’s going on and ….well…. Stuff!

Once I have more things I will be doing more posting. If you have subscribed to the newsletter, you were one of the lucky people to get to see a rough sketch of the cover!

That will be one of the next things that I hope to be posting here in the next week, so stay tuned!

Trying to Find My Way

Most people would take that title to mean that I am a lost soul. Perhaps I am.

But more immediately, I am trying to get an idea of the world that The Search for the Unicorns is set in. I wanted to be able to describe a bit more of the world in the book to help the readers.

The first thing I have to do is to see if he created a map of this world or if I need to create my own. I know that he kept everything in the story fairly vague which is nice because it allows the reader to imagine themselves in the story more. However, I want to add a little description. Just a little. I also want to know where the characters are going. Are they in a forest? Are they in the mountains? Where are they?!

A quick search tells me that he didn’t create a map for this world. What does that mean for me? It means that I am going to take tonight to create a vague map of the world. I am not a cartographer and my sense of direct is terrible. Here goes nothing

The Beginning of the Beta

At first you may be saying to yourself, “Doesn’t Alpha come before Beta?”

I don’t know! It’s all Greek to me!

Now that I’ve gotten that bad joke out of the way, I am happy to announce that on Friday I will be putting up the first chapter of The Search for the Unicorns for people to read and give feedback on. I will be relying on this feedback in order to improve the book so your honest opinion is important to me.

Normally an author would send their manuscript to their beta readers before they begin the publication process. But I am not the author and I don’t have any beta readers….yet. My hope is that after reading the chapters as I release them you can decide for yourself if you want to join my beta reading team for this and for future books.

As I release each chapter (hopefully at the rate of two chapters a week, not counting this week or the final week) I will include questions to keep in mind. If you are the type who would rather read the entire thing all at once, just let me know and I can send you a beta copy once I’ve released all of the chapters.

For those of you who want to contact me you can sign up for my newsletter or feel free to email me at [email protected]

Thanks for reading! I’ll talk to you all tomorrow!

Getting Closer!

So I’m one and a half chapters away from finishing my second round of editing markups!

What does this mean for you, the reader?

It means that by the end of this week, possibly even sooner, I will begin the final revision process. Once I finish revising each chapter I will be releasing to this very website in hopes of getting some (ideally all) of you to do some beta reading for me!

I’ll be talking more about this as I get ready to finally release the chapters and how the beta reading process will go. So stay tuned!

Way Past Overdue!

Eep! Has it really been three months since my last post here? For shame! I would like to apologize for that. I’ve had some personal issues going on and then a convention to attend. But now that I’m back from the convention and I’ve wrapped up my other projects, I will be turning my attention to editing. Once I’ve finished the rewrites from this latest round of edits, exciting things will be happening so keep watching this website.