People drive me nuts… and a brief update on Book 6!

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Book Six will be released….

Many of you have asked when Book Six will be out.  Some of you haven’t.  And, one of you actually wants to know what the point is of this series.  Given that information, many of you will be happy to know I’m ready to give a release date, and at least one of you won’t care.  

I have still got some work ahead of me, but if I commit myself here and now on this blog, I’ll get it done.  Over the next 21 days, I am going to nail down the final draft with all the parts in place.  Then the following 14 days will be editing and fine-tuning, and then I will submit for publication and receive review copies approximately 7 days later.  Assuming those are pristine, I will start sending out pre-release copies.  Seven days after that first batch goes out, i will make the book available for Amazon via Kindle and then print.  So, if you’re keeping score at home, that’s 21+14+7+7 = 49.  The puts us somewhere around the first of June. There’s a chance I will flip things around and release the Kindle version first, but I’ll still stick to the time frame because I usually send paperbacks out to advance readers to get their feedback before I publish. 

Let’s call it June 3. 

I will still continue to post chapters of The Tree Readers on Wattpad.  Those pages were completed a few years ago, and it doesn’t require a lot of time posting them.  When Book Six is up and running, I will do my best to complete The Tree Readers and release it for Kindle. 

That is all.  I’ll be in my cave writing if you need me.  I may poke my head out to post mock ups of the cover for feedback. 

Wattpad and me

So, I’m doing this Wattpad thing, and I’m not sure what to make of it at this point.  While I’m writing Book Six of the Oz Chronicles, I am posting completed chapters of another book in progress, The Tree Readers, on Wattpad two times a day.  To date, I have about 79,000 words written, and each chapter is about 1,000 words long. It’s a book I started about two years ago, and I work on it in between other projects.  It’s actually a very special book to me because I started it while my mother was ill, and I would send her chapters that my sister would read to her.  Apparently, she enjoyed the story.  It’s a little difficult getting back into with a lot of enthusiasm knowing she won’t be able read the finished product.

That aside, Wattpad is a foreign concept to me, and I’m not sure what will come of it.  I’m not expecting much because I am a stranger in a strange land.  I’m about 30 years older than the typical Wattpadian from what I can tell, and after reading the forums, I discovered that it’s common practice for writers to “vote” for their own work.  I’ve been doing it, but it feels a little self-indulgent.

There’s no danger in me becoming a bright shining star on Wattpad because The Tree Readers is about 800,000 reads behind the top science fiction story.  If you are so inclined, and you want to see what The Tree Readers is all about, I encourage you to join Wattpad and read along.

And yes, Book Six is coming!