Friday, December 6, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-12-06

Welcome everyone,

I have yet another weekend filled with holiday activities and shopping. Unfortunately, I probably won't get a single free moment until Sunday evening. That means little time for writing and recording. Alas.

In that amount of time, however, I do hope to accomplish a couple things:

  • Prepare all final files for upload to IngramSpark and Amazon.
  • Continue outlining Book 3.

If I can do that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you do too.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, December 5, 2019

*SPOILER* 14th Reveal for Book 2 - Eyes on You

Welcome everyone!

We're getting very close to launching the pre-orders for The Huntsman and the Vampire. Honestly, it will be a relief.

But until then, we get to build up the anticipation some more. If you recall, prior to launching The Huntsman and the She-Wolf, I posted this teaser image:


This week, I'll be doing the same, only for the sequel!

The glowing red eye will become a signature for this series. I hope to continue that motif until the last book is finished. I really want to credit my fantastic cover-artist, Claire. She's amazing and nails exactly what I want each time. Her hard work is greatly appreciated.

So, as always, last warning before spoilers!
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And here it is!


What a haunting image, eh? From what is there, you might be able to infer what creature will grace the cover of Book 2. It's pretty rad, and next week, you'll get to see all of it!

So come back then, for both the reveal and perhaps a bit of a surprise. Take care of each other :)

Peace,

-Troy

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Plan for Pre-Release

Welcome everyone!

I've finalized how I will be launching Book 2, and I'm very excited to share that with you today. In the very near future, the eBook will go up on Amazon for pre-order. The paperback and hardback should follow closely thereafter. The audio book, though, can't be put on Audible for pre-orders, so we'll just have to wait on that one.

The pre-order period will last several weeks. Most authors suggest 3-6 months. Mine won't be that long. I couldn't stand waiting half a year to get a book I wanted to read. I won't make you wait that long either ;)

During the pre-order period I will still have reveals each week. I will be posting teaser videos, sample chapters to read, and the first chapter or two from the audio book.

All of this will lead up to release day which will be a very appropriate day for The Hunter's Rose series.



Anyway, we're coming close to the end of this part of the journey! I can't wait for you see what I've created. And don't forget, tomorrow will be a new reveal for the exterior of Book 2. See you then!

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Public Domain and You!

Welcome Everyone!

This year (2019) marked the first year in ages when authors and their works entered the Public Domain. In the 1990's Disney along with a bunch of other media companies convinced Congress to favor them over the common citizenry and extend copyright protections another 20 years.

Now, thanks to even more powerful (but not more likable) tech companies and a strong grass-roots movement, Congress refrained from extending those protections further.

As a result, several dozen authors' and artists' work entered the public domain allowing anyone so inclined to use their work however they pleased without a license. Most of them were people you've probably never heard of, but this coming January will be different.

On January 1st, 2020, Richard Connell and Margaret Mitchell will enter the Public Domain. You probably know them better by their works: The Most Dangerous Game and Gone With the Wind respectively.

Yes, starting in January, General Zaroff and Scarlet O'Hara will be available for authors and artists to add in their stories and expound without fear of lawsuits. Now, these are just for the written works, not the film adaptations - so be careful about that.

Connell and Mitchell are just the tip of the iceberg, though. Here's a list of other authors and the years when their works will be Public Domain:


2020Richard ConnellMargaret Mitchell
2021George OrwellGeorge Bernard ShawOlaf StapletonEdgar Rice BurroughsEdgar Lee Masters
2022Sinclair LewisAlgernon Blackwood
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2024Eugene O'Neal
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2026Thomas Mann
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2028Laura Ingles WilderDorothy Sayers
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2031Albert Camus
2032Earnest Hemmingway
2033William FaulknerEE Cummings
2034Robert FrostSylvia PlathWilliam Carlos WilliamsAldous HuxleyC.S. Lewis
2035Flannery O'ConnorIan Flemming
2044JRR Tolkien

Some of the big ones are George Orwell (Animal Farm, 1984), Laura Ingles Wilder (Little House on the Prairie), Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), Ian Flemming (James Bond), and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings). Also, in 2024, Steamboat Willie enters the Public Domain.

Granted, some of those names are more than two decades out, but just imagine a budding writer sitting in a High School English class today. When that student becomes my age, a huge chunk of Tolkien's works will be freely available to all. Keep in Mind, Amazon paid a quarter billion dollars for those rights just last year.

This is a massive win for small-time authors. It's an even bigger deal for independent movie-makers. Each year, some of the greatest works ever written will become available for screenwriters to use in low-budget films.

The next 10-20 years will see a massive influx of new takes on old works. I, for one, cannot wait to see what people do.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, November 29, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-11-29

Welcome everyone!

This weekend, I have shopping to do! Yes, Black Friday is upon us and gifts need getting, so today, that's my goal.

Saturday and Sunday are free, however, so I plan on getting back to work on my writing. Here's what I hope to accomplish:

  • Record more chapters in the Book 2 audio book.
  • Finish outlining the current section of Book 3 I'm working on.
  • Get together files for promotional material for Book 2.
If I can do all that, I'll have a successful weekend. I hope you do too. Happy Holidays!

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, November 28, 2019

*SPOILER* 13th Reveal for Book 2 - The Back Cover

Welcome everyone!

For those who are in America on this day, I'd like to start off by wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope the time you get to spend away from work and with family is joyful and refreshing.

On to the reveal!

The title of this post kinda gives it away, so I won't beat around the bush much. I'm now ready to reveal the full back cover of my second novella.

I wanted to go with a similar aesthetic to The Huntsman and the She-Wolf. I think you'll be able to note a bit of that here.

Also, this will be the first real hint about the storyline for the sequel. The blurb does appear on the back, so if you are wanting to avoid really for-real spoilers, then you definitely don't want to scroll any further down.

You have been WARNED!
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Not much else to say. Man, I love this cover! I can't wait for you to be able to get it in your hands. Please enjoy your weekend. Take care of each other!

Peace,

-Troy

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Some Chapters are Hard, Others come so Easily

Welcome everyone!

Essentially, I am now finished with Book 2. I still have a few chapters to record for the audio book and of course publishing it on Amazon, Audible, and IngramSpark. But those are trivial matters, really.

As a result, I have to look ahead to Book 3 already. One of the curious things about writing I have discovered is how inconsistent it can be.

Some chapters flow from my mind to my hands and on to the computer screen with ease. I'll write 3,000 words like they were nothing. Other times, I'll get 500 words done and feel like I must have written 10,000 it took so long.

At times, the first draft is beautiful and inspired. Other times, it reads like I just typed instructions on how to prepare a recipe in the kitchen. It's dull, straightforward, and as enrapturing as a warranty pamphlet to read.

I can't explain that. I do know that almost all authors deal with that sort of thing, though. If you ever hear a writer say their first draft is "trash" or something of that nature, it's true! The rough copy reads so bad.



So anyway, that's what I'm looking at. More days of awesome writing and terrible writing. All in all, though, it is absolutely worth it. I haven't found any entertainment activity more fulfilling than writing. It's not something I ever plan on giving up.

Don't forget, there will still be a reveal for Thanksgiving. Please remember to check back!

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, November 25, 2019

Had Good Weekend - All Files Are In!

Welcome everyone!

After a terribly difficult week, I actually had an pretty good weekend. I got to go to a great classical music concert AND got a lot of work done on my writing.

Every goal I set last Friday, I was able to reach. That's not always the case, so I feel a ton better about where things stand right now with my writing.

Speaking of which, I have taken full possession of ALL FILES associated with Book 2! If I wanted, I could publish tomorrow. Now, I don't want to just yet, but we are just a few weeks away.

Expect another reveal this Thursday, even though it's the Thanksgiving holiday. Make sure you check back for that.

Also, thanks for all the support that you've sent my way. I really did appreciate all the emails and private messages. I want you to know that they helped tremendously.



Anyway, had a great weekend. I hope you did to.

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, November 22, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-11-22

Welcome everyone!

This weekend I have a lot to do. All of the files for Book 2 should be coming in. I still have a lot of recording and editing to do. I need to continue banging away at Book 3 so I can keep to a yearly schedule. Whew, I hope I can manage all that.

So here are my goals:

  • Final approval of all Book 2 files
  • Record at least 1 chapter of the Book 2 audio book
  • Continue outlining Book 3
If I can do all that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you do too.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, November 21, 2019

*SPOILERS* 12th Reveal for Book 2 - The Backbone of the Story

Welcome everyone!

It's good to have you here this week. It's been a hectic one for me. I've had a lot of unexpected responsibilities this week due to a tragic loss in my family. We're still grieving, but hopefully soon, things will return to normal.

That aside, it's time for another reveal! The good news is all work is now finished on the covers and interiors of my book! That means, if I wanted, I could publish Book 2 today.

I'm not quite ready, though. First, I just want to give everything a rigorous second viewing. I want to make sure there are no silly mistakes on the covers or with the illustrations.

With my first book, my layout artist forgot to include the map for the paperback and hardback versions. I didn't discover this until I got my first physical proofs, which is way too late in the game to catch something of that nature.

So this time, I'm being much more deliberate.

Anyway, let's get to the reveal. This is your last chance to turn back before you see any spoilers:
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I give you, The Spine!


I admit, I couldn't resist the play on words with "Backbone" in the title of this post. Anyway, the spine will give you a good idea about the color scheme and tone of the cover for The Huntsman and the Vampire. Also, the pine trees play a small but important role in the story. They represent a location Tristan will see in this book then return to again in the future. I'm really glad the cover artist was able to include them.

Anyway, I hoped you enjoyed this week's reveal. We are just weeks away from pre-orders. Please keep checking back as we get closer!

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, November 18, 2019

Welcome Back, Monday

Welcome everyone!

So kind of a tough weekend for me on a personal level. I experienced some wonderful highs and some crushing lows.

The triumph and tragedy of it all got me reflecting on what it means to have a successful or fulfilling life.

One thing I've decided is that if I ever get to see my great-grand kids, that will be a good accomplishment. I, personally, never got to know my great-grandparents. That's always been something I've regretted.

I also feel that a good life will leave something behind for the next generation. Not for personal glory or fame, but as a source of wisdom, knowledge, and history. That's why I'm so thankful for all the support I've been given with my books. Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have encouraged me and brought me your books to sign. You are all dear to my heart.

I'm really not writing them for my own benefit, though I'd be lying if I ever said there wasn't any. The truth is, though, I'm writing them for young people: young people who are alive today and young people that will come along way after I'm gone.

I don't do this to preserve my name in the hopes I'll live on in memory or esteem. I do it because I've learned some hard lessons in life, and I would love it if my experiences help others through their own difficult times.



So anyway, yeah, I'm a little melancholy today. I hope your week is productive and bright. Don't forget to check back on Thursday. The next sliver of my cover will be revealed!

Peace,

-Troy

Friday, November 15, 2019

Goals for the Weekend 2019-11-15

Welcome everyone!

This weekend I have a lot of personal items to attend to. I won't have any time at all for writing or recording, unfortunately. There are times in life when hobbies must be set aside for other, more weighty matters.

Nevertheless, I'll still be able to bounce ideas for Book 3 off some friends, family, and colleagues. So, that will have to suffice for this weekend.

Goals:

  • Continue conceptualizing the plot for Book 3
If I can do that, I'll have a good weekend. I hope you do as well.

Peace,

-Troy

Thursday, November 14, 2019

*SPOILERS* 11th Reveal for Book 2 - THE TITLE!!!!

Welcome everyone!

I've been waiting a long time to share this with you. Since August, I have slowly revealed more and more about the interior of the sequel to The Huntsman and the She-Wolf.

I have greatly enjoyed that ride. We've been able to see some gorgeous locations as well as the unique roses that adorn several of the major characters in the novella. Each image is dear to me and resonates with a different emotion. I truly hope they mean as much, if not more, to you.

So now, we are ready to move from the interior to the exterior. The title will appear on Book 2 much like it did on Book 1. Many of the design motifs will be carried over from the original. I think that makes the series more recognizable as well as shows the evolution of the story over time.

One of the biggest decisions I had to make concerning the title is how it should be phrased. Should I keep the "The Huntsman and the ___________" or should I go with something different. I toyed with several names like:

  • Hunter's Sun
  • Hunter's Rise
  • Hunter's Quest
  • Journey of the Huntsman
None of those worked for me. I decided to keep the "The Huntsman and the ___________" format but what should go in the blank? There were a lot of options:
  • Judge
  • Tower
  • Keep
  • Vampire
  • Secret
  • Garden
  • Fountain
  • Scepter
  • Sword
  • Hound
I had to think which one would best describe the story and which one would best tie in to Book 1. It wasn't an easy choice, but if you scroll below, you'll get to see what I ended up selecting:
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I give you "The Huntsman and the Vampire" for your enjoyment!


And so now you know. I hope the title intrigues you. The cover is nearly finished. There just needs to be a few finishing touches to the hardback version. The interior is almost done as well. I'm waiting on about a dozen small corrections there. 

That means, by the end of this month, I could publish if I wanted. But why hurry? There is so much more I want to reveal before I do.

Until then, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Are you Ready for the Title of Book 2???

Welcome everyone!

We are getting closer and closer to the launch of Book 2. As we are counting down the weeks until it goes live, I've been revealing bits and pieces of it to you. Now, this week, I am ready to reveal the name!

As always, the revelation will be on Thursday (tomorrow). Make sure you check back to see it then. I'll be following the format I did last time with The Huntsman and the She-Wolf.

If you want to see how I did that, you can check out that post HERE.


Hope to see you back tomorrow. Spread the word!

Peace,

-Troy

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Good Weekend and A Great Blog Post

Welcome everyone!

I had a good weekend. I hope you did as well. I am glad to announce that I'm half way done recording the audiobook for Book 2 now!

It's a long road, with editing and mastering still ahead of me. Yet, I feel I'm starting to make real progress, which is a relief.

I also want to highlight a great blog article I read today. It's all about creating good villains for a story. If you're a writer or aspiring to be one, you might check it out HERE. It's written by the esteemed Kristen Lamb, who's always a good read IMHO.



Anyway, just checking in on a Monday. Until next time, take care of each other.

Peace,

-Troy