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