Odds and ends and a few points of information that may or may not be of interest. First of all, I’ve been doing pretty well keeping ahead of the posts on Power’s Shadow, but Real Life (tm, pat. pending) has intervened and there is now what is technically known as a snag. (colloquial, (n)– An obstacle or impediment). Circumstances have persuaded me that it would be to my advantage to acquire a certain technical certification in my (other) chosen field. I won’t bore you with the details, but the reality is that I need time to study, and when I’m studying, I’m not writing. I will continue to put up installments of Power’s Shadow as long as that’s possible, but there may be a hiatus if I can’t keep up. If there is a disruption, I’ll try to keep it as short as possible, but the possibility exists, and so–fair warning.
Believe me, I’d rather be spending time with Marta and Sela and Prince Dolan and a few surprise guests rather than contemplating the zen koan that is the OSI 7-Layer networking model, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate has been out for a couple of weeks now and the portents look favorable. One reason I can say that is now it’s relatively easy for authors to check their Bookscan numbers and be almost as up to date on sales figures as their publishers are. I love the flexibility that the new self-publishing paradigm gives to writers, but at the same time there is simply nothing to compare with getting paper books in the stores to boost awareness of anything else you might have out. Going the selfie route is a viable option in a lot of cases, but preferably as a complement to whatever else you’ve got going on, as they tend to reinforce each other. The traditional publishing route is not going away anytime soon nor, so long as it can adapt and adjust and continue to add value, should it do so. It’s all good.
Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son is turned in and should be out sometime next year (2015). I don’t have a firm date yet, but when I do I’ll post it.
Back to the books. Figuratively speaking.