News and News

Well, this is a news post. Though there isn’t too much to say, really. And I’m going to try and keep it short anyway because I want to blast through at least the first half of Starforge‘s Beta today (I’m only a few chapters from the halfway mark, so it’s a good goal).

Speaking of the Beta Read, I will be sending out another email to those on the Beta Reader list today as many didn’t reply to the last one. I’m not sure if the email tripped up spam filters because of its content, or if a number of prior Beta Readers have since dumped those addresses, but usually they reply fairly quickly with a positive or negative. If you were a prior Beta Reader and wondering where your invitation went, I promise you it was sent, but I’ll be sending another one for good measure just in case.

Other than that, Beta Reading proceeds as normal, though I do have a small, fun factoid for you. One common error in many books is accidentally swapping a quote mark at the start or close of a sentence with an apostrophe, usually because the finger slipped off the shift key or was mistimed. This is also a booger to spot, but thankfully CTRL+F makes it a bit easier to track down these days.

Anyway, as part of the Beta edit, I was dutifully checking the entire 500,000+ word length of Starforge for this error, one apostrophe+a letter at the time. And I found an interesting statistic to share with all of you. Of the roughly 27 or so occurrences of a quote marker being accidentally replaced by an apostrophe, over half of them were at the front of a sentence and when the starting letter of the sentence was a W.

Well, I found it interesting. I suppose it’s something to do with the rhythm of my fingers when I need both that quote mark and a capital W combined with the shift key.

In any case, all instances of it across the story are fixed now. But it still amused me.

Again, the most positive thing I have to report is that Starforge is quite a bit cleaner in comparison to Jungle or even Axtara, though Axtara was pretty clean. I’ll chalk that one up to improving fingers.


In other news, this weekend is General Conference for my faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and so I’m going to forgo a Starforge teaser post for tomorrow. Never fear, they’ll be back next weekend, and we might even start getting glimpses of the text itself.

I hope all of you have a fantastic weekend, and now for me back to editing!

The Starforge Beta Call

Yes. That’s right folks. We’ve reached that moment. It’s here. My work on Strange Catch (filler title) wraps up today (I left off last week in the midst of the ending) so today I’ll be starting the last round of Alpha Edits to Starforge. Which means … Beta 1 time!

As with the Alpha, I’d like to get two rounds of Beta in. With 500,000 words, Starforge is a bit of a juggernaut. I know we’re bound to miss something—just look at the number of typos in your average 110,000 word Trad Pub publication to see exactly how tough finding every mistake can be—but I do want to get this as clean as possible before the release date.

Which isn’t set yet, mind. Still aiming for November, though. And we’re getting close to having a set date in place as well as a pre-order available.

Anyway, those of you that have Beta’d before, it’s time to rise up. E-mails will be going out this week!

If you’ve not Beta read before but would like to try, keep an eye out, then leave a comment below and we can get in touch. Beta Reading, for those unfamiliar with the process, is what a lot of people think of when they think “editing.” This post goes into more detail (just jump down to the section on Beta Editing), but the gist of it is that this is where you’re looking for typos, incorrect homophones, extra spaces, missing dialog tags … the works. This is the fine-tuning, the catching of out-of-place letters or missing words or any of that stuff.

And it’s starting very soon. So, if you’re interested and have been a Beta Reader before, watch your inbox. If you’ve never Beta Read before but would like to try, leave a comment!

We’re inching closer and closer, people. Starforge is nearly upon us!

Now, I’ve got to get back to it!

News: Last Chance on Sale, Beta Wave 2 Invites, and Updates!

Hey readers! I’m still blitzing away at two projects at once (Starforge first draft and Axtara – Banking and Finance editing) so I’ll be keeping this a little short. As short as I can, anyway, while still keeping you all informed!

So first up: The Big 300 Sale! If you somehow missed the memo, everything I’ve published is on sale this week, at 50% off or more.

Oh, and this sale ends tomorrow. So your window for picking up a book or two at an absolute steal is shrinking. Not that I mind people paying $3.99 for Colony or $7.99 for Jungle, but right now you can grab both of those for a combined total of $6.

So yeah, tell your reading friends! There’s only a day and some change left before prices go back to normal! Sands, One Drink is completely free, and its sequel 99 cents. That’s a weekend worth of reading right there. And since another $3 would grab you the excellent Shadow of an Empire

Anyway, spread the word, since there’s only a short time left!

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Axtara – Banking and Finance Open Beta Call!

Those of you who know what this title means, you’re already ready. You know what to do. Those who do not know, read on!

So, Axtara – Banking and Finance is in Beta! For those not in the know, here you go: Beta Reading is the period of editing in which we’re looking for typos, misspellings, misplaced words, etc. Commas instead of periods. Grammatical errors. That kind of thing. Major, overarching issues like plot holes and the like were tidied up during the Alpha. Beta is for catching out of place words, a quotation mark that’s oriented the wrong way, etc etc.

Okay, so that’s what Beta is. Now, what’s the call?

Simple. I’m extending an open call to all those who would like to join in on the Beta. I’ve heard back from a few of my regular Beta Readers, some of which were too busy currently (and I don’t quite blame them with the whole quarantine going on), and some ready (those I didn’t hear back from at all, I hope things are OK and you’re just very busy).

But I would like to get more eyes on this run of Axtara. For a couple of reasons. First, the more eyes are on it, the more errors we’ll catch, leading to a cleaner final release. Second, more eyes make for swift work, and I’m already starting to get people who’ve not even read Axtara or any of my other works inquiring as to when it will be available. On the one hand, good, on the other hand, this means I need to hurry up and get it out. It seems I always underestimate editing time, so I’m already running up hard against my original goal (end of summer).

So, if you’ve ever Beta Read before, or you just really enjoy spotting typos and the like, let me know. Comment. Volunteer for Beta Reading. You’ll get your name in the book (if you want it), a complimentary digital copy (again, if you want it), and plus you’ll get to read Axtara early. And this book is awesome amounts of fun.

Again, let me know. We’ll get you lined up with a few trial chapters to check out (to see what you think about it) and then from there, the whole thing.

Again, overall, it’s pretty simple. Read book, note all typos or misspelled/misused/misplaced words as you enjoy reading Axtara‘s adventure. But as things ramp up to getting it out there, the Beta Read is a step that cannot be missed.

So like I said, if you’re interested, leave me note below.