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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Journeymage immanent - and a special announcement.

Moments ago I finished my second pass/rewrite of Journeymage.  I'll do one final pass on it when its all back from the proofreaders, and then there's nothing stopping me from releasing it but dramatic effect.  Expect it in the next few days.

I am doing something special with the release of Journeymage, however.  My sons are both Boy Scouts, and I'd like to donate some of the proceeds of Journeymage directly to their troop, Troop 439 in Bahama, NC, to help support the ongoing efforts of this small, distinguished troop in rural NC.  I understand that not everyone feels comfortable contributing to that organization, however, and out of respect for everyone I want to limit the size of my contribution and how its determined, so that no one has any qualms about it.

To that end, I will be offering Journeymage at a slightly increased rate (+$.50) for the first 48 hours or so.  For every sale made at that special price I will donate $1.00 to the troop in preparation for their summer camp activities.  If you don't want to contribute, just put off buying Journeymage until the gimmicky promotion is over.  Everyone wins.

This is also a chance to recommend the book to anyone you know who just likes to support Scouting.  I think they'll like the book, and it gives them the opportunity to directly help a specific group of boys, not a vague and nebulous organization you might be suspicious of.  Spread the word.  And my motivation for this will become clearer when you finish the book.

In any case, it's on like a pot of neckbones.  I'll start the final run this afternoon.

For those of you who are interested in my future publishing plans, I'm going to take about three weeks off from Sevendor and work on some other projects (Trask's Odyssey included; while I probably won't be finishing it in the next three weeks, I'm anticipating significant progress and a release some time this year.).

Then on to the next two novels in the series, which I'm going to attempt to write simultaneously.  Just to say I did it.  As it is, I'm already well on my way toward my goal of writing six Spellmonger books this year.  It's only March, and I've gotten Hawkmaiden and Jorneymage both out.  That only leaves four more before December.  Proper novels, too - Hawkmaiden was 90,000 words, long for a YA.

The next two books will be Court Wizard and Enchanter.  One will follow Pentandra's introduction to married life, and follow political events in Alshar, while the other will focus on Min's continued development of Sevendor, and his research into the nature of the many stones in his treasury.  I'm thinking each will be between 20-30 chapters, between 140-170,000 words.

Then I'm planning to release my second YA title, Hawklady, another 90k word juvenile following Dara's perspective through the end of Magelord and into Knights Magi (in a "meanwhile, back at the castle" sort of way).

Then for my sixth Sevendor novel of the year . . . I haven't decided.  We'll have to see how things develop. Because I have all of these short stories to get through, too.  The two that are in process will be finished, and I have a half-dozen more short pieces I want to do to fill in the corners.

It's going to be a busy year in Sevendor. And I'll still finish TO this year.  Hope y'all continue to be entertained.  And let me know what you think about my charitable plan for Troop 439.

30 comments:

  1. Being a former WEBALO scout I personally love idea and would be proud to donate.

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  2. Never cared about supporting scouts. But I enjoy reading your books, and I don't mind buying the book at the more expensive price since you want to support your troop. Ill help out.

    Also, man wow the rate at which you write is awesome! Even 1-2 novels a year would beat out a lot of authors in the field, and your doing 6 + short stories.

    Also, who's view point is journey mage from? I don't remember if it was mentioned or not before.

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  3. Good to here about Trask's Odyssey, thank you.

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  4. Though I don't agree with the politics of the scouts in some ways, I don't mind paying the increased rate. Congratulations on finishing your newest book; I'm look forward to reading it.

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  5. Hell yea! I'm really looking forward to the next book. I was in the boy scouts as well. I did enjoy it and was taught a lot. I got screwed out of eagle scout, but o well.

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  6. You can't keep doing this terry, I'm practically hyperventilating.

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  8. Will there be an updated map of Sevendor - including separate maps of Inner and Greater Sevendor in this new book.
    I'm interested to see how the lines on the map have moved now that West Fleria has been divided up and Sashtalia has lost domains to Baron Arathanial. Sevendor also has two domains in Sashtalia and one in Fleria now if I remember correctly too.

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  9. Please write the moment you've uploaded the book to Amazon. I'm making myself crazy checking both your blog and Amazon's Kindle Store every other second...

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  10. I very much like your way of supporting the scouts! And I'm amazed at the speed with which you produce quality work. Thank you for thinking up Sevendor!

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  11. Yeah, I'd support the scouts too. Even if I didn't, I'd probably still buy Journeymage as soon as it came out.

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  12. As an Eagle Scout, I am onboard with the whole donation setup.

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  14. So true. I must have looked a dozen times today at least.

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    1. Just published it, Emil. Should be up within the next 12 hours.

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    2. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You just made my evening!

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  15. I am also eagerly waiting and while waiting, I am re-reading some books :).

    When I read High Mage, there were things that did not seem consistent across timeline and I could not make myself re-read it until now. Now that I am doing just that, I can see why. It looks like Knights Magi was supposed to have taken place in Year 1 of Rard's rule but High Mage takes place in Year 2. Am I mistaken in that or is that a known thing or no one else noticed that? There are also other things like when Min and Alya's daughter was born etc but the year and the number of Magic fairs was what bothered me the most I guess.

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  16. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UW07SBM/ref=clair_cor__2?ie=UTF8&cor=US&priceNotAvailable=1
    It is there, but can't buy it this second. ARG!!!!!

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    1. scratch that. Just was able to buy it.

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  17. Aww a spoiler on Penny , Anyways my most pressing questions are which Humani God's Briga & Min make Permanent

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  18. Ok just bought it. And!!! Would you look at that!! The Green Mage light on the Tower!!!

    I'm all for supporting Scouting. , was one a long time ago

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  19. Terry,

    Book 6 is excellent. The most interesting part to me was chapter 23. I love the symbolism considering the sorts of entities and foreshadowing that was covered.

    Is korbal an actual god?, did he become a god in the past?

    Is it possible for mortals to become divine if people start worshiping them?

    Cheers

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    1. Dude . . . if you read that fast, you'll get cramps.

      Korbal isn't quite a god, in the human sense. Think more immortal Alka Alon demi-lich, or along those lines. He's a badass.

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  20. I rather liked it. Not quite enough focus on Sevendor for my taste, but a very good book in its own way. Loved all the info dumpings about ancient times and the history of the Kasari. Can't wait to find out what the product of Minalan's fever dream might turn out to do. Looking forward to Minalan inventing new stuff.
    Also, I would like to remark how amazed I am at the speed with which you write and the scope of your imagination. I'm just hoping you won't get writer's block at some point (touch on wood).
    Keep up the excellent work!

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    1. My pleasure, Emil. Please feel free to write an Amazon review, if you'd like.

      And you're going to love the next one, Enchanter. It should be subtitled "Meanwhile, Back In Sevendor . . . "

      Thanks for reading my stuff!

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    2. Sounds so bloody good. Cannot wait. I really, really like your books. Your type of fantasy is the very best there is.

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    3. I think I will leave a review at some point. Though I don't usually do this (because I'm lazy that way) it seems only right that we, your readers, take the time to support you in this small way, considering that we're screaming for new books as soon as we finish them!

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