I got busy and managed to get the duet short read Draoithe: Fairytale Shadows published this week. I promise, I didn't waste my three day weekend. Edits like crazy, but it's live! Check it out! Like all my stories, it's FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Alaric Dark and Elyas Night are grandmaster valravne shadow mages. Mercenaries with dark magic willing and able to handle dangerous jobs. Still, they are mercs with a conscience, and there are things they refuse to do for money; abduction, trafficking, and lab experiments among them. When they find themselves caught in a scam to trap them to study their magic and caged in a barn in one of Peter Elliot’s nefarious experiment houses, things go from bad to worse when they realize that two of the other experiments are actually their shadow ladies. They will stop at nothing to save the one’s the magic made for them. Getting out is easy. Getting over the damage that was done, not so much. Step into the duet short read and find out how two lost valravne join Draoithe and help cement a relationship between the Druid council and the valravne kings of their former home, the Black Shadow Castle. This is a companion short read that ties up some loose ends and gives further detail for Draoithe: Shadow Master (Now Publishing) and Draoithe: Dragon Wedding (Coming Soon).
Behind the Scenes
I'm almost finished with publishing the revised 2nd editions as 6x9 books for all the titles currently published as 8.5x11 books. We all make mistakes and I am learning. I have the formula for formatting the books written down now. I revised all the ebooks as well. So hopefully, it's an even cleaner read than it was before. If you're new to my authorwalk, I hope you enjoy the changes that were often suggested by readers. All the chapters are enumerated and the paperbacks all have page numbers and footers, even the short reads. As I now have over 300 short read titles published on Amazon. (Hey, Eric Binkley, Was this the answer to that question you asked me! Shout out to one of my readers and an early book reviewer.)
This was a serious undertaking! It has taken me over 2 months to get it all done. But no going back. Moving forward. (I write long, but publish short for better editing. All miniseries can be purchased in the complete novel length volumes as soon as I get the whole thing edited and published in parts for all of you who do not read incomplete series. I am speaking to readers like myself, lol.)
I am on track to finish writing the saga by the end of this year and to have it all published by the end of 2022. Cross your fingers. For those of you who read on Kindle Unlimited, first thank you. Second, watch for the extras. I am going to publish the main miniseries one 10,000 word short read a week as I have been doing, but if I can manage to get the short read companion stories all published at once, I will just post them to Kindle as I did with Draoithe: Fairytale Shadows.
The shorts are just hanging around bothering the novels. If I put them to work, my docs files get cleaned up a lot faster. I don't know about other writers, but too much clutter messes with me, whether it's digital clutter or actual clutter doesn't seem to matter.
Before someone asks. Am I holding out on you? No, I'm not. Many stories have already been written. They are rough draft done with first edits accomplished, but they aren't polished finished works yet. The bells and whistles aren't there. I still have to make covers and add the details like my copyright page and about the author pages. That takes a while. For each 10,000 word miniseries part that a story is broken into, it takes about a week to get all of the formatting and the final Grammarly edit done. Grammarly is awesome, but it can't easily handle full length novels without crashing so parts for the edit is way better.
Once it's edited and ready though, I simply publish it. I mean why not? The worst thing that happens is I have one more title on Amazon. More facings equals more opportunity to be seen by readers, right? It is very hard to find readers who enjoy what an author writes, so that is always the quest in marketing and promotion.
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I have to run away and get some housework done so I can get back to writing. Enjoy your weekend!
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.
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