And now it’s July! (Lookie! I’m actually posting this on the 1st!) That means it’s time for another Infinitas Publishing Status Report!
I’ve highlighted the projects that had changes in blue.
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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold while finishing The Trial of Bells and Blood.
I’m hoping to add in the missing scenes and make revisions from my notes in July. After that, it’s either ProWritingAid notes or a first round of beta-readers for content feedback.
Changing Tides: (Book 4 of the Distant Horizon series). On hold with a rough draft at 50,000 words.
The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Goal is to eventually create a new cover and print edition for the complete collection edition. (On hold).
Galina’s Saga (Deceived) – (Distant Horizon spin-off series): During our trip to Missouri, Isaac got a chance to read through the current version of Deceived #2. Most of his feedback has involved easy changes, with the exception of a couple scenes. I’m planning on making those changes in early July before continuing edits on Starless Night, and possibly sending out Deceived #2 to beta-readers while making the Starless Night edits.
Also, I’m still considering adding in a book six, though I’m not sure yet. I still have plans for a possible book cover update as well. Got all the pieces in place, and now need to set them up in Daz and render them.
Still need to decide on the series title update.
Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).
Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)
The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).
Little One: More notes need to be added into the manuscript before starting revisions. On hold.
TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written. Needs updated outline. On hold.
Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs outlining and revision. On hold.
The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold.
The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over is on hold. I’m hoping to have time in July or August to read through the current rough draft and make revisions so I can get this started up again in the Facebook group soon. Possibly August?
The Wind Mage and the Wolf (“Livena (The Wind Mage of Maijev”) & Nuaka (“The Gryphon and the Mountain Bear”) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena short novel) : The Joran short story project is on hold.
The Trial of Bells and Blood (Hahven (The Cursed Halls of Kalecen) & Alia (The Scars of Her Past) cross-over / A Legends of Cirena novella): I’ve updated the manuscript based on feedback from the writers group I go to (Hi, Writers of Warrensburg!) and given it one more reading pass. After a pass in ProWritingAid, I sent it out to beta-readers.
I’ve gotten beta-reader feedback, and I’ll be applying that in the next few days before uploading the final manuscript to the different retailers.
“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)
Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatting for print. On hold.
Huntress 3: Needs rough draft completed. (Currently at 25,000 words) On hold. Depending on how much time revisions take on Deceived #2, Starless Night, and Legends of Cirena #9, I’m hoping to at least begin looking over the rough draft for Huntress #3. Seems more likely that I’ll start working on this in August, though.
Game Design: On hold. Not much new progress this month. We still need to polish and finalize the card art for our elemental game, as well as continue further testing of the game mechanics.
Future plans in game design involve taking product shots of the updated Phalanx board for The Game Crafter, and possibly preparing a print-and-play version of Battle Decks.
Space Adventure Comic: On hold until both of us have time to sit down at the same time and finalize panels for episode one.
Emberverse (Working Title): Revisions on hold. Needs title. Needs outline for “Season 2.”
Marketing: The weekly ebook promo highlights have been set up for this month. Last month I focused on three promos, and this month I’m focusing on four. A little bit of experimenting, since it did seem that showcasing them multiple times (rather than in one single newsletter) increased the amount of traffic to those promos. We’ll see if that trend continues.
In the meantime, I didn’t do any paid promos (aside from the usual ones through BookFunnel), and sales dropped drastically. The plan now is to assess the previous promos to see which ones did best. I plan to utilize paid promos again this month, particularly regarding the Legend of Cirena series since there will be the new release (The Trial of Bells and Blood) later in the month.
Future goals: As with the past few times, I still plan to revise the Amazon Ads I’m using. I’ve got one new ad I’m testing with Huntress. One thing I’ve been trying to do is read more books related to the ones I write, and I’m planning to focus on comp titles with those ads. Not sure how well it’ll work, but we’ll see if it has a better response (provided I can get the ads to show in the first place).
I still want to overhaul the book categories and keywords for the different series, and do the usual business ledger upkeep.
LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).
Other Stories: The YA SciFi Alien Invasion/Dystopian Conspiracy short story revisions are on hold. Also have a necromancer/villain problems short story I want to write at some point.
SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Eventually I want to update the Infinitas Publishing website banner, but that’s on the back burner for now.
For presentations, I got to participate in a Novel Writing workshop with the Writers of Warrensburg. My topic was “Crafting Your Fictional World.” I had a blast, and I might have had a little too much fun putting together the worksheet for it. (If you’re curious, you can find it on the Writers of Warrensburg Resources page). Took me the whole day to finish it after creating the outline (with testing to try to get my corresponding presentation time down to 45 minutes… somehow I succeeded), and I submitted it at either one or two in the morning. (To be fair, it’s not entirely uncommon for me to go to bed then, but I digress).
Anyway, I’d kind of like to explore the world-building topic further, and I know I only barely touched on some of the topics in the presentation. If that’s something you’d like to see more of, let me know.
Daz PA: I submitted one prop and pose set and got feedback on it. Hoping to resubmit that once I make a few tweaks. I have another pose set that’s almost done. I need to make the promos, and then I’ll submit it. No new releases last month (though I did have a few products in the temporary PC+ for a Day sale), but it looks like there’s a good chance of having a couple products come out relatively close together in the coming month or so.
I’m thinking after that I’ll probably work on finishing the female variant of the Diverse Worlds head morphs, but there’s at least one other pose set I’d like to complete, too.
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Happy writing and reading (Or 3D rendering if you’re into Daz)! 🙂